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Vol XIII,Edition 156
By Michelle Durand
Redwood City violated state envi-ronmental requirements and its ownzoning ordinances and general planby approving a 16-house develop-ment on steeply sloped lots at theend of Laurel Way that may be proneto landslides, according to a lawsuitfiled Thursday by project oppo-nents.Save Laurel Way, the entity fight-ing the Laurel Way Joint VentureProject, also claims the city violat-ed its own law by issuing a so-calledmaster planned development permitbecause it is not defined or allowedby the zoning code. Instead, the city“improperly” used the planneddevelopment permit process to“shoe horn a dense, cookie-cuttersubdivision into a small, semi-ruralarea, defer [CaliforniaEnvironmental Quality Act] analy-sis and shied from public review thedesign and construction of 16 hous-es,” the suit stated.The city cannot comment onpending legal matters at this time,said spokeswoman Sheri Costa-Batis.The suit names the city, the CityCouncil, Laurel Way Joint Ventureand Oded Haner. LWJVis 14 proper-ty owners, included Haner, who joined together to prepare the envi-ronmental impact report and seekcity approval. The proposal callsfor 16 new houses, a 28-foot-wideroad and 50-foot-wide cul-de-sac. The battle over the undeveloped,4.75-acre site dates back severalyears from the first proposal to thecity in 2007 leading up to theJanuary 2014 approval of the mas-ter planned development permit.The Planning Commission
Redwood City sued over Laurel Way project
Opponents claim city violated the California EnvironmentalQuality Act,its own zoning
NEWYORK — Drivers, here’sthe bad news: You’ll be payingmore for gasoline in the comingweeks.The good news: You’ll likelypay less than last year. Or the yearbefore, or the year before that.The price of gasoline held steadyinto early February, but anincrease is almost inevitable thistime of year. Pump prices havegone up an average 31 cents pergallon in February over the pastthree years. And although thisyear’s rise might not reach theheights of years past, there are rea-sons for drivers in some regions— like the Northeast — to worryabout a painful spike.“We’re going to get increasesand they are going to be notice-able,” says Tom Kloza, chief oilanalyst at Gasbuddy.com and theOil Price Information Service.“We’re going to get that pop rela-tively soon.”The price of crude oil has risen 8percent over the past month, to$100 per barrel. And analystsexpect fuel supplies to begin to
Higher gasprices areon the way
Students from Tim Weaver’s class at Roosevelt Elementary School share Valentine themed movies they producedon iPads to residents at Atria Senior Center in Burlingame.
Still lower than last year at this time
SACRAMENTO — Lt. Gov.Gavin Newsom, once a strong sup-porter of California’s high-speedrail project, told a conservativeradio show host Friday that he nolonger backs the bullet train andwould like to see the money divert-ed to other projects.“I would take the dollars andredirect it to other, more pressinginfrastructureneeds, and I amnot the onlyDemocrat thatfeels this way.And I’ve got totell you, I amone of the fewthat just said itpublicly,”Newsom said,
Newsom says to stophigh-speed rail plans
Websites that post police mugshots and demand hundreds or eventhousands of dollars for theirremoval will be illegal under newlegislation introduced Friday bystate Sen. Jerry Hill, D-SanMateo, who compares the practiceto extortion.“We’re all accountable for ourbehavior but that doesn’t meansomebody should make money byspreading your booking photoaround the world — especially if you were never convicted of acrime,” Hill said in an announce-ment of his Senate bill.The proposed legislation onlytargets the for-profit sites butarrest recordsand bookingphotos wouldstill availableto media outletsand interestedindividualsunder theCaliforniaPublic Records Act, according toHill’s office. Specifically, the bill will makeit illegal to solicit or accept pay-ment to remove, correct or modifyonline mug shot and each viola-tion would carry up to a $1,000fine.Hill described the sites as “fly-by-night enterprises that oftensully reputations and hinderemployment opportunities,regardless of whether charges aredropped.One such case is that of formerNew York police officer and filmproducer Bob DeBrino who wasarrested in January 2013 on suspi-cion of driving while intoxicatedon methadone and Adderall byGlendale police but charges weredropped because the medicationwas prescribed, according to Hill.However, his mug shot remainson websites demanding thousandsof dollars for removal and said his
Bill targets ‘extortion’mug shot websites
 Jerry HillGavin Newsom
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Actor Christopher McDonald is 59.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
the site of present-day St. Louis wasestablished by Pierre Laclede andAuguste Chouteau.
“We live by encouragement and die without it — slowly,sadly and angrily.” 
Celeste Holm,American actress (1917-2012)
Actress Jane Seymour is 63.Incubus’BrandonBoyd is 38.
A man gives a woman a "free hug" during Valentine's Day outside the Bellas Artes Palace in Mexico City Friday.
Cloudy. Patchy fog in themorning. Highs in the lower 60s.Southeast winds around 5mph...Becoming southwest 5 to 15 mphin the afternoon.
Saturday night:
Rain likely. Lows inthe upper 40s. South winds 5 to 15 mph.
Mostly cloudy in the morningthen becoming partly cloudy. Aslight chance of rain in themorning. Highs in the lower 60s. Northwest winds around 5mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Sunday night:
Mostly clear. Lows in the lower to mid40s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Sunny. Highs around 60.Monday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s.Tuesday through thursday...Mostly cloudy. Achance of rain.
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In 1564
, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei was born inPisa.
In 1898
, the U.S. battleship Maine mysteriously blew upin Havana Harbor, killing more than 260 crew members andbringing the United States closer to war with Spain.
In 1933
, President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt escaped anassassination attempt in Miami that mortally woundedChicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak; gunman GiuseppeZangara was executed more than four weeks later.
In 1944
, Allied bombers destroyed the monastery atopMonte Cassino (MAWN’-tay kah-SEE’-noh) in Italy.In 1952, a funeral was held at Windsor Castle for Britain’sKing George VI, who had died nine days earlier.
In 1961
, 73 people, including an 18-member U.S. figureskating team en route to the World Championships inCzechoslovakia, were killed in the crash of a SabenaAirlines Boeing 707 in Belgium.
In 1965
, Canada’s new maple-leaf flag was unfurled in cer-emonies in Ottawa.
In 1971
, Britain and Ireland “decimalised” their currencies,making one pound equal to 100 new pence instead of 240pence.
In 1982
, 84 men were killed when a huge oil-drilling rig,the Ocean Ranger, sank off the coast of Newfoundland dur-ing a fierce storm.
In 1989
, the Soviet Union announced that the last of itstroops had left Afghanistan, after more than nine years of military intervention.
In 1994
, just as his trial was about to start, drifter DannyHarold Rolling pleaded guilty to the 1990 murders of fivecollege students in Gainesville, Fla. (Rolling was executedin Oct. 2006.)Former Illinois Congressman John Anderson is 92. FormerDefense and Energy Secretary James Schlesinger is 85.Actress Claire Bloom is 83. Author Susan Brownmiller is 79.Songwriter Brian Holland is 73. Rock musician Mick Avory(The Kinks) is 70. Jazz musician Henry Threadgill is 70.Actress-model Marisa Berenson is 67. Singer MelissaManchester is 63. Actress Lynn Whitfield is 61. “Simpsons”creator Matt Groening (GREE’-ning) is 60. Model JaniceDickinson is 59. Reggae singer Ali Campbell is 55. ActorJoseph R. Gannascoli is 55. Musician Mikey Craig (CultureClub) is 54. The five interlocking rings of theOlympics symbolize the five conti-nents of the world (Africa, Asia,Australia, Europe and the Americas)"linked together in friendship.”***The average major league career of abaseball is five to seven pitches.***Because steel expands when it getshot, the Eiffel Tower is six inchestaller in the summer than it is in thewinter.***In Roman numerals X equals 10. Doyou know the Roman numerals for 5,50, 100, 1000? See answer at end.***Abald eagle’s nest can be as large as10 feet wide and 12 feet deep.***The longest recorded flight of adomestic chicken is 13 seconds.***The cost of a first class postagestamp in 1980 was 15 cents.***The size of Scarlett O’Hara’s waist in"Gone With the Wind” was 17 inches.Her waist was "the smallest in threecounties.”***The maximum length permitted for asquash racket is 27 inches. Squash isplayed in 148 countries.***37.0 degrees Celsius, equivalent to98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, is the normalhuman body temperature. Typically, aperson’s body temperature rises duringthe late afternoon and drops late atnight.***Liberace owned 39 pianos. Eighteenof his pianos are on display in thePiano Gallery at the Liberace Museumin Las Vegas, Nev.***It takes 40 minutes to hard-boil anostrich egg.***The average age when people startneeding bifocals to see clearly is age40. Benjamin Franklin invented thebifocal lens in 1784.***Napoleon Bonaparte had such a pen-chant for white horses that he owned50 of them.***If a contestant said the secret wordon "You Bet Your Life” (1950-61) theywon $100.***Lt. Columbo’s badge number was416. Peter Falk played Columbo, adetective for the Los Angeles PoliceDepartment, Homicide Division.Columbo had a pet basset houndnamed Dog.***Mount Waialeale on Kauai receivesthe most rain in the United States. Itgets 460 inches of rain each year.***There are more than 2,700 differentlanguages spoken in the world, withmore than 7,000 dialects.***Over 21,500 members of the mediafrom around the world are traveling toGreece to cover the Olympic gamesthis month.***The average porcupine has over30,000 quills.***Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has scored themost points in NBA(NationalBasketball Association) history. Hescored 38,387 points in his career.***One million pennies equals$10,000.***
 Roman Numerals I=1,V=5, X=10, L=50, C=100, CI=101, D=500, M=1000, MCM=1,900
Know It All is by Kerry McArdle. It runs inthe weekend and Wednesday editions of theDaily Journal. Questions? Comments? E-mail knowitall@smdailyjournal.com or call344-5200 x114.
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(Answers Monday)VISOR TRULYHYMNALENOUGHYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:The couple’s Valentine’s Day was —LOVELYNow 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.
 ©2014 Tribune Content Agency, LLCAll Rights Reserved.
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 The Daily Derby race winners are Whirl Wind,No.6,in first place;Solid Gold No.10,in second place;and Big Ben,No.4,in third place.The race timewas clocked at 1:41.48.
Citizen assist.
Awoman said she thoughther phone was being tracked and reported it topolice at the station on Old County Roadbefore 11:26 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.
Public works call out.
Aperson reported acooler placed on the sidewalk for a long peri-od of time at Lyall Way and Continentals Waybefore 12:32 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5.
Citizen assist.
Aman reported that awoman from India was making harassingphone calls to him before 3:10 a.m.Monday, Feb. 3.
Suspicious circumstance.
Apersonchecked in to the Crowne Plaza hotel with afraudulent credit card before 12:42 a.m.Monday, Feb. 3
Stolen vehicle.
Avehicle was reportedstolen at Elm Street and Magnolia Avenuebefore 5:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7.
Suspicious circumstance.
Aman was jumping up and down and yelling at trees atthe 400 block of El Camino Real before 9:34a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1.
Suspicious person.
Awoman reported herneighbor dug a hole in their front yard to stealher water on the 2100 block of CrestmoorDrive before 3:47 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1.
Lost vehicle.
Aman called police to reportthat he drank five beers and could not find hiscar on the 200 block of Carlton Avenuebefore 5:26 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1.
Driving infraction.
Adriver was cited fordriving with a suspended license on the 100block of San Mateo Road, before 1:41 p.m.Tuesday, Feb. 4.
Aperson reported that anunknown suspect had knocked over a fencecausing approximately $500 in damage on the400 block of Wave before 12:00 p.m. Friday,Jan. 31.
Stolen vehicle and stolen property.
Aman was arrested for stealing a vehicle, withnarcotics and metal rails inside on the 200block of San Mateo Road before 6:30 p.m.Friday, Jan. 31.
Police reports
The apocalypse is here
Awoman possibly suffering fromdementia said her living room was filledwith zombies on Lincoln Avenue inBelmont before 3:02 p.m. Thursday,Feb. 6.
By Sara Gaiser
APescadero-based producer of grass fedbeef has issued a recall of all beef processedin 2013 following a federal investigationand recall of meat processed by a Petalumameat processor and wholesaler. Leftcoast GrassFed has issued a statementsaying that while there have been no report-ed illnesses from their products, they areissuing the recall out of concern for the safe-ty and health of their customers. The company said in its statement thatRancho Feeding Corporation, the Petalumaslaughterhouse currently under scrutiny bythe U.S. Department of Agriculture,processes many of its cattle, which arebilled as sustainably raised, humane andentirely grass fed. Rancho, located at 1522 Petaluma Blvd.N. in Petaluma, has recalled all beef prod-ucts processed between Jan. 1, 2013 andJan. 7, 2014-nearly 9 million pounds of meat-- after the USDAfound that diseasedand unsound animals had been slaughteredwithout a full federal inspection. The recallinitially targeted only products produced onJan. 8, but has since expanded. The Class I Recall indicates a high healthrisk, and the un-inspected meat productsmake them unsafe for human food, theUSDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Servicesaid.Leftcoast said in its statement that it con-tracted with Rancho to process cattle on “ahandful of days in the summer and fall of 2013.”“We are sorry for this inconvenience andsaddened by the waste of millions of poundsof meat, some of which, like ours, wasraised with meticulous care and attention tothe health and well-being of the animalsthat produced it,” the statement said. The USDAhas posted a list of more than50 retail outlets in California and Floridathought to have received shipments of theaffected meat, including dozens in the BayArea. Beef carcasses and boxes bear theestablishment number “EST. 527” inside theUSDAmark of inspection, and each boxbears the case code number ending in “3” or“4.”No reports of illness have been receivedin connection with the recalled products,according to the USDA.
Pescadero company recalls beef 
A28-year-old man who thought he wasarranging a tryst with a 13-year-oldMillbrae girl arrived at the designatedKohl’s store parking lot with alcohol and anexpired bottle of “hot and sexy” lotion,according to prosecutors.Marlon Melad Monton, of San Mateo,first met the real-life girl the morning of Dec. 16 when he drove a black SUVup totwo 14-year-old Taylor Middle School stu-dents walking west on Richmond Drive. Thegirls later told school authorities and policethat the driver lookedunder the influence of something and handedthem a prewritten notewith a phone number andthe words “hook up withme” before leaving. Theythrew the note in thebushes but a sheriff’sdetective later retrieved itand began a text message exchange with thenumber. The detective pretended to be a 13-year-old girl who said she wanted alcohol.The responder texted that he could buy FourLocos and marijuana for her and theyarranged to meet at the parking lot afterschool.On Dec. 18, deputies arrested Montonafter he arrived at the lot with alcohol in hiscar along with a bottle of “hot and sexy”lotion that expired in 2007, said DistrictAttorney Steve Wagstaffe. Monton’s phone also reportedly con-tained the text messages.On Friday, Monton pleaded not guilty to acount of attempted child molestation andwas scheduled for jury trial May 27.He remains in custody on $200,000 bail.
DA:Man brought alcohol,sexy’lotion to meet girl
Marlon Monton
Man arrested in closet during home burgarly
ASouth San Francisco man is in jail afterhiding in a closet during a home burglaryThursday night, according to police. At approximately 11:55 p.m., the man,identified by police as Esvin Zabaleta, 39,was reported to have entered an occupiedhome on the 400 block of Third Lane. Hecontacted the woman inside the home ansshe locked herself in the bedroom and con-tacted police, according to police. Responding officers searched the homeand found Zabaleta hiding in a closet. He wasarrested and transported to a hospital fortreatment due to being under the influence,according to police.
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