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Oyster Point Marina95 Harbor Master Rd. #1South San Francisco, CA 94080Pillar Point Harbor1 Johnson PierHalf Moon Bay, CA94019
It doesn’t get any fresher!
Just caught seafood for sale right at the docks at Pillar Point Harbor.
Report shows California is criminal’s top choicein U.S.
By Angela Swartz
San Bruno teachers and district officialsreached a tentative agreement this pastFriday to restore five contested furloughdays enacted during the economic downturn.The San Bruno Education Association andthe San Bruno Park Elementary SchoolDistrict announced Thursday that theyreached a tentative agreement Friday, March14 on the previously agreed-to furloughdays that teachers requested be restored.Three school days will be added to the end of the current school year, along with two pro-fessional development days. “It also provides the opportunity forteachers and staff members to receiveimportant professional development train-ing that can be implemented in classroomsfor the benefit of students,” SuperintendentDavid Hutt said in a statement. “Trainingthat has unfortunately been somewhat sacri-ficed as a result of the tough economic timesschool districts across the state have beenfacing.”District teachers agreed last year to takefive unpaid furlough days to help the districtwhen finances were tight, but protested lastweek saying the district had the funds torestore the cut days. Within the context of agreement with the teachers’association,the cost is $250,000, while the anticipatedtotal cost as applied to all employees is$400,000. This will be funded by moneyearmarked by the state for such purposes inconnection with the implementation of theCommon Core state standards, Hutt said in
Teacher furlough days halted
Both sides ‘happy’with agreement in San Bruno Park Elementary School District
Council dividedover when totalk land swap
By Michelle Durand
The San Carlos City Council agrees theproposed land swap between the city andschool district to accommodate a charterschool and more field space needs to bediscussed publicly — the divide is over just when.Mayor Mark Olbert, a strong propo-nent of trading the land above the TierraLinda Middle School campus for an underutilized parcel onCrestview Drive, is taking to his blog asking residents toattend Monday night’s meeting and request the councilagendize the discussion April 14. Olbert had hoped to havethe hearing as soon as Monday night but said there was noother support on the council for as quick a turnaround.Councilman Ron Collins said he definitely agrees thepublic talk has to happen but called Monday too soon andisn’t sure yet on April 14. The San Carlos ElementarySchool District held its own special meeting Thursday nightto discuss the swap proposal and Collins said he wanted tolet that play out and give staff time to ready details before
Harbor District seeks help
Commissioners looking to hire facilitator
By Samantha Weigel
Agroup of commissioners who are often at odds and strug-gle to coexist are seeking professional help as the SanMateo County Harbor District looks to hire a facilitator.This is at least the second time the special district thatruns both Pillar Point Harbor in Princeton and Oyster PointMarina/Park in South San Francisco will be looking towardcontracting a specialist. The San Mateo County Civil GrandJury recommend it hire a mediator after being investigatedin 2000 and 2001.
 The San Francisco International Airport is closing runways 1L and 1R so it can construct Runway Safety Areas.
:One of the improvements will be the installation of Engineered Material Arresting System — a honeycombed energy absorbingmaterial that safely captures aircraft landing gear in case a plane overruns the runway after landing.
By Angela Swartz
To comply with federally-mandatedchanges to improve runway safety atSan Francisco International Airport,two runways will close for $214 mil-lion worth of construction this sum-mer.The work, which will begin May 17and run for about three or four months,is to construct Runway Safety Areas, orRSA, rectangular spaces at each end of a runway. They’re designed to allow anaircraft to safely come to a stop in casea plane overruns, overshoots or veers
SFO readies for runway construction
Runway safety improvements should wrap up in September
Mark Olbert
March 21,2014
Vol XIII,Edition 185
March 21,2014
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Comedian-talk show host RosieO’Donnell is 52.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
Composer Johann Sebastian Bachwas born in Eisenach, Germany.
“Among individuals,as among nations, peace is the respect of others’rights.” 
— Benito Juarez,Mexican statesman (1806-1872)
Actor Gary Oldman is 56.Rapper-TV personality KevinFederline is 36.
A laborer works at an upside-down house under construction at Fengjing Ancient Town,Jinshan District,south of Shanghai.Workers are putting the final touches on this eccentric tourist attraction built at the ‘China Folk Painting Village.’Furniturewill also be placed upside down in the house,which is expected to open the public in April.
:Partly cloudy in the morningthen becoming sunny. Highs in the lower60s. West winds 5 to 15 mph.
Friday night:
Mostly clear in theevening then becoming partly cloudy.Lows in the mid 40s. Northwest winds 5to 15 mph.
:Partly cloudy in the morningthen becoming sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. North windsaround 5 mph...Becoming west in the afternoon.
Saturday night
: Mostly clear in the evening then becom-ing partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. West winds around10 mph... Becoming north after midnight.
: Partly cloudy in the morning then becomingsunny. Highs in the lower 60s.
Sunday night:
Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1556
, Thomas Cranmer, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, was burned at the stake for heresy.
In 1804, 
the French civil code, or the “Code Napoleon” asit was later called, was adopted.
In 1871
, journalist Henry M. Stanley began his famousexpedition in Africa to locate the missing Scottish mission-ary David Livingstone.
In 1907
, U.S. Marines arrived in Honduras to protectAmerican lives and interests in the wake of political vio-lence.
In 1944
, Charles Chaplin went on trial in Los Angeles,accused of transporting former protegee Joan Barry acrossstate lines for immoral purposes. (Chaplin was acquitted, butlater lost a paternity suit despite tests showing he wasn’t thefather of Barry’s child.)
In 1960
, about 70 people were killed in Sharpeville, SouthAfrica, when police fired on black protesters.
In 1963, 
the Alcatraz federal prison island in San FranciscoBay was emptied of its last inmates and closed at the order of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.
In 1965, 
civil rights demonstrators led by the Rev. MartinLuther King Jr. began their third, successful march fromSelma to Montgomery, Ala.
In 1972, 
the Supreme Court, in Dunn v. Blumstein, ruledthat states may not require at least a year’s residency for vot-ing eligibility.
In 1985, 
police in Langa, South Africa, opened fire onblacks marching to mark the 25th anniversary of Sharpeville; the reported death toll varied between 29 and 43.
In 1994,
at the Academy Awards, “Schindler’s List” wonseven Oscars, including best picture and best director forSteven Spielberg; Tom Hanks won best actor for“Philadelphia” while Holly Hunter was honored as bestactress for “The Piano.”
Fire roasts Peet’s
Astubborn fire crept through thewalls and ceilings of a downtownMenlo Park building the week of March 21, 2009,prompting a four-alarm response fromfirefighters and result-ing in about $1 mil-lion in damage.The two-story building houses aPeet’s Coffee & Tea and the Callawomen’s boutique on the ground floor,and offices on the second floor.Firefighters headed to the building,located at University Drive and SantaCruz Avenue, around 7 a.m. of Tuesdayof that week after being notified byAmerican Lock and Alarm that a firealarm had been activated there.
Supervisor throws hat in ring for Assembly
San Mateo County Supervisor RichGordon ended weeks of speculationabout his political future the week of March 21, 2009, by announcing plansto run for the 21st District stateAssembly seat.“The bottom line is the state is sobroken that I just feel somebody’s gotto step up and fix it,” said Gordon, cit-ing his mix of local, regional and stateexperience as reasons why he’s theperson to do just that.Gordon, of Menlo Park, is a third-generation Californian born and raisedin San Mateo County.Gordon’s announcementcame on the heels of thoseby Palo AltoCouncilwoman YorikoKishimoto and communitycollege district board memberHal Plotkin, both of Santa ClaraCounty.
Kindergarten increase raiseshousing,staffing questions
Approximately 70 more kinder-garten students than anticipatedenrolled in the San Carlos ElementarySchool District for the next year, itwas reported the week of March 21,2009. The growth was good news for thedistrict, which is paid per pupil.Whether extra classrooms will beneeded to house the students wasunknown. The district Board of Trustees had just tentatively approveda plan to increase class sizes from 20to 22. If that stays in place, additionalspace may not be needed.
Stocks fall,log gains
The week of March 21, 2009, WallStreet barely closed out its first two-week gain in almost a year.The Dow rose 14 percent over seventrading days. One reason for the mar-ket’s pause: It simply ran out of upbeateconomic and corporate news the pasttwo days.The major indexes did eke out a gainfor that week, jolted by theFed’s plans to buy hundreds of billions of dollars worth of debt securities in hopes of reviving lending. Stocks initially jumped on Wednesday of that weekwhen the plans were announced butthen fell Thursday and Friday asinvestors became concerned that thehuge injection of money into theeconomy could cause inflation.Other markets had a tumultuous weekas well. In just two days, the dollar fell5 percent versus the euro and 3 percentversus the yen, and oil prices soared 7percent Thursday above $51 a barrel tothe highest level this year.Many analysts believed stocks weredue for some retrenchment.“You get a run-up like that you’regoing to get a pullback,” said DoreenMogavero, president of the New Yorkfloor brokerage Mogavero, Lee & Co.The Dow industrials fell 122.42, or1.7 percent, to 7,278.38 on Friday of that week.
From the archives highlights stories origi-nally printed five years ago this week. Itappears in the Friday edition of the DailyJournal.
(Answers tomorrow)ORBITVENOM SICKEN FRUGALYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:The cemetery raised its burial fees andblamed it on the —COSTOF LIVINGNow 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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Violinist-conductor Joseph Silverstein is 82. ActressKathleen Widdoes is 75. Actress Marie-Christine Barrault is 70.Singer-musician Rose Stone (Sly and the Family Stone) is 69.Actor Timothy Dalton is 68. Singer Eddie Money is 65. Rocksinger-musician Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) is 64. Rockmusician Conrad Lozano (Los Lobos) is 63. Rhythm-and-bluessinger Russell Thompkins Jr. (The Stylistics) is 63. Comedywriter-performer Brad Hall is 56. Actress Sabrina LeBeauf is 56.Actor Matthew Broderick is 52. Rock musician Jonas “Joker”Berggren (Ace of Base) is 47. Rock MC Maxim (Prodigy) is 47.Rock musician Andrew Copeland (Sister Hazel) is 46.
 The Daily Derby race winners are Hot Shot,No.3,in first place;Big Ben,No.4,in second place;and Winning Spirit,No.9,in third place.The racetime was clocked at 1:44.92.
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March 21,2014
. Awhite Hyundai Sonata had itswindow smashed on the 800 block of ElCamino Real before 10:27 p.m. Monday,March 17.
Stolen vehicle.
Ablack Lexus was takenafter it was left running on the 600 block of Hensley Avenue before 5:22 p.m. Monday,March 17.
Petty theft.
Agreen Trek mountain bikelocked to a bike rack in a secure locker wastaken on the 800 block of Commodore Drivebefore 4:20 p.m. Monday, March 17.
Petty theft
. Apurse containing a woman’spersonal documents was taken after beingleft in a laundry area on the 500 block of ElCamino Real before 10:18 a.m. Monday,March 17.
Four people were suspected of puncturing four tires of a car that was parkedin a shopping center on the 100 block of San Mateo Road before 10 p.m. Sunday,March 16.
. Aman was arrested and transportedto San Mateo County jail for being drunkand disorderly at a hotel on the 2000 blockof Rossi Road before 2:42 a.m. Sunday,March 16.
Police reports
Well,that stinks
Aperson reported that someone wasconstantly defecating on the side of their house on the 1800 block of SouthNorfolk Street in San Mateo before6:25 p.m. Thursday, March 6.
By Michelle Durand
With the new jail poised to open nextyear, San Mateo County is ready to issue upto $215 million of lease revenue bonds tofinance the project east of Highway 101 inRedwood City.The total includes approximately $165million for the overall construction costs of design, construction, installing equipmentand site remediation, $16.3 million tofinance reimbursement of the $17 millionalready spent purchasing the 4.95-acreMaple Street location and roughly $19.6million for interest payments to investorsduring construction. The Board of Supervisors at its Tuesdaymorning meeting will consider signing off on the bond proposal by County ManagerJohn Maltbie.Based on current market conditions, thetotal debt service will be approximately$284 million over the term of the bondswith the highest annual debt estimated at$27.1 million in fiscal year 2016-17,Maltbie stated in a report to the board. After that point, the debt will drop eachyear from approximately $15.3 million byfiscal year 2021-22 down to $1.8 millionby fiscal year 2036-37.The maximum term of the bonds is 33years with a true interest cost of 5.5 percentyearly. Changing the terms for any reasonin the future requires board approval. The Maple Street Correctional Center isscheduled to open in mid-2015 with 576beds for both men and women on three sto-ries and 40 feet of unfinished space knownas a warm shell which can be developed inthe future if the need arises. Future buildoutcan be up to 832 beds. Operations costs of the new facility areestimated at $40 million annually.
The Board of Supervisors meets 9 a.m.Tuesday, March 25 in Board Chambers, 400County Government Center, Redwood City.
County ready to issue bondsfor jail
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A47-year-old Pacifica man accused of drugging his girlfriend’s teen daughter withsleeping medication, including a pill hiddenin a bowl of ice cream, so that he could fon-dle and rape her, will stand trial.Paul David Messersmith was held toanswer on all five felony charges after a pre-liminary hearing Thursday. He is chargedwith forcible rape, rape by using an intoxi-cating substance, sexual penetration andbattery. Amisdemeanor sexual battery countwas dropped for lack of jurisdiction.He enters a Superior Court plea April 4.Police arrestedMessersmith after the 18-year-old girl told hermother, and then police,that on Dec. 11 she founda piece of pill in some icecream he gave her after adriving lesson and wastold the chunk was likely“an additive.” The girlsaid she grew woozy andlaid on the couch withslurred speech when Messersmith pulled off her pajama bottoms and touched her. Shesaid after waking up from a blackout, he car-ried her to a bedroom and raped her.During a police interview the followingday, the girl shared another incident whereshe ingested something odd tasting thatMessersmith had given her and blacked out.The girl said she awoke to find herself in ahotel room with him fondling her chest butdid not tell anyone out of concern for hermother’s relationship with him.The police discovered the drugMessersmith allegedly used was Zolpidem,better known as Ambien.If convicted, he faces life in prisonbecause of the rape by intoxication charge.He remains in custody without bail.
Man to trial for drugging,raping girlfriend’s daughter
Paul Messersmith
AHalf Moon Bay man nabbed by the FBIfor allegedly posting on an online site aboutchild pornography is heading straight to trialon allegations he possessed binders and acomputer containing thousands of images and200 videos.Christopher Mordaunt O’Donnell, 70, haspleaded not guilty to possessing childpornography and waived a preliminary hear-ing on the evidence which moves him direct-ly into Superior Court. He will enter a pleathere April 3 and potentially set a trial date.O’Donnell’s alleged possession datesback to July 13, 2012, but the law onlyallows him to be charged with one count perreported incident. The FBI came acrossO’Donnell online andthrough search warrantsdetermined he was access-ing the message boardfrom his Half Moon Bayhome Internet service,according to the DistrictAttorney’s Office.Asearch of his homereportedly turned upbinders of child pornography and a forensicsearch of his computer allegedly revealedmore than 2,500 illegal images and 200videos.O’Donnell is in custody on $200,000 bail.
Coastside man to trial for child porn

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