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Published by: San Mateo Daily Journal on May 21, 2014
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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
May 20,2014
Vol XIII,Edition 236
By Juliet Williams
SACRAMENTO — California is at the“epicenter” of global warming and otherclimate change, with the state experiencinglonger fire seasons, rising sea levels anddroughts that threaten agriculture, Gov.Jerry Brown said Monday.The governor made his remarks during aconference about climatechange, as California wasmopping up from a stringof wildfires in San DiegoCounty that caused morethan $20 million in dam-age.The event also came asscientists warn that high-er temperatures will leadto more frequent and intense wildfiresthroughout the West, and after scientistsconfirmed that the huge West Antarctic icesheet is beginning to collapse and couldboost sea levels as much as 12 feet.Brown said California has had almosttwice the number of forest fires this yearcompared to normal levels, and the fire sea-son is now 70 days longer than it was his-torically, adding that “we’ve got to adaptbecause the climate is changing.”The Democratic governor saidCalifornians drive almost 1 billion miles aday at the same time the state is aggressive-ly trying to reduce carbon emissions. Hesaid making the switch to a culture that isless dependent on burning fossil fuelswon’t be easy.
‘Epicenterof global warming
Gov.Jerry Brown says California has to adapt because the climate is changing
Council control of bridge up for vote
Half Moon Bay to decide whether MainStreet Bridge’s fate is in public’s hands
By Samantha Weigel
Acontentious debate over the fate of a 103-year-oldbridge in Half Moon Bay will be presented to the voterswith one group arguing enlarging or replacing the infra-structure should always be up to the public while the CityCouncil seeks to retain its authority. Measure E, the Main Street Bridge Safety andAccessibility Act, and Measure F, the Main Street BridgePreservation Act, will be presented to Half Moon Bay resi-
Civil grand jury knocksspecial districtwebsites
Report recommends greater transparency
By Michelle Durand
The websites of all 23 San Mateo County independentspecial districts lack information like meeting agendas andfinancial data and more than half are substantially inade-quate, the civil grand jury concluded in a new report on
By Angela Swartz
You might think Notre Dame HighSchool-Belmont sophomore AllisonTaylor is a pack rat when you happenupon the 76 boxes she has stacked upin her garage, but there’s more to thestory than meets the eye.These 3,000 pounds of boxes con-tain books Taylor began collecting afew years ago in an effort to help sup-port literacy in Africa. Now, the 16-year-old Hillsborough resident willtravel to Northern Ghana in late July todeliver the 5,600 books. The goal of Taylor’s group, Book Buddies, is toprovide recreational reading materialto those who lack resources.“When I was in middle school, wewere learning about the literacy ratesin Ghana — there is one book to every12 children,” Taylor said. “I startedcollecting in seventh-grade and wantedto hit a goal of 5,000 so I could goover and personally deliver them.”An avid reader, Taylor enjoyed par-ticipating in the reading buddy pro-gram in her elementary school inwhich older students support youngerstudents by reading with them. “I wanted to become a book buddy infifth-grade and be able to influence kidson how to read,” she said. “When I got
Book buddy
High schooler traveling to Ghana to deliver children’s books
Allison Taylor packs up books in her garage to be delivered to Africa.The sophomore has been collecting the books since shewas in seventh-grade.
 The heated battle over the Main Street Bridge began afterCaltrans gave it a sufficiency rating of 24 out of 100 and thecouncil voted in September to replace the bridge.
 Jerry Brown
Mom accused of attacking bully may have wrong boy
SAN FRANCISCO — ANorthernCalifornia mother suspected of attack-ing a 12-year-old boy she said was bul-lying her daughter at school may havetargeted the wrong child, a sheriff’s offi-cial said Monday. Investigators have not found evidencelinking the boy to the bullying allega-tions, Sonoma County sheriff’s Lt.Steve Brown said. He said they are look-ing into whether another child may haveharassed the girl.“We are unable to determine if any bul-lying ever occurred,” Brown said. “Wedon’t know if this kid bullied this girl atall. It looks like he did not. We can’t findanybody to say that he did.”The girl’s mom, Delia Garcia-Bratcher, was arrested Saturday on suspi-cion of inflicting injury on a child aftersheriff’s deputies say she came to OlivetElementary Charter School in SantaRosa on Friday and grabbed the boy bythe throat. She asked her son, who alsoattends the school, to point out who wasbullying her daughter, the sheriff’soffice said.Attempts to reach Garcia-Bratcherwere unsuccessful Monday as telephonenumbers listed for her were disconnect-ed. It is not clear whether she hasretained a lawyer, Brown said.While several students saw the inci-dent, no adults witnessed what hap-pened, Brown said. The students latertold a deputy that Garcia-Bratcher threat-ened the boy about bullying her daugh-ter. The school staff took photos of redmarks on the boy’s neck, Brown said.On Saturday, Garcia-Bratcher cameinto the sheriff’s office to give a state-ment and was briefly taken into custodyafterward, Brown said. She was laterreleased on $30,000 bail. “The mother said she didn’t do it,”Brown said. “Even if some bullying didoccur, that doesn’t change the crime thatthe mother allegedly committed.”
Ad company takes down Southern secession billboard
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The head of the Confederate League of the Southsays an advertising company hasremoved a highway billboard that advo-cated a Southern secession from theUnited States.Michael Hill is president of theConfederate League of the South. He saidMonday that Lamar Advertising Co.took down the billboard along Interstate85 in Montgomery following com-plaints. The billboard had the word“secede” in capital letters, along withthe league’s name and website. The sign went up Friday and wasremoved over the weekend.Hill said the company offered a refund,but that wasn’t necessary since he hadyet to pay.ALamar Advertising executive did notreturn a message seeking comment.
Boston drivers urged to ‘Use Yah Blinkah’
BOSTON — Perhaps the reason noto-riously aggressive Boston drivers don’tuse their turn signals is that no one’sever put it in terms they understand.The Massachusetts Department of Transportation on Friday changed thatby posting messages on electronichighway signs around the city that read:“Changing Lanes? Use Yah Blinkah.”“Blinkah” is how Bostonians pro-nounce “blinker,” otherwise known as aturn signal.The signs are scheduled to stay upthrough the Mother’s Day on Sunday,which state officials say is one of thebusiest traffic days of the year.Drivers who fail to use their “blinkah”when changing lanes on aMassachusetts highway are subject to afine. Police across the state handed outalmost 5,000 tickets for the offense lastyear.
May 20,2014
The San Mateo Daily Journal
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 TV personality TedAllen is 49.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
Regular trans-Atlantic mail servicebegan as a Pan American Airwaysplane, the Yankee Clipper, took off from Port Washington, New York,bound for Marseille, France.
“I wanted a perfect ending.Now I’ve learned,thehard way,that some poems don’t rhyme,and somestories don’t have a clear beginning,middle and end.Life is about not knowing,having to change,takingthe moment and making the best of it,without knowing what’s going to happen next.” 
— Gilda Radner (1946-1989)
Singer-actressCher is 68.Rapper BustaRhymes is 42.
 These two dogs were among the more than 100 pets that turned out for the San Carlos Hometown Days Pet Parade Sunday.Pets walked a red carpet,took part in an agility course and some showed off their best costumes before King Duncan Donutand Queen Nibbler were crowned.
: Cloudy in the morning thenbecoming partly cloudy. Highs in theupper 50s. West winds 5 to 15 mph.
Tuesday night:
Mostly cloudy. Lows inthe lower 50s. Northwest winds around 10mph...Becoming southwest after mid-night.
: Cloudy in the morning thenbecoming partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 60s. Westwinds 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday night:
Partly cloudy in the evening thenbecoming cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s. West winds 5 to10 mph.
: Mostly cloudy in the morning then becomingpartly cloudy. Highs in the mid 60s.
Thursday night and Friday
: Partly cloudy.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1712,
the original version of Alexander Pope’s satiricalmock-heroic poem “The Rape of the Lock” was publishedanonymously in Lintot’s Miscellany.
In 1862
, President Abraham Lincoln signed the HomesteadAct, which was intended to encourage settlements west of the Mississippi River by making federal land available forfarming.
In 1902
, the United States ended a three-year military pres-ence in Cuba as the Republic of Cuba was established underits first elected president, Tomas Estrada Palma.
In 1914, 
the song “By the Beautiful Sea” by Harry Carrolland Harold R. Atteridge was published by Shapiro,Bernstein & Co. Inc., in New York.
In 1927
, Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Fieldin Long Island, New York, aboard the Spirit of St. Louis onhis historic solo flight to France.
In 1932
, Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland tobecome the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.(Because of weather and equipment problems, Earhart setdown in Northern Ireland instead of her intended destina-tion, France.)
In 1942
, during World War II, the Office of CivilianDefense was established.
In 1959
, nearly 5,000 Japanese-Americans had their U.S.citizenship restored after renouncing it during World War II.
In 1961, 
a white mob attacked a busload of Freedom Ridersin Montgomery, Alabama, prompting the federal govern-ment to send in U.S. marshals to restore order.
In other news ...
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Actor-author James McEachin is 84. Actor Anthony Zerbe is78. Actor David Proval is 72. Singer Joe Cocker is 70. Actor-comedian Dave Thomas is 65. Rock musician Warren Cann is62. Former New York Gov. David Paterson is 60. Actor DeanButler is 58. TV-radio personality Ron Reagan is 56. Rockmusician Jane Wiedlin (The Go-Go’s) is 56. Actor BronsonPinchot is 55. Singer Susan Cowsill is 55. Actor JohnBillingsley is 54. Actor Tony Goldwyn is 54. Singer NickHeyward is 53. Actress Mindy Cohn is 48. Rock musicianTom Gorman (Belly) is 48. Actress Gina Ravera is 48. ActorTimothy Olyphant is 46. Actress Daya Vaidya is 41.
 The Daily Derby race winners are GorgeousGeorge,No.8,in first place;Gold Rush,No.1,insecond place;and Solid Gold,No.10,in thirdplace.The race time was clocked at 1:48.60.
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. Adrunk driver hit a person’s car intheir driveway on the first block of Poinsettia Avenue before 9:30 p.m.Thursday, May 15.
. Aboy’s backpack was taken on the400 block of Barneston Avenue before 8:07p.m. Thursday, May 15.
. Aman was seen fighting apregnant lady on the 200 block of West39th Avenue before 10:39 a.m. Thursday,May 15.
Minor injury accident.
One person in avehicle accident was hobbling around at16th Avenue and Palm Avenue before 8:37p.m. Wednesday, May 14.
Petty theft
. Ashed was burglarized on the900 block of Francisco Street in El Granadabefore 9:43 a.m. Monday, May 12.
Suspicious circumstances
. Awomanreported returning home to find her stoveon and her door deadbolt locked on the 300block of Third Street in Montara before10:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7.
. Aman stopped by officers for swerv-ing in traffic was found to be intoxicatedand failed the sobriety test on NorthCabrillo at Coronado before 1:10 a.m.Saturday, May 3.
Police reports
A crazy report
A10-year-old girl reported that her dadwas crazy on the 700 block of SouthIdaho Street in San Mateo before 9:11p.m. Thursday, May 15.
By Angela Swartz
The results are starting to trickle in for adistrictwide climate survey of the MillbraeElementary School District spurred by con-cerns about a poor work environment forteachers, but officials and parents would likethe data presented in a way that would letthem know how each individual school isdoing and be easier to read.Results, disclosed last week, showed 512parents, 77 certified faculty and 38 classifiedstaff completed surveys, totaling 627 sur-veys taken in three groups. There were mul-tiple themes across survey groups, includingthat equity is valued, trust and morale are lowand the potential for improvement around acollaborative culture, according to the sur-vey. Answers range from strongly disagreeto strongly agree corresponds with scores of one to five for each question and the data is abit difficult to understand, said boardPresident Denis Fama.“I’m trying to get that data formatted in away that is more readable, understandableand comparable,” Fama said.Parents wrote 128 negative commentsrelated to the district governance team, withthe most negative comments being relatedto boardsmanship, 29, and open, honestcommunication, 18. Certified faculty left 29negative comments on governance, with themost complaints being related to trust,respect and value. Classified staff left 17negative comments, with boardsmanshipalso being the biggest issue. Parents had 80negative comments on district leadership,certified faculty had 28 negative commentsand classified staff had 9 negative com-ments, according to data from PivotLearning Partners, the group that conductedthe surveys. Fama is suggesting a format that wouldshow questions and the percentages of answers in each question, so the results canbe looked at all in one page. “It’s a little bit early,” he said. “I want tohave the whole board look at it in June. It’sa terrific guide for us to either sustain whatwe have done well or improve areas of con-cern. It’s a great planning document for theboard.” The survey of staff, parents and teacherswas authorized by the district following ten-sions between the administration and teach-ers. These tensions were specifically ignitedby the December 2013 resignation of TaylorMiddle School Principal Lesley Martin, whosome felt was intimidated by SuperintendentLinda Luna and the school board into leav-ing. Teachers and parents expressed concernthat the administration was making for apoor work environment, with the MillbraeEducation Association and Classified SchoolEmployees Association going so far as tovote no confidence in Luna. The district didsay it is making an effort to work more withteachers and staff.Some parents felt it would have been a bet-ter idea to compile separate surveys for eachschool, noting it’s hard to know how theirparticular school is doing as the commentscompiled are not categorized by school.“This was really kind of to open up thebox,” said Ida Jew of Pivot LearningPartners. Originally, the survey was only supposedto be done at Taylor, but the administrationdecided it would be a good idea to get a readon the entire district climate.One issue with the surveys was that someparents felt it was difficult to get to theonline link. Additionally, some parentscould have taken the survey more than onceif they had children in more than one schoolin the district.“The only thing not included is individualcomments,” Jew said. “We wanted people tobe able to say what they wanted to say with-out any fear of being tied back to some-body.”The board is going to be studying theresults more and determining next steps forsetting my goals for this coming year, saidLuna.Survey questions were put together by aTaylor teacher, board Vice President LynneFerrario, Fama and Jew, putting in more than100 man hours, Fama said. “There are things we might have done dif-ferently undoubtedly,” he said. “That will bepart of our report. The intention would be todo these (surveys) every couple of years, butI’m open to a redo next year.”The contract, not to exceed $15,000, withPivot extends through June 30.Aside from a board meeting presentationof the data, presentations have already takenplace at Taylor Middle School, Green HillsElementary School and MeadowsElementary School. There will also be par-ent meetings 8:30 a.m. May 28 at LomitaPark Elementary School and 6 p.m. June 11at Spring Valley Elementary School.
angela@smdailyjournal.com(650) 344-5200 ext. 105
Millbrae school climate results released
Survey finds theres room forimprovement in the district
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