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SACRAMENTO — Astate appel-late court on Thursday overturnedtwo lower court rulings that hadstalled funding for California’s$68 billion bullet train, handing abig win to Gov. Jerry Brown’s sig-nature project and allowing thestate to resumeselling bondsto pay for it. The courtoverturned rul-ings bySacramentoCountySuperior CourtJudge MichaelKenny last year in which he saidthe high-speed rail project nolonger complies with the promis-es made to voters in 2008 whenthey approved selling nearly $10billion in bonds. In siding withKings County and Central Valleylandowners, Kenny invalidatedthe sale of $8.6 billion in statebonds and ordered the CaliforniaHigh-Speed Rail Authority towrite a new funding plan.Attorneys for the plaintiffs hadargued that the state failed to iden-tify all the funding for the first fullsegment of the rail line in theCentral Valley, a cost of about $26billion, and instead had found just$6 billion to pay for construction.They also argued the state did nothave all the necessary environ-mental clearances as voters werepromised. But the three-judge panel said itwas up to the Legislature to decideif there was enough detail in thedraft funding plan lawmakersreceived before they approved the
Big win for high-speed rail
Appellate court overturns rulings,allowing state to resume selling bonds to pay for it
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Dethrone Basecamp members do planks and side planks during an afternoon workout in Burlingame.
Woman to prison forstabbing husband
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The 53-year-old woman convict-ed of stabbing her estranged hus-band inside their Redwood Cityconstruction business whilesheathed in bubble wrap and pos-sessing a to-do list for the crimewas sentenced Thursday to a poten-tial life sentence.Laura Jean Wenke, whose claimof insanity was rejected by a jury,received 11 years to life in prisonon charges of premeditatedattempted murder, assault with adeadly weapon, assault with a stungun, domestic violence and inflict-ing great bodily injury against herhusband, Randy. Wenke faced up to13 years to life,which the pros-ecution unsuc-cessfullyrequested, and isnow eligible forparole in sixyears becauseshe has credit of 1,214 daysearned while incustody without bail.Judge Stephen Hall calledWenke’s crime a well thought outplan that failed in execution andsaid her psychological issues werenot a defense.Defense attorney Geoff Carr,who described his client as pro-
Wife wrapped herself inbubble wrap before attack 
Laura Wenke
By Angela Swartz
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The party continues for the year-long 100th birthday celebrationof Mercy High SchoolBurlingame’s Kohl Mansion.Friends, neighbors and commu-nity members are invited to abirthday party on the green thisSunday. Acouple hundred peopleare expected to come out to theevent that includes live musicfrom West Bay Community Band,mansion tours by CatherineWilkinson and a vintage car showwith cars from the early 1990sprovided by Eric G. Lundquist andthe Richard Murray families.“I’m hoping a lot of alumni willcome,” said Kohl MansionDirector Terri Baldocchi. “It’s acommunity event to showcase thecampus and Kohl mansion, its
Mercy High’s Kohl Mansioncelebrates 100th birthday
Event is one of many throughout this centennial year
By Angela Swartz
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Hundreds are expected to swarmWashington Park in Burlingamethis Saturday for the CommunityFit Fest run by DethroneBasecamp.The second annual free eventkicks off at 9 a.m. with a bootcamp run by Dethrone, the fitnessstudio in Burlingame that’s host-ing the day. This year’s theme is“Building Strong HeartsTogether.”“It’s just a day to get out in thepark and breath some fresh air,”
Fit Fest in Burlingame
Saturday event in Washington Park includes free fitness classes,vendors
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Six injured when car  jumps curb in Palo Alto
Police in the San Francisco Bay Areacity of Palo Alto say six people wereinjured, one critically, when a car jumped a curb outside a cafe.The Palo Alto police accident recon-struction team was at the sceneThursday afternoon. Police said in aTweet that the car’s elderly driverappeared to have accidentally drivenonto the curb, striking five pedestri-ans.Four of the pedestrians and the driversuffered minor injuries. But police sayone pedestrian was critically injured.Acall to police was not immediatelyreturned.
Report:Secrecy enveloped Bay Bridge construction
SACRAMENTO ASenate reportfinds senior officials overseeing con-struction of the $6.5 billion easternspan of the San Francisco Bay Bridgedeliberately brushed off concernsabout flawed work and there was a pat-tern of secrecy on the project. The 64-page report released Thursdaywas commissioned by the SenateCommittee on Transportation andHousing in the wake of numerousreports of construction flaws, costoverruns and delays. It came the same day a separatereview by an independent panel of engineers found the engineering anddesign work met safety standards. Caltrans Director MalcolmDougherty calls the Senate reportflawed. But he acknowledges that theprocess was too secretive and says thedepartment is making changes. The Senate report also says Caltransofficials knowingly accepted poten-tially hazardous welding work by aChinese firm.
Oakland Zoo animals enjoy fruit after truck crash
Animals at the Oakland Zoo weretreated to a buffet of tropical fruit aftera truck spilled its shipment on a free-way. About 13,000 pounds of plantainsand jackfruit were donated to the zooWednesday after the fruit truck over-turned on Interstate 580. Nobody washurt.Bears, giraffes and elephants dinedon the treats, though zookeepers saysome of the animals initially were hes-itant to taste the unusual fruits. Zoological manager Darren Miniersaid only fruit in good condition with-out major bruising, broken skin orinsects would be fed to the animals. The newspaper reports the AlamedaCounty Food Bank received about35,000 pounds of fruit, as well. The fruit spilled after the truck col-lided with a pickup early Monday inthe Altamont Pass.
Cal State to pay $2.5 million over student death
SAN BERNARDINO — TheCalifornia State University systemwill pay $2.5 million to the family of a mentally ill man who was shot todeath in a struggle with San Bernardinocampus police.Lawyers for the parents of Bartholomew Williams announcedThursday that Cal State trustees agreedto settle a federal wrongful death suit.The university denied any fault or lia-bility.The settlement also calls for campuspolice to undergo crisis interventiontraining.Williams, who had bipolar disorder,was shot five times during a confronta-tion in 2012.
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Rapper Chuck D is54.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1944
An uprising broke out in Warsaw,Poland, against Nazi occupation; therevolt lasted two months before col-lapsing.
“Middle age snuffs out more talent than ever wars or sudden deaths do.” 
— Richard Hughes,Welsh author and dramatist (1900-1976)
Rock singer Joe Elliott is 55.Rapper Coolio is51.
Birthdays
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Media personality and Tennis Channel host Andrew Krasny introduces competitor and 2012 World Tennis Champion VictoriaAzarenka to guests at the Bank of the West Classic Tennis Tournament on July 30 at the Taube Family Tennis Center at StanfordUniversity.The Classic,in its 44th year,is the longest-running women-only tennis tournament in the world.Stanford Universityhas hosted the Classic since 1997.
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Saturday
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Saturday night:
Mostly clear in the evening then becom-ing cloudy. Patchy fog. Lows in the mid 50s.
Sunday through Monday:
Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog.Highs in the upper 60s. Lows in the mid 50s.
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In 1714, 
Britain’s Queen Anne died at age 49; she was suc-ceeded by George I.
In 1876
, Colorado was admitted as the 38th state.
In 1907
, the U.S. Army Signal Corps established an aero-nautical division, the forerunner of the U.S. Air Force.
In 1913
, the Joyce Kilmer poem “Trees” was first pub-lished in “Poetry: AMagazine of Verse.”
In 1914
, Germany declared war on Russia at the onset of World War I.
In 1936, 
the Olympics opened in Berlin with a ceremonypresided over by Adolf Hitler.
In 1943
, rioting broke out in New York City’s Harlemneighborhood after a false rumor spread that a police officerhad shot and killed a black U.S. Army soldier who in fact hadonly been wounded; six people were killed in the violence.
In 1957
, the United States and Canada agreed to create theNorth American Air Defense Command (NORAD).
In 1966
, Charles Joseph Whitman, 25, went on a shootingrampage at the University of Texas in Austin, killing 14people. Whitman, who had also slain his wife and motherhours earlier, was gunned down by police.
In 1971
, the Concert for Bangladesh, organized by GeorgeHarrison and Ravi Shankar, took place at New York’sMadison Square Garden.
In 1981, 
the rock music video channel MTVmade itsdebut.
In 2007, 
the eight-lane Interstate 35Wbridge, a majorMinneapolis artery, collapsed into the Mississippi Riverduring evening rush hour, killing 13 people.
Ten years ago
: The federal government warned of possibleal-Qaida terrorist attacks against specific financial institu-tions in New York City, Washington and Newark, NewJersey. Asupermarket fire on the outskirts of Asuncion,Paraguay, killed more than 400 people.
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Actor-director Geoffrey Holder is 84. Singer Ramblin’JackElliott is 83. Former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato is 77. ActorGiancarlo Giannini is 72. Basketball Hall of Fame coach RoyWilliams is 64. Blues singer-musician Robert Cray is 61.Singer Michael Penn is 56. Rock singer-musician SuziGardner (L7) is 54. Actor Jesse Borrego is 52. Actor DemianBichir is 51. Actor John Carroll Lynch is 51. Rock singerAdam Duritz (Counting Crows) is 50. Movie director SamMendes is 49. Country singer George Ducas is 48. Countrymusician Charlie Kelley is 46. Actress Jennifer Gareis is 44.Actor Charles Malik Whitfield is 42.
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Patricia Eileen Hershberger
September 29, 1929 - July 27, 2014,Resident of San Mateo, CA Patricia Hershberger passed away peacefully at homeSunday morning July 27 after a surprisingly brief periodof illness. She was the best friend, wife, and partner forlife of John Hershberger. Patricia was the beloved motherof Margien (son-in-law Adrian Tolson) of New Canaan, CT,Debbie (son-in-law Dave Lockett) of Los Gatos, CA, andRebecca (son-in-law Aaron Grau) of San Francisco. She wasthe much loved Nana to Graham and Claire Tolson, Allenand Kevin Lockett, and Elyssia and Selena Hershberger.Born to John and Margaret Colbert in New Ulm, Minnesota, Patricia graduated high school from Holy Angels Academy in Minneapolis. While still attending Marycrest College in Iowa she produced and hosted two live weekly television shows. After graduation she headed for the bright lights of New York City where she edited Columbia University publications. Subsequently, she went to Europe for four years and worked for the U.S. Army as a program director in service clubs on military bases in Germany. Upon returning from Europe she moved to the west coast. Among other pursuits she taught high school English and pursued her Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Oregon. There, she met and married John. Next stop was Cornell University in upstate New York where they owned a 5-acre “farmette” and Patricia was a 4-H leader. There were two more moves, first to Florida and then to Ohio, before finally settling in Davis, CA in 1979.  While in Florida Patricia started her own company and produced award-winningindependent documentaries and educational programs. She was an active member of hercommunity wherever she lived. Among her many activities, she championed arts educationin the public schools and founded the Davis School Arts Foundation. She also devoted a great deal of time and energy to the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services over many  years.Three years ago, Patricia and John moved to San Mateo, CA to be closer to their daughtersand their families. Until mid-June of this year she was still engaged in her new San Mateo community, volunteering at Samaritan House and tutoring in the library’s adultliteracy program.Her goals in life were to be a good mother, a loving and supportive wife and to leave the world a little better place because of her efforts. Those who knew her well agree that she clearly succeeded in all three endeavors.In accordance with her wishes, there will not be a funeral. There will be a joyful celebration of her life in Davis for family and friends. Those wishing to honor Patricia’s life are invited to make a donation to Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, www.sacramentofoodbank.org, in honor of Father Dan Madigan, or to the Patricia Hershberger Grants Program, Davis School Arts Foundation, P.O. Box 4203, Davis, CA 95617.
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HALF MOON BAY
Arrest.
Awoman that was too drunk to carefor herself was arrested on Main and Hillstreets before 9:40 p.m. Monday, July 28.
Arrest.
Two men were arrested for being inpossession of illegal narcotics on the 100unit block of Highway 1 before 4:57 p.m.Monday, July 28.
Identity theft.
Police took a report of anidentity theft when a person had receivedemail notifications of gift card purchasesthat she did not make on the 700 block of Toulouse Court before 4:15 a.m. Saturday,July 26.
Arrest.
Two men were arrested after policedetermined that they were under the influenceof a controlled substance on the 100 blockof Avenue Portola before 1:55 a.m. Saturday,July 19.
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO
Disturbing others.
Thirty to 40 motorcy-cles were in the Oyster Point Marina on thewalking trail and spinning doughnuts in theparking lot on Marina Drive before 9:25p.m. Friday, July 25.
Suspicious circumstances
. Two peoplewere reported to be lurking with backpacksin the Chinese Cemetery on Hickey andJunipero Serra boulevards before 6:02 p.m.Friday, July 25.
Assault
. Aman who had been drinking wasgetting verbal with other guests at the SilverHotel on Grand Avenue before 4:02 p.m.Friday, July 25.
Welfare check.
Adrunk woman called thepolice to let them know she received a billfrom a supermarket she had never been tobefore on Callan Boulevard before 3:23p.m. Friday, July 25.
Police reports
That stinks
An man was afraid to take a showerbecause he thought a woman fromNevada was following him onSpringwood Way in South San Franciscobefore 6:05 p.m. Thursday, July 24.
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
A47-year-old Pacifica man accused odrugging his girlfriend’s teen daughter withsleeping medication, including a pill hiddenin a bowl of ice cream, so he could sexuallyassault her pleaded no contest Thursday torape and forcible penetration.Paul David Messersmith’s plea changespares him a jury trial on five felonieswhich, if he was convicted, could havemeant life in prison because he was chargedwith rape using an intoxicating substance.As part of the plea deal, Messersmith alsoadmitted administering a controlled sub-stance to a victim.He will receive 21 years in prison and berequired to register as a sex offender for life,District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.Police arrested Messersmith after the 18-year-old girl told her mother, and thenpolice, that on Dec. 11 she found a piece of pill in some ice cream he gave her after adriving lesson and was told the chunk waslikely “an additive.” The girl said she grewwoozy and laid on the couch with slurredspeech when Messersmith pulled off herpajama bottoms and touched her. She saidafter waking up from a blackout, he carriedher to a bedroom and raped her.During a police interview the followingday, the girl shared another incident whenshe ingested something odd tasting thatMessersmith had given her and blacked out.The girl said she awoke to find herself in ahotel room with him fondling her chest butdid not tell anyone out of concern for hermother’s relationship with him.The police discovered the drugMessersmith allegedly used was Zolpidem,better known as Ambien.He remains in custody without bail pend-ing an Oct. 3 sentencing hearing at whichthe court will also receive a report on hislikelihood to reoffend.Defense attorney Steve Chase could notbe reached for comment.
Plea deal reached in drugging,raping ofgirlfriend’s daughter
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County Manager JohnMaltbie,left,and Sheriff Greg Munks look at theconstruction site for thenew $155 million SanMateo County Jail,whichmarked a significantconstruction milestone Thursday when the finalbeam of steel wasplaced on the building.Local officials celebratedat a ‘topping off’ceremony for the MapleStreet CorrectionalCenter in Redwood City. The beam was signed byworkers and officials andhoisted with anEvergreen saplingattached.Once the 576-bed project isfinished in late 2015,thesapling will be plantedoutside the jail.
TOPPING OFF THE NEW JAIL

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