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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Thursday
Feb.27,2014
Vol XIII,Edition 166
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University sued forunderage drinking
Lawsuit:Lacrosse recruit hospitalizedwhile visiting Notre Dame de Namur
By Samantha Weigel
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Ayoung man who claims he suffered from alcohol poi-soning after playing beer pong on a supervised recruitingtrip to Notre Dame de Namur University is suing the schoolfor damages he claims resulted from the school negligentlyallowing underage drinking on its campus. According to a lawsuit filed by Christian Ballow, he was18 years old when pressured into drinking during a recruit-ing trip that led to his hospitalization after two studentsfound him covered in feces and urine in a NDNU dorm rest-room. Ballow, a San Diego County resident, visited the Belmontcampus in 2011 because he was recruited by Steve Dini, theschool’s lacrosse coach at the time, and was offered an ath-letic scholarship, according to the suit filed Tuesday.Ballow and his attorneys couldn’t be immediately reachedfor comment but, according to the lawsuit, the schoolshould have known underage drinking was a problem on the
Former sheriffs deputy tostand trialin assault case
By Aimee Lewis Strain
BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE
Aformer San Mateo County sheriff’sdeputy who allegedly beat up his ex-girl-friend’s past boyfriend in an apparent jealous rage was ordered Tuesday to standtrial on charges that could put himbehind bars for up to a decade, prosecu-tors said.Colin Troy Smith, 42, of San Carlos,was held to answer on the charges after a preliminary hear-
By Samantha Weigel
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The developers of an eight-storyapartment building proposed for down-town San Mateo were offered a litanyof ideas to make their project better bythe San Mateo Planning Commissionthis week — more parking, moreretail, a better pedestrian experienceand an architectural design to comple-ment Central Park.“Central Park is really a jewel, so thebuilding that sits across from that parkreally needs to make a statement. It hasto be something San Mateo is going tobe proud of,” said PlanningCommissioner Charlie Drechsler.The Planning Commission met for astudy session Tuesday night to reviewthe pre-application for the proposed75-foot Essex at Central Park thatwould cover the surface parking lot onthe corner of Fifth Avenue and SanMateo Drive. While the need for hous-ing was a consensus, there were con-cerns about the location and size of this proposal.Voter-approved Measure P, an exten-sion of Measure H, requires develop-ments taller than 55 feet to provide anaffordable housing component of 10percent below-market rate units perdevelopment and a public benefit.Defining that public benefit is anotherchallenge. Whether it’s making financial con-tributions to Central Park, improvingparts of Fifth Avenue or donating to aparking structure, PlanningCommissioner Rick Bonilla said thepublic benefit will need to be signifi-cant.“We are looking at a big change,what’s next to probably one of themost beloved parks on the Peninsula,”
Ideas abound for Essex plan
By Angela Swartz
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Compass High School, a RedwoodCity school for students with mild tomoderate learning differences launchedin August 2013 is opening a new, big-ger facility in San Mateo during the2014-15 school year.The private school, currently locatedat Twin Dolphins Drive in RedwoodShores and has nine students, enteredinto a lease agreement on a 7,100-square-foot building at 2040 PioneerCourt near City Hall and the move-indate is set for June. The goal is to offera supportive environment to studentswith challenges from traditional learn-ing disabilities to those who havehigh-functioning autism. The curricu-lum offered includes a college prepara-tory program and also integrated serv-ices such as speech therapy and sup-port for students as well as their fami-lies. Currently, there are two 10th-
Learning differences school to expand
Compass High School moving to larger San Mateo locationSan Mateo Planning Commission weighs in on eight-story downtown apartment proposal
Rendering of downtown San Mateo’s Essex development.
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Huge Marilyn Monroe statue to leave California
PALM SPRINGS — Amassive statueof Marilyn Monroe that has turnedheads for two years in Palm Springs isheaded east.The Riverside Press-Enterprise saysthe 26-foot-tall, 34,000-pound statuewill be transported in April fromCalifornia to Hamilton, N.J., where itwill be part of an exhibit honoring itsdesigner, Seward Johnson.Agoing away party, open to thepublic, is planned for March 27.The statue of the “Some Like it Hot”star arrived in the desert resort city in2012.The sculpture depicts Monroe tryingto push down her billowing skirt inher memorable scene in the “SevenYear Itch.”The “Forever Marilyn” statue, onloan from The Sculpture Foundation,was previously in Chicago.Palm Springs officials say theyhope to eventually lure Marilyn back.
Irwindale holds meeting over hot sauce factory
IRWINDALE — There could be fierywords Wednesday night as a SouthernCalifornia city considers whether ahot sauce factory is a public nuisancebecause of its spicy emissions. The Irwindale City Council hasscheduled a public hearing about theSriracha factory. The council could findthat the plant is a public nuisance — astep that at some point could lead to ashutdown order. Last month, a judge ordered theplant to stop producing the smellsuntil air-quality experts can determinehow to mitigate them.But the Los Angeles suburb says res-idents have continued to complainabout eye-stinging fumes. Plant owner Huy Fong Foods saysit’s proposed ways to deal with theproblem and it’s urging supporters toattend the meeting.
Behaviorists:Dogs feel no shame despite the look
LOS ANGELES — The next time youstart shaking your finger and shouting“Shame on you!” because your dogchewed up your favorite fuzzy slip-pers, just remember that no matterhow guilty your dog looks, it doesn’tknow what your rant is about. Behaviorists insist dogs lackshame. The guilty look — head cow-ered, ears back, eyes droopy — is areaction to the tantrum you are throw-ing now over the damage they didhours earlier.“Just get over it and remind yourself not to put temptation in the way nexttime,” said Dr. Bonnie Beaver, a pro-fessor at Texas A&M University’sCollege of Veterinary Medicine andexecutive director of the AmericanCollege of Veterinary Behaviorists.But scientific findings haven’t put adent in the popularity of online dogshaming sites like dogshaming.comand shameyourpet.com or videos likethose posted on youtube.com/crack-rockcandy. In the photos and videos,dogs wear humorous written “confes-sions” and often are surrounded by theremnants of their misdeeds. There isno question that in some photos, theylook guilty of eating, drinking, chew-ing, licking or destroying somethingthey shouldn’t have.Dogshaming.com was the first andis among the most popular sites.Since Pascale Lemire started it inAugust 2012, it has received morethan 58 million page views and morethan 65,000 submissions. Asubmis-sion has to come with a photo show-ing the dog’s guilty look.Lemire, who lives in Vancouver,British Columbia, also published abook called “Dog Shaming,” whichhit the New York Times best-seller listin January.“I don’t think dogs actually feelshame,” Lemire said. “I think theyknow how to placate us with this sadpuppy-dog look that makes us thinkthey’re ashamed of what they’ve done.My guess is that their thinking is: ‘Ohman, my owner is super mad aboutsomething, but I don’t know what, buthe seems to calm down when I givehim the sad face, so let’s try thatagain.”’
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Thursday
Feb.27,2014
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As a public service,the Daily Journal prints obituaries of approximately 200 words or less with a photo one time on the date of the family’s choosing.To submit obituaries,emailinformation along with a jpeg photo to news@smdailyjournal.com.Free obituaries are edited for style,clarity,length and grammar.If you would like to have an obituary printedmore than once,longer than 250 words or without editing,please submit an inquiry to our advertising department at ads@smdailyjournal.com.
Actor Adam Baldwin is 52.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1814
Ludwig van Beethoven’s SymphonyNo. 8 in F major, Op. 93, was firstperformed in Vienna. (Also on theprogram was Beethoven’s SymphonyNo. 7 in AMajor, Op. 92, which hadpremiered in Dec. 1813.)
“There is no inevitability in history except as men make it.” 
— Felix Frankfurter,U.S.Supreme Court Justice (1882-1965)
Consumer advocate RalphNader is 80.Chelsea Clinton is34.
Birthdays
REUTERS
Visitors take a rest inside a bubble at the terrace at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona,Spain.
Thursday
:Showers likely and a slightchance of thunderstorms in the morn-ing...Then a chance of showers in theafternoon. Highs in the upper 50s. Southwinds 10 to 20 mph.
Thursday night
: Rain likely. Lows inthe upper 40s. Southeast winds 5 to 10mph increasing to east 15 to 20 mph aftermidnight.
Friday
: Showers in the morning. Aslight chance of thun-derstorms. Highs in the mid 50s. Southeast winds 10 to 20mph.
Friday night
: Showers likely. Lows in the upper 40s. Eastwinds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of showers 70 percent.
Saturday:
Mostly cloudy. Achance of showers. Highs inthe upper 50s.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1801
, the District of Columbia was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress.
In 1911
, inventor Charles F. Kettering demonstrated hiselectric automobile starter in Detroit by starting a Cadillac’smotor with just the press of a switch, instead of hand-crank-ing.
In 1922
, the Supreme Court, in Leser v. Garnett, unani-mously upheld the 19th Amendment to the Constitution,which guaranteed the right of women to vote.In 1933, Germany’s parliament building, the Reichstag,was gutted by fire. Chancellor Adolf Hitler, blaming theCommunists, used the fire as justification for suspendingcivil liberties.
In 1939
, the Supreme Court, in National Labor RelationsBoard v. Fansteel Metallurgical Corp., effectively outlawedsit-down strikes. Britain and France recognized the regimeof Francisco Franco of Spain.
In 1943
, during World War II, Norwegian commandoslaunched a raid to sabotage a German-operated heavy waterplant in Norway. The U.S. government began circulatingone-cent coins made of steel plated with zinc (the steel pen-nies proved very unpopular, since they were easily mistak-en for dimes).
In 1951
, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, limit-ing a president to two terms of office, was ratified.
In 1960, 
the U.S. Olympic hockey team defeated theSoviets, 3-2, at the Winter Games in Squaw Valley, Calif.(The U.S. team went on to win the gold medal.)
In 1968
, at the conclusion of a CBS News special report onthe Vietnam War, Walter Cronkite delivered a commentary inwhich he said the conflict appeared “mired in stalemate.”
In other news ...
(Answers tomorrow)SPELLTOXIN ENCORE GLANCESaturday’sJumbles:Answer:The judge’s closing remark was a LONG SENTENCE Now arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
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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Actress Joanne Woodward is 84.Opera singer Mirella Freniis 79. Actress Barbara Babcock is 77. Actor Howard Hessemanis 74. Actress Debra Monk is 65. Rock singer-musician NealSchon (Journey) is 60. Rock musician Adrian Smith (IronMaiden) is 57. Actor Timothy Spall is 57. Rock musician PaulHumphreys (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark) is 54.Country singer Johnny Van Zant (Van Zant) is 54. Rock musi-cian Leon Mobley (Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals) is53. Basketball Hall-of-Famer James Worthy is 53. ActorGrant Show is 52. Rock musician Mike Cross (Sponge) is 49.
Lotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are Lucky Charms,No.12,in first place;Hot Shot,No.3,in secondplace;and Solid Gold No.10,in third place.Therace time was clocked at 1:41.12.
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Thursday
Feb.27,2014
 THEDAILYJOURNAL
LOCAL
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO
Fraud
. Awoman was told her grandsonwas arrested and was scammed out of $1,950 on Tipperary Avenue before 2:46p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13.
Burglary
. Apurse was taken from a blueCadillac Escalade after its window wassmashed on Amaryllis Court before 7:52a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13.
Burglary
. Abriefcase was taken from asilver Chevrolet Suburban at the MarriottHotel on Veterans Boulevard before 7:57a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12.
Fraud
. Aperson reported seeing anemployee steal cash that was supposed togo to the bank on Spruce Avenue before3:39 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11.
Accident
. Ablack Mercedes hit a parkedvehicle and a stop sign at South MapleAvenue and Victory Avenue before 3:34p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11.
SAN BRUNO
Burglary
. Abag with a laptop, cameraand luggage was taken from a gray HondaPilot through a smashed rear window onthe 800 block of El Camino Real before10:32 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23.
Petty theft.
Ablack iPhone 5 was takenafter being left unattended on the 1200block of El Camino Real before 5:42 p.m.Sunday, Feb. 23.
Petty theft.
Acheetah-print wallet con-taining a driver’s license and SocialSecurity card was taken from a business onthe 1200 block of El Camino Real before4:20 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23.
PRINCETON
Arrest.
Ajuvenile man and woman toldofficers who stopped them that theyingested three mollies while at a nightclub and were arrested and transported toSan Mateo Medical Center before 4:37a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13.
Sandra J.Canavan
Sandra J. Canavan, born Nov. 6, 1936,died Feb. 15, 2014, in Millbrae after a seriesof illnesses. She is survived by her husband of 53years, Don, AKALefty, her daughters Marciand Cathy, her son Mike and daughter-in-law Katie. Also survived by her brother,Eldred and his wife June and sister-in-lawGrace Reed. Grandmother of Keith,Veronica, Summer, Holden and Tommy.“She was loved by all.” Sandy enjoyedtraveling and loved her Thursday nightbowling league.Family services will be in the near future.Condolences may be sent to the Chapel of the Highlands at 194 Millwood Drive inMillbrae.
 As a public service, the Daily Journal prints obituaries of approximately 200words or less with a photo one time on thedate of the family’s choosing. To submit obituaries, email information along with a jpeg photo to news@smdailyjournal.com.Free obituaries are edited for style, clarity,length and grammar. If you would like tohave an obituary printed more than once,longer than 200 words or without editing, please submit an inquiry to our advertisingdepartment at ads@smdailyjournal.com.
Police reports
Not in my city!
Awoman was waving a sign that said“smile” at the intersection of RalstonAvenue and El Camino Real in Belmontbefore 2:46 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19.
STATEGOVERNMENT
AssemblymanRich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, 
intro-duced
AssemblyBill 2516
to estab-lish the
PlanningforSea Level Rise Database
to be acentrally located source of information onhow California is preparing for, and adapt-ing to, sea level rise.Over the past year, Gordon chaired fourselect committee hearings that focused onthe impact of sea level rise on coastal agri-culture, the fishing industry, tourism, portsand infrastructure, as well as examined theexisting authority granted to state agen-cies. Gordon co-hosted a conference with
U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-SanMateo
, and
San Mateo CountySupervisorDave Pine
on the issue inDecember.
The Planning forSea Level RiseDatabase
will be overseen by the
Natural Resources Agency
, who willbe charged with posting the database on itswebsite. State agencies, as well as speci-fied private and public entities will submitinformation for the database, including:studies, modeling, mapping, cost-benefitanalyses, vulnerability assessments andadaptation assessments, according toGordon’s office.The bill will be heard in committee thisspring.
CITY GOVERNMENT
The
Belmont City Council
willappoint a new councilmember instead of holding a special election to fill the seatrecently vacated by
Christine Wozniak
.The council voted Tuesday to begin anapplication process and allow residents tosubmit an up to 400-word statement sum-marizing their interest in the positionalong with a resume by March 14. For moreinformation visit www.belmont.gov.
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