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Published by: San Mateo Daily Journal on Aug 16, 2014
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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Vol XIII,Edition 312
By Michelle Durand
San Mateo County is allowed tohold up to three all-mail ballot elec-tions after the governor Fridaysigned a bill authored byAssemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco.The legislation lets the county join Yolo County in a pilot programthrough 2018 in which they can holdelections by mail. The pilot will col-lect more data that could potentiallylead to wider use statewide.Mullin calledthis a wonderfulopportunity forlocal voters.“Our countyalready has astrong history of voting by mailand this pilotprogram willprovide impor-tant voter turnout information froman urban county with a widely diversepopulation. It is also an importantstep forward in modernizing our vot-ing process,”Mullin said in aprepared state-ment.Supporters of all-mail ballotelections havesaid they can cutdown on cost,speed up resultsand push upvoter turnout. For those elections, a ballot,return envelope and prepaid postagewill be mailed to each voter. Therewill be at least one physical pollingplace and dropoff location in eachcity.The next step for local electionsofficials is convincing cities to par-ticipate. Elections Chief MarkChurch previously told the DailyJournal he will need to launch an edu-cation and outreach campaign. The chosen dates can include off-year elections, such as city counciland school board races, and specialelections.Mullin said he appreciatesChurch’s support.“I know he and his staff are onboard with its implementation,”Mullin said. San Mateo County officials haveunsuccessfully lobbied for all-mailballot elections for several years andits voters have long favored absenteeballots in its own elections. In theJune primary, mail-in ballotsaccounted for 78 percent of votescast. Neighboring counties saw sim-ilar trends. Santa Clara County noted81 percent by mail and Marin Countyhad 77 percent, according to datafrom Church.
County to try all-mail voting
Governor signs legislation for pilot program through 2018 for participating cities,districts
Kevin MullinMark Church
By Michelle Durand
Abanking executive accused of groping two women while pretend-ing to be a security screener at SanFrancisco International Airportwill not be charged with any crime.Eric Slighton, 53, of SanFrancisco and Hong Kong, was duein court Monday for his firstappearance since his arrest. OnFriday, however, District AttorneySteve Wagstaffe said his office willnot be prosecuting him.“We can’t find the women and hisdrunk in public doesn’t really qual-ify him as a danger to himself orothers,” Wagstaffe said.Slighton was arrested around12:30 p.m. July 15 at the securitycheckpoint of the SFO internation-al terminal after officers respondedto a report of a seemingly intoxi-cated man caus-ing a distur-bance.Authorities saidSlighton,dressed in garbsimilar to offi-cial screeners,brought at leasttwo women intoa privatescreening room before he was dis-covered. The alleged victims werenot present.Slighton was arrested and posted$10,000 bail that night. In past weeks, authorities triedidentifying and locating thewomen but to no avail. Slighton worked for BarclaysCapitol and Deutsche Bank inHong Kong before moving bank-ing and investment firm AktisHanxi Group.
Banking executivewon’t face chargesin SFO groping case
Man arrested for pretendingto be screener
Eric Slighton
By Michelle Durand
Another of the 16 gangmembersindicted for a host of crimes asserious as murder in a sweepknown as “Operation Sunny Day”is back in San Mateo County cus-tody.Ralph Vernon Fields Jr., 26, of East Palo Alto, made his first courtappearanceFriday oncharges of reck-lessly discharg-ing a firearm,possession of aconcealableweapon by anactive gang-member and possession of a
‘Sunny Day’suspect in custody
Ralph Fields
By Joseph Jaafari
Rich Del Ben Jr.’s pager goes off. There’sa sewage backup at a resident’s home rightoff of Whipple Avenue and Highway 101. It’s the most common issue Del Ben has todeal with — sewer drains clogged due to treeroots breaking through the terra cotta pip-ing that line the residential streets of Redwood City.“Some of these pipes are over 100 yearsold,” he said as he pulls on a pair of red clay-colored rubber gloves. “They got roots allover them.”
Getting to the root of the problem
 Third-generation Redwood City worker takes pride in keeping sewers clear
Rich Del Ben,a third-generation water department worker,snakes though a drain on Allerton Avenue in Redwood City.Working four 10-hour days,he gets weekends to spend with him family.Below,a Power-Rooterclaw with roots wrapped around.Tree roots are the most common issues with sewer pipes in Redwood City.
Mostly cloudy in the morningthen becoming sunny. Patchy fog in themorning. Highs in the 70s to lower 80s.Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph.
Saturday night:
Mostly clear in theevening then becoming mostly cloudy.Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in theupper 50s. West winds 5 to 15 mph.
Mostly cloudy in the morning then becomingsunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the 70s to lower80s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph.
Sunday night:
Clear in the evening then becoming most-ly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows around 60.Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph.
Mostly cloudy in the morning then becomingsunny. Patchy fog. Highs in the 70s to lower 80s.
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This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
Sports Illustrated was first publishedby Time Inc.
“The most persistent threat to freedom,tothe rights of Americans,is fear.” 
— George Meany,1894-1980
Sportscaster AlMichaels is 84.Madonna is 56.
City of Sacramento water conservation representative Steven Upton photographs a Sacramento home that has evidenceof watering on a mandatory ‘no watering’day.Penalties for illegal watering in Sacramento range from a warning for the firstviolation to a $1,000 fine for the fourth violation.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1777, 
American forces won the Revolutionary WarBattle of Bennington.
In 1812, 
Detroit fell to British and Indian forces in the Warof 1812.
In 1858, 
a telegraphed message from Britain’s QueenVictoria to President James Buchanan was transmitted overthe recently laid trans-Atlantic cable.
In 1861, 
President Abraham Lincoln issued Proclamation86, which prohibited the states of the Union from engagingin commercial trade with states in rebellion, namely, theConfederacy.
In 1937, 
the American Federation of Radio Artists waschartered.
In 1948, 
baseball legend Babe Ruth died in New York atage 53.
In 1956, 
Adlai E. Stevenson was nominated for presidentat the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
In 1960, 
Britain ceded control of the crown colony of Cyprus.
In 1962, 
The Beatles fired their original drummer, PeteBest, replacing him with Ringo Starr.
In 1977, 
Elvis Presley died at his Graceland estate inMemphis, Tennessee, at age 42.
In 1987, 
156 people were killed when Northwest AirlinesFlight 255 crashed while trying to take off from Detroit; thesole survivor was 4-year-old Cecelia Cichan (SHEE’-an).People worldwide began a two-day celebration of the “har-monic convergence,” which heralded what believers calledthe start of a new, purer age of humankind.
In 1999, 
the U.S. version of the quiz show “Who Wants toBe a Millionaire,” hosted by Regis Philbin, began a limitedtwo-week run on ABC. Actress Ann Blyth is 86. Actor Gary Clarke is 81. ActressJulie Newmar is 81. Actor John Standing is 80. CollegeFootball Hall of Famer and NFLplayer Bill Glass is 79.Actress Anita Gillette is 78. Actress Carole Shelley is 75.Country singer Billy Joe Shaver is 75. Movie director BruceBeresford is 74. Actor Bob Balaban is 69. Ballerina SuzanneFarrell is 69. Actress Lesley Ann Warren is 68. Rock singer-musician Joey Spampinato is 64. Actor Reginald VelJohnsonis 62. Rhythm-and-blues singer J.T. Taylor is 61. Actor JefPerry is 59. Rock musician Tim Farriss (INXS) is 57. ActressLaura Innes is 57. Actress Angela Bassett is 56. To promote its new Doublemint gumin 1914, the Wrigley Company maileda pack of gum to everyone listed inU.S. phone books.***Aculicidologist studies mosquitoes.***The H. J. Heinz Company startedselling horseradish in 1869. Sold inclear glass bottles, consumers couldsee the purity of the product, unlikecompetitors who sold their horserad-ish in tinted bottles. Heinz’s nextproducts were pickles, sauerkraut andvinegar.***Forrest Gump, played by Tom Hanks(born 1956) in the movie "ForestGump” (1994), wore Hush Puppiesbrand shoes. After the movie, the old-fashioned shoes had a surge in popu-larity.***Crocodiles and alligators look verysimilar but they have a couple of dis-tinguishing characteristics.Crocodiles have narrow V-shapedsnouts, while alligators have wider U-shaped snouts. Also, the upper jaw of an alligator is wider than the lower jaw, so their lower teeth are hiddenwhen the mouth is closed. Crocodileshave upper and lower jaws that are thesame size.***There are 52 Lego bricks for everyperson on earth.***Acupuncture dates back over 2,000years in China but the medical proce-dure only recently gained the attentionof the American public. In 1971, dur-ing Richard Nixon’s (1913-1994) tripto China, a member of the press corpshad successful pain treatment withacupuncture. Upon return, Nixonestablished relationships betweenAmerican and Chinese medical profes-sionals.***English versions of Scrabble have100 letter tiles. The most common let-ter is E, with 12 tiles. The letters J, K,Q, X and Z each have one tile. Thegame board has 225 squares.***Leading man Robert Redford (born1936) and leading lady BarbraStreisand (born 1942) starred in themovie "The Way We Were” (1973).Can you name the leading men andleading ladies in the followingmovies? "Top Hat” (1935), SouthPacific” (1958), "My Fair Lady”(1964), "When Harry Met Sally”(1989). See answer at end.***According to a poll of 900 women,three out of four respondents wouldrather have a root canal then wear athong bikini in public.***In 1992 Stella Liebeck, a 79-yearold from Albuquerque, N.M., spilled acup of coffee from McDonalds on herlap and suffered third degree burns onher legs. Liebeck sued McDonalds forgross negligence claiming they soldtheir coffee too hot and it was there-fore dangerous. The court awardedLiebeck $640,000. Appeals weremade, but in the end, the two partiessettled out of court for an undisclosedamount.***The onion belongs to the lily fami-ly.***
 Answer: “Top Hat” Fred Astaire(1899-1987) and Ginger Rogers(1911-1995). “My Fair Lady” Rex Harrison (1908-1990) and Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993). “South Pacific Rossano Brazzi (1916-1994) and  Mitzi Gaynor (born 1931). “When Harry Met Sally” Billy Crystal (born1947) and Meg Ryan (born 1961).
Know It All is by Kerry McArdle. It runs inthe weekend and Wednesday editions of theDaily Journal. Questions? Comments? E-mail knowitall@smdailyjournal.com or call344-5200 x114.
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. Aman demanded another personto give him his “stuff” on Peninsula Avenuebefore 11:06 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12.
Aman threatened to strikesomeone with a bat on the 1400 block of Rollins Road before 10:50 p.m. Tuesday,Aug. 12.
Suspicious circumstances
. Childrenwere seen possibly breaking intoWashington School on Howard Avenuebefore 7:58 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12.
Acar window was stolen alongwith a purse on the 1500 block of BayshoreAvenue before 9:58 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11.
Suspicious person
. Someone reported aman dressed as a utility worker was askingpersonal information on Devereaux Roadbefore 4:12 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11.
Aletter was taken out from a mailbox and $50 was stolen on Roxbury Waybefore 9:47 a.m. Saturday, August 9.
Suspicious activity
. Aperson was star-ing at children in a park on Twin Pines Lanebefore 6:24 p.m. Saturday, August 9.
Brandish weapon
. Awoman was waving aweapon out of a window of a blue Volvo onOld County Road and Ralston Avenue before5:46 p.m Friday, Aug. 8.
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By Angela Swartz
As students struggle to write the perfectcollege admissions essay this fall, SanMateo’s Elizabeth Stone hopes to help givethem an extra boost with her new book.Stone, 54, wrote “The Better CollegeEssay: Fitting In and Standing Out” not forstudents applying to college, but for theirmentors seeking help in how to best guidethem in writing a solid essay. She calls hermethod for helping young writers, “editingwithout a pen.”“It’s about helping them write essayswithout writing it for them,” said Stone.“How do you get a student to write a betteressay without touching it? It’s about talkinga student through a lot of ideas and under-standing what their perspective is onthings.”With a Ph.D. in special education fromUniversity of California at Berkeley, Stonestarted her career as a research psychologistand taught child and adolescent develop-ment. Now, she is the executive director of Campanile, a group that hosts college tours,counseling for college admissions and testprep services.The book, Stone’s second, deals withsome of the deep-rooted reasons it’s hard forteens to write a college admissions essay.She notes the essay is really importantbecause it’s the student’s one chance to letthe admissions officer hear his or her voice.The essay may be the defining piece if testscores, grades, class rank, rigor of course-work, excellent recom-mendation letters, leader-ship and extracurricularactivities are all similar,she said.“It’s not a grammarexercise,” she said.“Ninety-nine percent of students need a mentor tohelp them. The level of introspection adoles-cents have is not up to the requirements col-leges have. Developmentally, they are notthere yet.”Stone, who has 19- and 22-year-old daugh-ters who attend Stanford University, notesmost teens haven’t been able to think abouttheir experiences at that sophisticated of alevel. She compares the work mentors do totherapy, in which therapists get theirpatients to reflect and will challenge whatpatients say. Like that, she wants mentors tohelp students think about what they’re writ-ing about in a different way. She took herown advice and found herself a mentor forwriting the book.“For me, I worked with a mentor for get-ting my book started,” she said. “There was alot of talking about what I wanted my bookto be about. I had a wonderful teacher, AnnZimmerman from Stanford, who helped meconceptualize it.”Although Stone has written more than 80articles on higher education, this is her firstbook she’s authored on her own. She co-authored another book, but said authoringher own book was much more personal. “It doesn’t take on such a personal story(when you co-author),” she said. “Whenyou’re writing a book on your own, there’s alot of you in the book. There’s a lot of yourown process.”The book took her about 20 months andthe biggest challenge in writing it was tofigure out what to write about. She said shewrote everywhere and anywhere, as she trav-els to a lot of different colleges.“When you’re writing a book, your task isto deconstruct what that problem is,” shesaid. “Once you have that road map, dividingthe book is not very difficult.”Born in San Francisco, Stone grew up withparents who were high school English teach-ers.“I grew up in a household where writingwas really valued and important,” she said.“Storytelling was really valued and impor-tant and has a lot to do with my interest inthis particular field. This is the part of thecollege app that kids really struggle with andthe essay can be a real roadblock for kidsgoing to private colleges.”She is currently thinking of another bookto write at the moment, she said.Stone will be speaking at San Mateo MainLibrary’s Oak Room, 55 W. Third Ave. in SanMateo from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept.10 about the book. For more on the book, goto campanile.us/about/the-better-college-essay. The book is shipping out this month.
angela@smdailyjournal.com(650) 344-5200 ext. 105
San Mateo woman releases college essay book
Elizabeth Stone says mentorship is key to a good submission
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