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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Thursday
April 10,2014
Vol XIII,Edition 202
GENDER PAY GAP
NATION PAGE 6
 
SCOTS INCOMMAND
Sports PAGE 11
STUDY:AT-HOMEMOMS ONRISE
SUBURBANLIVING PAGE 21
REPUBLICANS BLOCK SENATE BILL DEMS SAYSTRESSES INCOME-FAIRNESS
By Samantha Weigel
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
After more than two years of working to make Belmont’s mainthoroughfare safer for bicyclists,pedestrians and vehicles to share,the City Council reviewed theRalston Avenue Corridor Study forthe first time Tuesday and requestedmore public outreach beforeapproving nearly $8.5 million inrecommended repairs andimprovements. For pedestrians, the conceptualstudy recommends repairing andwidening sidewalks, installingnew traffic signals and crosswalksand increasing crossing times.Vehicle improvements wouldinclude adding traffic calmingmeasures and extending turnlanes. With bicyclists in mind,suggestions include creating bikelanes within portions of the corri-dor and signs for alternate bikeroutes. “This is a very difficult issue formany people because it serves upto 38,000 cars a day,” saidCouncilman Eric Reed. “But Ithink this is about as good as abalanced plan you’re going toget.”Over the course of three commu-nity workshops, a Parks andRecreation meeting and a citizen-initiated online petition, con-cerns have primarily revolvedaround wanting a continuous bikelane and slower speed limits. Ralston Avenue’s bike path issegmented and some were initiallyadamant about seeing it continu-ous, but the study concluded thatwould entail losing a lane of traf-fic, said consultant Mark Spencer,principal planner with W-Trans.
Council:Give public another chance at Ralston
Belmont discusses changes to make main thoroughfare safer for bicyclists,pedestrians
Burlingamepost officeset tomove
By Angela Swartz
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The downtown Burlingame postoffice could soon be moving to1100 Howard Ave., the currentlocation of Calico Corners, whilethe sale of the old location couldbe announced soon.In a letter dated March 31 toCouncilman Jerry Deal, the U.S.Postal Service says it reviewedseveral sites and the preferredsite is 1100 Howard Ave., thecurrent location of the retailer of custom home furnishings anddesigner fab-rics.“We believethis new loca-tion will pro-vide the commu-nity with anupgraded, mod-ern facility thatoffers a safeworking envi-ronment for our employees and thelevel of service expected by ourcustomers,” the letter states.Meanwhile, the U.S. Postal
U.S.Postal Service accepted bid forold property,councilman says;newlocation could be on Howard Avenue
 The Green Gorillas help students learn to compost at Skyline College as part of a pilot project on waste diversion.
By Angela Swartz
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
In an effort to reduce wastegoing to the landfill, students atSkyline College in San Brunohave begun their own compostinginitiative.The Green Gorillas, the name of the project, measured the amountof waste they were able to divertfrom the regular trash cans and thelandfill. During peak hours, stu-dents brought compost bins to thecafeteria and advised others onhow to separate their composta-bles and trash. Students weretrained by Recology.“We’re hoping to implementthis as a permanent program atSkyline College to expand it intothe entire district,” said DeannaBadong, president of the SkylineEnvironmental Club.The group began its efforts afterreceiving a $2,500 grant to sup-port the idea. This past fall, thegroup conducted a study and justpiloted the program in the cafete-ria. Then this spring, the studentsspent Monday through Thursdayfor a three-week period at the cafe-teria. Each day, the students werein the cafeteria they measured theamount of waste they have beenable to divert from the regulartrash cans and the landfill. “There was already a little bit of student interest regarding com-posting from an environmentalscience course,” Badong said.“The Environmental Club wantedto do something simple we couldmeasure success by. I liked that it’seasy to do; it’s not really hard toget people to sort trash. It createsa culture of sustainability on cam-pus. It’s gotten to the point wherepeople expect us to be there.” The group was able to divert57.6 percent of the waste collec-tion to the compost, totaling 129
Studentstest outcomposting
 The Green Gorillas undertake pilot project at Skyline College
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By Michael Liedtke and Anick Jesdanun
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SAN FRANCISCO — Acon-founding computer bug called“Heartbleed” is causing majorsecurity headaches across theInternet as websites scramble tofix the problem and Web surferswonder whether they shouldchange their passwords to preventtheft of their email accounts, cred-it card numbers and other sensitiveinformation. The breakdown revealed thisweek affects a widely used encryp-tion technology that is supposedto protect online accounts for avariety of online communications
Heartbleed bug causesmajor security headache
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 Jerry Deal
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Computer support call leads to burglary arrest
DOVER, N.H. — Mike Witonis gotan email from Apple thanking him forcalling customer service about his lap-top computer. Problem is, someonehad stolen it from him a year earlier. Police eventually arrested 24-year-old Casey Wentworth of Portsmouthon Monday and charged him with bur-glary. He’s accused of taking the lap-top from Witonis’home in Dover inFebruary 2013.When the break-in happened, policesaid they couldn’t identify any sus-pects. Detectives contacted Apple andthe laptop’s serial number wasflagged. When Witonis got the email, hecontacted police, who said the personwho called customer service used theserial number of the stolen computer.Witonis tells WMUR-TVthe discov-ery was sort of shocking. Wentworth is scheduled to bearraigned on May 2. It wasn’t immedi-ately known if he had a lawyer.
Boy,9,rides for help after snowmobile crash
MARIN — Aquick-thinking 9-year-old California boy is credited withsaving his father after a snowmobilecrash near Lake Tahoe. KTVU-TVreports J.T. Bierdneau wasseverely injured when his snowmobiletrapped his leg over the weekend. After the crash, 9-year-old BodeBierdneau decided his only choice wasto ride alone across miles of snow toget help. He admits being nervous andunsure of which direction to go.Despite having no cellphone recep-tion the fourth grader from MarinCounty stayed calm, riding until hefound someone with an emergencyradio.From there he led rescuers to his dad.Bode’s mother says search and res-cue officials told her the boy’s actionswere heroic. Bode’s father was hospitalized and isexpected to recover.
Teen charged with spring break assault on officer
SANTABARBARA— A17-year-oldboy has been charged with assault,mayhem and resisting an officer forallegedly attacking a police officerduring a rock- and bottle-throwingbrawl in Santa Barbara last weekend.Prosecutors announced Tuesday thatDesmond Edwards faces trial as anadult. Jail officials had no record of him in custody Wednesday and it’sunclear if he’s obtained a lawyer.Authorities claim Edwards hit a UCSanta Barbara police officer in the facewith a backpack containing glassliquor bottles.The violence flared as 20,000 peo-ple attended an unsanctioned collegespring break gathering called Deltopiain Isla Vista.Authorities say 50 people weretaken to hospitals — half after unresterupted — along with four law enforce-ment officers. Nearly 170 people werearrested Friday and Saturday, mostlyfor alcohol-related offenses.
Man burned in suspected Malibu home drug lab blast
MALIBU — Authorities say a 25-year-old man was airlifted to a hospi-tal with burns following an explosionduring a suspected drug manufacturingprocess at a house in Malibu.The Los Angeles Times reportsarriving firefighters found the homefully engulfed in flames Tuesdayevening. Sheriff’s Sgt. Fray Lupian says aninitial investigation of the burned-outstructure uncovered hash oil at the res-idence.Hash oil, also known as honey oil,is a potent marijuana byproductextracted with butane from parts of theplant that are often discarded.Lupian says the man, who was notimmediately identified, would likelybe arrested on drug-related chargesafter recovering.Last month two men were criticallyburned in similar explosions at ahouse in Commerce. Ahash oil extrac-tion laboratory was found inside thehouse.
FOR THE RECORD2
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April 10,2014
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Singer MandyMoore is 30.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1864
During the Civil War, Dr. MaryEdwards Walker, an assistant surgeonfor the 52nd Ohio Volunteers, wascaptured by the Confederates andaccused of being a Union spy; she washeld until her release in August 1864as part of a prisoner exchange.
“What is more unwise than to mistakeuncertainty for certainty,falsehood for truth?” 
— Cicero,Roman orator,statesman,philosopher (106-43 B.C.)
Sportscaster JohnMadden is 78.Actor Haley JoelOsment is 26.
Birthdays
REUTERS
A girl splashes elephants with water in celebration of the Songkran water festival in Thailand’s Ayutthaya province,Thailand.
Thursday
: Cloudy in the morning thenbecoming sunny. Patchy fog in the morn-ing. Highs in the lower 60s. Southwestwinds 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday night:
Partly cloudy in theevening then becoming mostly cloudy.Patchy fog and drizzle after midnight.Lows in the upper 40s. Southwest winds 5to 10 mph.
Friday
: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog and drizzle in the morn-ing. Highs around 60. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Friday night
: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight.Lows in the upper 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday
: Cloudy in the morning then becoming sunny.Patchy fog. Highs in the upper 50s.
Saturday night through Tuesday
: Mostly cloudy.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1790, 
President George Washington signed the firstUnited States Patent Act.
In 1864
, Maximilian, archduke of Austria, was proclaimedemperor of Mexico.
In 1866, 
the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was incorporated.
In 1912
, the RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton,England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage.
In 1925
, the novel “The Great Gatsby,” by F. ScottFitzgerald, was first published.
In 1932, 
German president Paul Von Hindenburg was re-elected in a runoff, with Adolf Hitler coming in second.
In 1947, 
Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey pur-chased the contract of Jackie Robinson from the MontrealRoyals.
In 1953
, the 3-D horror movie “House of Wax,” producedby Warner Bros. and starring Vincent Price, premiered inNew York.
In 1963, 
the fast-attack nuclear submarine USS Thresher(SSN-593) sank during deep-diving tests east of Cape Cod,Mass., in a disaster that claimed 129 lives.
In 1974
, Golda Meir told party leaders she was resigningas prime minister of Israel.
In 1998, 
the Northern Ireland peace talks concluded asnegotiators reached a landmark settlement to end 30 years of bitter rivalries and bloody attacks.
In 2010
, Polish President Lech Kaczynski (lehk kah-CHIN’-skee), 60, was killed in a plane crash in westernRussia that also claimed the lives of his wife and top Polishpolitical, military and church officials.
In other news ...
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THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME
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 The Daily Derby race winners are CaliforniaClassic,No.5,in first place;Big Ben,No.4,in secondplace;and Hot Shot,No.3,in third place.The racetime was clocked at 1:40.36.
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Actor Max von Sydow is 85. Actress Liz Sheridan is 85.Actor Omar Sharif is 82. Reggae artist Bunny Wailer is 67.Actor Steven Seagal is 63. Folk-pop singer Terre Roche (TheRoches) is 61. Actor Peter MacNicol is 60. Rock musicianSteven Gustafson (10,000 Maniacs) is 57. Singer-producerKenneth “Babyface” Edmonds is 56. Rock singer-musicianBrian Setzer is 55. Rapper Afrika Bambaataa is 54. Rocksinger Katrina Leskanich is 54. Actor Jeb Adams is 53.Olympic gold medal speedskater Cathy Turner is 52. Rockmusician Tim “Herb” Alexander is 49. Actor-comedian OrlandoJones is 46. Rock musician Mike Mushok (Staind) is 45.
 
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Thursday
April 10,2014
 THEDAILYJOURNAL
LOCAL
MILLBRAE
Abandoned vehicle
. Police found anabandoned vehicle on the 1500 block of Magnolia Avenue before 1:48 p.m. Tuesday,April 8.
Petty theft
. Avehicle was stolen on the800 block of Taylor Boulevard before 9:44p.m. Tuesday, April 8.
Arrest.
Aman was arrested for being intox-icated in public on the 500 block of ElCamino Real before 2:10 p.m. Monday,April 7.
Public intoxication
. Police detained aperson who was publically intoxicated onthe 700 block of El Camino Real before8:30 p.m. Monday, March 31.
Driving underthe influence
. Policeresponded to a report of a person drivingunder the influence on the 600 block of Cypress Avenue before 2:03 a.m. Saturday,March 29.
BURLINGAME
Drugs
. Aman was arrested for being underthe influence of drugs on the 1400 block of Bayshore Highway before 12:42 a.m.Thursday, March 27.
Assault
. Aman reported he was in a vanwhen one of his coworkers struck him atBayshore Highway and Mitten Road before5:27 p.m. Wednesday, March 26.
Police reports
Mystery oil
Aman found a container labeled corn oilin his street and thought it might actu-ally have been a toxic substance on the100 block of Myrtle Road before 6:05p.m. Wednesday, March 26.
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Less than a year after a psychiatric patientcharged with raping a fellow county hospi-tal ward was sent to a state mental facility,he is back in San Mateo County to poten-tially stand trial.The medical staff at Atascadero StateHospital concluded that Ronald SunwoO’Brien, 31, is now competent to aid in hisown defense on several felonies stemmingfrom the assault and a subsequent attack on acorrectional officer while awaiting trial.O’Brien has been in and out of mentalfacilities after prior arrests and twice fol-lowing his arrest for the alleged March 30,2010, sexual assault at the county’s publichospital. Sometime in the early hours, heallegedly entered the hospital room of a 23-year-old female patient, held her down onthe bed with a hand over her mouth and sex-ually assaulted her multiple times. Minuteslater, O’Brien allegedlyreturned with a piece of paper on which he’ddrawn a pair of lips with afinger over them to essen-tially tell her to stayquiet. The followingmorning, the womanreported the allegedassault and police werecontacted.The following month, O’Brien was alsocharged with punching a correctional officerin the head for trying to take away his mealtray away because he was smashing foodinto the cell floor.O’Brien was committed in August 2010.He was found competent the following yearbut his mental health deteriorated before hecould stand trial and he was returned to thehospital until March 2013. AJune jury trialwas set to determine if he really was compe-tent but, before it began, attorneys agreedhe should be committed again. O’Brien is now back again and was duebefore a judge Wednesday to certify the hos-pital’s findings but he refused to come tocourt. Instead, O’Brien’s court-appointedattorney was assigned to the case again andhe returns to court April 22 to either agreewith the hospital or announce plans to con-test the conclusions. O’Brien’s alleged attack at the San MateoMedical Center prompted its own internalinvestigation and a host of recommendedchanges to prevent future incidents such asthe addition of a security officer and nurse tothe ward, further investigation into whetherstaff members in the unit were culpable andimproving communication and risk evalua-tions of patients.
michelle@smdailyjournal.com(650) 344-5200 ext. 102
Psychiatric rape suspect backfrom hospital
Ronald O’Brien
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF REPORT
Redwood City is returning Public Worksto a stand-alone department and makingnew appointments as part of restructuringto better keep pace with its fast growth anddevelopment, City Manager Bob Bellannounced Wednesday. As part of the reorganization,Community Development Director BillEkern will be named assistant city managerof development with a focus on carryingout the current downtown precise plan,preparing the plan’s update and overseeingmajor projects in the city like the StanfordDevelopment Agreement and the Crossing900 development.Crossing 900 is the city’s largest projectsince Theatre Way and has in the worksmore than 2,500 housing units and740,000 square feet of office and commer-cial space.Taking over from Ekern will be AaronAknin, currently the Palo Alto assistantdirector of planning and community envi-ronment. Bell, in his announcement, saidAknin will provide leadership and over-sight to the planning, building and engi-neering services functions of the communi-ty development department.The restructuring also calls for extractingPublic Works from the CommunityDevelopment Department.
Redwood City moves Public Works,makes new appointments
 
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