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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
 July 16,2014
Vol XIII,Edition 285
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By Don Thompson
SACRAMENTO — Californiawater regulators voted Tuesday toapprove fines up to $500 a day forresidents who waste water onlawns, landscaping and car wash-ing, as a report showed that con-sumption throughout the state hasactually risen amid the worstdrought in nearly four decades.The action by the State WaterResources Control Board cameafter its own survey showed thatconservation measures to datehave failed toachieve the 20percent reduc-tion in water usesought by Gov.Jerry Brown.Survey resultsreleased beforethe 4-0 voteshowed waterconsumptionthroughout California had actually jumped by 1 percent this past Maycompared with the same month in
Water use onrise in spite of long drought
State approves $500 finesfor certain waterwasters
By Michelle Durand
Holly Street residents say theyare outraged by the San CarlosCity Council’s plan to greatlyrestrict on-street parking and sug-gestions like allowing largerdriveways or having the city pur-chase two properties on the thor-oughfare for temporary parkingdoesn’t provide much salve.At an emotion-packed meetingMonday, the council voted 3-2,with councilmen Matt Grocott andCameron Johnson dissenting, toprohibit parking on the city’smain gateway between 7 a.m. and6 p.m. on weekdays as a way toease congestion by making it twolanes in both directions.Along with the vote, city offi-
Holly residents upsetover ban on parking
Possible fixes:Buying homes for lots,bigger driveways
By Angela Swartz
Burlingame school officialshave decided to appeal a judge’sruling to stop construction atHoover Elementary School and arecurrently working to secure andstabilize the site before an envi-ronmental impact report is poten-tially conducted.Last week, the BurlingameElementary School District filedan appeal in the state appellatecourt to San Mateo CountySuperior Court Judge MarieWeiner’s May ruling in favor of the Alliance for ResponsibleNeighborhood Planning. Thealliance sued the district stating itneeds to prepare a full EIR on traf-fic impacts for the entire property,which means all constructionmust be stopped until this is done.“We’re going to try to get anexpedited calendar to get it on thedocket as soon as possible,”Superintendent Maggie MacIsaacsaid. “That would be the mostimmediate thing to do.”Agroup of Hillsborough resi-dents filed the lawsuit in January2013. At a July 2013 hearing, thealliance’s attorney Kevin Haroff said the district failed to addresstraffic impacts in its December2012 mitigated negative declara-tion study and review. Amitigatednegative declaration is like an EIRbut less extensive. The project is long overdue atthis point, MacIsaac said. “We’re hopeful we will makesome progress with the appeal,”MacIsaac said. “We’re still willingto discuss anything they’d (thealliance) like to discuss. Workwill continue through the fall to
School district to appeal Hoover construction halt
Judge’s June ruling required more extensive traffic studies before project moves forward
Payday lenders,like this one on Fourth Avenue near downtown San Mateo,offer other services like check cashingand money transfers.City officials are considering restrictions on such businesses.
By Samantha Weigel
San Mateo is joining citiesacross the county in consideringrestrictions of payday lenders byregulating land use and promotingeducational programs to preventconsumers from furthering thecycle of debt.There are currently four paydaylenders in San Mateo and the cityis considering creating an ordi-nance preventing any more fromopening up, restricting where theycan be located and developing out-reach efforts to educate individualsthrough financial literacy pro-grams. But industry representatives saypayday lenders are already over-seen at the state and federal leveland there are few alternatives forthose who need immediate cash. Itisn’t economically viable for alender to serve those who can’tpay off their loans and high inter-est rates correlate to high defaultrates, Paul Soter, outside generalcounsel for California FinancialService Providers Association,wrote in an email.“Payday lending provides short-term small-dollar credit to con-sumers who need that service andare unable to qualify for compet-ing forms of credit such as creditcards,” Soter wrote in an email.“Payday loans should never be aconsumer’s sole long-term finan-cial strategy, but they may be arealistic mechanism to meetimmediate short-term need.”Borrowing, however, is mostoften cyclical and the majority of those who use the service end uptaking out 10 loans, said KeithOgden, anti-predatory lendingstaff attorney at Community Legal
City may regulate payday lenders
San Mateo city officials looking at land use,promote educational outreach
 Jerry Brown
 July 16,2014
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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.
Actress Rain Pryoris 45.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
The United States exploded its firstexperimental atomic bomb in thedesert of Alamogordo, New Mexico.
“I think I’ve discovered the secret of life — you just hang around until you get used to it.” 
— Charles M.Schulz,American cartoonist (1922-2000)
Actor-comedianWill Ferrell is 47.Actor Corey Feldman is 43.
 The 59th Annual Hillsborough Concours D’Elegance brought three cars to Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo onSaturday to show a sample of the 200 automobiles that will be on view July 20 at the Crystal Springs Golf Course in Burlingame.Concours Co-Chair Liz Buljan stands next to a 1967 Chevrolet Sting Ray Corvette owned by Chuck Camilleri of Redwood City.For event information visit http://www.hillsboroughconcours.org.
: Mostly cloudy in the morn-ing then becoming partly cloudy. Patchyfog in the morning. Isolated sprinkles inthe morning. Highs in the mid 60s. Southwinds 10 to 20 mph.
Wednesday night
: Partly cloudy in theevening then becoming mostly cloudy.Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in themid 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.
: Mostly cloudy in the morning then becomingpartly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in thelower to mid 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday night:
Partly cloudy in the evening thenbecoming mostly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lowsin the mid 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.
: Mostly cloudy in the morning.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1790
, a site along the Potomac River was designated thepermanent seat of the United States government; the areabecame Washington, D.C.
In 1862
, Flag Officer David G. Farragut became the first rearadmiral in the United States Navy.
In 1912
, New York gambler Herman Rosenthal, set to testi-fy before a grand jury about police corruption, was gunneddown by members of the Lennox Avenue Gang.
In 1935
, the first parking meters were installed inOklahoma City.
In 1951, 
the novel “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D.Salinger was first published by Little, Brown and Co.
In 1964
, as he accepted the Republican presidential nomi-nation in San Francisco, Barry M. Goldwater declared that“extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice” and that“moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”
In 1979, 
Saddam Hussein became president of Iraq.
In 1980, 
former California Gov. Ronald Reagan won theRepublican presidential nomination at the party’s conven-tion in Detroit.
In 1981
, singer Harry Chapin was killed when his car wasstruck by a tractor-trailer on New York’s Long IslandExpressway.
In 1989
, conductor Herbert von Karajan died near Salzburg,Austria, at age 81.
In 1994, 
the first of 21 pieces of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9smashed into Jupiter, to the joy of astronomers awaiting thecelestial fireworks.
In 1999
, John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and hersister, Lauren Bessette, died when their single-engine plane,piloted by Kennedy, plunged into the Atlantic Ocean nearMartha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Ten years ago:
Martha Stewart was sentenced to fivemonths in prison and five months of home confinement by afederal judge in New York for lying about a stock sale.
he slogan for Ivory Soap in1891 was “It floats!” During thesoap making process, air iswhipped into the soap so it is lighterthan water, hence, it floats.***Aperson who studies fish is called anichthyologist.***The card game Canasta uses 108 cards— two packs of cards plus four jokers.Pinochle uses 48 cards — two packs of cards, but cards lower than nine are notused.***The Dodge Viper sports coupe goesfrom zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.The price tag is $86,995. TheMaserati Coupe costs a little less butgoes a little slower. It costs $79,900and goes from zero to 60 in 4.8 sec-onds.***Atightrope walker is called a funambu-list.***Variants of the Cinderella fairy talehave been told for more than 1000years. In some early versions of thestory, there is no fairy godmother.Cinderella’s dress and shoes comesfrom a tree that grows on her mother’sgrave.***An average avocado tree producesabout 120 avocados annually.***The first sentence of the Dickens(1812-1870) novel “ATale of TwoCities” (1859) is “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Doyou know what era the sentence refersto? Can you name the two cities? Seeanswer at end.***The first ads for SPAM, the “miraclemeat in a can,” were done by GracieAllen (1895-1964) and George Burns(1896-1996) on their hit radio showin the 1950s.***During the 1975 Western Open golf tournament in Chicago, professionalgolfer Lee Trevino (born 1939) wasstruck by lightning.***King Henry VIII (1491-1547), ruler of England from 1509 to 1547, was mar-ried six times. He married his firstwife, Catherine of Aragon (1485-1526), in 1509. His sixth wife wasCatherine Parr (1512-1548) whom hemarried in 1543.***The tonophone was the precursor tothe jukebox. It was the first coin-oper-ated piano, invented in 1896.***Scripps National Spelling Bee wasfirst held in 1925. The competition isopen to students under 16 years of age.The purpose of the spelling bee is tohelp students improve their spelling,increase their vocabularies and devel-op correct English usage.***The name Velcro is derived from thefirst syllables of the words velvet andcrochet.***Detective Lt. Mike Stone, played byKarl Malden (1912-2009), and hispartner Inspector Steve Keller, playedby Michael Douglas (born 1944),solved crimes together on the televi-sion police drama “The Streets of SanFrancisco” (1972-1977). The detec-tive always called his much youngerpartner “buddy boy.”***
: The sentence refers to theFrench Revolution. The two citiesnamed in the title are London and Paris. The last line in the novel is “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far betterrest that I go to than I have everknown.”
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)NOVELANKLEHICCUPGYRATEYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:The new robot surgeon wasn’t — OPERAT-INGNow arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
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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 The Daily Derby race winners are GorgeousGeorge,No.8,in first place;Big Ben,No.4,insecond place;and Winning Spirit,No.9,in thirdplace.The race time was clocked at 1:45.36.
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Former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh is 82. Soulsinger Denise LaSalle is 80. Soul singer William Bell is 75.International Tennis Hall of Famer Margaret Court is 72.College Football Hall of Famer and football coach JimmyJohnson is 71. Violinist Pinchas Zukerman is 66. Actor-singer Ruben Blades is 66. Rock composer-musician StewartCopeland is 62. Playwright Tony Kushner is 58. DancerMichael Flatley is 56. Actress Phoebe Cates is 51. Actor Daryl“Chill” Mitchell is 49. Actor Jonathan Adams is 47. Collegeand Pro Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders is 46. Rockmusician Ed Kowalczyk (Live) is 43.
 July 16,2014
Catherine M.Ruk
Catherine M. Ruk died peacefully at homein Millbrae, California, July 13, 2014. She was 98. Born in New York, New York, on Oct. 24,1915. She lived in Millbrae for 56 years. Wife of the late Joseph Ruk Sr. for 61years, mother of Katrinka Ruk (MichaelScardino) and Joseph Ruk Jr. (Donna).Grandmother of Patrick Scardino (Julianne),Melissa Ruk (Will) and Jason Ruk (Sheila)along with relatives in Poland. Adevotedmother to her children, constant companionwith her husband and lifelong homemaker.The family historian of family events withher ever present Instamatic camera. Specialthanks to her caregivers, Saiselu and Shaka. The visitation will begin at 6 p.m. with a 7p.m. vigil service Thursday July 17 at theChapel of the Highlands, 194 MillwoodDrive, Millbrae. AMass of Resurrection willbe celebrated 1 p.m. Friday July 18 at St.Dunstan’s Catholic Church, 1133 Broadway,Millbrae followed by interment at WoodlawnMemorial Park, Colma. In lieu of flowers the family appreciatesdonations in her memory to your favoritecharity.
 As a public service, the Daily Journal prints obituaries of approximately 200 wordsor less with a photo one time on the date of the family’s choosing. To submit obituaries,email information along with a jpeg photo tonews@smdailyjournal.com.
San Francisco transit workers ratify new contract
San Francisco transit workers have rati-fied a new contract a month after taking partin a sickout that stalled the city’s world-famous cable cars and disrupted bus andlight-rail service. Members of Transport Workers UnionLocal 250-Avoted 634 to 485 on Monday infavor of the three-year deal with the SanFrancisco Municipal TransportationAgency, union officials said Tuesday. Thecontract will give workers raises totaling14.25 percent and require them to pay intotheir pension plans. The vote also comes after drivers called insick for three days last month after over-whelmingly rejecting a contract they saidamounted to a pay cut. The union’s president, Eric Williams, saidTuesday in a statement that the membersspoke up and stuck together to get a deal inplace. The agency serves about 700,000passengers each day. “We worked hard at the bargaining table,and our members maintained extraordinarysolidarity throughout the negotiatingprocess,” Williams said. “We look forwardto providing excellent service to transit rid-ers.”
Hewlett-Packard Interim Chairman Whitworth resigns
Hewlett-Packard’s interim chairman,Ralph Whitworth, has resigned from thecompany’s board to con-centrate on personalhealth issues.Whitworth’s resignationis effective on Wednesday.The technology productsand services company saidthat its board will discussappointing a new chair-man at its next meeting.Whitworth became HP’sinterim chairman in April2013 after former chair-man Ray Lane stepped down from his post. Atthe time that Lane stepped down, HPalsoannounced that directors John Hammergrenand G. Kennedy Thompson were leaving theboard. The shake-up was spurred by disgrun-tled stockholders unhappy with HP’s per-formance. HPhas been working on a turn-around of its business amid slumping PC salesin recent years, cutting expenses and focus-ing on more profitable areas such as soft-ware and services.
. Aloud crowd was giving asecurity guard a hard time on AnzaBoulevard before 1:25 a.m. Sunday, July 6.
Lost property
. Awallet was reported loston the 1200 block of Old BayshoreBoulevard before 3:55 p.m. Sunday, July 6.
Recovered stolen vehicle.
Acar thatwas reported stolen in Burlingame wasfound by the California Highway Patrolbefore 12:01 a.m. Sunday, July 6.
. Arobbery occurred on the 400block of El Camino Real before 12:44 p.m.Sunday, July 5.
. Abush was reported on fire at the1800 block of El Camino Real before 6:21p.m. Saturday, July 5.
Drunk driver.
Adrunk driver wasapproached and checked by police onCalifornia Drive before 10:08 p.m.Saturday, July 5.
Stolen vehicle.
Acar was stolen on the1100 block of El Camino Real before 10:39p.m. Saturday, July 5.
. Apackage valued at $700 wasreported stolen from a front porch onWaterloo Court before 5:56 p.m.Wednesday, July 9.
Animal report
. Aperson reported they afound a dog on Newlands Avenue before11:56 a.m. Tuesday, July 8.
. Two men wearing hats andblue gloves were reported for spray paint-ing “Cool Beans” in blue paint on a bill-board on Island Parkway before 12:56 p.m.Monday, July 7.
. Awoman reported that some-one had egged her residence on Alden Streetbefore 10:39 a.m. Monday, July 7.
Suspicious person
. Aman was reportedfor pushing a woman in a shopping cart onShoreway Road before 11:31 a.m. Sunday,July 6.
Welfare check
. An elderly person in abeige Toyota Camry was seen trying todrive on the sidewalk on Sixth Avenuebefore 11:29 a.m. Saturday, July 5.
Police reports
Awoman who was looking for her catwas startled by a man who emerged froma creek and tipped over a garbage can onOld County Road in Redwood Citybefore 10:20 p.m. Monday, July 14.
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