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02-18-2014 Edition

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02-18-2014 Edition of the San Mateo Daily Journal
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Vol XIII,Edition 158
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County supervisors were carefulnot to draw themselves out of theirdistrict when revamping bound-aries last year but are now findingthat at least one appointed com-missioner wasn’t so lucky.Although the number of appointees affected are limited,the Board of Supervisors have hadto vote on waiving district resi-dency requirements and discusswhether doing so is only a short-term fix. The board had no prob-lem maintaining the faces alreadyin those seats for now but there issome difference in opinion aboutwhether removal is unfair to theappointing supervisor or main-taining an out-of-area representa-tive is unjust to that particular jurisdiction.“We have talented commission-ers but don’t you think they reallyought to live in their districts?”Supervisor Carole Groom askedher colleagues at a late Januaryboard meeting. Groom agreed with that agenda’srequest to waive residency man-dates as a matter of public interestfor the Arts and Parks andRecreation commissions if neces-sary until successors are picked.However, she questioned how longto do so.“At some point, we should thinkabout how long they should stay if they’re not in the district,” Groomsaid.Supervisor Adrienne Tissier saidshe’s comfortable with the currentexception and that removing herappointee would be “a disserviceto me because I think he’s servedme very well.”
Redistricting means commission,board changes
New supervisor districts create questionsabout appointees’residency
Foster City is holding a study sessionon new smoking rules Feb.24 toencourage an open dialogue.
Research scientist Jeromy Cottell works at one of Gilead’s four medicinal chemistry labs.
Foster City’s drug giant
Gilead aims to increase access to medication with expanded campus
By Samantha Weigel
Foster City biopharmaceuticalgiant Gilead Science, Inc. is atforefront of discovering drugs totreat life-threatening diseases andits officials believe essentiallydoubling the size of its campuswill allow it to expand its assis-tance to developing countriesacross the world.Gilead Science, Inc., was found-ed in 1987 near Vintage Park Driveand focuses on researching anddeveloping treatments for diseasessuch as HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B andC, cardiovascular and respiratorydiseases and cancer.“We believe expanding opera-tions in Foster City allows us toaccommodate our long-termgrowth as we seek to develop morenovel therapies that address unmetmedical needs for patients livingwith life-threatening diseasesaround the world,” CliffordSamuel, vice president of accessoperations and emerging markets,wrote in an email.The biopharmaceutical giant hasmore than 5,800 employees across
City’s residentsto comment onsmokingrules
Foster City to holdingstudy session Feb.24
By Aimee Lewis Strain
Foster City smokers might soonhave some new rules to follow, asthe city is considering whetherchanges should be made to itssmoking ordinance, which hasn’tbeen updated in 18 years.Astudy session is being held Feb.24 to encourage an open dialogueon the matter and to allow residentsto weigh in on what changes theythink should be made, according tocity officials. Aprevious study ses-sion was held in September.In 1996, Foster City updated itssmoking ordinance to prohibit thesale of cigarettes in vendingmachines and self-service displays. The city has further restrictedsmoking in some outdoor restau-rant seating areas and has soughtthe public’s voluntary compliancein not smoking in city parks and atcity-sponsored events such as theannual Art and Wine Festival andthe Fourth of July celebration.The study session is 6:30 p.m.Feb. 24 in the Foster City CouncilChambers, 620 Foster City Blvd.No action will be taken at themeeting, but the feedback willhelp city officials direct staff onhow to craft a smoking ordinanceto be considered by the council ata future date.
By Angela Swartz
Stress can take its toll on thebody, but one Bay Area womanwho suffers from multiple sclero-sis and helps people manage ten-sion and anxiety through hermindfulness meditation methodsis about to begin a class inBurlingame.CassieSchindler is amindfulness-based stressreductioninstructor whohas offered herstress reductionservices toemployees at corporations likeYahoo, Apple, Google, Facebookand Target. She herself was in thecorporate world for many yearsbefore being diagnosed with mul-tiple sclerosis 16 years ago. Shestarted her own company TheAlternate Path in 2005 and finallyleft the corporate world in 2008 toteach mindfulness meditation fulltime. She said people have beenseeking her class out these days.Now, she will run an eight-week-long mindfulness-based coursestarting March 18 at the MercyCenter in Burlingame.“Mindfulness is coming tomainstream,” Schindler said. “It’s
Meditation class coming to Mercy Center
Class focuses on helping students become more resilient
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Health department deemsMexican cactus a health risk
SACRAMENTO — California healthofficials are warning people not to eatcactus sold in several stores around thestate because of the presence of unap-proved pesticides.The state Department of PublicHealth said Sunday that a recentinspection of cactus imported fromMexico found traces of Monocrotophos, a pesticide that hasbeen barred from use in the UnitedStates since 1989. Consumption of the pesticide can lead to neurotoxicityand permanent nerve damage.The department is urging anyonewho bought the contaminated productat the following stores between Feb. 6and 12 to return it or get rid of it.The cactus was sold at: La SuperiorSuperMercados in Sacramento,Stockton, Woodland and Pittsburg;Mercado del Valle in Concord; and LaSucursal Produce, Fresh AmericanProduce and J&LProduce in LosAngeles.
Drivers mostly avoid ‘Jamzilla’and I-405 work
LOS ANGELES — “Jamzilla” hasn’tlived up to its name — at least so far.Drivers over the holiday weekendmostly avoided a stretch of Interstate405 in Los Angeles County, whererepaving is continuing as part of aproject to add carpool lanes to thenotoriously choked freeway.Officials say the job is on scheduleand the freeway and on-ramps should beopen fully by 6 a.m. Tuesday, in timefor the workday rush.Workers are repaving nearly sixmiles of northbound lanes over theSepulveda Pass connecting West LosAngeles and the San Fernando Valley.There should be minimal impact onsouthbound lanes.Metropolitan TransportationAuthority spokesman Dave SoteroMonday thanked motorists for stayingaway.Planners practically begged driversto avoid the area, fearing what wasnicknamed a “Jamzilla” of traffic.
Mother wants memorial to daughter saved
LOS ANGELES — ALong Beachmother wants the city to allow a memo-rial to her daughter, who was stabbed todeath in 2012, to remain on publicproperty.The tribute to 9-year-old XiomaraFernandez near the parking lot whereshe was killed began with flowers butnow includes a bench, plantings andbird bath.It’s become a weekly refuge for thelate girl’s mother, 42-year-old GracielaFernandez.Impromptu memorials are common,but the Los Angeles Times reportedMonday that city officials say it can-not stay permanently on public prop-erty. They want to work with Fernandezon other options.The girl’s stepfather, Jacinto ZunigaTrujillo, has been charged with onecount of murder with the special cir-cumstance that he killed the girlbecause she was a witness to a crime.
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Actor John  Travolta is 60.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
Artist Michelangelo Buonarroti diedin Rome, just weeks before his 89thbirthday.
“The lack of a sense of history is thedamnation of the modern world.” 
— Robert Penn Warren,American author,poet and critic
Author Toni Morrison is 83.Actress MollyRingwald is 46.
Dr.Monica Rudiger conducts a pre-surgery exam on two kittens at Nine Lives Foundation in Redwood City.The Foundation,a non-profit veterinary clinic and no-kill shelter for cats,offers year-round spay,neuter and vaccination services at discountedprices.On Feb.25,it will take part in World Spay Day,an annual campaign sponsored by the Humane Society of the UnitedStates and Humane Society International to encourage people to spay and neuter their companion animals.Nine LivesFoundation has set a goal to spay and neuter at least 50 cats that day.On World Spay Day,prices are set at $15 for a neuterand $25 for a spay.Appointments are required.Nine Lives Foundation is located at 3016 Rolison Road,Redwood City.For moreinformation or to make an appointment visit www.ninelivesfoundation.org or call 368-1365.
: Mostly cloudy. Highs in theupper 50s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph.
Tuesday night:
Mostly cloudy. Lows inthe upper 40s. Northwest winds 5 to 10mph.
Mostly cloudy in the morn-ing then becoming sunny. Highs in theupper 50s. Northwest winds 10 to 20mph.
Wednesday night:
Mostly clear in the evening thenbecoming partly cloudy. Lows in the lower to mid 40s.Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph...Becoming 5 to 10 mphafter midnight.
Mostly cloudy in the morning then becomingsunny. Highs in the upper 50s.
Thursday night and Friday
:Partly cloudy.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1861
, Jefferson Davis was sworn in as provisional pres-ident of the Confederate States of America in Montgomery,Ala.
In 1885
, Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”was published in the U.S. for the first time.
In 1913
, Mexican President Francisco I. Madero and VicePresident Jose Maria Pino Suarez were arrested during a mil-itary coup (both were shot to death on Feb. 22).
In 1930, 
photographic evidence of Pluto (now designateda “dwarf planet”) was discovered by Clyde W. Tombaugh atLowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz.
In 1939
, the Golden Gate International Exposition openedon Treasure Island in San Francisco.
In 1943
, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, the wife of theChinese leader, addressed members of the Senate and thenthe House, becoming the first Chinese national to addressboth houses of the U.S. Congress.
In 1953
, “Bwana Devil,” the movie that heralded the 3Dfad of the 1950s, had its New York opening.
In 1960
, the 8th Winter Olympic Games were formallyopened in Squaw Valley by Vice President Richard M. Nixon.
In 1970, 
the “Chicago Seven” defendants were found notguilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democraticnational convention; five were convicted of violating theAnti-Riot Act of 1968 (those convictions were laterreversed).
In 1984
, Italy and the Vatican signed an accord under whichRoman Catholicism ceased to be the state religion of Italy.
In 1994
, at the Winter Olympic Games in Norway, U.S.speedskater Dan Jansen finally won a gold medal, breakingthe world record in the 1,000 meters.
In 2001
, auto racing star Dale Earnhardt Sr. died in a crashat the Daytona 500; he was 49.
In other news ...
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Actor George Kennedy is 89. Former Sen. John Warner, R-Va., is 87. Movie director Milos Forman is 82. Singer-song-writer Bobby Hart is 75. Singer Irma Thomas is 73. SingerHerman Santiago (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) is 73.Singer Dennis DeYoung is 67. Actress Sinead Cusack is 66.Singer Juice Newton is 62. Singer Randy Crawford is 62.Rock musician Robbie Bachman is 61. Rock musician LarryRust (Iron Butterfly) is 61. Game show host Vanna White is57. Actress Jayne Atkinson is 55. Actress Greta Scacchi(SKAH’-kee) is 54. Actor Matt Dillon is 50. Rapper Dr. Dre is49. Actress Sarah Brown is 39.
Suspicious circumstance.
Ablack bagwas left by the counter at Macaroni Grillon West Hillsdale Boulevard before 6:43p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14.
. Aperson reported that bat-ting lessons were too noisy on the 1700block of Herschel Street before 7:44 p.m.Tuesday, Feb. 11.
. Awasher and dryer were brokeninto on the 1200 block of Monte DiabloAvenue before 11:22 a.m. Tuesday, Feb.11.
Stolen vehicle.
A1998 green AcuraIntegra was stolen on the 100 block of North Kingston Street before 4:29 p.m.Monday, Feb. 10.
Suspicious person
. Two men were seenwith a handgun on Roosevelt Avenuebefore 5:54 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13.
Suspicious person.
Aman exposed him-self to a woman breastfeeding on Broadwaybefore 5:49 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13.
. Three men reportedly threwa dead raccoon at a person’s vehicle onWoodside Road before 8:24 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 12.
. Alaptop was reported stolenfrom a vehicle on Seabrook Lane before2:56 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12.
Police reports
This Valentine stole her heart
Aman in a red windbreaker with a blackhoodie stole a diamond at the HillsdaleShopping Center in San Mateo before8:27 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.
By Martha Mendoza 
SAN JOSE — It used to be that “hacking”was just a type of crime, a computer break-in.But today, the term is also part of a growing— and perfectly legal — mainstay of the techsector. Computer programming competitionsknown as “hackathons” have spread likeviruses in recent years as ways for geeks,nerds and designers to get together to eatpizza, lose sleep and create something new. The formal, marathon group brainstorm-ing sessions are focused on everything fromdeveloping lucrative apps to using computercode to solve the world’s problems. This yeara record 1,500 hackathons are plannedaround the globe, up from just a handful in2010. “Ahackathon is the fastest way to actuallydo something about an idea,” said NimaAdelkhani, organizer of the weekend-longHack for Peace in the Middle East competi-tion in San Francisco this month. Law enforcement has not abandoned theterm. Dozens of federally convicted “hack-ers” are serving prison sentences for comput-er fraud and other cybercrimes. And theJustice Department’s cybercrime budget thisyear is $9 million to target offenses thatinclude “hacking.” But the new uses have popped up withincreasing frequency since a pair of techevents in 1999 where developers workedtogether to write programs. Yahoo getsrecognition for the first official hackathon in2005. And Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberghas been largely credited with helping broad-en the definitions by urging his staff to“hack” by “building something quickly ortesting the boundaries of what can be done.” Anew Facebook option that went liveThursday allowing users more than 50 waysto identify their gender beyond male andfemale was conceived during a companyhackathon four months ago. This month, the first global hackathon forBlack Male Achievement was held inOakland. Music Hack Day is coming inTokyo and Hackomotive competitors willdevelop apps in Santa Monica that make iteasier to buy and sell cars. During these sorts of tech-heavy, weekendcompetitions, teams of computer program-mers, software engineers and developers hud-dle over monitors for hours, working up newapps for smartphones or other devices. Apanel of judges selects winners, and prizesare usually awarded. “Developers are a rare breed where they getpaid a lot of money to do this job during theweek, and they enjoy it so much they want todo it more on the weekend,” said JonGotfriend, who’s been going to hackathonsfor more than three years. As such events have become more popular,a set of rules has coalesced. Teams are typi-cally made up of a handful of people.Designs, ideas and even mock-ups can beworked on in advance, but everyone startswriting code at the same time. And teams ownwhatever they come up with. The opening stages of a hackathon can beexciting as challenges, prizes, teams and judges are introduced. But within hoursthere’s a quiet buzz and lots of keyboardclicking as programmers make their ideas areality. Participants arrive with sleeping bags,deodorant, toothbrushes, pillows and lap-tops. By morning’s wee hours, pizza, energydrinks and bean bag chairs are in hot demand.Candy of all kinds is consumed, and by thetime the buzzer goes off after 24 or 48 hours,most participants are disheveled and a littleloopy. Like the tech industry itself, hackathonparticipants are mostly men. But someorganizers are trying to change that. There was an unusually high number of women at a hackathon at the AT&TDeveloperSummit in Las Vegas last month after organ-izers promised $10,000 extra to any teamwith a majority of females. It worked; bothwinning teams were led by women. But inevery other way, the event was typical.
Computer whizzes brainstorm forcash at hackathons competitions
“Developers are a rare breed where they get paid a lot of money to do this job during the week,and they enjoy it so much they want to do it more on the weekend.” 
— Jon Gotfriend

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