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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Vol XIII,Edition 132
601 El Camino RealSan Bruno, CA 94066Mon.-Sat. 10am-7pmSun. Noon to 6pm
‘The Heiress and Her Chateau:Carolands of California’s’producer and director Catherine Ryan looks at an old photograph inthe mansion’s library.
By Angela Swartz
Hidden in Hillsborough, behindmassive gates, is a more than 65,000-square-foot, 4.5-floor mansion con-structed 100 years ago by an heiress tothe Pullman railway car fortune.Anew documentary, airing on PBSthis Sunday night, brings to light thehistory of the 98-room CarolandsChateau, which was built as on 554acres of land purchased in April 1912by Harriett Pullman Carolan, one of the richest women in the country.“The Heiress and Her Chateau:Carolands of California” touches onthe changes the house has enduredsince its inception. Gary Weimbergand Catherine Ryan of Berkeley’s LunaProductions produced, directed, editedand wrote the film after beingapproached by the Jenny Johnson,who thought it would be a great storyto tell. Jenny is the daughter of theAnn Johnson who undertook a multi-million dollar restoration of the homein the late 1990s.“When we did research, we found thestories of this building were so rich,”Ryan said. “What a beautiful locationto film at and we found some treasures.Doing research was really fun. We wereable to access letters between Harriettand her mother.”She noted it was a historic time whenpeople came to Hillsborough to createa grand social lifestyle for those in theSan Francisco area. Pullman Carolanbrought on the well-known Frencharchitect Ernest Sanson to design thehome, which ultimately included agrand staircase, three antique rooms
Carolands center of PBS documentary
Hillsborough mansion was home to heiress and rich local historical significance
Gov.Brown says state in the midst of perhaps its worst dry spell in century
Its official:Californiain drought
By Gillian laccus and Jason Dearen
LOS ANGELES — California is nearlyas dry as it’s ever been. High water marksrim half-full reservoirs. Cities arerationing water. Clerics are praying forrain. Ranchers are selling cattle, andfarmers are fallowing fields. Gov. Jerry Brown formally proclaimeda drought Friday, saying California is inthe midst of perhaps its worst dry spell in a century. He madethe announcement in San Francisco amid increasing pres-sure from lawmakers and as firefighters battled flare-ups in aSouthern California wildfire that chased thousands of peoplefrom their homes. Unless the state gets significant rainfall in the next twomonths, television sets glowing with wildfires could play
San Mateo startup co-foundermakes ‘30 Under 30’list again
Nic Borg began edtechcompany Edmodo six years ago
By Angela Swartz
Being named as one of Forbes’“30 Under 30” two years ina row is no small feat, but that’s the case of San Mateo start-up Edmodo’s Nic Borg who even placed number one on thelist this year.“Both times it was exciting for the team to get recog-nized,” Borg said who is co-founder and chief product officer
Asix-alarm fire at a machine shop inRedwood City Friday morning spreadto four nearby buildings and displaced16 residents, a fire marshal said.Firefighters responded to the blaze at894 Douglas Ave. at about 5:50 a.m.,according to a San Mateo County firedispatcher.FMWMachine Shop is located atthat address.Firefighters contained the fire as of about 9:15 a.m. and had it under con-trol by 10:30 a.m., Redwood City FireMarshal Jim Palisi said.Before firefighters could contain themassive blaze, it spread to a nearby
Machine shop blaze goes to six alarms
Nic Borg,co-founder and chief product officer of Edmodo,right,works with Dan Carew senior product manager at Edmodo.
Firefighters responded to a fire at 894 Douglas Ave.at about 5:50 a.m.Friday.
 Jerry Brown
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Comedian DaveAttell is 49.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
The first landing of an aircraft on aship took place as pilot Eugene B. Elybrought his Curtiss biplane in for asafe landing on the deck of thearmored cruiser USS Pennsylvania inSan Francisco Harbor.
“The compensation of growing old was simply this:that the passions remain as strong as ever,but onehas gained — at last! — the power which adds thesupreme flavor to existence,the power of taking hold of experience,of turning it round,slowly,in the light.” 
— Virginia Woolf,English author (1882-1941)
Actor Kevin Costner is 59.Actor Jason Segelis 34.
Spain’s Marc Coma rides his KTM motorcycle during the 12th stage of the Dakar Rally 2014,from El Salvador to La Serena.
: Sunny. Highs in the upper60s. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph.
Saturday night
:Mostly clear. Lows inthe mid 40s to lower 50s. East winds 5 to10 mph.
Sunny. Highs in the upper 60s.East winds 5 to 10 mph... Becomingnorth in the afternoon.
Sunday night:
Clear. Lows in the upper 40s. Lightwinds... Becoming east around 5 mph after midnight.
Martin LutherKing Jr. Day
: Sunny. Highs in the upper60s.
Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s to lower 50s.Highs in the 60s.
Tuesday night through Friday:
Partly cloudy. Lows inthe mid 40s to lower 50s. Highs in the 60s.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1778
, English navigator Captain James Cook reachedthe present-day Hawaiian Islands, which he named the“Sandwich Islands.”
In 1862
, the tenth president of the United States, JohnTyler, died in Richmond, Va., at age 71, shortly before hecould take his seat as an elected member of the ConfederateCongress.
In 1871
, William I of Prussia was proclaimed GermanEmperor in Versailles, France.
In 1919
, the Paris Peace Conference, held to negotiatepeace treaties ending the (First) World War, opened inVersailles , France.
In 1943
, during World War II, Jewish insurgents in theWarsaw Ghetto launched their initial armed resistanceagainst Nazi troops, who eventually succeeded in crushingthe rebellion. AU.S. ban on the sale of pre-sliced bread —aimed at reducing bakeries’demand for metal replacementparts — went into effect.
In 1949
, Charles Ponzi, engineer of one of the most spec-tacular mass swindles in history, died destitute at a hospitalin Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at age 66.
In 1957, 
a trio of B-52’s completed the first non-stop,round-the-world flight by jet planes, landing at March AirForce Base in California after more than 45 hours aloft.
In 1967,
Albert DeSalvo, who claimed to be the “BostonStrangler,” was convicted in Cambridge, Mass., of armedrobbery, assault and sex offenses. (Sentenced to life,DeSalvo was killed in prison in 1973.)Movie director John Boorman is 81. Former Sen. Paul Kirk,D-Mass., is 76. Singer-songwriter Bobby Goldsboro is 73.Comedian-singer-musician Brett Hudson is 61. Countrysinger Mark Collie is 58. Actress Jane Horrocks is 50. ActorJesse L. Martin is 45. Rapper DJ Quik is 44. Rock singerJonathan Davis (Korn) is 43. Singer Christian Burns(BBMak) is 41. Former NAACPPresident and CEO BenjaminTodd Jealous is 41. Actor Derek Richardson is 38. ActressSamantha Mumba is 31. Country singer Kristy Lee Cook (TV:“American Idol”) is 30.
ime artist Marcel Marceau(1923-2007) created a char-acter called Bip; a white-faced clown that wore a striped shirtand battered hat. Bip hunted butter-flies, tamed lions and struggled withumbrellas, all in mime.***Merv Griffin (1925-2007), a SanMateo native, hosted the game shows“Play Your Hunch” (1958-1963) and“Word for Word” (1963) before creat-ing and producing the game shows“Jeopardy!” (1964-present) and“Wheel of Fortune” (1975-present).***Although best known as supermarketmanager Mr. Whipple in Charmincommercials, actor Dick Wilson(1916-2007) had recurring roles in tel-evision sitcoms including“Bewitched” (1964-1972), “Gidget”(1965-1966) and “McHale’s Navy”(1962-1966).***Apopular toy of the 1970s was theEvel Knievel Super Stunt Set in whichkids could recreate the motorcycle jumps of Evel Knievel (1938-2007).The set came with an action figure withremovable helmet, a motorcycle,ramps and a hoop of fire.***The year of birth of actress JaneWyman (1917-2007) is often incor-rectly stated as 1914. Wyman addedthree years to her age hoping it wouldhelp her break into acting. Born in St.Joseph, Mo., Wyman’s actual birthdaywas Jan. 5, 1917.***Bill Walsh (1931-2007) was a footballcoach at Stanford University before hebecame the head coach of the SanFrancisco 49ers in 1979. Walsh ledthe 49ers to three Super Bowl champi-onships in 1981, 1984 and 1988.***Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman(1918-2007) was a three time winnerof the Academy Award for best foreignfilm. Can you name the movies he wonthe awards for? See answer at end.***Beginning in 1992 opera singerLuciano Pavarotti (1935–2007) heldthe Pavarotti & Friends concert annu-ally in his hometown of Modena,Italy. The concert raised funds for char-ities that aid child victims of war.***Robert Goulet (1933-2007) was bornin Massachusetts but moved to Canadaat age 13. As his singing career tookoff Ed Sullivan (1902-1974) dubbedGoulet the “American baritone fromCanada.”***Anna Nicole Smith (1967-2007)appeared on the cover of Playboy inMarch 1992. The cover got the atten-tion of Guess president Paul Marciano(born 1952) who made her the face of Guess jeans the following year.***As a boy, Russian leader Boris Yeltsin(1931–2007) blew off two fingers of his left hand while playing with a livegrenade.***While her husband was vice president,Lady Bird Johnson (1912-2007) wasan ambassador of goodwill for theWhite House. She traveled to 33 for-eign countries over three years.***In 2002, Tammy Faye Bakker Messner(1942-2007) was asked to do a tele-vised celebrity boxing match againstSylvester Stallone’s mother JackieStallone (born 1921). Tammy Fayeturned down the offer.***
: “The Virgin Spring” (1960),“Through a Glass Darkly” (1961) and “Fanny & Alexander” (1982).” Most of Bergman’s films were set in Sweden. His films were emotionally intense,often with themes of illness, death and insanity.
Know It All is by Kerry McArdle. It runs inthe weekend and Wednesday editions of the Daily Journal. Questions? Comments?Email knowitall(at)smdailyjournal.com orcall 344-5200 ext. 114.
(Answers Monday)ABIDE TRUTH STUDIO MORALEYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:When they put the finishing touches on the clocktower, some people said —IT’S ABOUTTIMENow arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
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Petty theft.
Aperson was arrested forstealing luggage at Costco on SouthAirport Boulevard before 5:09 p.m.Monday, Jan. 13.
Aperson called to report aWhite GMC had hit a bicyclist on JuniperoSerra and Westborough Boulevard before7:42 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13.
Suspicious call to 911
. Aperson called911 and hung up but when the operatortraced and returned the call to check theyheard children playing in the backgroundon Avalon Drive before 10:45 a.m. Sunday,Jan. 12.
. Atenant moved out and took someproperty with him on the 200 block of Monte Diablo Avenue before 2:23 a.m.Tuesday, Jan. 14.
Disturbing the peace.
Aperson report-ed that his neighbor was taking his laundryand changing the setting on the washingmachines on Hobart Avenue before 2:22p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14.
. Awoman reported that her pursewas taken from her car on the 1800 blockof South Grant Street before 3:37 p.m.Tuesday, Jan. 14.
Police reports
Smells of romance in the air
Acouple in a parked car at the sewagetreatment plant on 1100 block of Airport Boulevard in Burlingame wasasked to leave before 12:26 a.m.Sunday, Dec. 8.
By Michelle Durand
Apossible $1 million white collar crimefine is tripping up sentencing of two formermosquito district workers who stole a half-million dollars for personal needs, includ-ing one’s legal bills in an earlier embezzle-ment case.Defense attorney Geoff Carr said news of the previously unknown fine allows him towithdraw the no contest plea by his clientJo Ann Dearman but he’d prefer instead tohave prosecutors waive the penalty and lether use some of that money to repay the ear-lier victim. Carr also said there’s no wayhis client can pay $1 million to the state ontop of the $233,000 restitution she’s puttogether to repay the San Mateo CountyMosquito and Vector Control District.“Where is she going to get that? It’s areally bizarre statute developed for theMadoffs of the world and this lady ain’t inthat circle,” Carr said.Dearman, who is also known by the nameJoanne Seeney, pleaded no contest in April2013 to 10 felonies out of the original 200charged and her sentence is predicatedlargely on restitution. Carr is seeking fiveto six years while prosecutors are askingfor 10 years.At the last court appearance, Carr pre-sented a $200,000 check to the court but a judge ordered Dearman, 62, into custodywithout pending sentencing. She had beenout of custody largely the entire prosecu-tion.Her accomplice and former bookkeepingassistant Vika Sinipata, 37, pleaded nocontest to 12 felonies in February 2013 buther sentencing has been postponed repeat-edly along with Dearman because attorneyswant them before a judge together. Sinipatahas been in custody on$150,000 bail.They next appear incourt Jan. 24 — theeighth attempt at sen-tencing — at which timeCarr said a decision aboutthe white collar fineshould be made.District Attorney SteveWagstaffe said Carrshould have been awareof the fine component of one allegation towhich Dearman pleaded and that his office isnot planning to forgo it. Sinipata did not admit a similar allega-tion or face the fine.Carr said Friday he suggested taking the$233,000 earmarked for the district andgiving $33,000 or so of it to his client’sprevious employers from whom she stolebut that the county counsel wasn’t in favorof the suggestion.The aggravated white collar fine is calcu-lated by doubling the amount a defendanttook, Carr said. The California penal code says the desig-nation is for a person who commits two ormore felonies involving fraud or embezzle-ment with losses more than $100,000.In the latest case, Dearman and Sinipataembezzled the funds between 2009 and2011 by giving themselves extra pay at ahigher pay rate and fraudulent time off,excessively contributing to their deferredcompensation funds, using credit cards forpersonal purchases and electronicallytransferring money into their ownaccounts. An audit showed more than$635,000 missing but prosecutors onlycharged them with stealing approximately$450,000 because they could not prove anactual loss of the greater amount. Otherevaluations have placedthe district loss closer to$800,000 for the embez-zlement and more than$1.2 million when attor-ney fees are added in.The embezzlementcame to light after aboard member appointedby the city of San Carlosquestioned the balance ina pesticide account.The charges against Dearman andSinipata raised questions about the dis-trict’s oversight and operations, particular-ly because at the time Dearman had oneembezzlement conviction on her record andwas being prosecuted for a second. DistrictManager Robert Gay hired Dearman withouta background or reference check afterSinipata, who Gay knew through heraccounting services, referred her. Dearmanthen hired Sinipata.According to a now-retired operationsdirector at the district, Dearman chargeddefense attorney’s fees for that case to thedistrict and at one point took medicalleave, claiming she needed to care for hermother but in actuality served two years andeight months in prison for the two differentembezzlement cases. In one case, Dearmanran up more than a half-million dollars onher boss’credit card.
michelle@smdailyjournal.com(650) 344-5200 ext. 102
Sentencing in mosquito districtembezzlement delayed, again
 Jo Ann DearmanVika Sinipata

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