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12-20-2013 Edition of the San Mateo Daily Journal
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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Dec.20, 2013
Vol XIII,Edition 107
By Samantha Weigel
The complexities of CoveredCalifornia, the Affordable CareAct and the technical difficultiesconsumers are experiencing arewell-known. However, doctorsand providers are also finding itdifficult to navigate the fastapproaching changes in thehealth care system.Single practitioners are begin-ning to take the brunt of thechanges with little input and trou-bling unanswered questions, saidpediatrician Dr. Niki Saxena, pres-ident of the San Mateo CountyMedical Association’s board of directors and co-owner of a privatepractice in Redwood City. “Everything you read is patientcentric, which is important. Butthe system is only going to be asgood as the hospitals andproviders that sign up, and rightnow, that’s the big questionmark,” Saxena said.Figuring out how local inde-pendent providers will fit into thenew health care system has beendaunting, Saxena said. Many arehaving a hard time determining if they’re providers under newCovered California plans, are fac-ing drastic insurance pay cuts orhaven’t even been told what reim-bursement rates they can expect inthe upcoming year, Saxena said. “I think in this country we’reused to choice, which is thebedrock of capitalism ... but whenyou take away choice by creating a
Doctors frustrated with health law changes
Physicians growing concerned independent practitioners will get pushed aside
CPUC gives OK to uppressureon city’s pipe
By Michelle Durand
The California Public UtilitiesCommission ordered Pacific Gasand Electric yesterday to pay$14.3 million for faulty recordkeeping related to a San Carlos gaspipeline and also unanimouslygave the utility approval toincrease pressure in that sameline.San Carlos Mayor Mark Olbertlauded the fine as well-deserved andappropriate but found it interest-ing that the same commissionimposing it on one hand and lam-basting PG&Eover safety onthe other wastelling the cityto work with theutility.“It’s like howcan you tell usfive minutes agoto work withthese guys,”Olbert said, “and then turn aroundand say but they’re suchscoundrels?” Olbert and other city officials
PG&E ordered to pay $14.3Mfor its faulty record keeping
By Angela Swartz
Students at Notre Dame HighSchool have helped push for achange to healthier food optionsat the school.Officially beginning Jan. 7,2014, the Belmont school signeda multi-year contract withBelmont-based Fare RestaurantGroup to provide a food programthat offers locally sourced, quicklymade, balanced, nutritious, made-from-scratch food to students andstaff for breakfast and lunch.Michelin-rated chef, from Cin-Cinin Los Gatos, and Bay Area nativeChris Schloss will craft themenus.“Our students were the drivers of this change,” said school head
School switching tolocally sourced food
Notre Dame meals will now be made from scratch
Last-minutegiftideas atgreat prices
Local businesses offera wide range of ideas
By Kerry Chan
Every year during the holidays,department stores and big retailersare looking to cash in. Accordingto National Retail Federation,some retailers make 20 percent to40 percent of their annual sales dur-ing the holiday season. While thatis a significant amount of revenuesfor big retailers,family-owned orlocal businessesoften get left outof the hype. Manycarry unique andeccentric gifts thatyou may not find at the mall andoffer a more personalized service. At Active Aggie at 2601Broadway in Redwood City, ownerDayna Marr literally corners thedowntown area with a store thatoffers a variety of yoga and fitnessapparel. Dayna is an animal advo-cate and stays active in the commu-nity. Great gift idea: Fashionable andcharitable dog collars for $10 withpersonalized Chakras, money fromeach purchase go towards pets inneed.Mavericks Surf Shop at 25Johnson Pier in Half Moon Bayhas become a local landmark since1995, the store provides gear andrentals for beach and surf loversfrom all around the world that cometo catch Maverick or chat withowner Jeff Clark, who has surfedthe awesome wave his whole life.Great Gift idea: Avariety of surf inspired TShirts for $10-$25, orgive the gift of adventure, a lessonfor standup paddling starts at $50.
:Karl Ho,employee at I-Tea in Millbrae,demonstrates how to use anauthentic tea pot from China.
:Om My Dog,dog collars with Chakrasymbols from Active Aggie in Redwood City.
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Vegan leather,faux fur are hotholiday gifts
Life sentence for double-murderer
The property manager accused of savagely murdering the Millbrae cou-ple who were both his friends andlongtime employers after theylearned he was stealing money wassentenced to life without the pos-sibility of parole the week of Dec.20, 2008.Joseph George Cua, 54, wasconvicted of twocounts first-degreemurder and the spe-cial allegation of committing multiple murders inthe June 13, 2006, deaths of Fernand and Suzanne Wagner, a 78-year-old investor and his 68-year-oldpart-time hairstylist wife. Cua alsoreceived two extra years for allega-tions he used a knife on the couplealthough it hardly matters since theprimary counts brought a mandatoryterm of life in prison without parole.According to the prosecution,Fernand Wagner learned the weekbefore the killings that his bankaccounts were missing funds. Cua wasin charge of collecting rent moneybut allegedly charged tenants morethan he was depositing, pocketingthe rest for a lifestyle of expensivecars and both a Southern Californiawife and Bay Area girlfriend.
County structural deficit ballooning
The week of Dec. 20, 2008, thecounty’s structural deficit had bal-looned $22.5 million under the weightof drooping property tax, falling homesales and nearly 500 percent moreproperty reassessments than the yearprior.The $41.1 million estimat-ed deficit for 2009 couldworsen even more once statebudget information is factoredinto the equation, Budget DirectorJim Sacco said at a Board of Supervisors’budget study session thatweek.The county’s structural deficit was nosecret, as County Manager JohnMaltbie had continually emphasizedthroughout the year the need to curbwhat was then a $28.6 million esti-mate. Without action, he cautioned, thefigure would swell to $92.1 million inthe next five years.
Supervisors appoint Carole Groom to vacancy
County supervisors appointed SanMateo Councilwoman Carole Groom tofill the vacant District two seat theweek of Dec. 20, 2008, despite strongcalls for an election by more than twodozen groups, leaders and even one sit-ting member of the board.Groom’s appointment by a 3-1 votewas met with a standing ovation froman audience filled with many of the 10other applicants vying to replace JerryHill, the supervisor elected the priormonth to the state Assembly.District two includes portions of SanMateo, Belmont and Foster City.
Automakers get $17.4B bailout
Citing imminent danger to thenational economy, PresidentBush ordered an emergencybailout of the U.S. auto industrythe week of Dec. 20, 2008,offering $17.4 billion in rescue loansand demanding tough concessionsfrom the deeply troubled carmakers andtheir workers.Detroit’s Big Three cheered theaction and vowed to rebuild their once-mighty industry, though they acknowl-edged the road would be anything butsmooth as they fight their way backfrom the brink of bankruptcy.The autoworkers union complained thedeal was too harsh on its members, whileBush’s fellow Republicans in Congresssaid it was simply bad business to bailout yet another big industry.
From the archives highlights stories origi-nally printed five years ago this week. Itappears in the Friday edition of the DailyJournal.
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Singer David Cook is 31.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
The Louisiana Purchase was complet-ed as ownership of the territory wasformally transferred from France tothe United States.
“Friendship is unnecessary,like philosophy,like art....It has no survival value;rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.” 
— C.S.Lewis,British author (1898-1963)
Producer Dick Wolf is 67.Actor Jonah Hill is30.
 The moon rises behind the skyline of New York and the Empire State Building,right,as seen from Jersey City,N.J.
Sunny. Highs in the mid 50s.North winds 5 to 15 mph.
Friday night:
Mostly clear. Lows inthe mid 40s. Northwest winds 5 to 10mph...Becoming north 10 to 20 mphafter midnight.
Sunny. Highs in the upper50s. North winds 15 to 20 mph.
Saturday night:
Clear. Lows in the upper 40s. Northwinds 10 to 20 mph.
: Sunny. Highs around 60.Sunday night...Clear. Lows in the upper 40s.
Monday through Thursday
: Mostly clear. Highs in thelower 60s. Lows in the 40s.
Thursday night
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In 1790, 
the first successful cotton mill in the UnitedStates began operating at Pawtucket, R.I.
In 1812
, German authors Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm pub-lished the first volume of the first edition of their collectionof folk stories, “Children’s and Household Tales.”
In 1860
, South Carolina became the first state to secedefrom the Union as all 169 delegates to a special conventionin Charleston voted in favor of separation.
In 1864, 
Confederate forces evacuated Savannah, Ga., asUnion Gen. William T. Sherman continued his “March to theSea.”
In 1912
, the play “Peg O’My Heart,” a “comedy of youthby John Hartley Manners starring his wife, actress LauretteTaylor, opened on Broadway.
In 1945
, the Office of Price Administration announced theend of tire rationing, effective Jan. 1, 1946.
In 1963
, the Berlin Wall was opened for the first time toWest Berliners, who were allowed one-day visits to relativesin the Eastern sector for the holidays.
In 1973
, singer-songwriter Bobby Darin died in LosAngeles following open-heart surgery; he was 37.
In 1987, 
more than 4,300 people were killed when theDona Paz, a Philippine passenger ship, collided with thetanker Vector off Mindoro island.
In 1989, 
the United States launched Operation Just Cause,sending troops into Panama to topple the government of Gen. Manuel Noriega.
In 1998,
Nkem Chukwu gave birth in Houston to five girlsand two boys, 12 days after giving birth to another child, agirl. (However, the tiniest of the octuplets died a week later.)
In 1999, 
the Vermont Supreme Court ruled that homosexu-al couples were entitled to the same benefits and protectionsas wedded couples of the opposite sex.
(Answers tomorrow)BEIGE CHUMPPIGEON PURSUEYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:Their trip to the Christmas tree farm turnedinto a — “CHOPPING” SPREENow arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
Unscramble these four Jumbles,one letter to each square,to form four ordinary words.
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Actor John Hillerman is 81. Original Mouseketeer TommyCole (TV: “The Mickey Mouse Club”) is 72. Rock musician-music producer Bobby Colomby is 69. Rock musician PeterCriss is 68. Psychic/illusionist Uri Geller is 67. Rock musi-cian Alan Parsons is 65. Actress Jenny Agutter is 61. ActorMichael Badalucco is 59. Actress Blanche Baker is 57. Rocksinger Billy Bragg is 56. Rock singer-musician Mike Watt(The Secondmen, Minutemen, fIREHOSE) is 56. Actor JoelGretsch is 50. Country singer Kris Tyler is 49. Rock singerChris Robinson is 47. Actress Nicole deBoer is 43. Moviedirector Todd Phillips is 43. Singer JoJo is 23.
 The Daily Derby race winners are Gold Rush,No.1,in first palce;Big Ben,No.4,in second place;and California Classic,No.5,in third place.Therace time was clocked at 1:44.21.
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Petty theft.
Aman took three fragrances from a store onthe 1100 block of El Camino Real before 8:45 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 14.
. Aman attempted to start a fight on the 400block of San Mateo Avenue before 2:53 p.m. Saturday, Dec.14.
Petty theft
. Agroup of five or six women were broughtinto custody for concealing merchandise on the 1200 blockof El Camino Real before 12:59 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.
. School property was defaced with graffiti onLewis Foster Drive before 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17.
Suspicious circumstance
. Approximately $900 worthof merchandise was taken from a store on the 100 block of North Cabrillo before 5:20 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5.
Police reports
Letting offa little steam
Awoman sat on the street and screamed, then calmlyreturned to a care facility on the 1800 block of Magnolia Avenue in Burlingame before 10:03 a.m.Tuesday, Dec. 10.
By Jeff Shuttleworth
Veteran BARTDirector Joel Kellerbegan his term as the transit agency’sboard president with a bang Thursdayby proposing a ballot measure sup-porting state legislation that wouldban strikes by BARTworkers.Keller, who was first elected to theboard in 1994 and has served as itspresident twice before, said hebelieves two short strikes by BARTworkers in July and October “under-mined the public’s confidence” in thetransit system and he sees a measurethat would ban strikes as “a riders’bill of rights.”Keller said he thinks binding arbi-tration would be better than strikes inresolving BART’s labor disputes,which he said have gotten “progres-sively worse and worse” since he’sbeen on the board.He said, “I see no alternative” otherthan banning strikes as a way toimprove the bargaining processbetween BARTand its unions.Keller said that in the next 60 to 90days, he will draft an advisory meas-ure supporting a strike ban that wouldappear on the November ballot inAlameda, Contra Costa and SanFrancisco counties.Union leaders who were at today’sboard meeting immediately criticizedKeller’s proposal in harsh terms.Chris Finn, one of the lead negotia-tors for Amalgamated Transit UnionLocal 1555, which represents 945station agents, train operators andforeworkers, said it’s “disingenuous”for Keller to support a strike ban.Finn said he believes BARTman-agement and the board of directorsforced workers to go on strike earlierthis year by engaging in what healleged was unfair bargaining.“We hade a deal two days before thesecond strike in October but BARTsabotaged it by proposing to makework rule changes without consultingus,” Finn said.Pete Castelli, the executive directorof Service Employees Union Local1021, which represents 1,430mechanics, custodians and clericalworkers, told Keller, “Your first moveas president is to undermine youremployees and to demonize andattack them.”Castelli alleged that Keller’s pro-posal “is nothing more than a politi-cal move and grandstanding.”Castelli said, “You’re throwinggasoline on the fire and creating aclear pathway to conflict and disso-nance.”SEIU Local 1021 presidentRoxanne Sanchez told Keller, “I donot publicly support your leadershipin any way, shape or form and I thinkit’s dangerous for you to hold yourseat” as board president.BARTmanagement is back at thebargaining table with SEIU Local1021 and ATU Local 1555 to try toresolve a dispute over a contract pro-vision that calls for employees toreceive up to six weeks of paid familymedical leave annually.Negotiations were also held lastThursday and Friday and onWednesday but there has been noagreement yet.BARTmanagement says it hadn’tintended to include the paid familymedical leave provision in a tenta-tive agreement that was reached onOct. 21 and claimed it had been mis-takenly inserted by a temporaryemployee and that they had only dis-covered it while conducting a finalreview before submitting the agree-ment to BARTdirectors.On Nov. 21, BARTdirectorsapproved the contract without thepaid family medical leave provisionand told union leaders to take theagreement back to their members foranother vote without that provision.Leaders of SEIU Local 1021 andATU Local 1555 refused manage-ment’s request and instead filed a law-suit two weeks ago alleging that thetransit agency’s directors had actedunlawfully and must honor the termsof the tentative agreement.Members of a smaller union,American Federation of State, Countyand Local Municipal EmployeesUnion Local 3993, which representsabout 210 middle managers, votedtwo weeks ago to approve the con-tract without the paid family medicalleave provision.BARTdirectors approved 8-1Thursday to approve the contractwith AFSCME Local 3993.Director Zachary Mallett, who hassaid he believes BART’s agreementswith its union are too generous, wasthe only director to vote against theagreement with AFSCME Local 3993.
BART president supports strike ban
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