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WASHINGTON — Consumers will spendmore. Government will cut less. Businesseswill invest more. And more companies willhire.Add it all up, and you can see why expec-tations are rising that 2014 will be the bestyear for the U.S. economy since the reces-sion ended 4 1/2 years ago. That’s why theFederal Reserve is pressing ahead with aplan to scale back its economic stimulus.The optimists got a boost Thursday froma government report that showed consumersfueled solid economic growth in the finalquarter of 2013. The report lifted hopes thatthe economy will be able to withstand tur-moil in emerging economies, a pullback inthe Fed’s stimulus and mounting risks to theU.S. stock market over the next 12 months.Americans struggling with long-termunemployment and stagnant pay might notget relief anytime soon. And areas such asmanufacturing, construction and home salesremain far from full health. Still, the out-look for the economy as a whole brightenedafter the government said growth reached a3.2 percent annual rate last quarter on thestrength of the strongest consumer spend-ing in three years.“The economy showed real signs of momentum at the end of 2013,” said DianeSwonk, chief economist at MesirowFinancial. “We are better positioned fordecent growth for 2014 than we were a yearago.”Consumer spending surged in theOctober-December quarter at an annual rate
Solid growth brightens economic outlook
Government report shows strongest consumer spending in three years
Metal yardfire calledsuspicious
Officials think second RedwoodCity blaze was deliberately set
Police and fire investigators agree that a blaze at a metalrecycling facility in Redwood City last month appears tohave been deliberately set, but they have no suspects, apolice lieutenant said Thursday.The fire was reported at about 1 a.m. Dec. 17 at the SimsMetal Management plant at 699 Seaport Blvd. in the city’sindustrial sector. It was the second fire at the facility withinfive weeks.An on-duty employee at the facility reported the fire afterhearing a loud explosion and seeing the fire ignite in astockpile of metal recyclables at the plant, according topolice Lt. Sean Hart.After continuing with the month-long investigation, cityofficials are now calling the two-alarm fire suspicious basedon the contents of the stockpile, Hart said.
Doctor facing jail timefor torching ownoffice
Adoctor deemed insane at the time hevandalized and torched his San Carloselectronic cigarette business following amental breakdown is looking at up to sixmonths in jail after pleading no contestto unlawfully causing a fire.As part of the plea deal, prosecutorsdropped other charges against Dr. NoahMark Minskoff, 34, of Palo Alto,
 The Millbrae Rotary Club puts on an annual event that features the traditional Chinese lion dance.
By Angela Swartz
Arts and crafts, musical performanc-es, exhibitions and other festivitieswill fill the Peninsula over the next fewweeks for the Lunar New Year to cele-brate the year of the horse.For example, the San Mateo CountyHistory Museum is hosting its fourthannual celebration of the holiday withfree performances and activities 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 8 in its museumand Courthouse Square in RedwoodCity. Children can make traditional redenvelopes, write lucky symbols inChinese calligraphy, make paperlanterns and play folkloric games.“There are several reasons the publicwill be interested in our event, plus,keep in mind,everything isfree,” MitchPostel, presidentof the San MateoCounty HistoricalAssociation,wrote in an email.“This includesadmission to themuseum, which isusually $5 foradults and $3 forchildren.”The children’s activities stationswill include things to do based on theChinese zodiac, including a horse sta-tion in which one can learn simpleChinese phrases for New Year’s wish-es, a rooster station in which one canmake Chinese puzzles and findingone’s zodiac sign at the snake station. During the day, the public will beinvited to visit all of the museum’sexhibit galleries, including “Land of Opportunity: The ImmigrantExperience in San Mateo County,”which has exhibits related to Asian-American history on the Peninsula.In Millbrae, the Rotary Club willhost its seventh annual Lunar NewYear’s banquet 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Feb.21 at Zen Peninsula SeafoodRestaurant, 1180 El Camino Real. Itfeatures ceremonial lion dancing,imperial court pageantry and a 10-course traditional Chinese banquet.Ticket proceeds go to help purchase
Peninsula ushers in Lunar New Year
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China shuts down for Lunar New Year
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Charter school gets four classrooms
Sequoia High School officialsapproved for four new classrooms fora high school focusing on Eastern-Asian studies the week of Jan. 31,2009. Wednesday night.The proposed 400-student charterschool within the SequoiaUnion High SchoolDistrict named Everestwas still waiting forstate approval. TheSequoia Board of Trustees approvedoffering four classrooms, one of which will be outfitted for scienceneeds, to house the potential fresh-man class at 763 Green St. in EastPalo Alto. Overall, the districtapproved a cost not to exceed $4 mil-lion to come from bond funds.
County budget grim
The county’s budget was reported tobe hampered by dropping propertytaxes, state revenue deferrals and theLehman Brothers bankruptcy beforeeven factoring in the hits expectedfrom the proposed state budget, it wasreported the week of Jan. 31, 2009.The county’s ledger book was aseries of shortfalls adding up to $18million from the general fund and $5million from non-general funds, theBoard of Supervisors heard that weekduring the mid-year budget update.The situation is a continuation of thegrim budget news delivered Decemberand the forecast based on state pro-posals wasn’t looking up.The governor’s proposed budgetwas estimated by county officials toleech nearly $100 million from SanMateo County throughcuts and withholdings.The county’s structuraldeficit, a primary targetof county officials benton eliminating the figure,was estimated to hit $43 million by2014.
County owes Feds money for inmates
The San Mateo County’s Sheriff Office was to repay the U.S.Department of Justice more than $1.5million erroneously received in reim-bursement for federal defendantsdetained and prosecuted by localauthorities, it was reported the weekof Jan. 31, 2009.San Mateo County submitted morethan one thousand requests between2004 and 2007 for reimbursementthrough the Southwest BorderProsecution Initiative on the wrongguidelines of a consultant. The sameconsultant steered four other NorthernCalifornia jurisdictions wrong,including San Francisco whose $5.2million repayment made news inOctober and led Sheriff Greg Munksto investigate if San Mateo Countymight have a similar problem.An audit showed that of the 1,076cases submitted by San MateoCounty, most did not meet the one of the three requirements that the mat-ters be federally initiated.Approximately $7,000 of the funds were justified,according to theDepartment of Justice.
Fears cause stumble
Wall Street ended its worst Januaryever by stumbling again over thebanking system and the economy theweek of Jan. 31, 2009.The major indexes all fell sharplyfor the second straight day, leavingthe Dow Jones industrial average andStandard & Poor’s 500 index withrecord percentage drops for January— 8.84 percent and 8.57 percent,respectively. Some market watchersbelieved that’s a bad omen for the restof the year, as the market usually endsa year down after having fallen inJanuary.
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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Actress Minnie Driver is 44.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
During World War II, U.S. forcesbegan a successful invasion of Kwajalein Atoll and other parts of theJapanese-held Marshall Islands.
“The third-rate mind is only happy when it isthinking with the majority.The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority.The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.” 
— A.A.Milne,British author
Baseball Hall-of-Famer Nolan Ryanis 67.Singer Justin  Timberlake is 33.
A man pulls ribbons from his mouth as he performs a feat of his strength during the opening of the temple fair for ChineseNew Year celebrations at Ditan Park,also known as the Temple of Earth,in Beijing,China.
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In 1606, 
Guy Fawkes, convicted of treason for his part inthe “Gunpowder Plot” against the English Parliament andKing James I, was executed.
In 1863, 
during the Civil War, the First South CarolinaVolunteers, an all-black Union regiment composed of for-mer slaves, was mustered into federal service at Beaufort,S.C.
In 1865, 
Gen. Robert E. Lee was named general-in-chief of all the Confederate armies.
In 1917, 
during World War I, Germany served notice it wasbeginning a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.
In 1929
, revolutionary Leon Trotsky and his family wereexpelled from the Soviet Union.
In 1934
, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the GoldReserve Act.
In 1958
, the United States entered the Space Age with itsfirst successful launch of a satellite into orbit, Explorer I.
In 1961, 
NASAlaunched Ham the Chimp aboard a Mercury-Redstone rocket from Cape Canaveral; Ham was recoveredsafely from the Atlantic Ocean following his 16 1/2-minutesuborbital flight.
In 1971
, astronauts Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell andStuart Roosa blasted off aboard Apollo 14 on a mission tothe moon.
In 1974, 
legendary movie producer Samuel Goldwyn, 94,died in Los Angeles.
In 1980, 
Queen Juliana of the Netherlands announced shewould abdicate on her birthday the following April, to besucceeded by her daughter, Princess Beatrix.
In 1990, 
McDonald’s Corp. opened its first fast-foodrestaurant in Moscow.
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Actress Carol Channing is 93. Baseball Hall-of-Famer ErnieBanks is 83. Composer Philip Glass is 77. Former InteriorSecretary James Watt is 76. Beatrix of the Netherlands, theformer queen regent, is 76. Actor Stuart Margolin is 74.Actress Jessica Walter is 73. Former U.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt,D-Mo., is 73. Blues singer-musician Charlie Musselwhite is70. Actor Glynn Turman is 68. Actor Jonathan Banks is 67.Singer-musician Harry Wayne Casey (KC and the SunshineBand) is 63. Rock singer Johnny Rotten is 58. Actress KellyLynch is 55.
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Assault with a deadly weapon
. Amanassaulted someone with a porcelain plate onthe 900 block of Easton Avenue before 11:57a.m. Jan. 26.
Petty theft.
Aman took a beer from a gasstation on the 1700 block of El Camino Realbefore 4:21 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25.
Petty theft.
An arrest was made for the theftof $480 worth of items on the 1100 block of El Camino Real before 4:44 p.m. Saturday,Jan. 4.
. The rear bumper of a vehiclewas damaged in a hit-and-run accident on the1100 block of El Camino Real before 4:52p.m. Friday, Jan. 3.
. Acar was involved in a hit-and-run accident on the 500 block of San BrunoAvenue before 3:56 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3.
. Three men were reportedlyattempting to steal a silver Honda but ran off when the car alarm went off on GreendaleDrive before 11:06 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11.
Accident no injuries
. Acar was overturnedon Miller Avenue before 2:06 a.m. Friday,Jan. 10.
. Abackpack was taken from a vehi-cle that had the windows broken at theMcDonald’s on South Airport Boulevardbefore 6:41 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10.
. Awork van was broken into andtools were taken on Grand Avenue before 1:33p.m. Friday, Jan. 10.
Police reports
Look at this pair
Two men took 100 pairs of pantiesworth $979 on the 1100 block of ElCamino Real in San Bruno before 1:48p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26.
The San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury iscurrently accepting applications for theupcoming term.The grand jury acts as an independentwatchdog over county and city governmentsby investigating subjects and publishingreports highlighting findings and makingrecommendation for improvement.Applicants must be a county resident of more than one year who is a U.S. citizen,age 18 or older, of “ordinary intelligence,sound judgment and good character,” andhave sufficient English language knowl-edge. Elected public officials are ineligible.After applicant interviews, jurors will bechosen through a random draw. Applications are being acceptedthrough March 28 for the term July 1,2014, to June 30, 2015. The San Mateo County Association of Grand Jurors is also holding a series of sixpublic information sessions throughout thecounty to let former members explain theprocess, time commitments and any otherquestions of potential applicants.The sessions are:• Tuesday, Feb. 11: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30p.m., Serramonte Main Library CommunityRoom, 40 Wembley Drive, Daly City;• Thursday, Feb. 13: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30p.m., Redwood Shores Branch Library,Room A, 399 Marine Parkway, RedwoodCity;• Tuesday, Feb. 18: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30p.m., Foster City Community Center, PortRoom, 1000 E. Hillsdale Blvd., FosterCity;• Thursday, Feb. 20: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30p.m., East Palo Alto City CouncilChambers, 2415 University Ave.;• Tuesday, Feb. 25: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30p.m., San Mateo County HealthDepartment, Suite 100A, 225 S. CabrilloHighway, Half Moon Bay;• Thursday, Feb. 27: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30p.m., Veterans Memorial Recreation Center,Room 1, Crystal Springs Avenue at OakAvenue, 251 City Park Way, San Bruno.Applications are available by calling261-5066, emailing grandjury@sanmateo-court.org or visitingwww.sanmateocourt.org/court_divisions/grand_jury.
Civil grand jury seeks applicants
Call it a star sign, of sorts.The tenants of 1 Circle Star Way, a coun-ty-owned office building in San Carlos, areseeking permission to install two lit signsfacing the freeway.The request is actually made by sign com-pany Ad Art Incorporated which Mondaynight will ask the San Carlos PlanningCommission to approve the two wall-mounted signs for Sprint and SoftBank.The proposed signs are internally lit indi-vidual channel letters bearing the SoftBanklogo on the southern building side and theSprint logo to the north. The proposedSprint sign is roughly 5 feet and 7.62 inch-es high by 13 feet and 5 inches wide. Theletters will be white acrylic and the logoyellow. The proposed SoftBank sign isroughly 6 feet and 1.75 inches high and 27feet and 4.5 inches wide with white letteringand logos.City staff found the signs consistent withthe city’s sign ordinance but its size andlocation visible from Highway 101 requiresa design review for approval. The office building and its twin, 2 CircleStar Way, are both four stories with parkingand owned by San Mateo County which pur-chased them in 2011 for $40 million. Thecounty originally planned to relocate sever-al departments and 911 dispatch but down-sized needs and financial concerns led it toinstead rent out the properties. The countyis now also looking at potentially sellingthe towers.SoftBank is a telecom company whichowns a majority of Sprint Nextel.
The San Carlos Planning Commissionmeets 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3 in CouncilChambers, 600 Elm St., San Carlos.
Circle Star building seeks new signs
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