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07/30/2014

 
www.smdailyjournal.comWednesday
 July 30, 2014
Vol XIII,Edition 297
HEAV 
 
 YASSAULT
WORLD PAGE 31
 
A’S RALLY LATE,WIN
SPORTS PAGE 11
’TIS THE SEASON
FOR TOMATOES
FOOD PAGES 19-21
ISRAEL HITS SYMBOLS OF HAMAS RULE;128KILLED
By Julia Cheever
BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was chargedin a revised grand jury indictment in SanFrancisco Tuesday with a new criminalcount of obstructing justice in a probe of a fatal pipeline explosion in San Bruno in2010, U.S. prosecutors announced.U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said thesuperseding indictment also charges theutility with 27 counts of willfully violatingthe federal Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Actin its recording-keeping and pipeline man-agement practices.The original indictment against PG&E,filed April 1, contained 12 counts of violat-ing the pipeline safety law. As of 7 p.m. Tuesday night, the expandedindictment had not yet been posted on thecourt’s electronic docket.Haag said the grand jury charged PG&Ewith obstructing the NationalTransportation Safety Board’s investiga-tion of the San Bruno explosion and fire,which killed eight people and injured 66others on Sept. 9, 2010.She said the indictment alleges that dur-ing the investigation, PG&E provided aversion of a policy outlining the way inwhich it addressed manufacturing risks onits natural gas pipelines.PG&E later withdrew that version, claim-ing it was produced in error, and was anunapproved draft. In fact, PG&E allegedlywas operating under the so-called unap-proved draft from 2009 through April 5,2011, the U.S. attorney said. Haag said the consequence of that practice
Expanded indictment for PG&E
Utility accused of obstructingjustice in San Bruno probe
Report:Healthpremiums seesignificant rise
Insurer’s plans rise from at least 22percent to as much as 88 percent
By Fenit Nirappil
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SACRAMENTO — California’s insurance commissionerreleased a report Tuesday showing the cost of health-carepremiums increased significantly this year, as he pushes formore authority to regulate those costs.California’s four largest insurers raised premiums for indi-viduals from at least 22 percent to as much as 88 percent,depending on factors such as age and location, according tothe annual report released by Commissioner Dave Jones, aDemocrat first elected in 2010. Those figures were calculatedcomparing the price of an insurer’s mid-quality standardplans in 2014 to the insurer’s most popular plans in 2013. Earlier this year, thousands of people voiced complaintsthat new rates would be high, even though the state said2014 rates would be lower than expected.
Redwood City officials approve effort to payfor marketing,maintenance improvements
Downtown businessdistrict gets go-ahead
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
By a wide margin, downtown Redwood City propertyowners approved a new business improvement district tofund extra services beyond what the city provides such assidewalk maintenance, beautification and marketing.Seventy-three ballots counted at Monday night’s CityCouncil meeting split 75 percent in favor of theCommunity Benefit Improvement District and 25 percentopposed. The assessments will begin collection on proper-
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Joe Gershaneck,president of the Mariners Green Homeowners Association,No.2,shows some of the homes at the MarinaLagoon that will once again be subject to federally mandated flood insurance rates in San Mateo.
By Samantha Weigel
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
After years of high flood insurancepremiums and working with San Mateocity officials to fund millions of dol-lars in infrastructure improvements,most homeowners in the MarinaLagoon neighborhood were thrilled tobe removed from the FederalEmergency Management AgencyFlood Insurance Rate Map, or FIRM,in 2012. However, relief was shockinglyshort-lived for about 140 homeownerswho recently discovered they willagain be subject to costly insurancemandates as FEMAwill release a newcountywide map in 2015.“Are we on a slippery slope? Didthey find another way to get 100homes back in the flood zone? Willthey find another way to get morehomes back in the flood zone?” askedJoe Gershaneck, president of theMariners Green HomeownersAssociation, No. 2. Gershaneck said he bought his homein 1977 and was dismayed to learn heand many others who live on thelagoon are being dragged back underFEMA’s control. The arbitrary mapsare troubling, Gershaneck said, as eachproperty is so unique that one personmay be required to purchase insurancefor their entire home because theyhave a single pillar in the water whiletheir immediate neighbor may beexempt. Homeowners in the Mariners Green1, 2 and 3, whose homes have anattached dock or deck or pillars in thewater will be required to carry flood
FEMA targets lagoon residents
San Mateo neighborhood hit with new insurance regulations
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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
 
FOR THE RECORD2
Wednesday
 July 30,2014
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Actor Tom Green is43.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1864
During the Civil War, Union forcestried to take Petersburg, Virginia, byexploding a gunpowder-laden mineshaft that had been dug out beneathConfederate defense lines; the attackfailed.
“An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty.” 
— Sen.Eugene McCarthy (1916-2005)
Actor Jean Reno is66.Actress JaimePressly is 37.
Birthdays
REUTERS
An employee sews a doll’s hair to its head inside the toy factory owned by Norberto Garcia in Buenos Aires,Argentina.
Wednesday
: Cloudy in the morning thenbecoming sunny. Patchy fog in the morn-ing. Highs around 70. Southwest winds 5to 10 mph.
Wednesday night:
Partly cloudy in theevening then becoming mostly cloudy.Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in theupper 50s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday
: Cloudy in the morning then becoming sunny.Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 60s. Westwinds 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday night:
Partly cloudy in the evening thenbecoming mostly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lowsin the mid 50s. West winds 5 to 15 mph.
Friday
: Mostly cloudy in the morning then becomingsunny. Patchy fog. Highs in the upper 60s.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1729
, Baltimore, Maryland, was founded.
In 1918
, poet Joyce Kilmer, a sergeant in the 165th U.S.Infantry Regiment, was killed during the Second Battle of the Marne in World War I. (Kilmer is perhaps best remem-bered for his poem “Trees.”)
In 1932, 
the Summer Olympic Games opened in LosAngeles.
In 1942, 
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill cre-ating a women’s auxiliary agency in the Navy known as“Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service” —WAVES for short.
In 1945, 
the Portland class heavy cruiser USS Indianapoliswas torpedoed by a Japanese submarine during World War II;only 316 out of some 1,200 men survived.
In 1953
, the Small Business Administration was founded.
In 1956
, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a measuremaking “In God We Trust” the national motto, replacing “EPluribus Unum” (“Out of many, one”).
In 1963
, the Soviet Union announced it had granted polit-ical asylum to Harold “Kim” Philby, the “third man” of aBritish spy ring.
In 1965
, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law theMedicare bill, which went into effect the following year.
In 1975, 
former Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffadisappeared in suburban Detroit; although presumed dead,his remains have never been found.
In 1980, 
Israel’s Knesset passed a law reaffirming all of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state.
In 1990, 
British Conservative Party lawmaker Ian Gowwas killed in a bombing claimed by the Irish RepublicanArmy.
T
he most expensive musi-cal instrument ever sold was a250-year-old violin made byItalian craftsman Giuseppe Guarnieri(1698-1744). ARussian lawyer pur-chased the violin for $3.9 million in2007.***When Oreo cookies were introduced in1912 they came in two flavors - lemonmeringue and cream. Lemon meringuewas discontinued in the 1920s. Overthe years there have many varieties of fillings including coffee, mint andpeanut butter.***Koala bears have fingerprints that aremore similar to human fingerprintsthen those of a chimpanzee.***Frisbee originated with the pie tins of the Frisbie Pie Company of Connecticut. Frisbie provided pies tothe Yale University campus. Studentshad made a game of throwing the light-weight pie tins. The Wham-O toy com-pany produced the first plastic Frisbeein 1957.***Amos Jones and Andy Brownbelonged to a fraternal lodge called theMystic Knights of the Sea in the com-edy radio serial “Amos ‘n’Andy”(1929-1955).***The visible tip of an iceberg is usuallyaround 1/5 to 1/16 of its total size.***There are three different types of insomnia. Transient insomnia is shortterm, caused from jet lag, for example.The inability to consistently sleepwell during a period of three weeks tosix months is acute insomnia.Chronic insomnia occurs almostnightly and is ongoing.***The three leading causes of death 100years ago were pneumonia, tuberculo-sis and diarrhea.***Welsh singer Tom Jones (born 1940)became Sir Tom when he was knightedby the Queen of England (born 1926)at Buckingham Palace in March 2005.***Following is a list of names of ani-mated characters from Disney movies.Do you know what animal each charac-ter is? Evinrude in “The Rescuers”(1977), Roquefort in “The Aristocats”(1970), Penelope in“Hercules”(1997), Nana in “Peter Pan”(1953) and Monstro in “Pinocchio”(1940). See answer at end.***The world’s first atomic bomb wasnicknamed “the gadget.” Detonated asa test in 1945 in New Mexico, thebomb ushered in the atomic age.***Polar explorer Admiral Richard Byrd(1888-1957) was accompanied on hisfirst Antarctic expedition in 1928 byhis pet dog named Igloo (died 1931).***Myrna Loy (1905-1993) and ClarkGable (1901-1960) were dubbed theKing and Queen of Hollywood whenthey won a popularity poll in 1936.***The word Zorro means fox in Spanish.***Frances “Baby” Houseman, played byJennifer Grey (born 1960), falls inlove with rebellious dance instructorJohnny Castle, played by PatrickSwayze (1952-2009), while on familyvacation at Kellerman’s summerresort. It is the plot to the movie“Dirty Dancing” (1987).***There is an international organizationof female helicopter pilots calledWhirly-Girls.***
 Answe
: Evinrude is a dragonfly, Roquefort is a mouse, Penelope is adonkey, Nana is a sheepdog and  Monstro is a whale.
|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)RUGBYSTUNG CRUNCH ADVICEYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:Yogi’s family reunion featured — BEAR HUGSNow 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.
PUNTIGEWIHRAPUROTENNIY
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Actor Richard Johnson is 87. Actor Edd (correct) “Kookie”Byrnes is 81. Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Seligis 80. Blues musician Buddy Guy is 78. Movie director PeterBogdanovich is 75. Feminist activist Eleanor Smeal is 75.Former U.S. Rep. Patricia Schroeder is 74. Singer Paul Anka is73. Jazz musician David Sanborn is 69. Former CaliforniaGov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is 67. Actor William Atherton is67. Blues singer-musician Otis Taylor is 66. Actor FrankStallone is 64. Actor Ken Olin is 60. Actress Delta Burke is58. Law professor Anita Hill is 58. Singer-songwriter KateBush is 56. Country singer Neal McCoy is 56.
Lotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are Hot Shot,No.3,in first place;Gold Rush,No.1,in second place;and Big Ben,No.4,in third place.The race timewas clocked at 1:46.26.
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BURLINGAME
Hit-and-run
. Ahit-and-run accidentoccurred on Willow and Walnut avenuesbefore 7:27 a.m. Saturday, July 26.
Found property
. An I.D. was found andturned over to the police on BellevueAvenue before 10:17 a.m. Saturday, July26.
Petty theft.
Clothing and personalpapers were reported missing on El CaminoReal before 2:13 p.m. Saturday, July 26.
Reckless driver
. Adriver was reported fortalking on their cellphone and swerving onEl Camino Real and Lincoln Avenue before6:40 p.m. Saturday, July 26.
Drunk driver
. Adrunk driver backed into acement wall and drove off on El CaminoReal before 7:36 p.m. Saturday, July 26.
Arrest.
Adriver was arrested for drunk driv-ing on Carmelita and Capuchino avenuesbefore 11:42 p.m. Saturday, July 26.
MILLBRAE
Arrest
. Aman was arrested when foundunder the influence of a controlled sub-stance on the first block of El Camino Real.Thursday, July 24.
Possession of a controlled sub-stance
. Aperson was found to be in pos-session of a controlled substance at the1400 block of El Camino Real before 9:52p.m. Friday, July 11.
Petty theft
. Aperson stole a $40 itemfrom a store on the 300 block of MainStreet before 5:50 p.m. Thursday, July 10.
BELMONT
Stolen vehicle
. Awhite Chevrolet Astrovan was stolen on Fifth Avenue and HarborBoulevard before 6:16 p.m. Sunday, July27.
Theft
. Aperson found a bag with mail thatwas opened and stolen from a resident onOak Knoll Drive before 10:54 a.m. Sunday,July 27.
Found property
. Awallet was found onRuth Avenue and El Camino Real before9:37 a.m. Sunday, July 27.
Police reports
Barbequiet!
Abarbecue party was reported for beingtoo loud on Capuchino Avenue inBurlingame before 6:35 p.m. Saturday,July 26.
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
A52-year-old third-striker connected tothe armed robbery of a South SanFrancisco office worker in 2007 by DNAon a bandanna left at the scene was sen-tenced Tuesday to 50 years to life inprison.Ajury convicted Tony Alfonso Johnson,who unsuccessfully represented himself intrial, in September of robbery and kidnap-ping with the use of a firearm after onlytwo hours of deliberations. The chargesleft Johnson facing a life term because hehas six prior strike convictions includingkidnapping, robbery and rape. Johnson is also currently serving 27years to life in prison for a 2009 gun pos-session case out of Solano County. TheSan Mateo County sentence imposed yes-terday will run consecutively, Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidottisaid.Johnson was reportedly seeking com-puter laptops at the South San Franciscooffice he entered Dec. 6, 2007, but insteadencountered a worker and fled with thewoman’s credit cards which he reportedlyused within hours of the robbery. Whilethere, he used a bandanna to hide his faceand wipe away fingerprints from the furni-ture. The sweaty cloth was found at thescene by investigatorsand used to identify himas the suspect after hisarrest in Solano County.The victim also identi-fied Johnson who shesaw when he removed thebandanna to wipe theprints.In 1985, a jury con-victed Johnson of sexu-ally assaulting a woman in Pacifica in June1984. The crime brought him 30 years inprison and made news because he wasfound to have committed great bodilyinjury against the woman by passing on asexually transmitted disease. The allega-tion carries an extra three years.Johnson’s defense fought the finding butan appellate court ultimately held that aSTD does qualify.While in prison, Johnson also added twomore years for being a prisoner possess-ing a deadly weapon. In the middle of 2007, Johnson was paroled back to SanMateo County.In the new case, Johnson has credit of 415 days for time served while in custodywithout bail.
michelle@smdailyjournal.com(650) 344-5200 ext. 102
Three striker gets life for robbery
Tony Johnson

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