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NATION PAGE 7
DONKEYKONGSWINGS BACK
WEEKEND PAGE 17
WEALTH GAP IS WIDEST IN SOME AFFLUENT U.S.CITIES
 
Lawmakerproposingtax on fuel
By Don Thompson
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SACRAMENTO — The state Senate leader on Thursdayproposed a tax on consumer fuel purchases of gasoline, oil,diesel, ethanol and natural gas, with the money raiseddiverted to mass transit projects and households makingless than $75,000 annually.The plan by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg,D-Sacramento, would not create an additional tax, however.Instead, it would alter how money is raised and spent under aprovision of California’s landmark 2006 greenhouse gasemissions law, known as AB32.Environmental and business groups immediately opposed
Transit Village fundsmay go toward park
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Construction of the hotly debated Transit Village in SanCarlos will mean hundreds of thousands of dollars for a near-by park under a recommendation coming before the CityCouncil Monday night.The council will consider designating all the park devel-opment facility fees, also known as park in-lieu fees, paid
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Aformer Daly City teen who prose-cutors contend lured a 15-year-oldclassmate to his fatal stabbing deathin a storage unit before going on thelam for 13 years was convicted of first-degree murder and the special allega-tion he waited for his victim.The combinationmeans ErickMorales, 32, will besentenced to life inprison withoutparole for the May21, 2001, death of Quetzalcoatl Alba.The defense forMorales, who didnot testify during the two-week trial,pointed the finger instead at his child-hood friend, Reynaldo Maldonado,who was separately convicted of mur-der in November. Attorney Tom Kelleysaid Maldonado sexually abused,threatened and urged Morales to killAlba to appease an alleged secretGuatemalan police organization.
Conviction concludes 13-year-oldmurder case;life sentence likely
Jury decides on first-degree charges for killing classmate
Erick Morales
REUTERS
State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg speaks toreporters in Sacramento.
By Michael R. Blood
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES — California hasreached the breaking point, says TimDraper. The Silicon Valley venture cap-italist is pushing a proposal to crackthe nation’s most populous state intosmaller pieces — six of them.California has grown so big, so inef-ficient, it’s essentially ungovernable,according to a ballot initiative thatcould reach voters as early asNovember. It has to go, he says.“Vast parts of our state are poorlyserved by a representative govern-ment,” according to Draper’s plan,which cleared a key government hurdlethis week, part of the process to quali-fy for the ballot. California residents“would be better served by six smallerstate governments.”In an interview Thursday, Draper saidhe has seen a state once regarded as amodel slide into decline — many pub-
Plan to divide California into six states advances
Tim Draper
REUTERS
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Friday
Feb.21,2014
Vol XIII,Edition 161
 
Foreclosures fuel sales;median price drops
Fueled by foreclosures, home salesin the Bay Area in January 2009 roseabove sales in January 2008 and themedian price of all new and resalehomes and condos fell to $300,000,the MDADataQuick realestate information serv-ices company reportedthe week of Feb. 21,2009.In San Mateo County, 273 homeswere sold compared to 295 homes.The median price was $489,500,compared to the prior year’s$675,000 and just more than 43 per-cent of purchased homes in SanMateo County were previously fore-closed. Fifty-four percent of Bay Areahomes that resold that month wereforeclosed properties, DataQuick said.Home buying remained slow inpricier coastal markets but was robustin many inland areas where steepprice declines boosted affordabilityand drove some sales of existinghouses to record levels, DataQuicksaid.
Burlingame Safeway plans take big step forward
Anew Burlingame Safeway withrooftop parking, second-floor officesand pedestrian paths might be openby spring 2011, according to compa-ny officials who outlined the week of Feb. 21, 2009, the vague but hopefulplans crafted by five years of commu-nity input.The City Councildenied an applicationfor a 66,900-square-footstore on the corner of Primrose Road and HowardAvenue more than five years prior andthe city organized a series of commu-nity planning sessions to determinewhat might best fit in the prime citylocation.
Report:County’s help for the homeless insufficient
The county’s shelter and safety netservices for those in need of housingand food had multiple gaps needingimmediate attention, particularly asthe shaky economy increases thenumbers of those needing help, offi-cials reported the week of Feb. 21,2009.The board had helped keep the SafeHarbor homeless shelter open with anemergency infusion of $70,000 inSeptember 2008 but wanted a fullinventory of services before consider-ing further help.Comparing fiscal year 2007 and2008 to fiscal year 2008 and 2009,individuals seeking food jumped 26percent to 4,946, individuals seekinghousing assistance jumped 49 percentto 3,630 and households seekingemergency assistance jumped 24 per-cent to 2,697.Yet the county’s sheltercapacity inventory showed168 emergency beds, 531beds and an average of 17 rooms viamotel vouchers per night.
County braces for state budget
San Mateo County residents, likeall Californians, could expect to findtheir wallets hit harder by more salesand personal income tax and anincreased vehicle license fee under thestate budget passed the week of Feb.21, 2009.Officials said residents would seeconstruction projects continued, stateworkers without pink slips and acounty not having to use its preciousreserves to float state-mandated serv-ices because of payment deferrals.
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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Feb.21,2014
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Actor KelseyGrammer is 59.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1965
Black Muslim leader and civil rightsactivist Malcolm X, 39, was shot todeath inside the Audubon Ballroom inNew York by assassins identified asmembers of the Nation of Islam.
“In scandal,as in robbery,the receiver is always as bad as the thief.” 
— Lord Chesterfield,English author (1694-1773)
Actor Alan Rickman is 68.Actress JenniferLove Hewitt is 35.
Birthdays
TOM JUNG/DAILY JOURNAL
Edward Bineth gets a High Five from Mickey himself as cast members from Disney on Ice:Rockin’Ever After visit Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo on Feb.18.Rockin’plays at the SAP Center in San Jose through Feb.23 and at Oracle Arenain Oakland Feb.26 - March 2.
Friday
: Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s.North winds 5 to 10 mph.
Friday night:
Partly cloudy. Lows inthe upper 40s. Northwest winds 5 to 10mph.
Saturday
: Partly cloudy. Highs in thelower 60s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday night:
Mostly cloudy. Lowsin the upper 40s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday
: Mostly cloudy in the morning then becomingsunny. Highs in the upper 50s.
Sunday night and Monday:
Mostly clear. Lows in theupper 40s. Highs around 60.
Monday night:
Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s.
Tuesday and Tuesday night
: Mostly cloudy. Highsaround 60. Lows in the upper 40s.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1513
, Pope Julius II, who had commissionedMichelangelo to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel,died nearly four months after the project was completed.
In 1613,
Mikhail Romanov, 16, was unanimously chosenby Russia’s national assembly to be czar, beginning adynasty that would last three centuries.
In 1862
, Nathaniel Gordon became the first and onlyAmerican slave-trader to be executed under the U.S. PiracyLaw of 1820 as he was hanged in New York.
In 1885, 
the Washington Monument was dedicated.
In 1916
, the World War I Battle of Verdun began in Franceas German forces attacked; the French were able to prevailafter 10 months of fighting.
In 1925
, The New Yorker magazine made its debut.
In 1945
, during the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima, theescort carrier USS Bismarck Sea was sunk by kamikazeswith the loss of 318 men.
In 1947
, Edwin H. Land publicly demonstrated his PolaroidLand camera, which could produce a black-and-white photo-graph in 60 seconds.
In 1964
, the first shipment of U.S. wheat purchased by theSoviet Union arrived in the port of Odessa.
In 1972
, President Richard M. Nixon began his historicvisit to China as he and his wife, Pat, arrived in Beijing.
In 1989
, the future president of Czechoslovakia, play-wright Vaclav Havel, was convicted for his role in a bannedrally and sentenced to nine months in jail (he was releasedin May 1989).
In 1994
, Aldrich Ames, a former head of Soviet counterin-telligence for the CIA, and his wife, Maria del Rosario CasasAmes, were arrested on charges of spying for the formerSoviet Union and later Russia.
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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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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is 90. Movie directorBob Rafelson is 81. Actor Gary Lockwood is 77. Actor-direc-tor Richard Beymer is 75. Actor Peter McEnery is 74. U.S.Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., is 74. Film/music company execu-tive David Geffen is 71. Actress Tyne Daly is 68. ActorAnthony Daniels is 68. Tricia Nixon Cox is 68. Former Sen.Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine, is 67. Rock musician JerryHarrison (The Heads) is 65. Actress Christine Ebersole is 61.Actor William Petersen is 61. Country singer Mary ChapinCarpenter is 56. Actor Jack Coleman is 56. Actor ChristopherAtkins is 53. Rock singer Ranking Roger is 53.
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Ruth Adler O’Neill
Ruth Frances Adler O’Neill was born on September 28, 1917in South Bend, Indiana to Max and Lillian Strauss Adler.She died in her sleep after a short illness on February 16,2014 at age 96. Ruth graduated from South Bend CentralHigh School and the University of Wisconsin. She marriedKay Cohn and is survived their children, Gene Cohn (Jill)of San Francisco and Carol Baye (Val Newman) of Salt LakeCity, her step-daughter, Maureen Hoyer (Tom), RehobothBeach, grandchildren Ben Cohn, Jennifer Abbsy (Mike) and Alexis Carroll-Gilgen (Chad), her special great-grandchild, Gracie. and nephews, Marvin, Bob, Bill, Dave, and Brad Frank, Allan and Scott Cohn and their families, other relatives and countless friends.She was preceded in death by her parents, Kay, husband  Arthur O’Neill, and her beloved sister, Mildred Adler Frank. Everyone enjoyed hearing her play the piano and she loved to play. She also enjoyed reading and keeping up with current affairs. She was sharp until the end. A memorial service will be held at Lesley Towers in San Mateo on Monday, February 24 at 3 PM.She will return to South Bend in the spring. Contributions may be made to Catholic Charities of South Bend. Woody  Allen said, “I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” Ruth O’Neill said, “Tell Woody it’s not so bad.”
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CITY GOVERNMENT
PillarPoint Harbor
and
OysterPoint Marina
visitors,residents and businesses will soonhave wireless Internet access afterthe
San Mateo County HarborDistrict Commission
approved installing
Wi-Fi
at ameeting Wednesday.
FOSTER CITY
Citizen assist
. Awoman was told by police that shewas part of a scam when she went to verify an unsolicitedcall from someone that told her to purchase a $1,000green dot card in order to avoid being arrested at theFoster City Police station before 12:27 p.m. Wednesday,Feb. 19.
Animal call.
Aperson who was working in his backyardwas bit by his tenant’s dog on Thatcher Lane before 4:27p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19.
Grand theft
. Awoman had a carpet cleaning companycome to service her home and now claims that her weddingring band is missing at Dominica Lane before 4:51 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 19.
BELMONT
Reckless driver.
Aperson was texting while driving onRalston Avenue and Old County Road before 10:52 a.m.Tuesday, Feb. 18.
Public works
. Water was gushing out of a a manholecover and running down the street on Monte Cresta Drivebefore 7:16 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18.
Marjorie Howay Swalwell
Marjorie Howay Swalwell died Dec. 13, 2013. She wasborn in Seattle, Wash., in 1926. She worked many years asa fashion associate at I. Magnin in SanMateo. Marjorie was a member of theKappa Kappa Gamma Sorority as analumna for more than 65 years. She was afounding member of the PeninsulaHearing League. It is a charity group thathelped deaf and hearing-impaired chil-dren. She also belonged to AAUWformany years. During their retirement, she and herhusband Bill who were married for 62 years, fulfilled a life-long dream by traveling all over the world.Marjorie is survived by her brother Jack Howay, her sis-ter Dorothy Congleton, her two children Lori Hendersonand Marty Swalwell and by her grandchildren Kenneth andJulie Henderson. There will be a private service.
Police reports
That’s not your friend
Aperson lent their skateboard to a friend who ended upselling it on Old County Road in Belmont before 10:52a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18.
BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE
An 18-year-old man was arrested onsuspicion of robbing two Redwood Citybusinesses and attempted to hold up athird throughout Wednesday morning,according to police.The first robbery occurred at the 7-Eleven at 1700 Broadway around 3 a.m.,police said. The suspect, later identifiedas Redwood City resident FebronioMendoza, allegedly entered the storeand demanded the sole employee handover the cash in the register.Mendoza allegedly told the clerk hehad a gun and simulated holding theweapon in his front pants pocket,police said.The clerk gave the suspect an undis-closed amount of money from the regis-ter and Mendoza ran away.Later, around 10:30 a.m., Mendozaallegedly entered a Subway sandwichshop at 1926 El Camino Real anddemanded money from an employee.According to police, Mendoza waswearing a black hooded sweatshirt and amask covering his face.The employee did not comply withthe demands and Mendoza ran out of thestore, police said.At another Subway location at 768Woodside Road around 10:40 a.m.,Mendoza entered in the same clothingand mask and demanded money from thecash register.He allegedly lifted his sweatshirt andshowed the employee a handgun tuckedin his waistband, police said.The employee opened the register andgave him an undisclosed amount of money from the drawer.Mendoza then left the store and a wit-ness saw him get into a dark BMWparked in the parking lot. Mendoza thenallegedly drove away on westboundWoodside Road.Police arrived to the area and recov-ered video surveillance images of the carleaving the lot. An officer recognizedthe vehicle from a traffic stop from a fewweeks earlier and passed along possiblesuspect information to investigators,police said.Around 3:30 p.m. Mendoza allegedlycame to the Police Department to reportthat his vehicle, a black 2006 BMW, hadbeen involved in a hit-and-run incident.Detectives were able to connect thevehicle to the robberies from earlier thatday. Asearch of the vehicle turned up evi-dence from the robberies including ahandgun and two rifles, police said.The firearms had been reported stolenfrom a residential burglary that hadoccurred previously in Mountain View,police said.Mendoza was booked into San MateoCounty Jail on robbery and attemptedrobbery charges.Police said there were no injuries atany of the robbery sites.Anyone with information is asked tocall Redwood City police DetectiveDave Stahler at (650) 780-7620.
Armed man arrested for Redwood City robberies
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