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12/27/2013

 
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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Thursday
Dec.26,2013
Vol XIII,Edition 112
Gold,  Jewelry, Diamonds
Sliver & Coins
 WE BUY
HIGHERPOSTAGE
NATION PAGE 5
 
AP ATHLETEOFTHE YEAR
SPORTS PAGE 11
MALESMAKEHOLLYFRUIT
SUBURBAN LIVING PAGE 19
FIRST-CLASS STAMPS TO COST 49 CENTS AS OF JAN.26
By Scott Mayerowitz
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEWYORK — Santa’s sleigh didn’t make it in time forChristmas for some this year due to shipping problems atUPS and FedEx.The delays were blamed on poor weather earlier this weekin parts of the country as well as overloaded systems. Theholiday shopping period this year was shorter than usual,more buying was done online and Americans’tendency towait until the last possible second to shop probably didn’thelp either.Neither company said how many packages were delayedbut noted it was a small share of overall holiday shipments.While the bulk of consumers’holiday spending remains atphysical stores, shopping online is increasingly popular
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The county’s net property assessment rollis up $8.8 billion over last year and the6.01 percent spike is the highest dollaramount and the fourth-largest dollarincrease in its history. The $156 billion total of the fiscal year2013-14 combined roll is part of the coun-ty’s recently released fis-cal snapshot which con-cluded that, while eco-nomic and financial indi-cators are improving,there remains challengesdue to factors like statecriminal justice realign-ment, long-term proper-ty tax reductions andimplementing the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act’s impact on thecounty directly is expected to be fairly neu-tral but brings with it phased-in reduction inpayments to hospitals with disproportionalshares of uninsured and Medicaid patientslike the county-operated San Mateo MedicalCenter. The county anticipates losingapproximately $4 million in fiscal year2013-14 and up to $17 million the next fis-cal year because of large drops in statehealth realignment funds, according toController Bob Adler.In the popular annual financial report — ashortened and summarized version of thecomprehensive annual financial reportreleased in October for fiscal year endingJune 30, 2013 — Adler notes that fiscal year2013-14 also marks the beginning of the
County releases snapshot of 2013 finances
Report show that economic and financial indicators are improvingbut challenges remain
Bob Adler
UPS,FedExsnags delaymany gifts
Shipping problems blamed onweather,overloaded systems
BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE
The fourth consecutive “Winter Spare the Air” alert hasbeen issued for Thursday.The Bay Area Air Quality Management District’sannouncement Wednesday means that wood, logs or othersolid fuels cannot be burned in fireplaces, fire pits or anyother wood burning device indoors or outdoors for 24 hours.The only exception is for households that depend onwood burning as a heat source.The dry, mild weather this week has contributed to thebuildup of pollutants that make the air unhealthy to breathe,
Fourth consecutive ‘Winter Sparethe Air’alert issued for Thursday
TOM JUNG/DAILY JOURNAL
Above
:King Herod andhis court greet visitors toBethlehem A.D.2013 onMonday.The three-dayevent was held inRedwood City anddepicted Bethlehem as itwould have appeared2000 years ago.Therecreation of the cityincluded Roman taxcollectors,shops,a potter,a carpenter and livedomestic animals of theperiod.
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Surfers dressed as Santa Claus gather in Florida
COCOABEACH, Fla. — More than210 surfers dressed as Santa Claus,elves and snowmen were surfing theChristmas Eve waves off centralFlorida’s Atlantic coast.Florida Today reports that whenCocoa Beach Mayor Dave Netterstromtook in the view from the sandTuesday, he declared the fourth-annualgathering “the largest surfing Santaevent on the planet.”Organizer George Trosset says hemay move the holiday event to down-town Cocoa Beach next year to accom-modate growing crowds. He started thetradition in 2009 with a few familymembers after seeing a televisioncommercial featuring people surfing inSanta Claus attire.More friends joined them the fol-lowing year, and in 2012, nearly 160surfers participated. Trosset says theevent “has gone from being a littlefamily party to being a communityevent.”
Las Vegas cab driver finds $300K in back seat
LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas cab driverGerardo Gamboa thought someone lefta bag of chocolates in the back seat of his vehicle, but the stash turned out tobe $300,000 in cold hard cash.Now, Gamboa is winning honors forhonesty after turning in the money hefound Monday. The money wasreturned to an unidentified poker play-er. Yellow Checker Star Transportationnamed Gamboa its driver of the yearand rewarded him with $1,000 and adinner for two at a restaurant.Amessage left Wednesday forGamboa at the cab company wasn’timmediately returned.Gamboa told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he had another passenger bythe time he began wondering whatkind of chocolates were in the brownpaper bag. He peeked inside at a trafficlight.“I told my passenger, ‘You are mywitness on this,”’the 13-year taxidriver told the Las Vegas Sun, “andthen I immediately called my dispatch-er.”Gamboa took the six bundles of $100 bills to the company’s mainoffice, where Las Vegas police andcasino officials linked it to the pokerplayer.Gamboa said the man gave him a $5tip after a trip from the Cosmopolitanresort to the Palms Place tower, andGamboa then drove to the Bellagioresort, where a doorman helping a pas-senger into the car noticed the bag.It took several hours to verify theidentity of the owner and return thecash. He took Gamboa’s information,but didn’t immediately leave a reward.“If he doesn’t give me anything,that’s OK,” Gamboa told the Sun. “I’mnot waiting for any kind of return. I just wanted to do the right thing, and Iappreciate what the company did forme.”
Man charged with stealing cuffs in escape
COMMODORE, Pa. AwesternPennsylvania man is jailed on chargeshe stole a pair of handcuffs he waswearing when he allegedly escapedfrom a state police cruiser.Troopers say 29-year-old DouglasLydic, of Commodore, was handcuffedbut not yet charged while theysearched a scene in his hometown fordrugs Sunday night. Police have yet to charge him in thatcase but say he climbed out a cruiserwindow while cuffed and wound up athis girlfriend’s home miles away.Court records don’t list an attorneyfor Lydic, who also faces a charge of escape at a preliminary hearing sched-uled for Jan. 2.He’s been in the Indiana County Jailsince he was re-arrested Monday morn-ing at his girlfriend’s home. She’sbeing held on charges of hindering hisapprehension by police.
FOR THE RECORD2
Thursday
Dec.26,2013
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 TV host JohnWalsh is 68.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1776
The British suffered a major defeat inthe Battle of Trenton during theRevolutionary War.
“Christmas has come and gone,and I — to speak selfishly — am glad of it.The season always gives methe blues in spite of myself,though I manage to get agood deal of pleasure from thinking of the multitudesof happy kids in various parts of the world.” 
— Edwin Arlington Robinson,American poet (1869-1935)
Actor Caroll Spinney is 80.Rock musician LarsUlrich is 50.
Birthdays
REUTERS
Members of the Berliner Seehunde (Berlin Seals) ice swimmers club take a dip in Lake Orankesee during their traditionalChristmas swimming event in Berlin,Germany.
Thursday
: Sunny. Highs in the mid60s. East winds 10 to 20mph...Becoming northeast 5 to 10 mphin the afternoon.
Thursday night:
Mostly clear. Lowsin the upper 40s. East winds 5 to 10mph.
Friday:
Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. Northeastwinds 5 to 10 mph.
Friday night:
Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s.Northeast winds around 5 mph.
Saturday
: Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 60s.
Saturday night through Tuesday night:
Mostly clear.Lows in the mid 40s. Highs in the upper 50s to mid60s.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1799
, former President George Washington was eulo-gized by Col. Henry Lee as “first in war, first in peace andfirst in the hearts of his countrymen.”
In 1862
, 38 Santee Sioux Indians were hanged in Mankato,Minn., for their roles in an uprising that had claimed thelives of hundreds of white settlers. The Civil War Battle of Chickasaw Bayou, resulting in a Confederate victory, beganin Mississippi.
In 1908
, Jack Johnson became the first African-Americanboxer to win the world heavyweight championship as hedefeated Canadian Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia.
In 1933, 
Nissan Motor Co. was founded in Yokohama,Japan, as the Automobile Manufacturing Co.
In 1943
, the German battleship Scharnhorst was sunk byBritish naval forces during the Battle of the North Cape off Norway; only 36 of its crew of more than 1,900 survived.
In 1944
, during the World War II Battle of the Bulge, theembattled U.S. 101st Airborne Division in Bastogne,Belgium, was relieved by units of the 4th Armored Division.
In 1966, 
Kwanzaa was first celebrated.In 1972, the 33rd president of the United States, Harry S.Truman, died in Kansas City, Mo., at age 88.
In 1973
, the demon-possession horror film “The Exorcist”was released.
In 1996
, 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey wasfound beaten and strangled in the basement of her family’shome in Boulder, Colo. (To date, the slaying remainsunsolved.)
In 2004
, some 230,000 people, mostly in southern Asia,were killed by a tsunami triggered by the world’s most pow-erful earthquake in 40 years beneath the Indian Ocean.
In other news ...
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Actor Donald Moffat is 83. Rhythm-and-blues singer Abdul“Duke” Fakir (The Four Tops) is 78. Record producer PhilSpector is 74. Country musician Bob Carpenter (The NittyGritty Dirt Band) is 67. Baseball Hall of Fame catcher CarltonFisk is 66. Retired MLB All-Star Chris Chambliss is 65.Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith is 59. Former Sen. EvanBayh, D-Ind., is 58. Humorist David Sedaris is 57. Rock musi-cian James Kottak (The Scorpions) is 51. Country musicianBrian Westrum (Sons of the Desert) is 51. Actress Nadia Dajaniis 48. Rock musician J is 46. Country singer Audrey Wigginsis 46. Rock musician Peter Klett (Candlebox) is 44.
 
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Thursday
Dec.26,2013
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LOCAL
601 El Camino Real, San BrunoHours: Mon.- Sat. 10am to 7pmSun. Noon to 6pm
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We Don’t MeetOur Competition,
We Create It
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BURLINGAME
Harassment
. Awoman said someone wasleaving nasty messages for her on the 200block of Myrtle Road before 2:30 p.m.Monday, Dec. 9.
Fraud
. Aman reported that his computerwas hacked on the 1100 block of Capuchino Avenue before 1:36 p.m.Monday, Dec. 9.
Solicitor
. Amerchant said a man attempt-ed to sell her designer purses but when offi-cers contacted the man he said he was tryingto buy them on the 1200 block of Broadway before 11:43 a.m. Monday, Dec.9.
Burglary
. Aperson reported that theircondo was burglarized on the 1500 block of Floribunda Avenue before 11:06 a.m.Monday, Dec. 9.
Theft
. An employee of a business reportedstolen cash from the cash drawer on the1100 block of Howard Avenue before 8:23a.m. Monday, Dec. 9.
Disturbance
. Aperson complained abouta delivery truck that was idling its engineand emitting fumes on the 1200 block of Burlingame Avenue before 6:07 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 8.
Animal call.
Someone reported theirneighbor’s dog had been barking continu-ously for two days on the 1300 block of Laguna Avenue before 6:19 p.m. Sunday,Dec. 8.
REDWOOD CITY 
Petty theft
. Apurse was stolen from anunlocked vehicle at the intersection of Bradford and Winslow streets before 1:40p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12.
Burglary
. Aperson interrupted three sus-pects in the middle of burglarizing a houseon Carleton Court before 12:48 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 12.
Drug activity
. Astudent was arrested forbringing marijuana to school before 12:31p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12.
Petty theft.
Ametal power box was stolenon Broadway before 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec.12.
Burglary
. Avehicle’s window wassmashed and the interior was damaged onElwood Street before 9:53 a.m. Thursday,Dec. 12.
HALF MOON BAY
Police report
. Areport was made abouttwo out of state fraudulent charges made to aresident’s credit card on the 300 block of Granelli Street Friday, Dec. 5.
False identification.
Someone made anillegal turn and when stopped he gave falseinformation and ran away before beingcaught by police on the 500 block of KellyStreet before 6:05 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4.
Vandalism
. Someone punctured all fourtires of a parked car on the 400 block of Magnolia Street before midnightWednesday, Dec. 3.
Recovered stolen vehicle
. Astolenvehicle was recovered on the 100 block of Higgins Canyon at an unknown time onSunday, Dec. 1.
Public intoxication.
An intoxicatedman who could not pay his cab fare wastaken into custody and released after hesobered up before 3:11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1.
Police reports
Help!
Shoes were found hanging on an electri-cal wire on Miller Avenue in South SanFrancisco before 5:23 a.m. Saturday,Dec. 7.
By Paul Elias
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
OAKLAND — The family of a 13-year-oldNorthern California girl declared brain deadafter suffering complications following atonsillectomy was trying to give the girlas normal of a Christmas as possible, witha tree and presents in her hospital room,her uncle said. The family of Jahi McMath will waituntil Thursday to discuss a possible appealof a judge’s decision allowing a hospital toremove her from life support, said OmariSealey, the girl’s uncle.They planned to spend Christmas Day atChildren’s Hospital Oakland and had set upa Christmas tree in Jahi’s room with pres-ents for her and her siblings. The familynormally gathers at Jahi’s grandmother’shouse, where they share food and playdominos and cards, Sealey said.“We’re going to discuss our opportuni-ties tomorrow. Today we are going to keepas regular as possible,” Sealey said.“We still got five days for a miracle. Weare still hopeful.” Alameda County Superior Court JudgeEvelio Grillo ruled on Tuesday that the hos-pital could remove Jahi from the ventilatorkeeping her body functioning, but gave thefamily until 5 p.m. on Dec. 30 to file anappeal. Until then, she will stay on lifesupport.The family has not decided if it will keepfighting.Jahi’s family has said it believes Jahi isstill alive, and that the hospital should notremove her from the ventilator without itspermission. The teen suffered cardiac arrestafter bleeding profusely following heroperation this month.The family has said that as long as theteen is breathing, there is hope of recovery. Grillo based his decision on the conclu-sions of two doctors, court-appointed Dr.Paul Fisher of Stanford University and thehospital’s Dr. Robin Shanahan.Fisher examined the girl for severalhours on Monday and reported to the judgeTuesday that the teen was brain dead, thesame conclusion Shanahan reached.Grillo said he had no other choice but toallow the hospital to remove the ventilator.“I wish I could fix it, but I can’t,” he said.The hospital had argued that the teen hadno chance of recovery since all brain func-tion had ceased.“Our sincere hope is that the family findspeace and can come to grips with the judge’s decision,” hospital attorney DougStrauss said outside court after Grillo’s rul-ing.The case is now out of Grillo’s court andthe decision will be up to the CaliforniaCourt of Appeal if the family decides to pur-sue its legal case to keep Jahi on the venti-lator.
Family of the girl declared braindead spends holiday at hospital
 
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