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06/12/2013

 
www.smdailyjournal.comWeekend
Dec.4-5,2010
Vol XI,Edition 94
BUSH TAX CUTS
NATION PAGE 8
GAYCON-MAN ISDRIVENBYLOVE
WEEKEND JOURNAL PAGE 19
OBAMA IS PREPARED TO SIGN A BILL EXTENDING TAX CUTS AT ALL LEVELS
By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Nearly two years after a contractwith Burlingame and its police of 
-cers expired,the two groupsreached an agreement that restruc-tures retiree health bene
ts for newhires and provides raises thisJanuary.Burlingame police officers havebeen without a contract since Dec.31,2008. Before the City Councilis a five-year agreement,begin-ning Jan. 1,2009,that calls for asalary freeze in the first two yearsand 2 percent,2.25 percent and2.5 percent raises in the years thatfollow. The biggest change wouldbe a new tier of health care bene-fits for new employees.“We’re happy to have reached anagreement,said Burlingame policeOf 
cer Jim Hutchings,who servesas the vice president for theBurlingame Police OfficersAssociation. “We think it’s veryfair.”Mayor Terry Nagel agreed andcalled the agreement a step in theright direction.The agreement,which officersapproved Nov. 8,creates a retire-ment health savings plan for newhires. After 5 years of service,newemployees will receive a 2 percentcontribution of their salary to theaccount,which increases to 2.5 per-cent after 20 years of service. Oncethe person retires,the city stopsmaking contributions,HumanResources Director Deirdre Dolanwrote in a staff report.The change will not create imme-diate savings,but should create asavings in the long-term eventuallyeliminating unfunded liability forretiree medical benefits,Dolan
Cop contract stalemate ends
Burlingame police to get raises,health benefit changes
DIANA CLOCK/DAILY JOURNAL
 Terri M.Lewis looks at a photo at the opening reception of the Bay Area Heart Gallery.The exhibit,a series of large-scale photographs of local foster youth,is currently on display at the San Mateo main library.
By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Howard Cohen,who began workas superintendent of the South SanFrancisco Uni
ed School District in2009,is on a leave of absence for anunspeci
ed amount of time.Cohen’s leave began Monday,however the announcement to staff was made via a two-sentence e-mailThursday,said board President LizaNormandy. AssociateSuperintendent Adolfo Melara takesover Cohen’s duties during theabsence.Cohen was not available to com-ment. However,Trustee Phil Weisesaid the district is not seeking a newleader at this point.Cohen was named as the newsuperintendent in May 2009,assum-ing the positionin July,to
ll thevacancy left byBarbara Olds.Olds retired afterthe board votedunanimously notto extend hercontract.Over Cohen’sshort tenure,dis-trict voters passed Nov. 2 a $162million bond measure aimed atreplacing aging portables,puttingtechnology into classrooms andinstalling solar panels which is esti-mated to create an ongoing savingsof $500,000.A nine-acre parcel formerly usedas an elementary school made head-lines earlier this year as the center of 
South City schoolleader takesleave
Superintendent’s tenure marked by bondpassage,boundary conflict and protests
Howard Cohen
By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Armed with wagons,12 CubScouts from San Mateo’s ParksideElementary School recently set outto gather donated food from thoseliving in the surrounding neighbor-hood.Last year,when Pack 458 was half its current size,the boys collected1,530 pounds of food,saidCubmaster Donn Lovell. With moreboys,the scouts covered morehomes but donations were down.“It’s a sad sign of the times,saidLovell.Boys were able to see the bene
tsof their work
rsthand that day asSamaritan House was there passingout food to families.The door-to-door effort may be
Donation efforts gear up
Need grows after Thanksgiving,local groups taking collections
By Emily DeRuy 
DAILY JOURNAL CORRESPONDENT
The caption beside the picture of asmiling boy wearing a sports jerseydescribes a 12-year-old with a pas-sion for basketball and cooking. Italso illustrates that the boy hopes,one day,to be adopted by a familythat can provide him with uncondi-tional love and support.The photograph,along withapproximately 70 other images,ispart of the fourth annual Bay AreaHeart Gallery. Designed to highlightthe need for adoptive and fosterfamilies,the exhibit features imagesby professional photographers whodonated their time and energy in aneffort to put real faces on the 10,000children living in foster care in theBay Area. Showing through Dec. 17at San Mateo’s main library,thephotographs depict children in needof adoptive families or lifelong con-nections to committed adults,aswell as pictures of families that havegrown through adoption.Beverly Beasley Johnson,directorof the county’s Human ServicesAgency,hopes visitors to the gallerywill also come away from the expe-rience with a sense of the featured
Real faces of foster care
Exhibit highlights need for adoptive and foster families
What
:Bay Area Heart Gallery
Where
:San Mateo main library,third floor,55 W.Third Ave.,SanMateo
When
:Monday to Thursday,11a.m.to 8 p.m.;Friday to Saturday,11 a.m.to 5 p.m.;Sunday,1 p.m.to 5 p.m.;through Dec.17,2010.www.bayareaheartgallery.com
If you go
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CCS,STATE TITLESUP FORGRABS
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Rapper Jay-Z is 41.
This Day in HistoryInsideSnapshotThought for the Day
1783
Gen. George Washington bade farewellto his Continental Army officers atFraunces Tavern in New York,tellingthem,“With a heart full of love andgratitude I now take leave of you.”
In 1619,
settlers from Bristol,England,arrived at BerkeleyHundred in present-day Charles City County,Va.
In 1816
,James Monroe of Virginia was elected the
fth presi-dent of the United States.
In 1875,
William Marcy Tweed,the “Boss”of New York City’sTammany Hall political organization,escaped from jail and
ed the country.
In 1918,
President Woodrow Wilson left Washington on a tripto France to attend the Versailles Peace Conference.
In 1942
,U.S. bombers struck the Italian mainland for the
rsttime in World War II. President Franklin D. Roosevelt orderedthe dismantling of the Works Progress Administration,whichhad been created to provide jobs during the Depression.
In 1965,
the United States launched Gemini 7 with Air ForceLt. Col. Frank Borman and Navy Cmdr. James A. Lovellaboard.
In 1978,
San Francisco got its
rst female mayor as CitySupervisor Dianne Feinstein was named to replace the assassi-nated George Moscone.
In 1980,
the bodies of four American churchwomen slain in ElSalvador two days earlier were unearthed. (Five Salvadorannational guardsmen were later convicted of murdering nuns ItaFord,Maura Clarke and Dorothy Kazel,and lay worker JeanDonovan.)
In 1984,
a
ve-day hijack drama began as four armed menseized a Kuwaiti airliner en route to Pakistan and forced it toland in Tehran,where the hijackers killed American passengerCharles Hegna.“There’s much to be said forchallenging fate instead of ducking behind it.— Diana Trilling,American author (1905-1996)
Actor Jeff Bridgesis 61.Actress-model Tyra Banks is 37.
Birthdays
REUTERS
Men dressed as Santa Claus walk across Old Town in Krakow,southern Poland.
Underfire
WikiLeaksfights tostay online
See page 31
Wall Street
Stocksrecover afterweak jobs report
See page 10
Saturday
:Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers. Highs in the upper 50s. Northeastwinds around 5 mph.
Saturday night:
Mostly cloudy. A chanceof showers. Lows in the mid 40s. Eastwinds around 5 mph.
Sunday
:Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain.Highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 10mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Sunday night:
Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain. Lows in thelower 40s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
“We have over 300 kids in foster care right in San Mateo County,and we want thosechildren to have homes,to have parents,tohave siblings.These are the faces of kidswho are star athletes,volunteers,buddingcomedians.These kids are our future.” 
— San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom
“Real faces of foster care”page 1
Local Weather ForecastLottoQuote of the Day
 The Daily Derby race winners are Whirl Win,No.6,in first place;Eureka,No.7,in second place;andWinning Spirit,No.9,in third place.The race timewas clocked at 1:40.00.
Actress-singer Deanna Durbin is 89. Game show host WinkMartindale is 77. Pop singer Freddy Cannon is 74. Actor-pro-ducer Max Baer Jr. is 73. Actress Gemma Jones is 68. Rockmusician Bob Mosley (Moby Grape) is 68. Singer-musicianChris Hillman is 66. Musician Terry Woods (The Pogues) is63. Rock singer Southside Johnny Lyon is 62. Rock musicianGary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd; the Rossington CollinsBand) is 59. Actress Patricia Wettig is 59. Actor Tony Todd is56. Jazz singer Cassandra Wilson is 55. Country musicianBrian Prout (Diamond Rio) is 55. Rock musician Bob Grif 
n(The BoDeans) is 51. Rock singer Vinnie Dombroski (Sponge)is 48. Actress Marisa Tomei is 46. Actress Chelsea Noble is 46.Actor-comedian Fred Armisen is 44. Actor Kevin Sussman is40. Country singer Lila McCann is 29. Actress Lindsay Feltonis 26. Actor Orlando Brown is 23.The world’s largest radish weighed 37pounds. The monstrosity was grown inSouth Africa in 1992.***A decibel is a measurement of sound den-sity that is one-tenth of one bel. The wordis named after Alexander Graham Bell(1940-1980) for his advancements in the
eld of acoustics.***Apocalypse Now”(1979),“Platoon”(1986),“Good Morning,Vietnam”(1987)and “Full Metal Jacket”(1987) are allmovies set in the Vietnam War.***Formal weddings,on average,have fourbridesmaids,including the maid of honor.Over half of weddings have a
ower girland ring bearer.***Prior to his comedic career starring in thevariety show “Your Show of Shows”(1950-1954) Sid Caesar (born 1922) stud-ied saxophone at Juilliard.***During the spring of 1974,the college fadof streaking hit an all time high.Streakers parachuted out of airplanes at theUniversity of Georgia,more than 500University of Maryland students dancednaked along a freeway and 1,200 Universityof Colorado students earned the record formost the streakers together at one time.***Ayers Rock in Australia is considered asacred site by the Aboriginal people. CalledUluru,the 1,000-foot high sandstone for-mation is located in Kata Tjuta NationalPark. In 1985,the Australian governmentreturned ownership of Uluru to the localaborigines,with the agreement that theland and rock would be leased back to theNational Parks Department for 99 years.***A ballet enthusiast is called a balletomane.***Do you know what Russian scientist IvanPavlov (1849-1936) is famous for? Seeanswer at end.***Mary Pickford (1892-1979) and DouglasFairbanks (1883-1939) were the
rstcelebrities to leave their footprints in thecement at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre dur-ing the theater’s grand opening ceremonyin 1927. Today,there are over 200 celebri-ty footprints,handprints and signatures inthe cement,making it one of Hollywood’smost popular tourist attractions.***One month after marrying Yoko Ono (born1933) in 1969,John Lennon (1940-1980)legally changed his middle name fromWinston to Ono.***In 1950,the average salary in the UnitedStates was $2,992. A loaf of bread cost 14cents. A
rst class stamp cost 4 cents.Gasoline was 27 cents per gallon.***Three farmhands from Dorothy’s familyfarm became characters in Oz in “TheWizard of Oz”(1939). Hunk,played byRay Bolger (1904-1987),was theScarecrow. Hickory,played by Jack Haley(1898-1979) was the Tin Man. Zeke,played by Bert Lahr (1895-1967) was theCowardly Lion.***While attending Indiana University,JaredFogle (born 1978) lost 235 pounds by eat-ing only sandwiches from Subway.Subway learned about Jared when his col-lege newspaper wrote about his weightloss. Jared has been the company’sspokesman since 1999.***The International Camel Races are heldevery September in Virginia City,Nev.Jockeys from the United States,Africa andSaudi Arabia compete for the InternationalCamel Cup trophy.***
 Answer 
:Pavlov is famous for his experi-ments with dogs studying conditioned response. He sounded a bell before givingthe dogs food. Pavlov’s dogs soon started salivating at the sound of the bell,evenwhen no food was presented. Pavlov won a Nobel Prize in 1904.
Know It All is by Kerry McArdle. It runs inthe weekend and Wednesday editions of theDaily Journal. Questions? Comments? E-mailknowitall@smdailyjournal.com or call 344-5200 x114.
(Answers Monday)FLORAFORAYEMPLOYIMPORTYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:The pancake cook was fired because he wasa — FLIPFLOPNow arrange the circled lettersto form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME
by Mike Argirion and Jeff Knurek
Unscramble these four Jumbles,one letter to each square,to form four ordinary words.
HYATSUDTNEHOKERSDABINT
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 THEDAILYJOURNAL
LOCAL
SAN MATEO
Disturbing the peace.
Glass was broken andyelling heard for over 30 minutes on the 400block of Hillsdale Boulevard before 1:30 a.m.Monday,Nov. 29.
Theft
. Two men and two women wereobserved shoplifting from stores on the 2200block of Bridgepointe Parkway before 2:02p.m. Sunday,Nov. 28.
Suspicious circumstances.
A man wasattempting to use fake credentials on the 3100block of South El Camino Real before 5:38p.m. Sunday,Nov. 28.
MENLO PARK
Hit and run.
A vehicle was abandoned andthen towed after being involved in a hit andrun on the 1300 block of Madera Avenuebefore 5:25 p.m. Sunday,Nov. 28.
Robbery
. A man with a gun attempted to robanother man on the 1100 block of AlmanorAvenue before 8:51 p.m. Sunday,Nov. 28.
Fraud.
A credit card was fraudulently used onthe 100 block of Morandi Lane before 8:23a.m. Wednesday,Nov. 24.
Lost property
. A purse was lost at the inter-section of Santa Cruz Avenue and ChestnutStreet before 5:18 p.m. Wednesday,Nov. 24.
Police reports
Sleep it off 
A man was passed out in the street at theintersection of Seventh Avenue and SouthFremont Street in San Mateo before 4:40p.m. Monday,Nov. 29.
 MICHELE SIBRIAN/DAILY JOURNAL
Burligame kicked off the holiday season with a tree-lighting ceremony in front of City Hallyesterday evening.
OHCHRISTMASTREE
Wrecking ball tohit Transbay Terminal
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco’sTransbay Terminal is turning into a pile of rubble,as crews take a wrecking ball to theold building to make way for a new transitcenter.The downtown terminal began demolitionafter closing in August,but the wrecking balldidn’t start swinging until Friday to tear downits exterior.The ball will drop many more times over thenext two months until the building is com-pletely gone.Program manager Emilio Cruz told the SanFrancisco Chronicle that very little of what’storn down will go into a land
ll. Crews plan torecycle the steel,and the concrete will beground up and used in the new $4 billion tran-sit center that will take the terminal’s place.
Ex-transit officerdenied bail in killing
LOS ANGELES — A judge denied bailFriday for a white formertransit of 
cer sentenced totwo years in prison forfatally shooting anunarmed black man inOakland last year.Johannes Mehserle,28,sought to be releasedpending an appeal of hisinvoluntary manslaughterconviction.
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