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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Thursday
Feb.20,2014
Vol XIII,Edition 160
SEEKING A TRUCE
WORLD PAGE 8
 
MISSINGCATSHARDTOFIND
SUBURBANLIVING PAGE 23
UKRAINE LEADER NAMES NEW ARMY CHIEF AFTERCLASHES
By Samantha Weigel
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
San Mateo is moving forwardwith revamping its CommunityDevelopment Department toregain public trust after a self-imposed management auditrevealed an overworked staff andpoor communication.City officialsand members of the public gath-ered Monday toreview and dis-cuss sugges-tions to recruitnew staff,remodel someparts of CityHall to make the department moreaccessible and convenient to thepublic and incorporate new staff,integrate new technology, conducttraining and hire an ombudsmanwho would help the public shouldany issues arise.After a breakdown in staff andcouncil communication that land-ed the city entangled in a lawsuitover the opening of a 7-Eleven ina residential neighborhood, offi-cials opted to undergo an inde-pendent management audit of thedepartment in September.Community Developmentincludes planning, code enforce-ment, building and neighborhoodimprovement and housing divi-sions. “I want residents of San Mateoto understand this was in no wayan indictment or vote of no confi-dence of our CDD staff. I think wehave some of the hardest workers… [but] there were a number of very public, and quite frankly,missteps that the entire city had tobear,” Councilman David Lim
After audit,city moves ahead with changes
More staff,training and communication for Community Development Department
By Fenit Nirappil
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SACRAMENTO — Gov. JerryBrown and the top Democraticlawmakers on Wednesdayannounced a $687 million plan toprovide immediate help todrought-stricken communitiesthroughout California, including$15 million for those with danger-ously low drinking water sup-plies.The proposal comes amid one of the driest periods in the history of the nation’s most populous state,forcing farmers to fallow fields andsome communities to warn of lowwater supplies.“There’s many ways we can bet-ter use the water we have,” Brownsaid during a news conference at astate office near Sacramento. “Youcan’t manufacture water.”The Democratic plan, whichnow goes to the Legislature, doesnot address long-term improve-ments to California’s water supplyand distribution system. Rather, it
Gov.pushes drought plan
Brown unveils $687M proposal to help communities in need
Belmont dad killedin skiing accident
Lindsey Van Why rememberedas family man,dedicated worker
By SashaLekach
BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE
ABelmont man who died in a skiaccident at Northstar Californiaski resort on Valentine’s Day wasremembered as a loving father andhusband who was as passionateabout his job as he was about ski-ing and being outdoors.Lindsey Van Why, 43, was on hislast run of the day when he hit atree on the “Cascades” intermedi-ate-level trail at the ski resort nearTruckee, sheriff’s spokeswomanDena Erwin said.Van Why was skiing with afriend who had skied ahead andreported the incident when hiscompanion never made it down thetrail, Erwin said.Van Why was found on the runwith severe head and facialwounds. Emergency responderstried to save his life but wereunsuccessful and he was pro-nounced dead at the scene, shesaid.He was not wearing a helmet atthe time of the accident, she said.Van Why was a safety engineer atthe Milpitas-based constructioncompany XLConstruction and wasthe safety manager for the compa-ny’s concrete division, accordingto Mike Popp, safety director at
By Samantha Weigel
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
On any given day, bicyclists,pedestrians and thousands of carsuse Belmont’s Ralston Avenue totravel through town, drop childrenoff at school or access the area’smain freeways. But irregularspeeds, sectioned bike paths andnarrow sidewalks are provingproblematic in accommodatingall.“It is the only street in Belmontthat goes from east to west so atsome point anybody who lives inBelmont has to get on Ralston if they need to get on the freeway or
Belmont looking for safer street
Corridor study attempts to makeRalston Avenue viable for all users
Lindsey Van Why from Belmont diedin a ski accident at NorthstarCalifornia ski resort on Feb.14.
David Lim
REUTERS
Director of Emergency Services Mark Ghilarducci,second left,gives Gov.Jerry Brown a tour of the Cal OES StateOperations Center in Mather.Brown announced a $687 million drought-relief package on Wednesday to helpresidents,farm workers and local communities cope with a water shortage he called the worst in the state’smodern history.
DAILY JOURNAL FILE PHOTO
Belmont’s Ralston Avenue is diverse in pedestrian activity,traffic patternsand community character.
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Burglary suspect arrested after leaving wallet
DALLAS — Authorities say ateenager who burglarized a Dallaspolice officer’s apartment, taking hisservice weapon and ammunition, wasapprehended after he lost his wallet ashe fled.Police reports say two witnesseschased 18-year-old Adrian Jimmersonwhen he was seen Feb. 13 carrying apillowcase full of items. The suspectdropped the pillowcase as he jumped afence, but his pants ripped and his wal-let fell to the ground. Aschool identi-fication card also was found.Jimmerson was arrested the next day.He was being held Tuesday at theDallas County jail on a charge of bur-glary of a habitation, with a bond of $10,000. Aphone message left withhis public defender, Frank Douglas,was not immediately returned.
California dog dies of poison owner researched
BLUE LAKE — Sheriff’s officials inNorthern California are investigatingthe possibility that a dog was fatallypoisoned because of research its ownerwas conducting.The 10-year-old Labrador mix namedNyxo died earlier this month inHumboldt County after eating red meatlaced with rat poison. The dog’sowner, ecologist Mourad Gabriel, sayshe has been studying the same poisonand its effects on Pacific fishers andnorthern spotted owls.The Humboldt County Sheriff’sOffice has opened an animal crueltyinvestigation. Lt. Wayne Hanson saysinvestigators are considering the pos-sibility that Nyxo was targetedbecause of Gabriel’s research.No other neighbors have reportedusing rat poison or having their ani-mals poisoned, and Gabriel did not letthe dog loose in the neighborhood.A$2,500 reward has been offered forinformation in the case.
Man killed after attacking deputies with bat
SAN LORENZO — Alameda Countysheriff’s officials say deputies shotand killed a 61-year-old man after heassaulted paramedics who were tryingto put him in an ambulance then wentafter the deputies with a baseball bat.David Goins was shot at his home inSan Lorenzo late Monday. Firefighters and paramedics werecalled to investigate reports that a res-ident was having a seizure. Goins wasbeing aided by paramedics he becamecombative and ran into the house. Authorities say a deputy opened fireafter a sheriff’s sergeant was hit thebat. The sergeant suffered a bruise onhis arm.Sgt. J.D. Nelson tells the newspaperdeputies had been to the home 19times since 2011 for a variety of rea-sons, including to investigate reportsof domestic violence and public drunk-enness.
Water bottler faces opposition in California
MOUNTSHASTA— Spring waterbottler Crystal Geyser’s plans to tapan aquifer at the base of Mount Shastain far Northern California is runninginto opposition from some residents,environmentalists and NativeAmerican tribes.They say the planned bottling oper-ation in the town of Mount Shasta inSiskiyou County could deplete wellsand the aquifer, which feeds the head-waters of the Sacramento River, at atime of extreme drought in California. Crystal Geyser says the concerns areoverblown. The company plans to usea plant that was built by Coca-Cola tobottle water for Dannon. Crystal Geyser CEO Doug MacLeansaid that Crystal Geyser will use half the water that Coca-Cola used, andthere is plenty of available water.But people in the town of about3,400 say the county is not thorough-ly studying the possible impacts of the project.“This is the same aquifer that thehomeowners who live nearby share,”Vicki Gold, a member of a citizensgroup opposed to the project, told thenewspaper.
FOR THE RECORD2
Thursday
Feb.20,2014
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Mitch McConnell,R-Ky.,is 72.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1944
During World War II, U.S. strategicbombers began raiding German air-craft manufacturing centers in a seriesof attacks that became known as “BigWeek.”
“I’ve always believed in the adage that the secret of eternal youth is arrested development.” 
— Alice Roosevelt Longworth,former first daughter (born 1884,died this date in 1980)
Actor SidneyPoitier is 87.Newspaperheiress PatriciaHearst is 60.
Birthdays
REUTERS
A worker prepares part of a carnival float at the Mangueira Samba School in preparation for the annual carnival parade inRio de Janeiro,Brazil.
Thursday
: Partly cloudy. Highs in thelower 60s. North winds 5 to 15 mph.
Thursday night:
Partly cloudy. Lows inthe mid 40s. Northwest winds 5 to 15mph.
Friday
: Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s.North winds 5 to 10 mph.
Friday night:
Mostly clear in theevening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the upper40s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday
: Partly cloudy in the morning then becomingsunny. Highs in the lower 60s.
Saturday night through Sunday night:
Mostly clear.Lows in the upper 40s. Highs around 60.
Monday:
Partly cloudy. Highs around 60.
Monday night through Tuesday:
Mostly cloudy.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1792
, President George Washington signed an act creat-ing the U.S. Post Office.
In 1809, 
the Supreme Court ruled that no state legislaturecould annul the judgments or determine the jurisdictions of federal courts.
In 1862
, William Wallace Lincoln, the 11-year-old son of President Abraham Lincoln and first lady Mary Todd Lincoln,died at the White House, apparently of typhoid fever.
In 1907
, President Theodore Roosevelt signed an immigra-tion act which excluded “idiots, imbeciles, feebleminded per-sons, epileptics, insane persons” from being admitted to theUnited States.
In 1933
, Congress proposed the 21st Amendment to theU.S. Constitution to repeal Prohibition.
In 1938, 
Anthony Eden resigned as British foreign secre-tary following Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s deci-sion to negotiate with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
In 1950
, the U.S. Supreme Court, in United States v.Rabinowitz, ruled 5-3 that authorities making a lawful arrestdid not need a warrant to search and seize evidence in an areathat was in the “immediate and complete control” of the sus-pect.
In 1962
, astronaut John Glenn became the first American toorbit the Earth as he flew aboard Project Mercury’sFriendship 7 spacecraft.
In 1971, 
the National Emergency Warning Center inColorado erroneously ordered U.S. radio and TVstations off the air; some stations heeded the alert, which was not liftedfor about 40 minutes.
In 1987, 
a bomb left by Unabomber Ted Kaczynski explod-ed behind a computer store in Salt Lake City, seriously injur-ing store owner Gary Wright. Soviet authorities releasedJewish activist Josef Begun.
In other news ...
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Feb.20,2014
 THEDAILYJOURNAL
LOCAL
REDWOOD CITY 
Burglary
. Aflat screen TVwas reported stolenfrom a recreation room on Veterans Boulevardbefore 8:48 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12.
Shoplift
. Aperson reported two men steal-ing DVDs on El Camino Real before 12:37a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12.
Suspicious circumstance.
Awomanaccepted a ride from a stranger and was scaredwhen the driver stayed and waited after hedropped her off at Veterans Boulevard before1:07 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.
Hit-and-run.
Injuries were sustained in ahit-and-run accident between a Jeep Cherokeeand a gray Buick LaCrosse at El Camino Realand Whipple Avenue before 3:45 p.m. Friday,Feb. 7.
PRINCETON
Possession of unlawful paraphernalia
.Aman on probation was found in posesses-sion of a glass pipe used for smokingmethampthetamine at Johnson Pier before11:01 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16.
Burglary
. Abackpack filled with clothing,perfume and a man’s watch valued at $500 wasstolen from a car on the 4200 block of NorthCabrillo before 9:38 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13.
Theft
. Alaptop valued at $1,800 was stolenfrom a vehicle that had the window smashedat the 400 block of Prospect Drive before9:28 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13.
Police reports
 Ji had to make that call?
An elderly woman reported receivingthreatening phone calls from peopleclaiming to be terrorists on SeastormDrive in Redwood City before 12:30p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12.
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
AMcDonald’s manager suspected of rob-bing two of the fast-food franchises, includ-ing his own in Pleasanton, pleaded notguilty Wednesday to allegations he forcedthe employees of a San Mateo restaurantinto a freezer before making off with somecash.Prosecutors recently added three kidnap-ping charges to the case of Felix JeronimoGonzalez-Becerra, 42, which carries apotential life sentence. Gonzalez-Becerra, of Oakland, is alsocharged with three counts each of second-degree robbery and false imprisonment.After entering his not guilty plea yester-day, Gonzalez-Becerra was scheduled for jury trial May 27.San Mateo policearrested Gonzalez-BecerraSept. 2, 2013, after hewas identified as the sus-pect in the robbery of theMcDonald’s in theLaurelwood ShoppingCenter on the 1200 blockof West HillsdaleBoulevard. Employees said a manentered the restaurant around 10:30 p.m.with a face mask and gloves and what theybelieved to be a handgun but that turned outto be a replica. The robber forced the work-ers into the freezer and had one open thesafe. He made off with an undisclosedamount of money but was apprehended whenpolice officers responding to a broadcastdescription stopped his vehicle as it crossedthe San Mateo-Hayward Bridge.After his arrest, authorities tied him to anAug. 28, 2013, robbery of a McDonald’s inPleasanton that Gonzalez-Becerra managed.He is being prosecuted for that crime by theAlameda County District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe saidalthough Gonzalez-Becerra allegedly movedthe employees from one room to anotherspace within the same building rather thanan entirely new location the kidnappingcharge “clearly qualifies” because of his“dangerous conduct.”Gonzalez-Becerra returns to court for aconference May 6 prior to his jury trial andremains in custody without bail.
McDonald’s manager pleads not guilty to robbery
Felix Gonzalez-Becerra
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF REPORT
Half Moon Bay voters will have a chanceto weigh in on the future of the Main StreetBridge directly as the City Council movedto place two measures on the June ballot. One measure will reflect the proposed ini-tiative from those seeking to preserve thebridge as well as a council-backed initiativethat would provide greater flexibility ondesign and safety features, according to acity press release. The City Council had voted in Septemberto demolish the bridge in favor of a newstructure after it was revealed to be struc-turally unsafe. Agroup of residents and mer-chants had expressed caution about tearingdown the bridge and said it could hurt busi-ness since it’s the main artery into down-town. Replacing the bridge was estimated tocost $7 million and would have some feder-al funding.“Having two ballot measures will providethe residents of Half Moon Bay with a clearchoice on the future of the Main StreetBridge,” offered Mayor John Muller.“Instead of going through an exhaustive andcostly signature gathering process, let’shave the voters weigh in as soon as possi-ble at our next scheduled election. After along review process, the City Council deter-mined that the Bridge is a safety hazard andmust be addressed. The June ballot measureswill help us determine the best path forwardto accomplish that goal.”The council directed the city attorney todraft both measures in time for the March 4meeting. Members of the public will havethe opportunity to comment on the pro-posed ballot measures before the CityCouncil takes action, according to the pressrelease.The meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 atthe Adcock Community/Senior Center, 535Kelly Ave.
Two proposals for Main Street Bridge replacement
 
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