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HOUSE PASSES RYAN BUDGET WITH BIG CUTS
By Angela Swartz
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Preventing exposure to secondhandsmoke and limiting exposure of minors toactivity that may increase the social accept-ance of smoking is the idea behind SouthSan Francisco’s ban of using electronic cig-arette devices in city spaces while officialsalso work on gathering information on theramifications of allowing e-cigarette-cen-tered businesses into the city.Smoking an e-cigarette is now prohibitedin city buildings; city-owned parking struc-tures; city vehicles; parks and recreationareas zoned for that purpose; within 20 feetof a main exit, entrance or operable windowof any city facility or building; city-ownedparking lots and open-air public places oncity-owned property per a vote by the CityCouncil Wednesday night. The ordinancefollows the laws the city has about smokingtobacco in parks and city property, accord-ing to a staff report.“It’s limited in scope,” said CouncilmanMark Addiego. “It takes care of city proper-ty. We don’t want to encourage young peo-ple to try it. It seems to be somethingyoung people tend to gravitate to. We’relooking at being more restrictive in thedowntown area, but want to talk to mer-chants first so we don’t impact their busi-ness.”The city held a study session in March onextending e-cigarette restrictions to down-town, said Councilwoman Liza Normandy.The city currently has a moratorium onthe establishment of e-cigarette lounges,
E-cigs banned on city property
Devices outlawed in South San Francisco parks,city parking lots,city vehicles and other spacesWhite House seeks to movepast health care rollout fiasco
Health secretarySebelius resigning
By Julie Pace
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — Embattled Health and Human ServicesSecretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as the White Houseseeks to move past the election-year political damageinflicted by the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama’ssignature health care law.Sebelius’resignation comes just over a week after sign-ups closed for the first year of insurance coverage under the
By Samantha Weigel
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
With national library week justaround the corner, local book lovershave another reason to celebrate as theFriends of the San Mateo Library com-memorates 50 years of volunteerism. Although members have changedthroughout the years, each has been adedicated asset to the city and thepublic is invited to join in celebrat-ing the group’s anniversary at themain library Wednesday, said CityLibrarian Ben Ocón. The Friends dedicated 4,099 hours of service last year alone, raised $81,000through their book sales and are a keycomponent to the library’s ability tomaintain a relevant collection, Ocónsaid. “When the library was in need … andhad to make cuts, the cuts were made inthe materials budget and thanks to theFriends of the Library, we were able torecoup those funds and actually exceedthem,” Ocón said. “The Friends areable to really move us into the realm of maintaining and building our collec-tion to a higher level of excellence. Sowe are able to offer the community thatwe otherwise wouldn’t be able to.”The Friends collect donations andmaintain a store at the main library andonline, Ocón said. Through lastmonth, the Friends have raised around$65,000 this year alone, Ocón said.With these funds, the library hasbeen able to support several new data-bases available to the communityincluding Ancestry.com, a genealogyresearch; Brainfuse, online homework
50 years of serving the library
San Mateo gives thanks for volunteer organization
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Friends of the San Mateo Library volunteers Julie Thoman,Alma Leseo and Sherry Fong organize books they sell to helpkeep the Main Library’s collection up to date.
San Carlos may downsizeCrestview Park renovation
Bids for San Carlos park rehab over budget
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
San Carlos may downsize its planned renovation of Crestview Park after even the lowest contractor bid came$230,000 over the project’s budget.The city’s capital improvement program budget set aside
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U.S.Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebeliustalks before the Senate Finance Committee hearing.
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April 11,2014
Vol XIII,Edition 203
 
Washington state sewage plant invites weddings
WOODINVILLE, Wash. — Asewagetreatment plant near Seattle is advertis-ing its availability as a wedding venue.The Brightwater WastewaterTreatment Center says on Facebook ithas a full catering kitchen, audio-videoequipment, dance floor and ample park-ing.You could even hold the wedding out-side.The director of the BrightwaterEnvironmental Education andCommunity Center, Susan Tallarico,tells KIRO that receptions would takeplace just steps away from where rawsewage is processed. She says there’sno odor because all the processing iscontained.The King County plant was finishedthree years ago but has been availablefor rent for about seven months.It costs $2,000 to rent the center foreight hours. One couple has alreadybooked the sewage plant for their nup-tials.
Crocodile caught wandering around mall
ROSEVILLE — Don’t shed any tearsfor a crocodile that was captured wander-ing outside a pet store at a NorthernCalifornia shopping mall.California Fish and Wildlife officialshave taken custody of the croc, are feed-ing it rainbow trout and will likelydonate it to a zoo.Police say the crocodile was appar-ently left outside the Roseville store bysomeone who didn’t want it anymore.The animal had grown to 4-feet long,and its jaws had been wrapped shut withheavy-duty tape. There was a note iden-tifying it as a Nile crocodile and request-ing someone “call rescue.”Police say no one was hurt Wednesdaywhen the animal was picked up with thehelp of a catch pole typically used tonab stray dogs.
In China,jar of French mountain air fetches $860
BEIJING — Beijing artist LiangKegang returned from a business trip insouthern France with well-rested lungsand a small item of protest against hishome city’s choking pollution: a glass jar of clean, Provence air.He put it up for auction before a groupof about 100 Chinese artists and collec-tors late last month, and it fetched5,250 yuan ($860).“Air should be the most valuelesscommodity, free to breathe for anyvagrant or beggar,” Liang said in aninterview. “This is my way to questionChina’s foul air and express my dissat-isfaction.”Liang’s work is part of a gust of recentartistic protest — and entrepreneurialgimmickry — reflecting widespread dis-satisfaction over air quality in China,where cities often are immersed days onend in harmful pollutants at levelsmany times what is considered safe bythe World Health Organization. Thechronic problem has spurred brisk mar-kets for dust masks and home air puri-fiers.China’s senior leaders have pledgedto clean the air, partly in response to acitizenry increasingly vocal aboutenvironmental issues. But it is a daunt-ing task that must be balanced withdemands for economic development andemployment crucial to maintaining sta-bility.In February, 20 artists wearing dustmasks lay on the ground and played deadin front of an altar at the Temple of Heaven park in a performance artprotest in Beijing.In March, independent artists in thesouthern city of Changsha held a mockfuneral for what they imagined would bethe death of the city’s last citizenbecause of smog.“If smog cannot be effectivelycleaned up, what it will leave us is deathand cities of death,” artist Shao Jiajunsaid.Liang’s contribution is a short, ordi-nary glass preserves jar with a rubberseal and a flip-top. It has three small,handwritten paper labels: one with thename and coordinates of the French vil-lage, Forcalquier, where he closed the jar; one saying “Air in Provence,France” in French; and one with his sig-nature in Chinese and the date — March29.
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Actress Kelli Garner is 30.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1814
Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated asEmperor of the French and was ban-ished to the island of Elba.
“I’d rather be strongly wrong than weakly right.” 
— Tallulah Bankhead,American actress (1903-1968)
Actor Bill Irwin is64.Singer Joss Stoneis 27.
Birthdays
REUTERS
A fireman performs with fire during a protest against budget cuts in front of Catalunya’s Parliament in Barcelona,Spain.
Friday:
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Mostly cloudy. Patchyfog after midnight. Lows in the upper40s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday:
Cloudy in the morning thenbecoming sunny. Patchy fog in the morn-ing. Highs in the upper 50s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday night:
Partly cloudy in the evening thenbecoming cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in theupper 40s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday:
Cloudy in the morning then becoming partlycloudy. Patchy fog. Highs in the lower 60s.
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In 1689
, William III and Mary II were crowned as joint sov-ereigns of Britain.
In 1713
, the Treaty of Utrecht was signed, ending the Warof the Spanish Succession.
In 1899
, the treaty ending the Spanish-American War wasdeclared in effect.
In 1914
, the George Bernard Shaw play “Pygmalion” hadits London premiere. Canadian film animator NormanMcLaren was born in Stirling, Scotland.
In 1921
, Iowa became the first state to impose a cigarettetax, at 2 cents a package.
In 1945
, during World War II, American soldiers liberatedthe notorious Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald inGermany.
In 1951
, President Harry S. Truman relieved Gen. DouglasMacArthur of his commands in the Far East.
In 1963
, Pope John XXIII issued his final encyclical,“Pacem in Terris” — “Peace on Earth.”
In 1970
, Apollo 13, with astronauts James A. Lovell, FredW. Haise and Jack Swigert, blasted off on its ill-fated mis-sion to the moon.
In 1974, 
a jury in Media, Pa., convicted former UnitedMine Workers of America president W.A. “Tony” Boyle of three counts of first-degree murder for ordering the killings in1969 of union rival Joseph A. Yablonski, Yablonski’s wifeand daughter. (The convictions were overturned, but Boylewas found guilty in a re-trial.) Palestinian gunmen killed 16civilians, mostly women and children, in the northernIsraeli town of Kiryat Shmona.
In 1979
, Idi Amin was deposed as president of Uganda asrebels and exiles backed by Tanzanian forces seized control.
In 1989
, Mexican officials began unearthing the remains of victims of a drug-trafficking cult near Matamoros; one of thedead was University of Texas student Mark Kilroy, who haddisappeared while on spring break.
In other news ...
(Answers tomorrow)SLUSH ALBUM BETRAYADRIFTYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:To win the Green Jacket at Augusta, a golferneeds to play — MASTERFULLYNow 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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Ethel Kennedy is 86. Actor Joel Grey is 82. Actress LouiseLasser is 75. Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Ellen Goodmanis 73. Movie writer-director John Milius is 70. Actor PeterRiegert is 67. Actor Meshach Taylor is 67. Movie directorCarl Franklin is 65. Country singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdaleis 57. Songwriter-producer Daryl Simmons is 57. Rock musi-cian Nigel Pulsford is 53. Actor Lucky Vanous is 53. Countrysinger Steve Azar is 50. Singer Lisa Stansfield is 48. Rockmusician Dylan Keefe (Marcy Playground) is 44. ActorJohnny Messner is 44. Actor Vicellous Shannon is 43.Rapper David Banner is 40. Actress Tricia Helfer is 40.
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Suspicious circumstance
. Astore employee reported twopeople stole cigarettes on East Hillsdale Boulevard before12:12 a.m. Tuesday, April 8.
Citizen assist.
Aperson flagged down a police officer toreport an injured duck on Metro Center Boulevard before 7:35a.m. Tuesday, April 8.
Traffic hazard.
Acar stalled in the left turn lane at EastHillsdale and Foster City boulevards before 9:25 a.m.Tuesday, April 8.
Disturbance
. Four teenagers jumped the fence to get intothe pool of an apartment complex but it turned out that theywere residents who forgot their key on Sea Spray Lane inFoster City before 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 8.
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. Aman reported that he got kicked off the train andhung up on El Camino Real before 12:06 p.m. Tuesday, April2.
Vandalism
. Green paint was found on the west retainingwall of a bridge on Ralston Avenue before 9:27 a.m. Tuesday,April 1.
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An argument over a coin purse and who should have itwas reported on Ralston Avenue in Belmont before9:56 p.m. Monday, March 31.
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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SACRAMENTO — The board thatoversees the California High-SpeedRail Authority approved a new businessplan to submit to state lawmakersThursday, reflecting lower revenue pro- jections but leaving the 2028 timelinefor finishing the $68 billion bullettrain unchanged despite legal setbacksthat could cause delays.The 2014 plan is an update requiredevery two years for the proposed 520-mile system linking Northern andSouthern California. It will be submit-ted to lawmakers, but they are notrequired to take any action on it.Among the changes adopted since2012 is a lower projection for revenue,prompted by research showingCalifornians are taking shorter butmore frequent trips. Revenue is expect-ed to be 5 percent lower than originallyprojected by 2025 and 10 percent lowerby 2040, but the authority says it stillwill be able to operate without taxpayersubsidies.The new business plan does not affectthe status of two court rulings beingconsidered by a state appellate court,which rail authority officials havewarned could cause serious delays if they are not overturned.Sacramento County Superior CourtJudge Michael Kenny concluded thatthe project no longer complies with thepromises made to voters when theyapproved selling nearly $10 billion inbonds for it in 2008. He also orderedthe authority to write a new financingplan explaining how the state will payfor the first 300 miles of construction.The business plan adopted Thursdayis separate from that financing plan. Itprovides a blueprint for how the railline would operate and sets benchmarksfor its various phases.The rail authority has not set an offi-cial groundbreaking date for the firstsection of track, a roughly 30-mile seg-ment from Madera to Fresno. Instead, itsays engineering work is ongoing andit is trying to buy the needed land oracquire it through eminent domain. Also Thursday, Kris Murray, themayor pro tem of Anaheim, presentedletters Thursday from six OrangeCounty businesses and associationsthat support the bullet train, whichwould end in Anaheim under the currentproject. Disneyland and the NHL’sAnaheim Ducks were among them.The project could generate 23,000local jobs and $103 million in tax rev-enue for the county, according to theletter signed by Disneyland director of government relations Carrie Nocella. Italso said the rail line would make travelto and from the region easier, “reducingcongestion and improving our air qual-ity.”
 Jessie Lawson
Jessie Lawson, born July 28, 1918,on a farm in Fullerton, Neb., diedMarch 22, 2014, at the age of 95.Her final resting place is at SkylawnMemorial Park located at State Route92 and Skyline Boulevard in SanMateo.She was the wife of the late StanleyLawson, sister of Alice Johnston andmember of the McGrath Family.Jessie was aBelmont residentfor 61 years and afounding member of her church, TheCongregationalChurch of Belmont.She retired from her job as administra-tive secretary of theHillsborough City School Districtafter 17 years of service in June of 1981. She volunteered for severalorganizations including Girl Scoutsand her fishing clubs. She loved flyfishing, bird watching and gardening.Family and friends are invited toattend a celebration of life 4 p.m.Saturday, April 12 at theCongregational Church of Belmont,751 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont,CA.
State high-speed rail boardadoptsnew business plan
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