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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Vol XV,Edition 9
 The San Mateo Fire Honor Guard,withbagpiper Larry Horton,participate in thelowering of the old flag and raising of the newflag at Fire Station 24 Tuesday during its grandopening celebration.The flag was presented tothe Meghinasso family in honor of Fire Capt.Julius Meghinasso,who died in the line of dutyin 1952.
San Mateo Mayor Robert Rosstalks at the station’s grand opening celebration. The station reopened July 9 after a $3.5 millionrenovation to upgrade it and meet currentseismic safety standards.
By Samantha Weigel
After a scathing civil grand juryreport that called for the dissolu-tion of the controversial SanMateo County Harbor District, theBoard of Commissioners submit-ted a detailed response officialssaid they hope will set the recordstraight.The district submitted a 13-pageresponse to San Mateo CountySuperior Court Judge Lisa Novakdated Aug. 22. In it, the boardstates its broad range of duties iswithin its purview, its financialpractices are sound and many of the civil grand jury’s concerns willbe addressed through the strategicbusiness plan it’s currently devel-oping.The report “What is the price of dysfunction?” alleges the specialdistrict, which operates on a $10million budget and collects abouthalf of its revenue from county-wide property taxes, is misman-aged and its duties would be betterserved by the county and its Boardof Supervisors.
Harbor Districtdefends itself 
Board of Commissioners responds to civilgrand jury report callingfor dissolution
By Michelle Durand
As the finishing touches go onthe upcoming Kaiser PermanenteMedical Center in Redwood City,the new seven-story structure is asharp contrast to the existing hos-pital a stone’s throw away.Seismic upgrades. Ahealing gar-den. Labor and delivery spacesthat could be mistaken for a hotelroom. Along row of color-codedemergency department rooms.Natural light everywhere. Widerhallways and taller ceilings toaccommodate modern equipment.Computer-controlled blinds on thewalls of glass that adjust automat-ically based on the sun.Technology allowing patients towatch videos, check on progress,surf the Internet and even ordertheir meals from their in-room TVscreens. Pull-out sofa beds forovernight visits by family mem-
New Kaiser medical centerunveiled in Redwood City
Medical center to open in late 2014;oldfacility to be demolished eventually
Residents of a San Mateo apart-ment building were evacuatedMonday night as a police SWATteam tried to get an assault suspectout of one of the units, police saidTuesday.The assault happened on Sundaywhen Shabo Atasuntsev, 27,allegedly got into a fight with hisroommate in the apartment theyshare in the 2700 block of EdisonStreet, police Sgt. Rick Deckersaid.Atasuntsev allegedly used aknife to slash his roommate in theupper body. When his roommate
SWAT standoffends in arrest
San Mateo apartment building evacuated
The Marin County Coroner'sOffice has identified the pilot of thesingle-engine Beechcraft Bonanzaplane that crashed west of Novatolast week as 51-year-old RobertJohn Madge of Redwood City.Marin County Assistant Chief Deputy Coroner Lt. Keith Boydsaid Madge suffered thermal burninjuries in the Aug. 18 crash andwas identified through dentalrecords.
Redwood City manidentifiedas pilot who died in crash
Dr.Jim O’Donnell,physician-in-chief at Kaiser Permanente Redwood City,shows off an entrance to the operating room in the new hospital slated toopen later this year.
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Actor Aaron Paul is35.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
President Lyndon Baines Johnsonaccepted his party’s nomination for aterm in his own right, telling theDemocratic National Convention inAtlantic City, New Jersey, “Let us join together in giving everyAmerican the fullest life which he canhope for.” The Walt Disney moviemusical fantasy “Mary Poppins,”starring Julie Andrews and Dick VanDyke, premiered at Grauman’sChinese Theater in Hollywood.Comedian Gracie Allen, the wife of George Burns, died in Los Angeles.
“Reality can destroy the dream;why shouldn’t the dream destroy reality?” 
G.E.Moore,British philosopher (1873-1958)
Actress SarahChalke is 38.Actor Shaun Weissis 35.
Members of the Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit rappel from a Griffon helicopter on to a ship while taking part in ascenario during the Operation Nanook military exercise on Baffin Island,Nunavut.
: Mostly cloudy in the morn-ing then becoming sunny. Patchy fog inthe morning. Highs in the upper 60s.West winds 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday night
: Partly cloudy in theevening then becoming mostly cloudy.Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in themid 50s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.
: Cloudy in the morning then becoming sunny.Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 60s to lower70s. West winds 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 10 mph.
: Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming part-ly cloudy. Patchy fog. Highs in the mid 60s to lower 70s.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1776
, the Battle of Long Island began during theRevolutionary War as British troops attacked Americanforces, who ended up being forced to retreat two days later.
In 1883
, the island volcano Krakatoa erupted with a seriesof cataclysmic explosions; the resulting tidal waves inIndonesia’s Sunda Strait claimed some 36,000 lives in Javaand Sumatra.
In 1908
, Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, was born near Stonewall, Texas.
In 1928
, the Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed in Paris, out-lawing war and providing for the peaceful settlement of dis-putes.
In 1939
, the first turbojet-powered aircraft, the Heinkel He178, went on its first full-fledged test flight over Germany.
In 1949
, a violent white mob prevented an outdoor concertheadlined by Paul Robeson from taking place nearPeekskill, New York. (The concert was held eight days later.)
In 1957
, the USS Swordfish, the second Skate Classnuclear submarine, was launched from the Portsmouth NavalShipyard in Maine.
In 1962, 
the United States launched the Mariner 2 spaceprobe, which flew past Venus in December 1962.
In 1967, 
Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles, was founddead in his London flat from an overdose of sleeping pills;he was 32.
he most distant known object inthe solar system is the planetoidSedna. Discovered in 2004, Sednais 8 billion miles from Earth. It takes10,500 years to orbit around the sun.***Cartoon character Woody Woodpeckermade his debut in the 1940 animatedshort “Knock Knock” that starred AndyPanda.***In 2004, the town of Nelson, BritishColumbia in Canada was planning onerecting a monument to draft dodgers.The proposed statue would depict aCanadian reaching out to help twoAmerican draft dodgers. The idea wasturned down because of strong opposi-tion from Canadian residents andAmerican veteran’s groups.***In America, 4 million families have rep-tiles as pets. More than 63 million fam-ilies have pet dogs or cats.***“You Cannot Be Serious” is the name of the autobiography written by tennisgreat John McEnroe (born 1959) in2002. Retired from the sport in 1992,McEnroe currently runs an art gallery inNew York.***The gestation period for an opossum is13 days. Newborn opossums stay intheir mother’s pouch for seven weeks,where they continue to grow and devel-op.***The murder mystery board game Clue isset in an English country mansion.There are nine rooms in the mansion.Can you name them? See answer at end.***Fingers accidentally glued togetherwith Super Glue can be unstuck by usingnail polish remover that contains ace-tone.***San Francisco has a law that candidatesrunning for any political office must usetheir legal names on the ballot. The law,dubbed the “Sister Boom Boom Law,”was established in 1983 after a trans-vestite named Jack Fertig ran for mayorof San Francisco under the alias SisterBoom Boom.***George Jefferson, in the sitcom “TheJeffersons” (1975-1985), ran a success-ful chain of dry cleaning stores.***Orthoepy is the study of correct pronun-ciation of words.***According to his wishes, the ashes of  journalist Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005) were packed into fireworks thatwere shot from the writer’s home inColorado. Thompson, author of thenovel “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”(1972) committed suicide in February2005.***In Switzerland, sandwiches can beordered with a large soft pretzel as a sub-stitute for sliced bread. The pretzel issliced horizontally.***The longest one syllable word in theEnglish language is screeched.***Orson Welles (1915- 1985) did thevoice of The Shadow and his alter egoLamont Cranston on “The Shadow”radio program (1936-1954).***The best-selling crackers in the worldare Ritz crackers by Nabisco. The crack-ers were first sold in 1935.***Red Delicious apples are the most wide-ly grown apples in the world. One of themain reasons is because after they arepicked they can be stored for more thansix months before being sold in mar-kets. They are stored in near freezingtemperatures in a low oxygen atmos-phere.***
: The nine rooms on the Cluegame board are the Study, Hall, Lounge, Library, Dining Room, Billiard Room,Conservatory, Ballroom and Kitchen.There are no bedrooms on the Clue gameboard.
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)EXCELSPELLSHROUD BOUNTYYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:When the cyclops moved into the neighbor-hood, his messy yard was an — EYESORENow 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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Author Dame Antonia Fraser is 82. Actor Tommy Sands is77. Bluegrass singer-musician J.D. Crowe is 77. MusicianDaryl Dragon is 72. Actress Tuesday Weld is 71. Actor G.W.Bailey is 70. Rock singer-musician Tim Bogert is 70. ActressMarianne Sagebrecht is 69. Country musician Jeff Cook is65. Actor Paul Reubens is 62. Rock musician Alex Lifeson(Rush) is 61. Actor Peter Stormare is 61. Actress DianaScarwid is 59. Rock musician Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols)is 58. Golfer Bernhard Langer is 57. Country singer JeffreySteele is 53. Gospel singer Yolanda Adams is 53. Countrymusician Matthew Basford (Yankee Grey) is 52.
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Expo Hall
The Sing Tao Expo, organized by the Sing Tao Daily has been totally the talk of the town in the Chinese Community with over 200 exhibitors and the largest visitors of all Asian Exposition.
San Mateo Antique Show and Sales
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Fiesta Hall
The San Mateo Antique Show and Sales features rare treasures, antiques, fine and decorative art and vintage collectables, all on display and all for sale. Presented by Bustamante Enterprises the largest producer of quality antique shows on the West Coast since 1974.
Admission: General: $8.00, Seniors: $5.00 good for all 3 days!www.bustamante-shows.com
International Gem & Jewelry Show
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Expo Hall
The International Gem & Jewelry Show is one of the largest exhibitions of gems, minerals and jewelry in the world. With over 300 exhibitors, the show features wonderful jewelry from all over the world. We offer convenience, selection and value, all in one place. For those brides-to-be our show also features a fantastic array of engagement rings, wedding bands & sets and loose GIA certified diamonds.
Tickets: One low ticket price good for all three days [$8.00] or you can purchase advanceDISCOUNTED tickets [$6.00] athttp://intergem.ticketmob.com/shows.cfm
Please note: Children under 8 are not permitted
Tweet Event Pictures to @smeventcenter and be entered to win parking passes.
Suspicious circumstances
. Awomansuspected her neighbor of striking her airconditioning unit with a hammer on the 500block of Almer Road before 2:04 p.m.Sunday, Aug. 17.
. Aman argued with a dogwalker because a dog had urinated on theman’s bike helmet at Ray Park on BalboaWay before 6:59 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14.
Aresident received a note from aneighbor that made threats toward her gar-dener on Trousdale Drive before 5:39 p.m.Thursday, Aug. 14.
Suspicious circumstances
. Acredit cardskimmer was affixed to a gas pump at a gasstation on El Camino Real before 10:28p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Suspicious circumstances.
Apersonreported strange buckets that were in the areafor the last month with an unknown sub-stance in them at Crossway Road and PalmDrive before 5:29 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13.
. Awindow of a restaurant wassmashed on Ralston Avenue before 11:11p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17.
. Awoman carrying a Carl’s Jr. sodacup was arrested for being drunk in public onEl Camino Real before 8:39 p.m. Sunday,Aug. 17.
Fireworks complaint
. Someone wasshooting bottle rockets at Fox ElementarySchool on St. James Road before 6:14 p.m.Saturday, Aug. 16.
Reckless driver.
Bicyclists were runningred lights on El Camino Real and DaveyGlen Road before 1:54 p.m. Saturday, Aug.16.
Police reports
Getting to the root of the problem
Aresident suspected a neighbor whodidn’t like her plants had uprooted themon Bayswater Avenue in Burlingamebefore 1:31 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17.
By Angela Swartz
It’s lights, camera, action — and a littlebit of makeup — for members of the NextSteps Advisory Committee that’s chargedwith addressing increasing enrollmentand its impact on school capacity andequity in San Mateo and Foster City ele-mentary and middle schools.In addition to the community engage-ment sessions that begin this month, theeight members of the committee filmedvideos messages to be both posted onlineand presented before engagement meet-ings. The five- to seven-minute video isintended to highlight the capacity andequity issues in the San Mateo-Foster CityElementary School District.“The video is used to introduce each of the engagement sessions at the beginningof meetings,” said SuperintendentCynthia Simms. “To make it a consistentpresentation; not everyone will be atevery (engagement) meeting.” The committee began meeting in Marchand enlisted the help of the PeninsulaConflict Resolution Center and consult-ant Tish Busselle in June to coordinatehosting meetings to gather feedback onways to alleviate the lack of facilities inthe district, with potential town halls,focus groups, community forums, atten-dance at pre-existing events and otherstrategies. The first community meetingwas Aug. 19 with County SuperintendentAnne Campbell’s office.Members taped at Peninsula TVin SanCarlos Tuesday night. The focus of thevideo is to educate viewers about the over-crowding and equity issues. Overcrowdingremains a concern, as each year approxi-mately 250 more students join the dis-trict’s elementary and middle schools.This means 75 additional classrooms areneeded, according to the district.During a November 2013 $130 millionbond measure campaign, Simms said thedistrict did not actively engage its staff.The effort, Measure P, only received 46.6percent approval, short of the 55 percentneeded for passage. The measure wouldhave cost property owners $19 per$100,000 assessed property value. Its aimwas to rebuild and expand BowditchMiddle School to add Foster City fifth-graders and reopen Knolls ElementarySchool in San Mateo for the 2016-17school year.“It’s important to point out at this pointwe’re really looking for input,” said com-mittee member Daniela Relaford. “Thatwas a mistake we made before — that therewas not enough input from both commu-nities.”Meanwhile, member Evelia Chaiarezsuggested at a meeting Monday night it’dbe good to include a Spanish-speakingversion of the video. Since she is the onlySpanish-speaking member of the commit-tee, she agreed to read the entire script inSpanish in voiceover format. Other mem-bers agreed having a Spanish version of the video was a good idea and the membersopted not to just do subtitles to reach outto community members who can’t read orsimply wouldn’t be as engaged with text. Trustee and committee member Ed Coadysuggested putting a link to the video onthe district website for those who can’tmake it to engagement or Next Stepsmeetings. There may also be a Next Stepsdistrict sponsored website, Simms said.In terms of the upcoming meetings,there was a presentation to theMontessori Task Force this month. Thegroup is planning to present this fall tothe leadership team of the district, theFoster City Lions Club, the San MateoUnited Homeowners Association, the SanMateo City Manager’s Office,Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South SanFrancisco, and the Foster City Parks andRecreation Department, among othermeetings.Meeting one on one, in small group set-tings and ultimately in town hall forums,the committee and the Peninsula ConflictResolution Center hope to attract hun-dreds of stakeholders, such as PTAs,teachers, parents, newspapers, the “No onP” campaign, city staff, unions, environ-mental groups, chambers of commerce inSan Mateo and Foster City, churchgroups, site councils, Realtors, seniorcitizens and others. The committeeintends to ask for stakeholder input inguiding the next steps the district shouldtake to address the school capacity andequity challenge, according to the dis-trict. Other engagement strategies thegroup is looking at are phone surveys,home visits, advertising, ice creamsocials, design thinking events and othermethods.The video should be completed by Sept.4.The Next Steps next meeting is 5:30p.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 8 at the district office,1170 Chess Drive in Foster City.
angela@smdailyjournal.com(650) 344-5200 ext. 105
Next Steps Advisory Committee creates video
Project aims to educate public on school overcrowding
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