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08/28/2014

 
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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Thursday
Aug.28,2014
Vol XV,Edition 10
DROUGHTMEANSLAWNS TORN OUT
SUBURBAN LIVING PAGE 24
By Josh Lederman
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — The WhiteHouse is crafting a blame-it-on-Congress legal justification toback up President Barack Obama’simpending executive actions onimmigration.Facing an expected onslaught of opposition, the administrationplans to argue that Congress failedto provide enough resources tofully enforce U.S. laws, therebyceding wide latitude to WhiteHouse to prioritize deportations of the 11.5 mil-lion people whoare in the coun-try illegally,administrationofficials andlegal expertssaid. ButRepublicans,too, are explor-ing their legaloptions for stopping Obama fromwhat they’ve deemed egregiouspresidential overreaching.
Groundworklaid to act onimmigration
Obama crafts rationale for impendingexecutive actions;Republicans exploringoptions to stop presidential overreaching
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The District Attorney’s Office isholding off on charging an 18-year-old man with attempted mur-der for the early morning Sundayshooting of a man in a San Mateoneighborhood.Prosecutors want further investi-gation by San Mateo police beforedeciding whether to charge EnocCarlos Gonzalez, AssistantDistrict Attorney Al Serrato said. Gonzalez was released from cus-tody Wednesday.San Mateo police confirmed it iscontinuing the investigation afterunearthing evidence that the vic-tim was complicit in the initialconfrontation that happened justbefore the shooting.Gonzalez, of East Palo Alto, wasarrested Aug. 24, the same day
DA holding offon charges inweekend attempted murder
By Samantha Weigel
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Despite two Belmont planningcommissionersrefusal to sign anew code of ethics aimed at pro-moting collegiality among elect-ed and appointed officials, theCity Council decided to let themfinish their terms as long as theyabide by the rules. Planning commissionersKristin Mercer and Karin Holdchose not to sign the code becausethey felt it stifled freedom of speech and consequentially facedthe council dismissing them at ameeting Tuesday night. The code, which was adoptedJune 10, was created in responseto public disapproval over the waysome commissioners and coun-cilmembers treated each other andthe community they serve, accord-ing to the council. To give the newmandate teeth, appointed officialscan be dismissed and elected offi-cials can be turned down for com-mittee seats, Mayor WarrenLieberman said. “When we adopted the code of ethics we weren’t looking for a lit-mus test,” Lieberman said, accord-ing to a video of Tuesday night’smeeting. “My perception was wehad heard from the community thatthey wanted us, that is the counciland the commissioners, to behaverespectfully, to work well witheach other, to treat the members of the public … with respect and dig-nity.”Within the code, city represen-tatives are to avoid offensive lan-guage, conduct active listening,avoid smirking or insulting thepublic, staff and peers. Appointedand elected officials are encour-
Officials stay,despite refusing ethics code
Belmont City Council to let planning commissionersfinish their terms
SAMANTHA WEIGEL/DAILY JOURNAL
Children cross the busy Ralston Avenue near the Carlmont Shopping Center in Belmont.The City Council hasapproved a conceptual plan that outlines improvements for pedestrians,bicyclists and vehicles.
By Samantha Weigel
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
After more than a year of study-ing ways to solve congestion onbusy Ralston Avenue, the BelmontCity Council approved a conceptu-al plan Tuesday that outlines morethan $8.5 million in improve-ments to ease traffic and create asafer passage for bicyclists andpedestrians.Approving the plan didn’t lockany particular project in stone butpaved the way for the city to pro-ceed with grant applications.“I look at this as very much anincremental improvement. ... Ican look at the report and there area lot of recommendations I haveconcerns about, but I also know wewill have fairly substantial discus-sions as they come,” MayorWarren Lieberman said, accordingto a video of Tuesday night’s coun-cil meeting. “If we were not toadopt the plan, I think we wouldalso be potentially guilty of let-ting perfection be the enemy of the good.”Recommendations for thediverse east to west road thatdirectly connects State Route 92to Highway 101 with nearbyschools and a busy shopping cen-ter include items for pedestrians,bicyclists and drivers.To account for nearly 40,000vehicles that take Ralston Avenuedaily, consultants suggestedadding traffic calming measuressuch as lights and roundabouts andextending turn lanes. For pedestri-ans, the city will consider repair-ing and widening sidewalks,increasing crossing time at lightsand crosswalk visibility.Despite citizens who pushed fora continuous bike lane and lowerspeed limits, engineers and thecouncil emphasized it wasn’t prac-tical given the layout of the city’smain arterial or legal per thestate’s vehicle code.Building a bike path at the steepincline near State Route 92 wouldrequire removing a lane of traffic ineach direction, which most whowere surveyed said wasn’t accept-able, said consultant MarkSpencer, principal engineer with
Ralston revamp gets green light
Belmont council outlines $8.5M in pedestrian,bicycle,vehicle improvements
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ISRAELI PREMIER,HAMAS DECLARE VICTORY IN GAZAWAR
 
State court:Workers’comp OK for kickball injury
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Have you everbeen hurt in a company softball or kick-ball game? The South Carolina SupremeCourt says you may be entitled to work-ers’compensation.On Wednesday, the court ruled thatStephen Whigham, who was injured in acompany kickball game, is entitled toworkers’compensation benefitsbecause he was required to attend thegame as part of his job.Whigham worked for JacksonDawson Communications, a publicrelations firm. With the encouragementof his boss, he organized a kickballgame as a team-building event foremployees. He rented a facility and hadT-shirts made.During the Friday afternoon game,Whigham shattered two bones in hisleg while trying to avoid being taggedout. He underwent two surgeries and hasbeen told that he’ll ultimately need aknee replacement, according to courtdocuments.Ahearing will be held to figure outhow much Whigham should get.Workers’compensation commission-ers initially denied Whigham’s claim,saying that he hadn’t been required to beat the game. An appeals court upheldthat ruling, but the high court saidWhigham had to be there because heorganized the game, so it had becomepart of his job duties.“Although the event may have beenvoluntary for company employees gen-erally, the undisputed facts unequivocal-ly indicate Whigham was expected toattend as part of his professionalduties,” the court wrote.Justices also pointed to testimonyfrom Whigham’s boss, who said hewould have been “surprised andshocked” if Whigham hadn’t showedup.
Vermont bistro scolded for removing its bacon sign
WINOOSKI, Vt. — AVermont restau-rant that removed a bacon advertise-ment called insensitive to vegans andMuslims is being criticized for doingso.Sneakers Bistro and Cafe inWinooski last week took down a signsaying “Yield for Sneakers Bacon” aftercomments were posted in an onlinecommunity forum by “a vegan and amember of a Muslim household.”Vegans and Muslims don’t eat pork.Sneakers’menu features items includ-ing a breakfast sandwich with home-made turkey bacon. Owner MarcDysinger says the sign was meant to befun and to show the restaurant caresabout Winooski, a city of 7,000 resi-dents with many Muslim families.The Burlington Free Press reportspeople have criticized the restaurantfor what they feel was an unnecessarymove. The restaurant has hired a pub-lic-relations firm to help it deal withthe bad publicity.
Crested Butte to be Bud Light’s ‘Whatever’town
DENVER — Some people in normal-ly laid back Crested Butte are not up for“Whatever” - a secretive Bud Light planto paint their mountain town blue andturn it into a fantasy town for an onlineand television ad campaign.The company has agreed to pay thetown $250,000 to fence off its mainstreet and bring in more than 1,000 rev-elers to the town of 1,500 for the Sept.5 - 7 event being promoted on socialmedia, The Denver Post reported.Secrecy has been part of the “Are youup for Whatever?” campaign from itsbeginning at last year’s Super Bowlwhen Arnold Schwarzenegger appearedin a spot playing pingpong with DonCheadle in an elevator with a llama.Town councilors have been quietlyworking on the plan since the spring.Word began leaking out recently as out-siders showed up with measuring tapesand checklists, telling locals theycouldn’t talk about what they weredoing and booking lots of hotel rooms.Residents, including some in cos-tumes, packed a three-hour meeting totalk about the event on Monday night.Some said they backed it as a way tomake money for the town but othersworried joining forces with a large com-pany would damage the image of a townthat hosts an annual film festival and ismore partial to craft beers.
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Actor Jack Black is45.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1964
Two days of race-related rioting erupt-ed in North Philadelphia over a falserumor that white police officers hadbeaten to death a pregnant blackwoman.
“The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted thirty years of his life.” 
— Muhammad Ali,American boxing champion
Country singerShania Twain is 49.Reality TV starAlana Thompsonis 9.
Birthdays
REUTERS
A swimmer catches a wave at ‘The Wedge’wave break in Newport Beach.
Thursday
: Cloudy in the morning thenbecoming sunny. Patchy fog in the morn-ing. Highs in the mid to upper 60s. Westwinds 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday night
: Partly cloudy in theevening then becoming mostly cloudy.Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in themid 50s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.
Friday
: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Highsin the mid to upper 60s. West winds 10 to 20 mph.
Friday night:
Cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows inthe upper 50s. West winds 10 to 20 mph.
Saturday
: Cloudy in the morning then becoming partlycloudy. Patchy fog. Highs in the mid to upper 60s.
Saturday night through Wednesday:
Mostly cloudy.Patchy fog. Lows in the upper 50s.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1609, 
English sea explorer Henry Hudson and his ship,the Half Moon, reached present-day Delaware Bay.
In 1862
, the Second Battle of Bull Run (also known asSecond Manassas) began in Prince William County,Virginia, during the Civil War; the result was a Confederatevictory.
In 1922
, the first-ever radio commercial aired on stationWEAF in New York City; the 10-minute advertisement wasfor the Queensboro Realty Co., which had paid a fee of $100.
In 1944, 
during World War II, German forces in Toulon andMarseille, France, surrendered to Allied troops.
In 1945
, the Allies began occupying Japan at the end of World War II.
In 1955
, Emmett Till, a black teen-ager from Chicago, wasabducted from his uncle’s home in Money, Mississippi, bytwo white men after he had supposedly whistled at a whitewoman; he was found brutally slain three days later.
In 1963
, more than 200,000 people listened as the Rev.Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speechin front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.
In 1968
, police and anti-war demonstrators clashed in thestreets of Chicago as the Democratic National Conventionnominated Hubert H. Humphrey for president.
In 1972, 
Mark Spitz of the United States won the first twoof his seven gold medals at the Munich Olympics, finishingfirst in the 200-meter butterfly and anchoring the 400-meterfreestyle relay. The Soviet women gymnasts won the teamall-around.
In 1988
, 70 people were killed when three Italian stuntplanes collided during an air show at the U.S. Air Base inRamstein, West Germany.
In other news ...
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Actor Sonny Shroyer is 79. Actor Ken Jenkins is 74.Former Defense Secretary William S. Cohen is 74. ActorDavid Soul is 71. Former pop singer-musician Honey Lantree(The Honeycombs) is 71. Former MLB manager and playerLou Piniella is 71. Actress Barbara Bach is 68. Actress DebraMooney is 67. Singer Wayne Osmond (The Osmonds) is 63.Actor Daniel Stern is 57. Olympic gold medal figure skaterScott Hamilton is 56. Actor John Allen Nelson is 55. ActressEmma Samms is 54. Actress Jennifer Coolidge is 53. Moviedirector David Fincher is 52. Actress Amanda Tapping is 49.Actor Billy Boyd is 46. Actor Jason Priestley is 45.
 
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DENTISTRY
SAN CARLOS
Petty theft.
Apetty theft occurred on the1300 block of Rosewood Avenue before6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.
DUI
. Aman was cited and released for driv-ing under the influence on the 1100 block of El Camino Real before 1:35 a.m. Saturday,Aug. 23.
Grand theft
. Agrand theft was reported onthe first block of Trillium Lane before 6:05a.m. Friday, Aug. 22.
Arrest
. Aman was arrested for an assaultwith a deadly weapon and reckless driving atEl Camino Real and Holly Street before 8:51p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21.
Vandalism.
Vandalism was reported atBeverly and Bayview drives before 9:28a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21.
REDWOOD CITY
Animal report
. Aseal was found possiblystranded near Radio Road before 7:51 p.m.Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Burglary
. Avehicle was broken into onOracle Parkway before 7:03 p.m.Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Disturbance
. Awoman was robbed of hercellphone after a man pushed her and ran off with it on Veterans Boulevard before 5:05a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Disturbance
. Awoman reported that acounselor had hit her in the face on RolisonRoad before 2:28 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19.
Police reports
Trouble with probiotics
Askunk had its head stuck in a yogurtcontainer in a parking lot on SeaportBoulevard in Redwood City before 8:05a.m. Sunday, Aug. 17.
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF REPORT
Alimousine safety bill inspired by a fatalfire on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge thatclaimed five lives awaits the governor’s sig-nature after passage Wednesday by the stateLegislature.The bill authored by state Sen. Jerry Hill,D-San Mateo, proposes bringing the safetystandards for modified limousines with acapacity under 10 people in line with theregulations for larger vehicles such as beingequipped with two fire extinguishers andhaving annual safety inspections by theCalifornia Highway Patrol.Hill tried a similar bill last year andreceived bipartisan support but Gov. JerryBrown vetoed it because of cost concerns.Hill’s bill was inspired by the May 5,2013, fire in a Foster City-bound limousinecarrying nine women celebrating a recentwedding. Five, includingthe 31-year-old bride,died in the burning vehi-cle when they could notescape. An investigationconcluded the failure of the vehicle’s suspensionsystem started the fire.Friction from contact bythe rear drive shaft withthe floor pan ignited thecarpet and foam padding inside the vehiclewhere nine passengers were seated on theirway to a bridal shower in Foster City. Thedeaths were ruled accidental but sparked aflurry of bills governing regulations andsafety measures.The following month in Walnut Creek,another modified limousine caught fire butall 10 female passengers, many older than90, escaped unharmed. Neither limousinehad a fire extinguisher or was subject toinspection because of the smaller size. “Without SB 611, thousands of limou-sines will continue to go uninspected andwill not be equipped with fire extinguish-ers,” Hill said in a prepared statement. “Thislegislation simply requires the same safetyprotections for all limousines regardless of their seating capacity, because life in anine-passenger limo is just as valuable as alife in a 10-passenger limo.”Hill’s bill, which was unanimouslyapproved the state Senate, also requires theCHPto develop a fee structure to cover theentire cost of the inspection program. Inhis veto of the 2013 bill, Brown had askedthe Legislature to send a similar bill in thissession but with the added authority for theCHPto charge for inspections.
Hill’s limo safety bill moving to governor
 Jerry Hill
BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE
The actions of an off-duty CaliforniaHighway Patrol officer last Friday saved a 5-year-old boy who was choking on a grape ashis mother desperately tried to help inside astore in Redwood City, CHPofficials said.CHPOfficer Art Montiel, the public infor-mation officer for the agency’s RedwoodCity office, was shopping at a grocery storein the city at 12:04 p.m. Friday when henoticed a woman in distress in the producesection, officers said.The woman was crying while slapping theback of her 5-year-old son, Miguel Alvarez,whom Montieldetermined waschocking onsomething,according to theCHP.Montiel beganto give emer-gency aid for thechild’s obstruct-ed air passage byadministeringthrusts to theboy’s abdomenand blows to hisback, CHPofficials said.The officer also asked bystanders to call911 for emergency responders, but the boyeventually spit up the obstruction, a smallgrape, and started breathing normallyagain, according to the CHP.Montiel continued to look after the boyuntil medical personnel arrived.“Swift and correct action is extremelyimportant when you have an obstructed air-way,” CHPRedwood City Capt. MikeMaskarich said in a statement. “We areproud of Officer Montiel and thankful thatMiguel is alright.”
Off-duty CHP officer saves boy fromchoking
CHP Officer Art Montieland Miguel Alvarez.

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