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03/28/2014

 
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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Wednesday
March 26,2014
Vol XIII,Edition 189
PRIVAC
 
 Y CONCERNS
NATION PAGE 7
 
SURPRISINGTHEWCAL
SPORTS PAGE 11
HOMEMADEMATZOSOUP
FOOD PAGE 18
OBAMA TO PROPOSE ENDING NSA’S PHONE CALL SWEEP
Officials ‘failed to comprehend’money could not be approveduntil public meeting was held
Report:Districtmade mistakesin loan transfer
By Angela Swartz
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Long-awaited audits commissionedbecause of the timing of a money transferfor a $1.3 million homeloan given to the SanCarlos ElementarySchool DistrictSuperintendent CraigBaker have been releasedand one found neitherBaker nor the chief oper-ations officer “fullyappreciated” the fact theloan couldn’t beapproved until a public board meeting.Additionally, one of the two reports com-pleted by third parties found Chief Operations Officer Robert Porter wrote a
By Samantha Weigel
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Controlling algae growth and high lev-els of fecal bacteria in San Mateo’s MarinaLagoon requires consistent maintenanceand, while the city will continue with itscurrent vegetation management contrac-tor, it’s still looking for solutions to con-trol the excessive bacteria.Residents living near the lagoon expressedconcern at a March 17 council meeting whenthe city considered switching providers forthe lagoon’s algae management and prompt-ed the council Monday night to extend thecontract with its current provider, AquaticEnvironments, Inc. through Oct. 31.However, some are more concerned withhigh levels of fecal bacteria in the lagoonthat can cause illness.The lagoon, which spans between StateRoute 92 and east of Highway 101, servestwo purposes.“For summertime, it’s for recreational useand then in the wintertime, it’s for stormcontrol events,” said Interim Public WorksDirector Ray Towne.There are two aspects in managing thewater quality — algae growth and bacterialevels, Towne said.Controlling algae is important because itcan give off a foul odor and propellers of boats can get stuck, Towne said. The growthis offset by chemically treating it or harvest-
Managing Marina Lagoon proves difficult
San Mateo,state agency consider solutions to excess fecal bacteria
Devil’s Slide to reopen
SAMANTHA WEIGEL/DAILY JOURNAL
Volunteers Greg Keeney and Reba Friedman hike along the new Devil’s Slide Trail.
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:Volunteer Amy Sullivan reads an informational panelwhile taking in a scenic coastal view.
Date with alleged ‘flirty’burglar leads to arrest
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF REPORT
San Mateo police used the flirtatiousbehavior of a suspectedburglar to set up a “date”with him — a date thatled to his arrest.The series of eventsthat led to the arrest of Keveen Quintanilla, 31,of Burlingame, beganSaturday night when a22-year-old femaleemployee of Curry UpNow, on the 100 block of B Street, was flirted with during business
By Samantha Weigel
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
For the first time in decades, the publicwill have the opportunity to leisurely takein one of the county’s most scenic sights asthe Devil’s Slide Trail opens tomorrow.The 1.3-mile stretch just south of Pacificawas sectioned off from Highway 1 at theopening of the Tom Lantos Tunnels atDevil’s Slide exactly one year ago and is thenewest San Mateo County park.The gates will open 1 p.m. Thursday for
Historic coastal routebecomes unique park 
Keveen QuintanillaCraig Baker
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Suspicious circumstance.
Two menwere reported for snooping around housesand one was arrested for being drunk inpublic on the 1000 block of BalboaAvenue before 10:28 p.m. Friday, March21.
Disturbance
. Police responded to areport of a father verbally abusing andthreatening his son because he would notput his iPad down at the dinner table on the1800 block of El Camino Real before 7:42p.m. Friday, March 21.
Disturbance
. Police received a report of  juveniles throwing water balloons at carson Adeline Drive and Cabrollo Avenuebefore 6:44 p.m. Friday, March 21.
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Arrest
. Aman was arrested for drivingunder the influence at Alameda de lasPulgas and 42nd Avenue before 10:48 p.m.Saturday, March 22.
Arrest
. Awoman was arrested for beingdrunk in public on El Camino Real before12:39 p.m. Friday, March 21.
Arrest
. Aman was arrested for violatinghis probation on El Camino Real before10:17 a.m. Friday, March 21.
Petty theft
. Aperson reported their plantstolen on Newlands Avenue before 11 a.m.Thursday, March 20.
Police reports
Kids’behavior is alarming
Police received a report of juveniles set-ting off car alarms at Edgehill Drive andPaloma Avenue in Burlingame before10:15 p.m. Friday, March 21.
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF REPORT
A30-year-old man discovered withmethamphetamine hidden in his rectumwhile being booked into the county jail forflashing a fake gun to swipe candy from aSouth San Francisco 7-Eleven was sen-tenced to 11 years in prison.Michael Daniel Aragon, of Daly City,pleaded no contest the day of jury trial tofelony robbery and admitted having priorstrikes in return for the flat 11-year term.Prosecutors had sought a 15-year sentence.He has credit of 478 days earned while incustody on $500,000 bail. Aragon entered the 7-Eleven on ElCamino Real the morning of Feb. 2, 2012,and bought some taquitos before leaving. Afew minutes later, hereportedly came back andhid two pieces of candy inhis pants before trying toleave without paying.When the clerk confront-ed Aragon, police say hepulled up his shirt toshow a weapon that turnedout to be a BB handgunand said he had no money.Asecond clerk called police but, beforethey arrived, Aragon purchased some moretaquitos before leaving in his car. He wasarrested nearby and, during his bookinginto jail, authorities reported finding a bagof methamphetamine concealed in his rec-tum.
Candy thief imprisoned 11 years
Michael Aragon

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