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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Thursday
April 17,2014
Vol XIII,Edition 208
RUSSIAN THREAT
WORLD PAGE 8
 
LADY’CATS GETBIG COMEBACK
SPORTS PAGE 11
PROTECTBULBSFROM THEDEER
SUBURBAN LIVING PAGE 19
NATO UPS MILITARY PRESENCE IN UKRAINE
By Judy Lin
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SACRAMENTO — Saying the state’sbudget surplus should be used to paydown debt, Gov. Jerry Brown onWednesday called a special session of the Legislature to make changes to arainy-day fund measure on the Novemberballot.He wants to replace the current ballotmeasure, which seeks to divert more state revenue into therainy-day fund and would make it harder to tap the moneyexcept in case of emergencies such as wildfires or earth-quakes.Instead, Brown wants a new constitutional amendment
Gov.wantsrainy-dayfund to beamended
Brown calls special session
By Angela Swartz
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Plans to bring a historic resource program to Burlingameare in the works and city approval for a downtown programis a month or two out. Modeled after the city of Dana Point, Calif., Burlingameofficials have been working on the potential ordinance fora program that lets people apply to signify a historic build-
City drafts preservation ordinance
Program would begin with buildings downtown
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The prime murder suspect whose case wasdismissed after a judge threw out his confes-sion to shooting an East Palo Alto activistat a San Mateo shopping center in 2010 ishimself dead.Gregory Leon Elarms Sr., of Pittsburgh,died Monday, April 14 at Stanford MedicalCenter, according toprosecutors. He was 61.The cause of death wasnatural causes, accordingto the Santa Clara CountyMedical Examiner-Coroner’s Office.Elarms’death came aslocal prosecutors awaiteda state appellate courtdecision on JudgeStephen Hall’s 2012 rul-ing not to allow hispolice confession to thedeath of David Lewis whowas fatally shot June 9,2010, in the parkinggarage of HillsdaleShopping Center. Hallfound that San Mateopolice violated Elarms’Miranda rights byrefusing his repeated requests for an attor-ney. The California Attorney General’sOffice appealed the action on behalf of thelocal District Attorney’s Office and a rulingwas pending.But with Elarms now deceased, DistrictAttorney Steve Wagstaffe said the higher
Murder suspect in San Mateo shooting dies
Case against Gregory Elarms dropped after judge tossed confession,appeal ruling was pending
Gregory ElarmsDavid Lewis
 ANGELA SWARTZ/DAILY JOURNAL
A student works on a project in Peninsula High School’s construction class.
 Jerry Brown
By Angela Swartz
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
APeninsula High School studentcollided with a Peninsula gourmet foodcompany when its founder Lynn Milosbegan looking for someone to helpbuild gift boxes for her sauces.Culinary Twist, a 4-year-old compa-ny, recently teamed up with a student atthe alternative high school located onthe campus of the former CrestmoorHigh School in San Bruno who was inneed of a project for his constructionclass. The advanced section of one of the construction classes at the schoolmirrors a course at Skyline Collegeand students are able to get credits withthat class if they enroll in the Skylineprogram. Students also take geometryclasses at the same time.“Most of the students had neverpicked up a hammer,” said MarkNichols, a construction technologyteacher at the school. “We’re trying todo partnerships with companies in thearea so they can transition from highschool to jobs or advanced education.… This was the perfect kind of projectwe would do.” The construction classes, as theycurrently are, began four years agounder the district’s supervision, saidPrincipal Don Scatena. It goes beyondthe average woodshop class with les-sons on how to do electrical work,plumbing and basic construction.“They get good skills so they can becompetitive for apprenticeship jobs,”Scatena said. “They have some skillsso they can work when they go to col-lege. ... I hope to grow to the pointwhere they’re building in-law units andmaybe even scaled-down play struc-tures that are copies of homes sincethere’s a market for it.”Milos contacted Nichols and asked if he had a student to put together thewooden crate gift boxes for her saucesthat sell for about $7 each at retailerslike Cost Plus, Trader Joe’s and WholeFoods in the Bay Area. The companygrew out of a Tuesday Night Supper
School, local company partner
Peninsula High School student makes crates for Culinary Twist
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Nebraska toddler gets stuck inside claw machine
LINCOLN, Neb. — Authorities say atoddler has been reunited with hismother after employees found himplaying inside a claw crane machine ata Nebraska bowling alley.Lincoln police say a 24-year-oldwoman called 911 Monday afternoonbecause her 3-year-old son was miss-ing from her apartment.Employees at the bowling alleyacross the street meanwhile calledpolice to say a small boy was playingwith stuffed animals inside the coin-operated machine.It was unclear how the boy ended upinside the claw crane machine. Arepre-sentative from the vending machinecompany let him out and he was reunit-ed with his mother a short time later.He was not hurt. Police say the mother was not citedbecause she quickly reported that herson was missing and there were noindications of neglect.
Police:Man comes to courthouse in stolen car
SONORA— Police say a man wasarrested after using a stolen car to getto a court appearance in California.James Manning was taken intocustody after police say theyreceived a call from an auto dealer-ship in Redding on Friday reportingthe vehicle was stolen.The 2001 Mitsubishi’s GPS indicat-ed it was parked in front of theTuolumne County courthouse.Officers found the car, which alreadyhad a different set of license plates onit.Manning’s wife, 45-year-old TeresaCastillo, told officers her husband hadbought the car earlier in the day for$200 so they could drive to his courtappearance.The 49-year-old Manning and hiswife were arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and possession of a con-trolled substance.They remained jailed on Monday. Itcould not immediately be determined if the couple had lawyers.
Man with alleged sock fixation arrested
RIVERSIDE — Police have arresteda Riverside County man they suspectof having a sock fixation.The Riverside Press-Enterprise saysAlexis E. Garcia was arrested lastweek.Murrieta police believe that over thepast two months, Garcia has driven upto girls 11 to 17 years old nearschools and talked to them about theirsocks because — investigatorsbelieve — he has a sexual fixation.The 31-year-old was arrested after adetective allegedly saw him speakingwith a girl last Friday. He was bookedon suspicion of child annoyance, con-tacting a child with intent to commit asexual offense and possession of childpornography.Garcia was released Saturday on$5,000 bail. He couldn’t be reachedfor comment Monday and had no pub-lic phone listing.
Chief:Suspects wore GPS devices during killings
ANAHEIM — Two parolees rapedand killed at least four women whilewearing GPS trackers, and there maybe more victims, a California policechief alleged Monday.Franc Cano and Steven DeanGordon, both registered sex offenders,were both wearing ankle braceletswhen the women were assaulted andkilled last fall and earlier this year,Anaheim police Chief Raul Quezadasaid at a news conference.Authorities at the news conferencedid not explain how Cano and Gordonallegedly managed to carry out thekillings while under supervision, butQuezada said data from the GPS devices“was one of the investigative tools weused to put the case together.”Anaheim police Lt. Bob Dunn earli-er said the two were complying with arequirement to check in monthly withauthorities and police had no reason towatch them more closely and hadn’treceived any such request from otheragencies.
FOR THE RECORD2
Thursday
April 17,2014
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Actress JenniferGarner is 42.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1964
Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock became thefirst woman to complete a solo air-plane trip around the world, returningto Columbus, Ohio, after 29 1/2 daysand 21 stopovers in her Cessna 180.
“Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.” 
— Benjamin Franklin (born 1706,died this date in 1790)
Rapper-actor Redman is 44.Singer VictoriaAdams Beckham is40.
Birthdays
ERIC BOLTE-USA TODAY SPORTS
Sarah Kaufman,right,from British Columbia,Canada,battles against Leslie Smith,from Pleasant Hill,during the womensbantamweight bout at Colisee Pepsi in Quebec,Canada.
Thursday
: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog inthe morning. Highs in the lower 60s.Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph.
Thursday night:
Partly cloudy in theevening then becoming mostly cloudy.Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in theupper 40s. Northwest winds 15 to 20mph.
Friday
: Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming part-ly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs around 60.Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
Friday night:
Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight.Lows in the upper 40s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
Saturday:
Mostly cloudy in the morning then becomingsunny. Patchy fog. Highs in the lower 60s.
Saturday night through Monday:
Mostly cloudy.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1492
, a contract was signed by Christopher Columbus anda representative of Spain’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella,giving Columbus a commission to seek a westward ocean pas-sage to Asia.
In 1521
, Martin Luther went before the Diet of Worms(vohrms) to face charges stemming from his religious writ-ings. (He was later declared an outlaw by Holy Roman EmperorCharles V.)
In 1861, 
the Virginia State Convention voted to secede fromthe Union.
In 1924
, the motion picture studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayerwas founded, the result of a merger of Metro Pictures, GoldwynPictures, and the Louis B. Mayer Co.
In 1937
, the animated cartoon character Daffy Duck made hisdebut in the Warner Bros. cartoon “Porky’s Duck Hunt,” direct-ed by Tex Avery.
In 1941, 
Yugoslavia surrendered to Germany during WorldWar II.
In 1961
, some 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched thedisastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in an attempt to top-ple Fidel Castro, whose forces crushed the incursion by thethird day.
In 1969
, a jury in Los Angeles convicted Sirhan Sirhan of assassinating Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. The First Secretary of Czechoslovakia’s Communist Party, Alexander Dubcek, wasdeposed.
In 1970
, Apollo 13 astronauts James A. Lovell, Fred W.Haise and Jack Swigert splashed down safely in the Pacific,four days after a ruptured oxygen tank crippled their spacecraftwhile en route to the moon.
In 1984, 
an 11-day police siege began at Libya’s embassy inLondon when an unidentified shooter inside the building firedon a crowd of protesters, killing police officer YvonneFletcher.
In other news ...
(Answers tomorrow)VOUCH WEARYBOLDLYUPBEATYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:The bird decided to steal the diamond necklacebecause he felt he was — ABOVE THE LAWNow 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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Actor David Bradley is 72. Composer-musician Jan Hammeris 66. Actress Olivia Hussey is 63. Actor Clarke Peters is 62.Rock singer-musician Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks) is 59. ActorSean Bean is 55. Former NFLquarterback Boomer Esiason is53. Actor Joel Murray is 52. Rock singer Maynard JamesKeenan is 50. Actress Lela Rochon is 50. Actor WilliamMapother is 49. Actress Leslie Bega is 47. Actor Henry IanCusick is 47. Actress Kimberly Elise is 47. Singer Liz Phair is47. Country musician Craig Anderson (Heartland) is 41.Actress-singer Lindsay Korman is 36.
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 The Daily Derby race winners are Eureka,No.7,in first place;California Classic,No.5,in secondplace;and Whirl Win,No.6,in third place.The racetime was clocked at 1:49.63.
 
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Thursday
April 17,2014
 THEDAILYJOURNAL
LOCAL
BELMONT
Stolen vehicle.
Avehicle was reportedstolen on Village Drive before 7:52 p.m.Saturday, April 12.
Theft
. Abriefcase containing $40,000worth of jewelry was stolen on Briarfield Waybefore 1:19 p.m. Saturday, April 12.
Code violation.
An unknown person wasreported for putting a bridal fair sign on a gateon El Camino Real before 11:58 a.m. Friday,April 11.
Fraud
. Awoman reported that her onlineshopping account was hacked and $4,269.44worth of items were purchased on TreasureIsland Drive before 11:06 a.m. Friday, April11.
Hazardous situation.
Aplastic tub of nailswere spilled onto the road at Ralston Avenueand Belmont Canyon Road before 8:06 a.m.Friday, April 11.
FOSTER CITY
Petty theft.
Aman was reported for stealingcigarettes and a candy bar on East HillsdaleBoulevard before 6:32 p.m. Sunday, April 13.
Arrest.
Aman was arrested for being drunk inpublic on East Hillsdale Boulevard before9:21 p.m. Saturday, April 12.
Welfare check.
Aperson reported seeing aperson drag their dog by the ear on FosterCity Boulevard before 3:11 p.m. Friday, April11.
Police reports
This lunch looks scary
Three people were reported for eatingtheir lunch and taking pictures of air-planes for two hours on East ThirdAvenue in Foster City before 1:50 p.m.Friday, April 11
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
San Carlos is going ahead with renova-tions of Crestview Park rather than down-size the plan to come under budget becausethe council worries that waiting will delayconstruction and potentially force a steeperprice tag.“Construction costs being what they arethese days, if you just wait, the costs justgo up. We had four or five bids and even thelowest was above our budget,” CouncilmanRon Collins said.Collins and the rest of the council votedMonday night to use the remaining$216,000 in the Burton Park renovationfund plus general fund money to make upthe difference. The city’s capital improvement programbudget set aside $1.76 million for the parkmakeover but the low bidder came in at$1.99 million. City staff gave the council the option of maintaining the plan as proposed or reduc-ing the scope and putting it back out to bid.With the project getting the green light,construction will likely start next monthwith completion by the end of December.Collins said aside from cost, the coun-cil was also eager to get the projectunderway. The city looked at four alter-natives, discussed and dismissed theidea of using synthetic turf and ultimate-ly chose a fifth hybrid plan.“After all that, to not do it when we hadthe money allocated and other funds leftover just didn’t make any sense,” Collinssaid. Crestview is a 1.1-acre park located onCrestview Drive north of Brittan Avenue.The renovations call for installing age-appropriate playground equipment, reno-vating resurfacing and marking the basket-ball area, reducing the parking spaces bytwo, adding a small bleacher or goal stor-age to the hillside, maintaining a redwoodtree and finding more flat areas for localastronomers.
michelle@smdailyjournal.com(650) 344-5200 ext. 102
Park renovations a go
San Carlos City Council opts not to downsize Crestview plan
 
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DAILY JOURNAL STAFF REPORT
Adoctor deemed insane at the time hevandalized and torched his San Carloselectronic cigarette business following amental breakdown was sentencedWednesday to time served and three yearssupervised probation.Dr. Noah Mark Minskoff, 35, of PaloAlto, faced up to six months in jail afterpleading no contest to unlawfully causinga fire. Yesterday, he received 94 days jailwhich is equal to the time he earned whileawaiting trial in a residential treatmentprogram. He can also have the felonyreduced to a misdemeanor halfway throughsuccessful completion of probation.Minskoff co-owned Thermo EssenceTechnologies in SanCarlos and holds apatent for personalvaporizer inhalers. Acourt order barred himfrom having weaponsbut, in December 2012,deputies removedweapons from the scenesof two separate inci-dents at the San Carlosbusiness. On Dec. 15, 2012, deputiesreported finding $10,000 worth of vandal-ism to the building and the propertyburned. Deputies took Minskoff into cus-tody for his bizarre behavior and confis-cated a loaded gun.Two days later, according to prosecu-tors, deputies again responded to the busi-ness and found it ransacked with the floorburned and Minskoff, who was at thescene, asked them if they were there seek-ing employment. They took him oncemore into psychiatric custody andsearched the business with the co-owner.Inside, they reported finding four assaultweapons and high-capacity ammunitionmagazines. They also reported finding apair of brass knuckles in his car.
Doctor gets time served for torching own office
Noah Minskoff 

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