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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Wednesday
May 28,2014
Vol XIII,Edition 243
Family Owned & Operated
 Established: 1949
WITHDRAWAL PLAN
NATION PAGE 7
 
MENLO LOSESIN PLAYOFFS
SPORTS PAGE 11
GRILLING OYSTERSGREAT FORSUMMER
FOOD PAGE 21
OBAMA CHARTS END TO AFGHAN WAR BY 2016
By Samantha Weigel
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
As the battle over the proposalto demolish the old Ice Center atBridgepointe Shopping Centercontinues to heat up, the SanMateo Planning Commissionweighed in at a study sessionTuesday night by urging the ownerto reopen the rink until matters areresolved and stressed the signifi-cance of the city maintaining aunique recreational facility. Tuesday’s meeting was the firstchance for city officials to publi-cally comment on the proposal todemolish the rink and the commis-sion demanded studies concerningtraffic and financial impacts, aswell as an analysis of San Mateo’scurrent recreational amenities andthe city’s ability to force the rinkbe reopened. In March, Bridgepointe’sowner, SPI Holdings, filed a sec-ond pre-application to the city’sPlanning Division to amend thesite’s Master Plan to allow it todemolish the rink, defer a recre-ational use elsewhere and createmore retail space in its place. Per the Master Plan that wasadopted in 1998, SPI cannotdemolish the rink without supportfrom the Planning Commissionand approval from the CityCouncil. SPI closed the rink in June 2013and the commissioners said it wasa disservice to the public and inpoor taste.“I can understand SPI looking atthis site and saying ‘gee, ourshopping center would be betteroff if instead of an ice rink here wehad a series of retail stores,’” saidPlanning Commission ChairChris Massey. “I can understandSPI coming to the city and askingfor a change in the Master Plan toallow for that. What I don’t under-
Officials urge ice rink reopen
Planning Commision says Bridgepointe Ice Center should remain until matters are resolved
Assembly District24 seat up for vote
By Samantha Weigel
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
As Assemblyman Rich Gordon,D-Menlo Park, is seeking his finalterm represent-ing the 24thDistrict in theJune 3 primaryelection, he’llvie against aDemocrat and aRepublican whoare running forthe first time. DemocratGreg Coladonato, a MountainView resident who holds a master’sin business administration, saidhe’s active in local politics andwants more government trans-parency. “I can’t help but notice the num-ber of California legislators thatare corrupt and getting suspend-ed,” Coladonato said. “And I thinkthe problem is worse than justthere’s a few bad apples. I thinkthere’s something wrong with howwe do politics in this state.” Republican Diane Gabl, a PaloAlto resident and intellectualproperty rights attorney, said shewas asked to run by the Republican
Incumbent Gordon viesagainst two first-timers
Greg ColadonatoDiane GablRich Gordon
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Suzy Marshall,left,and Suzy Bowen,right,shop together on Broadway in Burlingame.
By Angela Swartz
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Pilot programs for off-leashfields and additions to makeBurlingame more dog-friendly arewrapping up this week and were asuccess, city officials are saying.In the recent past, the city hasheard from the dog communitythat it’d like more options on city-owned land for dogs. Pilot pro-grams at Washington Park field onBurlingame Avenue andCuernavaca Park field for off-leashdogs hours were approved by thecouncil for the school year only,7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through
City officialsdub off-leashpilot programs successful
Burlingame strives to make parks more dog friendly
By Angela Swartz
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Aiming to bring more businessto Burlingame’s Broadway is thegoal of a summit the city plans tohost in September. The Future Broadway Summitwill bring merchants, propertyowners and business owners fromthe business district together toair concerns and come up with aplan for giving Broadway a shot inthe arm. “For a long time, we’ve askedmerchants over and over againwhat they’d like to see,” saidCouncilman Jerry Deal. “Theyweren’t sure for a long time. Therewere a lot of changing ideas abouthow to revitalize Broadway and itwill be good to give the communi-ty an idea of what they want.”With the Downtown BurlingameStreetscape project, many peopleare wondering if Broadway will getits own revamp, but about a decadeago the city did upgrade the streetson Broadway and also created moreparking lots. Businesses need toadapt to what is in demand today,Deal said.“Something has got to change,”he said. “You change for the timesor you lose out. The problem isit’s a small block and it doesn’tattract a lot of activity during theday. I know that a lot of people saythey’d like to have a bakery, but if you have a bakery, you’d have togo to the bakery and buy things.”The Broadway BusinessImprovement District sent a letter
City looking to ‘spruce up’Broadway
Future Broadway Summit will take place in September
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May 28,2014
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As a public service,the Daily Journal prints obituaries of approximately 200 words or less with a photo one time on the date of the family’s choosing.To submit obituaries,emailinformation along with a jpeg photo to news@smdailyjournal.com.Free obituaries are edited for style,clarity,length and grammar.If you would like to have an obituary printedmore than once,longer than 250 words or without editing,please submit an inquiry to our advertising department at ads@smdailyjournal.com.
Singer GladysKnight is 70.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1934
The Dionne quintuplets — Annette,Cecile, Emilie, Marie and Yvonne —were born to Elzire Dionne at the fam-ily farm in Ontario, Canada.
“Time does not become sacred to us until we have lived it,until it has passed over us and taken with it a part of ourselves.” 
John Burroughs,American author,naturalist (1837-1921)
Former New York Mayor RudolphGiuliani is 70.Sen.Marco Rubio,R-Fla.,is 43.
Birthdays
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 The Coyote Point Rifle and Pistol Club in San Mateo presented a two-day Basic Pistol Class for Women on May 24 and 25. The class covered pistol safety,ammunition,basic shooting skills,equipment care and supervised live-fire exercises.From left,students Lori Segraves,Paula Fleming and Margaret Esplana listened as instructor Catalina Simonson explained the importanceof effective hearing protection.The students hold ‘blue guns,’plastic replicas used to practice safe pistol handling.The nextBasic Pistol Class for Women is scheduled for June 21 and 22.For registration information visit www.coyotepointrpc.org/training.
Wednesday
:Sunny. Highs in the mid60s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph.
Wednesday night:
Clear. Lows in thelower 50s. Northwest winds 10 to 20mph...Becoming north 5 to 10 mph aftermidnight.
Thursday
: Sunny. Highs in the mid 60s.Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday night:
Mostly clear in the evening thenbecoming cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows around50. West winds 5 to 10 mph.
Friday
:Cloudy in the morning then becoming partlycloudy. Patchy fog. Highs in the upper 50s.
Friday night and Sturday:
Mostly cloudy. Lows in thelower 50s. Highs in the upper 50s.
Saturday night and Sunday:
Mostly cloudy.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1533, 
the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer,declared the marriage of England’s King Henry VIII to AnneBoleyn valid.
In 1863
, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer InfantryRegiment, made up of freed blacks, left Boston to fight forthe Union in the Civil War.
In 1892, 
the Sierra Club was organized in San Francisco.
In 1912
, the Senate Commerce Committee issued its reporton the Titanic disaster that cited a “state of absolute unpre-paredness,” improperly tested safety equipment and an“indifference to danger” as some of the causes of an “unnec-essary tragedy.”
In 1929, 
the first all-color talking picture, “On with theShow,” opened in New York.
In 1937,
President Franklin D. Roosevelt pushed a buttonin Washington signaling that vehicular traffic could begincrossing the just-opened Golden Gate Bridge in California.Neville Chamberlain became prime minister of Britain.
In 1940, 
during World War II, the Belgian army surrenderedto invading German forces.
In 1959, 
the U.S. Army launched Able, a rhesus monkey,and Baker, a squirrel monkey, aboard a Jupiter missile for asuborbital flight which both primates survived.
In 1961, 
Amnesty International had its beginnings withthe publication of an article in the British newspaper TheObserver, “The Forgotten Prisoners.”
In 1964
, the charter of the Palestine LiberationOrganization was issued at the start of a meeting of thePalestine National Congress in Jerusalem.
In 1977, 
165 people were killed when fire raced throughthe Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky.
A
diamond can be melted at 6,442degrees Fahrenheit.***The highest rank in the U.S Army isgeneral of the Army, followed by gen-eral, then lieutenant general. The threelowest ranks are private, private firstclass and corporal.***The Grammy Awards were originallycalled the Gramophone Awards. Thetrophies presented are little goldgramophones.***Traditionally, the first people downthe aisle in a formal wedding proces-sional are the ushers, followed by thebridesmaids. The maid of honor isnext, then the flower girl and ringbear-er and finally the bride with her fatheror escort.***When Jed Clampett, played by BuddyEbsen (1908-2003), found oil on thesitcom “Beverly Hillbillies” (1962-1971) his fortune was worth $25 mil-lion. In the last season of the show,his fortune had grown to $95 million.***The theory of continental drift saysthere was once one large land mass onEarth that, over millions of years, hasbroke and shifted into the current sep-arate continents. The theory was firstput forth by German meteorologistAlfred Wegener (1880-1930).***Cap’n Crunch, the cartoon character of cereal fame, is captain of a ship namedthe Guppy. The captain’s full name isHoratio Magellan Crunch. He hailsfrom Crunch Island.*** Do you know what the fastest animalon land is? The fastest animal in theair? In the water? See answer at end.***When it was introduced in 1920, PeterPan Peanut Butter came in a reclosabletin can container with a turnkey. Dueto the tin shortage during World WarII, the packaging was changed to glassbottles.***Actress and animal rights activistTippi Hedren (born 1935) runs a wildanimal reserve for endangered bigcats. The Shambala Preserve inSouthern California is home to 60 bigcats, including tigers, mountain lionsand bobcats.***The rock band The Doobie Brotherswas formed in San Jose in 1970. Someof the group’s hit songs were “BlackWater” (1975), “What a FoolBelieves” (1979) and “China Grove”(1973).***All but one horse on King Arthur’sCarrousel at Disneyland are paintedwhite. One horse is gold, signifyingthe ride is an original from 1955, theyear Disneyland opened.***In tennis, winning a set with the score6-0 is called a bagel. Winning two sets6-0 is called a double bagel.***In “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”(1820) by Washington Irving (1783-1859), schoolmaster Ichabod Cranerides his horse Gunpowder to flee fromthe Headless Horseman.***
 Answe
: The cheetah is the fastest animal on land. It can run up to 70mph. The peregrine falcon flies up to100 mph, making it the fastest in thesky. The fastest animal in the ocean isthe sailfish, which can swim up to 68mph.
Know It All is by Kerry McArdle. It runs inthe weekend and Wednesday editions of theDaily Journal. Questions? Comments?Email knowitall(at)smdailyjournal.com orcall 344-5200 ext. 114.
(Answers tomorrow)CEASE PAVED TAVERN TRENDYYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:Everyone doing the tango at the club was in — “ATTEND-DANCE”Now arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME
byDavid L.Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
Unscramble these four Jumbles,one letter to each square,to form four ordinary words.
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Rockabilly singer-musician Sonny Burgess is 85. ActressCarroll Baker is 83. Producer-director Irwin Winkler is 83.Actor John Karlen is 81. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Jerry Westis 76. Actress Beth Howland is 73. Actress-director SondraLocke is 70. Singer Billy Vera is 70. Singer John Fogerty is69. Country musician Jerry Douglas (Alison Krauss and UnionStation) is 58. Actor Louis Mustillo is 56. U.S. Rep. MarkSanford, R-S.C.., is 54. Actor Brandon Cruz (TV: “TheCourtship of Eddie’s Father”) is 52. Country singer PhilVassar is 50. Actress Christa Miller is 50.
Lotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are Winning Spirit,No.9,in first place;Lucky Charms,No.12,insecond place;and Hot Shot,No.3,in third place. The race time was clocked at 1:42.52.
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Aline Swack
Aline Swack died Saturday, May 24, 2014. Aline was 97 years old and a Millbrae resident for 66years. She was born in Monterey, Tennessee, and moved toCalifornia in 1937. Aline was preceded in death by her husband James Swackand her son James Swack Jr. She is survived by her daughterBarbara Killeen of Granite Bay and her daughter-in-lawCathy Swack of Burlingame. She has seven grandchildrenand 10 great-grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to visit 10 a.m. Friday,May 30 with a 11 a.m. funeral service at the Chapel of theHighlands, 194 Millwood Drive at El Camino Real inMillbrae with a burial at Skylawn Memorial Park.You may make a memorial contribution to the Alzheimer’sAssociation (800) 272-3900, www.alz.org.
Dennis James Henry
Dennis James Henry, of Redwood City, died Sunday, May11. He was 66. Henry worked as a handyman throughout the PeninsulaBay Area, and also served his country for two years in theU.S. Army. Henry loved spending time with family andfriends barbecuing, fishing and camping. He is survived byhis three daughters, four sisters, three brothers, five nieces,two nephews and a grandson. Agathering to celebrate his life will be 11 a.m. Saturday,May 31 at the American Legion; 651 El Camino Real inRedwood City. It will be a potluck, food and drink contribu-tions would be appreciated.
Obituaries
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The CEO of neighborhood socialmedia site NextDoor pleaded not guiltyTuesday morning to felony hit-and-runfor leaving the scene of an accident byanother driver he allegedly causedwhile unsafely changing lanes onHighway 101 last summer.Nirav Nalin Tolia, 42, of SanFrancisco appeared in San MateoCounty Superior Court with attorneyDaniel Barton to enter his plea to thesingle felony. He also waived his rightto a speedy trial and was scheduled fora preliminary hearing July 22. Approximately two weeks ago, theDistrict Attorney’s Office decided tocharge Tolia in the Aug. 4, 2013,Brisbane incident that left PatriceMotley with broken bones in her lefthand and neck and back injuries.Prosecutors say Tolia was coopera-tive with police but charged him with afelony rather than a misdemeanorbecause the hit-and-run involvedinjury, said Chief Deputy DistrictAttorney KarenGuidotti.Tolia’s SUVdidnot strike thewoman’s Honda DelSol but prosecutorssay he caused her tospin out of control180 degrees acrosstwo lanes of northbound Highway 101traffic and into the concrete centerdivider while trying to avoid his lanechange just south of the Candlestickoff-ramp. Tolia did not stop and con-tinued to his San Francisco home.Police used witness accounts of Tolia’slicense plate to track him the follow-ing day.The law requires a driver to remain atthe scene of an accident. If Tolia isconvicted of not doing so, he faces upto three years in prison. Motley also filed a civil lawsuit ear-lier this month against Tolia seekingdamages for negligence and intention-al infliction of emotional distress.Motley claims in the suit that Tolia,driving with his wife and child, was a“impatient to overtake a slower vehi-cle in front of him” when he tried mov-ing into the right lane where she was.Motley honked her horn and Tolia’swife alerted him to the impending col-lision which made him get back intohis own lane, but the chain of eventshad already started, the suit stated. Motley claims Tolia and his wife sawher lose control of the car but fled with-out stopping to see if she, her passen-ger or her dog were injured or deceased.Tolia told police he fled because he was“shaken” and didn’t call 911 becausehe was in “shock,” the Motley suitstated. Tolia has no criminal record andremains free from custody on his ownrecognizance. He is due back in courtJune 12 for a review conference.He is CEO of NextDoor, a websiteused by police agencies and neighbor-hoods to help users connect with eachother.Barton did not return a call for com-ment.
NextDoor CEO pleadsnot guilty to hit-and-run
BURLINGAME
Grand theft.
Aman driving a red Acura stole three iPhonesfrom the Apple store on Burlingame Avenue before 8:51 p.m.Wednesday, May 21.
Animal problem.
Awoman reported a person had shot hercat in the eye with a pellet gun on Drake Avenue before 6:19p.m. Wednesday, May 21.
Suspicious circumstances.
Police responded to a personcontacting the FBI about neighbors taking things from hishome on Garden Drive before 2:34 p.m. Wednesday, May 21.
BELMONT
Driving without license
. Aperson was arrested for driv-ing without a license on Ralston Avenue before 5:02 a.m.Wednesday, May 21.
Vandalism
. Aperson reported that the power wires on theschool roof were cut on St james Road before 7:18 a.m.Monday, May 19.
Domestic dispute.
Ahysterical man was arrested for push-ing his wife on Escondido Way before 10:59 p.m. Saturday,May 17.
Police reports
I don’t like what you’re selling
An apartment manager reported that a solicitor had defe-cated in the hallway on East Hillsdale Boulevard inFoster City before 9:45 a.m. Friday, May 16.
Nirav Tolia
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF REPORT
A25-year-old sex offender whogroped a Pacifica woman walking awayfrom dropping her kids off at day careis facing up to two years in prison afterpleading no contest to felony falseimprisonment and misdemeanor sexu-al battery.Jeremy Castro, 27, will be sentencedJuly 10. Prosecutors wanted a full twoyears in prison but a judge said hewould consider less.Pacifica police arrested Castro Dec.23 after the woman identified him asthe man who attacked her about fiveminutes previously while walking nearMonterey Road at approximately 9:40a.m. Dec. 23Castro grabbed the woman, gropingher breasts and between her legs as shescreamed and struggled, according toprosecutors.He allegedly told responding officersthat he thought the woman was hiswife and it was a prank he learned onYouTube.At the time of arrest, Castro was onmisdemeanor probation imposed for asimilar act in San Francisco inDecember 2012.He is in custody on $100,000 bailpending sentencing.
Pacifica man pleads no contest to groping

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