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SUFFOCATING DEBT
NATION PAGE 7
SHARKSSTUN KINGS
SPORTSPAGE 11
ONE YEARLATER:GULFIS HEALING
NATION PAGE 8
OBAMA RIPS GOP PLAN,YET SEES HOPE FOR A DEAL
Unique royal promcourt
By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Aragon High School’s royal promcourt was different this year.The queen came donning slacks.It wasn’t a challenge to traditionaldress codes; in fact,that was quite atraditional choice for 17-year-oldsenior Jason Galisatus who activelycampaigned for the nomination butwas surprised at the win.Galisatus knew a win,and even anomination,wouldn’t be acceptedby all. He respected that. At thesame time,Galisatus had a goal.“It’s important for all of the littlegay boys who are shy and haven’tcome out yet to know they can bewhoever they want to be,”saidGalisatus,president of the school’sGay/Straight Alliance. “No one cantell you who you are.”Accepting differences andencouraging individuality has oftenbeen negatively countered amongyouth with bullying. In recentyears,social media has offered ananonymous way for those who dis-agree to spread negative messagesoften bullying teens. Suicidesamong gay youth have madenational headlines lately asepisodes of bullying continue.A 2009 study of 7,261 middle andhigh school students found nearly 9out of 10 lesbian,gay,bisexual andtransgender students experiencedharassment at school in the pastyear,according to the Gay,Lesbianand Straight Education Network. Amajority of these students feltunsafe as a result of their sexual ori-entation and about a third hadrecently skipped a day of school dueto safety concerns.Over 10 years of surveying on the
Aragon’s Gay/Straight Alliance holding Youth Summit to focus on bullying
 Jason Galisatus
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By Bill Silverfarb
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Caltrain will likely dodge anyservice reductions and avoid stationclosures if it can find one last chunk of money in the coming weeks tomeet its $102.8 million budget,according to a staff report the transitagency released yesterday.But the optimal 86-train scheduleis not yet a slam-dunk for next fiscalyear. The chair of the PeninsulaCorridor Joint Powers Board,SeanElsbernd,told the Daily Journalyesterday that a 76-train schedulemight be the best solution to closingCaltrain’s deficit.Elsbernd is not entirely comfort-able with borrowing revenue out of next year’s budget and said swap-ping funds away from capital proj-ects into operations may not be thebest way to solve Caltrain’s short-
Caltrain dodges drastic cuts
Fare,parking increases in the works to close deficit
DAILY JOURNAL FILE PHOTO
While Caltrain tries maintaining the current 86-train schedule it will still be forced to raise fares and charge morefor parking.Fares will increase by 25 cents starting July 1,when fiscal year 2011-12 begins,and parking fares willgo up as well to add about $2.5 million to the budget for next year.
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
One of two men accused of hold-ing a South San Francisco couplehostage in their home last year for afive-hour ordeal,in which the manwas beaten and his wife sexuallyassaulted,was sentenced to morethan a decade in prison.Juan Carlos Vasquez,34,wasimmediately sentenced to 10 yearsand four months after pleading nocontest to six felonies — two countsof home invasion robbery,one countof elder abuse,two counts of obtain-ing a signature by threat and onecount of auto theft. He also admittedusing a knife.The settlement is “a very goodresolution”to the case,said DistrictAttorney Steve Wagstaffe.According to prosecutors,atapproximately 9:30 a.m. Feb. 24,2010,two men later identified asVasquez and co-defendant IsaiasMay Navarrete,21,entered thehome on the 300 block of ForestView Drive. The couple told policethat Vasquez had worked as a land-scaper at their home twice in the lastfour years. The morning of theattack,the defendants reportedlyknocked on the couple’s door askingfor work. Once denied,they alleged-ly forced their way inside.The 53-year-old woman was tiedup and sexually assaulted at knife-point by Navarrete in the home’sback bedroom,prosecutors contend.Her 74-year-old husband was keptin a different part of the home andbeaten. Prosecutors say they also atethe couple’s food and forced them to
More than 10years prisonforhome invasion
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The number of registered voters inSan Mateo County coupled with thethousands of mail-only ballotsalready returned for the May 3supervisor election appear to putturnout in line with expectations,said Elections Manager David Tom.A countywide,all-mail ballot is anew thing for San Mateo Countyand completely different than esti-mating absentee ballot return rates,Tom said.However,the best guess based onregistration,the type of election andthe date is a turnout of 35 percent,he said.Although the county supervisor
Voterregistration finished
 Thousands of mail-only ballots alreadyreturned for the May 3 supervisor election
 The Silicon Valley Leadership Group ishosting regional town halls in the Caltraincorridor as part of its Save CaltrainInitiative which aims to identify potentialdedicated and sustainable fundingsources.The events will include Caltrainrepresentatives. The first meeting is 6 p.m.Wednesday,April 20 at Redwood City Hall,1017Middefield Road,Redwood City.Another is scheduled 6 p.m.Wednesday,April 27 at Burlingame City Hall,501Primrose Road.
Meeting time
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Wednesday
April 20,2011
Vol XI,Edition 211
 
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Wednesday
April 20,2011
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Actress CarmenElectra is 39.
This Day in HistoryInsideSnapshotThought for the Day
2010
An explosion on the DeepwaterHorizon oil platform,leased by BP,killed 11 workers and began spewing(by government estimates) about 200million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico for nearly three months.
In 1812
,the fourth vice president of the United States,GeorgeClinton,died in Washington at age 72,becoming the first vicepresident to die while in office.
In 1836
,Congress voted to establish the Wisconsin Territory.
In 1861,
Col. Robert E. Lee resigned his commission in theUnited States Army. (Lee went on to command the Army of Northern Virginia,and eventually became general-in-chief of the Confederate forces.)
In 1889,
Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn,Austria.
In 1945,
during World War II,allied forces took control of theGerman cities of Nuremberg and Stuttgart.
In 1968,
Pierre Elliott Trudeau was sworn in as prime ministerof Canada.
In 1971,
the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools. NationalPublic Radio made its on-air debut with live coverage of a U.S.Senate hearing on the Vietnam War.
In 1972,
the manned lunar module from Apollo 16 landed onthe moon.
In 1978,
a Korean Air Lines Boeing 707 crash-landed innorthwestern Russia after being fired on by a Soviet intercep-tor after entering Soviet airspace. Two passengers were killed.
In 1999
,the Columbine High School massacre took place inColorado as two students,Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold,shotand killed 12 classmates and one teacher before taking theirown lives.“Life is made up of desires that seembig and vital one minute,and little and absurd thenext. I guess we get what’s best for us in the end.”— Alice Caldwell Rice,American humorist (1870-1942)
Actor George Takei is 74.Actor JoeyLawrence is 35.
Birthdays
REUTERS
Woman dance to the music as the sun sets at the second day of the CoachellaValley Music & Arts Festival in Indio.
Obamacomingto town
President to befirst head of stateto tour Facebook 
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Wall Street
Johnson& Johnsonleads Dowstocks higher
See page 10
Wednesday
:Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain. Highs in the lower 60s. Southwestwinds 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday night
:Mostly cloudy. Achance of rain. Lows in the upper 40s.Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Thursday
:Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming part-ly cloudy. A chance of rain in the morning. Highs in the mid60s. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Thursday night:
Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s.
Friday and Friday night
:Partly cloudy.
“It’s important for all of the little gay boys whoare shy and haven’t come out yet to know they can be whoever they want to be....No one can tell you who you are.” 
— Jason Galisatus
“Unique royal prom court,”see page 1
Local Weather ForecastLottoQuote of the Day
 The Daily Derby race winners are No.9 WinningSpirit in first place;No.4 Big Ben in second place;and No.6 Whirl Win in third place.The race timewas clocked at 1:41.81.
Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is 91.Actor Leslie Phillips is 87. Sen. Pat Roberts,R-Kan.,is 75.Singer Johnny Tillotson is 72. Actor Ryan O’Neal is 70.Bluegrass singer-musician Doyle Lawson (Quicksilver) is 67.Rock musician Craig Frost (Grand Funk; Bob Seger’s SilverBullet Band) is 63. Actor Gregory Itzin (iht-zihn) is 63. ActressJessica Lange is 62. Actress Veronica Cartwright is 62. ActorClint Howard is 52. Actor Crispin Glover is 47. Actor AndySerkis is 47. Country singer Wade Hayes is 42. Actor ShemarMoore is 41. Rock musician Mikey Welsh is 40. Reggae singerStephen Marley is 39. Rock musician Marty Crandall (TheShins) is 36. Country musician Clay Cook (Zac Brown Band)is 33.Fresh peas were considered a rare del-icacy until the 18th Century.***Dried peas have been found inEgyptian tombs.***Do you know who discovered KingTut’s tomb? The year? See answer atend.***The word Pharaoh is an Egyptian wordthat means great house. In ancienttimes,the word referred to the King’spalace. Today we use the wordPharaoh to refer to the ruler of ancientEgypt.***King Tut was called the boy kingbecause began his reign of rule at age9. He ruled Egypt from 1334 B.C.until 1325 B.C.,when he died at age18.***Egyptians believed that mummifica-tion protected the soul. Kings werealways mummified. Oftentimes,sacred animals such as cats and cowswere also embalmed.***Most cats do not have eyelashes.***There was a study in 1987 of 132 catsthat fell out of high-rise windows inNew York. On average,cats fell 5.5stories,with a 90 percent survival rate.***The Catskill Mountains are a range of the Appalachian Mountains in NewYork. The Catskills have over 30mountain peaks over 3,500 feet.***In the original story of Rip VanWinkle,Winkle falls asleep in theCatskill Mountains after partying witha band of dwarves. He wakes up 20years later. During his sleep,his wifehad died and the AmericanRevolutionary War had taken place.***The Rip Van Winkle Bridge in NewYork goes over the Hudson River fromthe Catskills to Hudson County.***“Rip Van Winkle”and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”were written byWashington Irving (1783-1859). Thestories were originally published in1819 in “The Sketch Book,underIrving’s pseudonym Geoffrey Crayon.***Washington Irving is buried in SleepyHollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow,N.Y.***A series of U.S. postage stamps issuedin 1940 featured famous Americanauthors. Washington Irving was pic-tured on the one-cent stamp,JamesFenimore Cooper (1789-1851) was onthe two-cent stamp,Ralph WaldoEmerson (1834-1872) on the three-cent stamp,Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) on the five-cent stamp andSamuel L. Clemens (1835-1910) waspictured on the ten-cent stamp.***The cost of a first class postage stampin 1940 was 3 cents.***In 1940,the minimum wage in theUnited States was 30 cents per hour.***The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938,signed by President Roosevelt (1882-1945),established a minimum wage of 25 cents per hour and a 44-hour work week.***
 Answer
:The tomb of KingTutankhamun was discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter (1874-1939) in 1922. The tomb had been undisturbed for over 3,000 years. It was rumored that there was a curseon King Tut’s tomb. The press perpetu-ated stories of mysterious deaths of archaeologists who had entered thetomb. In fact,the story was a hoax.
Know It All is by Kerry McArdle. It runsin the weekend and Wednesday editions of the Daily Journal. Questions? Comments?Email knowitall@smdailyjournal.com orcall 344-5200 ext. 114.
(Answers tomorrow)TYPED STYLE GRINCH APIECEYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:Getting into the fender bender turned theorthodontist into a — “DENTIST”Now arrange the circled lettersto form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME
by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
Unscramble these four Jumbles,one letter to each square,to form four ordinary words.
LUDTASIJOTGMLIENEDNIRN
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LOCAL
MENLO PARK
Petty theft
. Three bicycles were taken fromthe 700 block of Coleman Avenue before 5:23p.m. Monday,April 18.
Grand theft.
A bike was taken and anotherleft behind on the first block Lorelei Lanebefore 2:17 p.m. Monday,April 18.
Grand theft
. Items were stolen from anunlocked vehicle on the 1500 block of MillsCourt before 3:09 p.m. Sunday,April 17.
Burglary
. A car window was smashed and apurse stolen from a car on the 200 block of Oak Grove Avenue before 8:47 a.m. Saturday,April 16.
Burglary
. A juvenile was arrested for burgla-ry on the 1000 block of University Drivebefore 9:20 p.m. Friday,April 15.
Petty theft.
Petty theft occurred on the 600block of Santa Cruz Avenue before 1:17 p.m.Friday,April 15.
SAN CARLOS
Petty theft.
A bike was stolen from an opengarage on the 1900 block of Eaton Avenuebefore 7:54 p.m. Monday,April 18.
Vandalism
. A window was broken on the1600 block of El Camino Real before 1:39a.m. Sunday,April 17.
Burglary
. Unknown people attempted to forcedoors open to a clubhouse on the 3300 block of Brittan Avenue before 10:18 p.m. Saturday,April 16.
Vandalism
. The mirror and door of a parkedcar on the 900 block of American Street weredamaged before 8:59 a.m. Friday,April 15.
Burglary
. The window of a car was smashedon the 2200 block of Howard Avenue before10:34 a.m. Wednesday,April 13.
Police reports
Bad neighbor
A person claimed his neighbor onChestnut Street in Redwood City tried torun him over with a car because he wasoutside barbecuing before 8:15 p.m.Saturday,April 16.
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF REPORT
A bond measure to fund a fourth Foster Cityelementary school could be one step closer togoing before voters in November as educationofficials discuss creating a facilities districtThursday.Late last month,the San Mateo-Foster CityElementary School District decided to moveforward with seeking a bond measure to fundbuilding a fourth school in Foster City. Thebond,however,would only be funded byFoster City residents. To place such a measureon the November ballot,the district must cre-ate a special school facilities improvementdistrict. On Thursday,the board will discuss adraft resolution to create such a district thenvote on it Thursday,May 5.Although splitting the San Mateo-FosterCity Elementary School District to fundconstruction of a fourth school was con-cerning to elected officials,all previouslyagreed it was the right move.Creating a School Facilities ImprovementDistrict would allow the district to tax onecity,Foster City,rather than the whole district.While district representatives have been care-ful not to comment on possible sites for theschool,the board has discussed four sites dur-ing multiple closed session meetings in recentmonths.One lot at 400 Mariners Island Blvd. islocated on a street which acts as the boundarybetween San Mateo and Foster City. It is val-ued at $2.2 million,according to the SanMateo County Treasurer-Tax Collector’sOffice.The 6-acre parcel at 1164 Triton Drive isvalued at $20.6 million,according to the taxcollector’s office. The 4.9-acre parcel at 551Foster City Blvd. is valued at $5.4 million. Anonline search showed office or business rentalspace available at both locations.Lastly,the 6-acre location at 1050-1064Shell Blvd. is valued at $4.46 million. Thepost office is one of the services offered at theincluded addresses.Increased enrollment and a desire to offerneighborhood schools to families brought onthe district’s search for a home of a yet-to-be-built fourth Foster City elementary school.At the same meeting,the board will vote torequire uniforms at Fiesta GardensInternational School starting next year.The school’s site council designed a com-mon dress policy in December. In February,parents at the school were surveyed about thepossible change. More than 93 percent of par-ents were in favor or could live with uniforms,according to a staff report.
The board meets 7 p.m. Thursday,April 21at the District Office,1170 Chess Drive inFoster City.
Special district tobe created to fund school
Millbrae blood bankto stay through 2021
Peninsula blood donors will be heading toMillbrae to give at the Blood Centers of thePacific for 10 more years after the PlanningCommission approved to extend the permitMonday.The Millbrae Planning Commission original-ly approved a conditional use permit for the9,000-square-foot building at 111 Rollins Roadin Millbrae — near the Burlingame border — inApril 2006. The center opened Feb. 5,2007. OnMonday,the commission approved a five-yearextension of the permit with a 4-1 vote,saidCity Planner David Petrovich.The Blood Centers of the Pacific requestedthe longer permit to allow time to recoup thecost of capital projects like additional lighting,roof repairs and replacement of the heating andair conditioning units,according to a stafreport. No other changes were made to the per-mit.Before finding a home in Millbrae,the centerwas at Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingamefor about 50 years. In March 2005 it was tem-porarily relocated to San Mateo to allow forretrofit work at the hospital. It remained in SanMateo until the opening of the new center.
To make an appointment to donate blood visit The Blood Centers of the Pacific Web site at http://bloodcenters.org or call (888) 393-GIVE.
PG&E to begin testingpipe segments in May
The California utility that operated a gaspipeline that blew up in San Bruno plans to testtwo nearby transmission lines to make sure theyare running at safe pressures.After the deadly explosion in San Bruno onSept. 9,state regulators ordered Pacific Gas &Electric Co. to produce records for its pipelinesthrough urban areas or test them.Federal investigators have not determined acause but suspect the pipeline may have burstunder high pressure.PG&E said Tuesday pipeline segments inMountain View and Antioch will get the firsthydrostatic pressure tests starting in May. Thosesegments will be out of service for a few days,but PG&E will provide gas to customers fromanother source.
SamTrans driver chargedin fatal December crash
A bus driver who was behind the wheel of atransit bus when it hit and killed a woman indowntown Palo Alto last December has beencharged with misdemeanor vehicularmanslaughter.Santa Clara County prosecutors say they filedthe misdemeanor charge against MorenaGuadalupe Artiga on Monday,but did notcharge her with gross negligence.Authorities say Artiga was driving aSamTrans bus when it hit Sheena Marie Barkeras she was using a crosswalk to cross through anintersection on Dec. 30.
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