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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Wednesday
 Jan.22,2014
Vol XIII,Edition 135
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WAR TROUBLES
WORLD PAGE 28
 
BEARCATS WINBATTLE OF SM
SPORTS PAGE 11
BART TRAGEDY:OFFICERSHOT DEAD BY MISTAKE
LOCAL PAGE 5
VIOLENCE IMPERILS SYRIAPEACE TALKS
By Angela Swartz
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Purchasing commercial propertyalong the Peninsula has been nocheap feat in the past few years andthat was proven with the recent saleof Tower Plaza for $41.7 million.Swift Realty Estate Partnersbought the 200,000-square-footSan Mateo building for $15.5 mil-lion in 2011. That means its valuebumped up from $75 to $208 persquare foot in less than three years. “Timing is everything,” saidMike Cobb, senior vice president of Colliers International’s Peninsulaoffice. “That was a pretty successfulrepositioning of a building andadding of value to the building.”Cobb said this points to the factnot much multi-tenant office spaceis being built anymore. New single-tenant spaces are being builtthough, he said.“That kind of product (multi-ten-ant building space) is more andmore scarce,” he said. “So there’shigher demand since there are not alot of options for tenants.”Swift did some renovations on thelobby of the 2121 S. El CaminoReal location, along with addingother upgrades such as landscapingand lighting changes to add value.The buyer is a joint venture of Scanlan Kemper Bard Cos. andGoldman Sachs. The seller was rep-resented by Steve Hermann, RobertGilley and Eric Fox of CassidyTurley in collaboration with JoshRowell and Jon Mackey of Cornish& Carey Newmark Knight Frank.Tower Plaza is made up of a 12-story office building surrounded byfour smaller office buildings and a
Office building prices surge
San Mateo’s Tower Plaza sells for $26.2 million more than three years prior
 ANGELA SWARTZ/DAILY JOURNAL
 Tower Plaza,at 2121 S.El Camino Real,recently sold for $41.7 million.
By Samantha Weigel
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
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ig wave enthusiasts andcompetitors have highhopes for conditions gigan-tic enough to host the internationalMavericks Invitational surf competi-tion in Half Moon Bay Friday. Abrewing storm could lend to themuch raved about local contest forwhich competitors from across theglobe have been on alert sinceOctober. The contest is officially onyellow alert standby. Everyoneinvolved in the event is given as lit-tle as 24 hours to drop into the sleepycoastal town and put on one of thelargest big wave events in the coun-try. “There’s a significant swell on therise that’s coming our way and, fromthe forecast models and computer-generated models they’re looking at,the height requirements are there.Now it’s just looking at everythingelse like swell intervals and wind con-ditions,” said Mavericks Invitationalspokeswoman Jessica Banks. Forecasters are currently looking at30-foot faces for Friday, but thatcould change as quickly as it mounts,Banks said. If booming conditions subside, the
Ready, set ... surf?
DAILYJOURNAL FILE PHOTO
Mavericks Invitational surf competition organizers have their sights set on Friday for the possibility of therenowned big wave surf contest off Half MoonBay that draws the top names in surfing from all over the world.
Mavericks could take place Friday
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By Samantha Weigel
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The state’s hydrology forecastand the extent to which Friday’slong-feared drought declarationwill affect San Mateo County resi-dents may not be officially estab-lished until mid-April, howeverlocal water districts are urging cus-tomers to begin diligent conserva-tion efforts.California has suffered a three-year dry spell and 2013 marked thedriest on record having seen a mea-ger 3.38 inches of rainfall insteadof a normal year’s 20.65 inches.Gov. Jerry Brown’s droughtproclamation came as little sur-prise to water officials who arenow preparing to implementrestrictions on local consumers.Conservation experts recom-mend short-ening show-ers, turningoff or downthe faucetwhile soap-ing or brush-ing,installingefficiencydevices suchas shower-heads, washing machines, beinghyper-vigilant in watching forleaky pipes, forgoing car washesand landscaping wisely.Water officials are gearing up forlooming changes to their prac-tices and the price of drought con-ditions could fall on the pockets of consumers.
Water officials urgeconservation efforts
Specifics on governor’s drought declarationimpact on county to be clearer mid-April
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Aformer county sheriff’s deputywho swiped a musician’s pricey trum-pet and jacket while he played at aMillbrae hotel and later threw theinstrument out a car window was sen-tenced to 60 days in jail.Brandon Hatt, 34, pleaded no con-test Tuesday tofelony grand theftand was immedi-ately given thetwo months jailfollowed by threeyears of super-vised probation.
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FOR THE RECORD2
Wednesday
 Jan.22,2014
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Singer Steve Perry(Journey) is 65.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1984
The Los Angeles Raiders defeated theWashington Redskins 38-9 to winSuper Bowl XVIII (18), played atTampa Stadium in Florida; the CBS-TVbroadcast featured AppleComputer’s famous “1984” commer-cial introducing the Macintosh com-puter.
“I know there’s a proverb which that says ‘To err is human,’but a human error is nothing to what a computer can do if it tries.” 
— Dame Agatha Christie,English mystery writer (1890-1976)
Actor John Hurt is74.
Actress Linda Blair(‘The Exorcist’) is 55.
Birthdays
REUTERS
A snowman sits on a bridge in Central Park as snow falls in New York Tuesday.A fast-moving winter storm forecast to dumpas much as a foot of snow on the northeastern United States on was expected to disrupt the evening commute for millionsof people along the densely populated coast.
Wednesday:
Sunny. Highs in the mid60s to lower 70s. Northwest winds 5 to10 mph.
Wednesday night:
Mostly clear. Lowsin the upper 30s to mid 40s. Southwestwinds 5 to 10 mph in theevening...Becoming light.
Thursday:
Sunny. Highs in the mid 60sto lower 70s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday night:
Clear. Lows in the upper 30s to mid 40s.Northeast winds around 5 mph in the evening...Becominglight.
Friday:
Sunny. Highs in the mid 60s to lower 70s.
Friday night:
Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s to mid40s.
Saturday:
Sunny. Highs in the upper 60s.
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In 1498, 
during his third voyage to the WesternHemisphere, Christopher Columbus arrived at the present-day Caribbean island of St. Vincent.
In 1901, 
Britain’s Queen Victoria died at age 81.
In 1917, 
President Woodrow Wilson pleaded for an end towar in Europe, calling for “peace without victory.” (ByApril, however, America also was at war.)
In 1922, 
Pope Benedict XVdied; he was succeeded by PiusXI.
In 1938, 
Thornton Wilder’s play “Our Town” was per-formed publicly for the first time in Princeton, N.J.
In 1944, 
during World War II, Allied forces began landingat Anzio, Italy.
In 1953, 
the Arthur Miller drama “The Crucible” opened onBroadway.
In 1968, 
the fast-paced sketch comedy series “Rowan &Martin’s Laugh-In” premiered on NBC-TV.
In 1973, 
the U.S. Supreme Court, in its Roe v. Wade deci-sion, legalized abortions using a trimester approach.Former President Lyndon B. Johnson died at his Texas ranchat age 64.
In 1987, 
Pennsylvania treasurer R. Budd Dwyer, convictedof defrauding the state, proclaimed his innocence at a newsconference before pulling out a gun and shooting himself todeath in front of horrified spectators.
In 1994, 
actor Telly Savalas died in Universal City, a dayafter turning 72.
In 1998, 
Theodore Kaczynski (kah-ZIHN’-skee) pleadedguilty in Sacramento, to being the Unabomber in return fora sentence of life in prison without parole.Former Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., is 86. Actress Piper Laurieis 82. Actor Seymour Cassel is 79. Author Joseph Wambaughis 77. Country singer-musician Teddy Gentry (Alabama) is62. Movie director Jim Jarmusch is 61. Hockey Hall-of-FamerMike Bossy is 57. Actress Diane Lane is 49. Actor-rap DJJazzy Jeff is 49. Country singer Regina Nicks (ReginaRegina) is 49. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marc Gay (Shai) is45. Actress Katie Finneran (TV: “The Michael J. Fox Show”)is 43. Actor Gabriel Macht is 42. Actor Balthazar Getty is 39.Actor Christopher Kennedy Masterson is 34. Pop singerWilla Ford is 33. Actress Beverley Mitchell is 33. French navigator Louis deBougainvillea (1729-1811) discov-ered a flowering vine in Brazil in1768. The plant was named after him;the bougainvillea.***In 1952, Glen Bell (born 1923), aformer Marine, started selling 19-centtacos from a taco stand in SanBernardino, Calif. Ten years later, Bellopened the first Taco Bell fast foodrestaurant in Downey, Calif.***On June 20, 1979, the OrangeCounty Airport in California wasrenamed John Wayne Airport to honorthe actor (1907-1979) who had diedthe previous week. The airport has anine-foot statue of Wayne dressed as acowboy.***The original icon for Sun-Maidraisins, the "Sun-Maid girl,” wasbased on a real person. LorraineCollett Petersen (1892-1983), a girlwith curly black hair from Fresno wasasked to pose for a painting whileholding a basket of grapes. Her imagewas first put on packages of Sun-Maidraisins in 1916.***There is a type of ant named afteractor Harrison Ford (born 1942). ThePheidole harrisonfordi ant is found inCentral America. The ant was named tohonor the actor’s conservation work.***Do you know the name of the oathtaken by doctors to swear they willpractice medicine ethically? Seeanswer at end.***When Marquis Converse fell down aflight of stairs, he got the idea thatrubber soled shoes would prevent aperson from slipping. He started theConverse Rubber Shoe Company in1908. By 1910, the Converse factoryin Massachusetts was producing 4,000shoes per day.***The wife of Italian restaurateurAlfredo di Lelio (1882-1959) refusedto eat when she was pregnant in 1914.So Alfredo created a dish that shewould like — egg noodles topped withcheese and butter. The wife liked it somuch she asked him to add it to themenu at his restaurant. It becameknown as Fettucine Alfredo.***ABunsen burner is a common pieceof laboratory equipment; a small gasburner with an adjustable flame. It wasinvented in a lab in Germany in themid-1800s that was supervised by sci-entist Robert Wilhelm Bunsen (1811-1899).***In 1906, German physician AloisAlzheimer (1864–1915) identified adisease of the brain that destroys braincells and causes memory loss. The ill-ness is called Alzheimer’s disease.***Matthew Vassar (1792-1868) made afortune as a brewer in New York in the1830s. The philanthropist used half of his fortune to found Vassar College, awomen’s college in New York in 1861.He also deeded 200 acres of land for thecollege site.***London doctor James Parkinson(1755-1824) published a study in1817 titled "An Essay on the ShakingPalsy.” His accuracy in observing anddescribing the condition resulted in itbeing named after him — Parkinson’sDisease.***Answer: The Hippocratic Oath. Theoath is believed to have been writtenby ancient Greek physicianHippocrates (460 B.C. – 370 B.C.).Hippocrates is referred to as the fatherof western medicine.
Know It All is by Kerry McArdle. It runs inthe weekend and Wednesday editions of theDaily Journal. Questions? Comments?Email knowitall@smdailyjournal.com orcall 344-5200 ext.114.
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THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME
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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Jan.21 Daily Derby race winners were CaliforniaClassic,No.5,in first place;Hot Shot,No.3 insecond place;and Gorgeous George,No.8,inthird place.The race time was clocked at 1:42.66.
 
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO
Burglary.
Abackpack was taken through asmashed rear window of a silver NissanPathfinder at Bertolucci’s Restaurant onCypress Avenue before 7:24 p.m. Tuesday,Jan. 7.
Grand theft.
Aman took a suitcase fromanother person claiming it was his at HotelFocus on Mitchell Avenue before 11:26a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7.
Petty theft.
Outdoor Christmas decora-tions were taken on Alta Mesa Drive before1:35 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5.
Burglary.
Luggage was taken through asmashed window in the front lot of aHoliday Inn on South Airport Boulevardbefore 1:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5.
SAN BRUNO
Petty theft.
Ablack low-rider Electrabicycle was stolen from the side of a houseon the 500 block of Linden Avenue before10:32 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2.
Vehicle burglary.
The front passengerwindow was smashed on the 800 block of ElCamino Real before 9:27 p.m. Thursday,Jan. 2.
Hit and run.
The driver had their lights outbefore getting involved in a hit-and-runaccident on Sneath Lane before 8:14 p.m.Thursday, Jan. 2.
Stolen vehicle.
Agold, four-door 1995Honda was stolen on the first block of BuenaVista Avenue before 5:44 p.m. Thursday,Jan. 2.
Vandalism.
Awindow was broken on the500 block of Hazel Avenue before 3:34 p.m.Thursday, Jan. 2.
REDWOOD CITY 
Hit and run.
Ahit-and-run accident wasreported on El Camino Real before 6:23p.m. Friday, Jan. 3.
Shoplifting.
An arrest was made forshoplifting on El Camino Real before 5:44p.m. Friday, Jan. 3.
Tamperwith vehicle.
Aperson put waterin the reporting person’s gas tank onOrchard Avenue before 4:48 p.m. Friday,Jan. 3.
Reckless drivers.
Adriver was reportedtexting and swearing at the intersection of Woodside Road and Central Avenue before2:56 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3.
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Free money
Money was taken from an ATM whensomeone forgot to take their cash out of the machine on El Camino Real inBelmont before 4:03 p.m. Wednesday,Jan. 15.
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF REPORT
The Redwood City Fire Department isnow using a rescue squad vehicle for med-ical calls to ease the wear and tear on theladder truck and free up the more specializedequipment for other types of emergencies.The pilot program launched Squad 409last week and uses a fire captain and fire-fighter/paramedic already on staff. Thesquad will be dispatched for medical calls inDistrict Nine — downtown Redwood Cityand areas east of El Camino Real — and, asneeded, support other responses at trafficaccidents and building fires in bothRedwood City and San Carlos.Other cities and departments already usethe squad concept which acknowledges thatnot every fire department call requires a fullresponse. In 2013, for instance, theRWCFD ladder vehicle Truck 9 ran morethan 2,700 calls total which limited itsavailability for other incidents like largefires and caused unnecessary wear.“We think Squad 409 will provide a valu-able service to our community, while givingour specialized equipment the break it needsso it can continue to do its job,” Fire Chief Jim Skinner said in a prepared statement.“Additionally, Squad 409 increases our abil-ity to respond to disasters that may occur.”The squad vehicle is a four-door FordExcursion already in the department’s fleetthat is equipped with basic supplies andbeing outfitted to carry more extensiveitems. Squad 409 is expected on the road inFebruary.While Squad 409 response to medicalcalls, the county’s privately contractedambulance service American MedicalResponse will transport patients to localhospitals.
Fire department launchesnew rescue squad vehicle
Other cities and departmentsalready use the squad concept which acknowledges that not every fire department call requires a full response.

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