Thursday • Dec. 22, 2011 • Vol XII, Edition 109

Jobless keep eyes on Congress
By Judy Lin

SACRAMENTO — About 1.1 million unemployed Californians will be affected if Congress and President Barack Obama fail to break their political deadlock before the end of the year, state officials said Wednesday. Some jobless residents will begin losing unemployment extensions as early as next month if Congress does not extend benefits, according to the California Employment Development Department. For about 100,000 people who are in

Gridlock could hurt 1.1 million unemployed in state Obama: Two-month Inside tax cut only option
their final federal extension known as FED-ED, • Many their benefits will Americans brace for loss of immediately stop after the first week of payroll tax cut January. And people • Romney sidesteps tax who are at or near the dispute; end of their benefits will Gingrich dives in no longer be able to file See page 7 for extensions. California provides up to 26 weeks of benefits, but the federal government has allowed extensions up to 99 weeks. The state, which administers unemployment insurance benefits, provides a maximum weekly benefit of $450 with an average unemployment check of $300. Department Director Pam Harris said the state is doing all it can to keep people informed. While California’s unemployment rate has been creeping lower in recent months, its jobless rate of 11.3 percent remains the second highest in the nation behind Nevada. “We know unemployment is a stressful experience at any time, and we By Ben Feller

WASHINGTON — Careening toward a politically toxic tax hike, President Barack Obama implored House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday to get behind a two-month stopgap until a longer deal could be struck early next year, calling it the only real way out of a mess that is threatening the paychecks of 160 million workers and isolating House

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City considers land purchase for hotel
San Bruno officials want flexibility for site by I-380
By Heather Murtagh


San Bruno is hoping for something big in the next year — a hotel. City officials met during a special meeting Tuesday night at which the council voted against giving Riverside, Calif.-based Destination Properties, LLC exclusive negotiating agreements to develop a hotel. Instead, the city learned another party was interested and is now entertaining the idea of purchasing the land itself, which would give the city more power in deciding what is ultimately built. Mayor Jim Ruane called the interest a glimmer of hope, not only for development in San Bruno but that the economy is finally turning around. The vacant lot in question sits south of Jack’s Restaurant, 1050 Admiral Court, and north of Interstate 380. Over the years, that area has been built up to include the Crossings and more recently Jack’s Restaurant. A hotel has always been part

Sam Carr,an employee at Project 90’s Christmas tree lot in San Mateo,ties a tree to a customer’s car.

Guide helps gift-finding Christmas tree lots see steady business this year for special needs children
By Sally Schilling

Making spirits bright
through the Project 90 substance abuse program 16 years ago, said he has missed many familiar faces this year. Last year, the Project 90 tree lot on Fremont Street closed up for the season with only five trees left on the lot. “This year, I’m pretty sure I’ll have more than that,” he said. The trees come from Condon’s family farm in Oregon. Unlike many other tree lots, their trees are kept in water, said Condon. Last year, customers told Condon that they were spending less on presents, but

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With Christmas only a few days away, many tree lots are getting ready to close up shop. Whether business was slower or just as usual, managers feel that tradition and holiday spirit flourish on their lots. A young girl’s face lit up as Bill Condon leaned out of his Christmas tree kiosk to give her an ornament. “I do it for the kids,” said Condon, manager of the Project 90 Christmas tree lot in San Mateo. Condon, who went

needed to have a tree. “I always get the real thing,” said Nayla Rizk as she paid for a tree and mistletoe. “They help you out here and you are buying a tree for a good cause.” Men who are currently in the Project 90 program volunteer for four hour shifts at the lot. “The holidays are hard for some guys,” said Condon, as he watched a few guys help carry a tree out to a car. “I try to keep them busy.”

By Heather Murtagh

Buying the perfect gift is challenging regardless of the recipient, but finding one that meets the interests of a child with special needs can feel daunting. Burlingame-based is hoping to help with its 2011 holiday gift guide for children with special needs. Generated with the help of mommy bloggers from all over the country who have children with special needs, the ideas may not be the newest product but offer tips for gifts that will keep children interested. And, since AbilityPath is an online net-

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Thursday • Dec. 22, 2011



Thought for the Day
“Winter is not a season,it’s an occupation.”
— Sinclair Lewis,American author (1885-1951)

This Day in History


British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington for a wartime conference with President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

In 1775, Esek Hopkins was appointed the commander-in-chief of the Continental Navy. In 1808, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67, Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, and Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58, had their world premieres in Vienna, Austria. In 1864, during the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman said in a message to President Abraham Lincoln: “I beg to present you as a Christmas-gift the city of Savannah.” In 1894, French army officer Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason in a court-martial that triggered worldwide charges of anti-Semitism. (Dreyfus was eventually vindicated.) In 1910, a fire lasting more than 26 hours broke out at the Chicago Union Stock Yards; 21 firefighters were killed in the collapse of a burning building. In 1944, during the World War II Battle of the Bulge, U.S. Brig. Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe rejected a German demand for surrender, writing “Nuts!” in his official reply. In 1968, Julie Nixon married David Eisenhower in a private ceremony in New York. In 1977, three dozen people were killed when a 250-foot-high grain elevator at the Continental Grain Company plant in Westwego, La., exploded. In 1984, New York City resident Bernhard Goetz shot and wounded four youths on a Manhattan subway, claiming they were about to rob him. In 1991, the body of Marine Lt. Col. William R. Higgins, an American hostage slain by his terrorist captors, was found dumped along a highway in Lebanon. Ten years ago: Richard C. Reid, a passenger on an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami, tried to ignite explosives in his shoes, but was subdued by flight attendants and fellow passengers.


Acting County Manager John Maltbie; Carole Groom, president of the Board of Supervisors, and Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson spent their lunch hour serving hundreds of meals to low-income county residents at the Human Services Agency, Vocational Rehabilitation Services site in San Carlos Wednesday.

In other news ...
Smoke shop has Santa huff on a hookah
GREENVILLE, Pa. — A northwestern Pennsylvania tobacco shop is turning the image of the jovial, pipe-smoking Santa on its head by having Saint Nick huff on a hookah. Up In Smoke store manager Sue Stoyer tells The Greenville RecordArgus customer reaction to the display has been mixed. But she notes many early depictions of Santa Claus have him puffing on a pipe. Clement Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas” includes a reference to the jolly old elf clenching a pipe in his teeth, with a ring of smoke around his head. The tiny town’s holiday parade earlier this month made the window a source of both amusement and scorn. But Stoyer shrugs off any criticism. She tells the Record-Argus Santa’s history as a smoker is on the shop’s side. Mauldin visited the post office numerous times over the past year to try to track the package. The box contained a gift card and a flannel nightgown for her mother, Mary Lou Shelton. The women got an apology from post office officials, who say they aren’t sure what caused the delay. horsepower convertible because he can’t afford the insurance or taxes. “I already had offers on it. I’m going to sell it,” David Dopp said Wednesday. “I have bills more important than a Lamborghini. I’ve got a family to support.” Dopp, a 34-year-old truck driver for Frito-Lay, spun out of control just a few hours after taking the keys to the Murcielago Roadster that he won in a “Joe Schmo to Lambo” contest sponsored by Maverik convenience stores. The lime green convertible was being held by his insurance company at a Utah towing yard. It will be sent to an authorized Las Vegas dealer for repairs next week. Dopp told the Associated Press the damage “isn’t super bad” — a punctured oil pan and tire, and a few dents and scratches on the front and rear ends. The father of six said he couldn’t afford to pay taxes on the car or the insurance, which runs $3,500 every six months. “That’s why rich people own them,” he said. “The poor people like me don’t.” Dopp was taking family members and friends on joy rides the first evening. He said he took a curve at about 45 mph and “hit some black ice and spun out.” The car jumped a curb and went through a fence before coming to a rest about 75 feet off the road. Neither Dopp nor his passenger was injured.


Run, run Rudolph: Reindeer spotted on Ohio highway
NORTON, Ohio — No one spotted Santa Claus, but several drivers say they encountered a reindeer as they drove along a northeast Ohio highway. The Akron Beacon Journal reports drivers on state Route 21 in Norton had to dodge the reindeer Sunday morning after it fell from the back of a livestock truck and walked down the middle of lanes. Patrolman Kevin Starling grabbed a harness on the reindeer and pulled it out of traffic while an off-duty firefighter stopped oncoming vehicles. Starling says the reindeer suffered road rash and a broken antler.

Actor Chris ABC News anchor Actor Ralph Carmack is 31. Diane Sawyer is Fiennes is 49. 66. Former House Speaker Jim Wright is 89. Actor Hector Elizondo is 75. Country singer Red Steagall is 73. Former World Bank Group President Paul Wolfowitz is 68. Baseball Hall-ofFamer Steve Carlton is 67. Rock singer-musician Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) is 65. Rock singer-musician Michael Bacon is 63. Baseball All-Star Steve Garvey is 63. Singer Robin Gibb is 62. Golfer Jan Stephenson is 60. Actress BernNadette Stanis is 58. Rapper Luther Campbell is 51. Country singer-musician Chuck Mead is 51. Actress Lauralee Bell is 43. Country singer Lori McKenna is 43. Actress Dina Meyer is 43.
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Christmas package arrives one year and six days later
WINTER BEACH, Fla. — An Arkansas woman finally has proof that she bought her mother a Christmas gift last year. The package Mary Beth Mauldin sent via the United States Postal Service last December finally arrived in Florida on Dec. 16 — one year and six days after it was mailed from Greenbrier, Ark. The Vero Beach Press Journal reports

Utah man wins Lamborghini, crashes it hours later
SALT LAKE CITY — A truck driver who won a Lamborghini worth about $300,000 in a convenience store contest crashed the sports car six hours after he got it, and he now plans to sell the 640-

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Thursday • Dec. 22, 2011


Postal service to sell buildings
Three post offices in area for sale; relocations planned
By Bill Silverfarb

Police reports
This is not a farmers’ market
Someone reported that oranges have been continually stolen from their front yard on Lowell Street in Redwood City before 12:42 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20.

As more and more people send less mail, the U.S. Postal Service is looking to “rightsize” its facilities as a way to save the struggling agency much-needed cash. The independent government agency faces a $9 billion or more deficit and has plans to close up to 3,700 post offices and 250 mail processing centers across the country. The Postal Service had planned to shutter those facilities earlier this month but has since pushed that decision back to May. In the meantime, the agency is also looking at selling off some its larger post offices in favor of more appropriately-sized buildings, said spokesman James Wigdel. The Postal Service will sell three of its post office buildings on the Peninsula next year and relocate them to smaller spaces, Wigdel told the Daily Journal yesterday. “With reduced mail volume we are trying to be more efficient,” Wigdel said. “We are in the

process of right-sizing.” Local post offices slated to be sold next year include ones in Half Moon Bay, Menlo Park and Palo Alto, Wigdel said. The Half Moon Bay post office on Stone Pine Road is about 13,000 square feet, twice the size the agency needs, Wigdel said. The agency plans to lease or buy a new facility in or around Half Moon Bay, he said. Postal employees were notified of the plan Friday, Wigdel said. The agency plans to retain all of the Half Moon Bay post office’s 24 employees, he said. In Menlo Park, the main post office on Bohannon Drive is also slated to be sold, Wigdel said. The sale will affect about 50 mail carriers, he said, who will be relocated to Palo Alto. Menlo Park has two other post offices on Oak Grove and Avy avenues that will remain open. In Palo Alto, the historic Hamilton Avenue post office facility will also be sold because it is too large for the agency’s current needs. No

layoffs, however, are planned for the Palo Alto post office, Wigdel said. Selling the buildings and relocating the offices will take time, he said. The agency currently has no buyers for the facilities, he said. Currently, up to 3,700 post offices and 250 mail processing centers across the country, including the processing center in Burlingame, are being considered for closure in May. But the agency has not made any firm decisions on any of the closures, Wigdel said. About 100,000 postal employees could lose their jobs as a result of the closures, leading to about $6.5 billion in annual savings. In a statement last week, the agency said it would hold off on closings until May 15 to give Congress more time to pass legislation that would give it the ability to stave off bankruptcy.
Bill Silverfarb can be reached by email: or by phone: (650) 3445200 ext. 106.

Vandalism. Someone broke the passenger-side window of a vehicle on the intersection of Skyline Boulevard and Trousdale Drive before 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Burglary. The rear passenger-side window of a vehicle was smashed and clothing and luggage were taken on the 100 block of Anza Boulevard before 4:09 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Burglary. Someone took a catalytic converter from a vehicle on the 800 block of Linden Avenue before 10:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16. Theft. A purse was taken from an unlocked vehicle on the 1600 block of Bayshore Highway before 8:33 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16. Vandalism. A vehicle was scratched on the 600 block of Rollins Road before 5:01 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16.

Vandalism. A wall of a motel was spray painted with graffiti on Belmont Avenue before 8:29 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20. Vandalism. Someone slashed all four tires of a vehicle on Hiller Street before 1:52 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19. Fraud. A woman reported several fraudulent charges were made to her account on El Verano Lane before 1:41 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19. Narcotics. Two people were arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance on Continentals Way before 1:39 a.m. Monday, Dec. 19.

Auditor to investigate Occupy Oakland protests
OAKLAND — Oakland Mayor Jean Quan on Wednesday announced an independent investigation into the police use of force in response to Occupy demonstrations. The investigative team will evaluate the police tactics and procedures used during Occupy protests on Oct. 25 and Nov. 2, city

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officials said. The independent probe will be conducted alongside the police department’s internal investigation. “We knew from the beginning that we’d have to have an independent look at what happened,” Quan said at a news conference Wednesday. Critics say Oakland police used excessive

force when they fired tear gas and bean bags at Occupy protesters. The investigation will be conducted by Thomas Frazier, a former Baltimore police commissioner and former San Jose deputy police chief, and other former police officers. The team will investigate the Oct. 25 incident, when police arrested more than 80 people as they dismantled an Occupy encampment in front of Oakland City Hall.

• In a council reorganization ceremony Tuesday night, Allan Alifano was named mayor of Half Moon Bay, succeeding the outgoing Naomi Patridge, who will remain on the council. Councilman Rick Kowalczyk was named the city’s vice mayor.


Thursday • Dec. 22, 2011




Thursday • Dec. 22, 2011


Holiday train to return next year

Santa Claus, with Caltrain and Silicon Valley Community Foundation officials by his side, announced in San Francisco yesterday that the annual holiday train, with 40,000 lights, will once again collect toys for the needy — but not until 2012. Caltrain last ran its holiday train on the Peninsula in December 2009, canceling the event the past two years due to significant budget cuts. The new Caltrain Holiday Train presented by Silicon Valley Community Foundation will launch in 2012 as the two organizations partner to revive a holiday tradition that raises money and toys for underserved children through the Salvation Army and the United States Marine Corps Reserves’ Toys for Tots Program. “We’re delighted to help bring back a regional event that has meant so much to so many over the years,” said Emmett Carson, president of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. “At the community foundation, we create community and make philanthropy stronger and this partnership embodies both the creation of community and the spirit of philanthropy. We know that next year, the holiday season will be brighter and that communities from San

Hearing delayed for fatal beating suspect


Santa Claus announced yesterday that Caltrain’s annual holiday train will be back up and running next year as it has been on hiatus for two years now.
Francisco to San Jose will come together to celebrate and give to those who are less fortunate.” As the lead sponsor, the foundations will help raise money for the two charities and will provide fundraising assistance to ensure the future success of the event. The foundation and Caltrain will work together to encourage communities along the route to participate in the spirit of giving that is at the heart of the event and the holiday season. “The Holiday Train is an event that is near and dear to our hearts,” Caltrain Executive Director Mike Scanlon wrote in a statement. “We After entering his Superior Court plea, Deonte James Bennett, 27, was scheduled for jury trial June 11. Bennett, along with three women who previously accepted negotiated plea are very grateful to Silicon Valley Community Foundation for their support and look forward to a long, rewarding partnership.” The glittering show train has run during the holidays since 2001. It will visit select Caltrain stations next December. People who come see the train are encouraged to help make the holidays brighter for needy Bay Area children by donating toys. Since its inception, people have donated more than 45,000 toys to the effort, according to Caltrain. Santa usually hops off the non-passenger train to greet children and to pose for pictures. deals, allegedly entered the San Bruno victim assistance center five days after the Sept. 9, 2010 explosion and fire claiming to have lost all their belongings. The fire killed eight people, destroyed dozens of homes and devastated the neighborhood. On Sept. 14, 2010, the four suspects reportedly presented addresses within the disaster zone found on the Internet. They tried getting new

A transient who wanted to learn today if he’ll stand trial on potentially capital murder charges in the fatal beating of an elderly Belmont man reportedly spit in his attorney’s face earlier this week when the lawyer asked for more time to prepare. Tyler Hutchinson refused to waive his right to a speedy trial after being found competent earlier this month. He was originally scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday morning but on Monday Hutchinson’s attorneys asked a judge for a continuance despite his objection. After a judge reset the hearing for Feb. 17, Hutchinson reportedly spit in his attorney’s face and told him to “get out of his face.” Hutchinson is charged with murder and robbery of 88-year-old Albert Korn. Korn died in June 2009, two weeks after allegedly encountering Hutchinson who prosecutors say broke into his Hallmark Drive home, beat him and fled in his car with a wallet and jewelry. Hutchinson was identified as the suspect after being arrested for similar home invasion robberies in West Sacramento. After being convicted in those crimes, he was transferred here. Hutchinson was also

charged in an attack on correctional officers while jailed after his arrest. Hutchinson was committed to a hospital after being found mentally unfit in Tyler April but doctors Hutchinson there found him competent and returned him to San Mateo County for prosecution. Prosecutors must now show that there is enough evidence to try him on the charges. They had yet to have a preliminary hearing before defense attorneys Jim Thompson and Richard Keyes raised doubts about their client’s competency. Hutchinson is eligible for the death penalty if convicted but prosecutors have yet to announce if they will seek it. Hutchinson’s competency was questioned in Yolo County and also in previous San Mateo County cases. In one incident, approximately a year before Korn’s beating, Hutchinson reportedly yelled epithets and spit at one of two women standing with their young children at the Hillsdale Caltrain station in San Mateo. He remains in custody without bail. gas pipeline explosion and subsequent fire, according to the prosecution. Another, Niesha Marie Taylor, lives in San Francisco. Justin and Smith received credit for time served plus probation and community service. Taylor received nine months in jail. Bennett remains free from custody on a $50,000 bail bond. He returns to court June May 15 for a court conference prior to his trial.

Post-blast scam defendant pleads not guilty
A San Francisco man accused of posing as a San Bruno explosion victim to secure money and other aid meant for victims of the deadly gas line catastrophe pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges including commercial burglary, identity theft and perjury.

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identification from the Department of Motor Vehicles so they could then receive aid from Pacific Gas and Electric but were apprehended by San Bruno police. Two other women, Lisa Monique Justin, 42, and Sonya Smith, 44, are San Bruno residents but lived five miles from the neighborhood affected by the

Deonte Bennett

How Trees Benefit Our Health While Absorbing Air Pollutants
By Paul Larson
MILLBRAE – As a Past President of the Millbrae Lions Club I was recently asked to take on the position of “Tree Planting Chairman”. It is a goal of the current “Lions Clubs International” President for all Lions Clubs across the world to plant one million trees during the 2011-2012 term. This new responsibility reminded me of a plan I had in the back of my mind to donate a number of trees on behalf of the CHAPEL OF THE HIGHLANDS for planting on several sparsely landscaped strips at Saint Dunstan’s Church in Millbrae. I’ve always been a fan of planting trees, and my new task as “Tree Planting Chair” gave me an excuse to follow through with this previous goal. I immediately put my plan into action, so as of this writing 17 good sized Redwood Trees have already been planted at Saint Dunstan’s which will grow up tall and lush (see the picture to the right of me with one of the trees on the day they were planted). Trees are a major life sustaining feature of our planet. They not only help secure the ground they are planted in, but are the home to countless numbers of species. Trees absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) in addition to other harmful pollutants from the atmosphere, and during photosynthesis they release the oxygen we breathe. An acre of trees absorbs enough CO2 over one year to equal the amount produced by driving a car 26,000 miles. If everyone reading this article planted one new tree at their home it would not only create a noticeable improvement in everyone’s quality of life but also would benefit future generations.

Historically San Mateo County had a vast population of healthy old growth Redwood Trees. In the 1800’s a large portion of these tall majestic trees were cut down to feed the quickly growing need for lumber in the up and coming city of San Francisco. During this “gold rush” period little was known of the benefits in keeping these trees alive and healthy. Realistically we still need lumber today, and now the lumber industry regularly replaces the trees they harvest with new young trees. Trees are a good renewable resource if used in a responsible manner, and many more trees have to be planted than harvested to support society’s needs. We all have a chance to help by planting our own new trees and replacing those which may be unhealthy or have died. Tying this topic into our role at the CHAPEL OF THE HIGHLANDS is easy. Wood is used in caskets, urns, paper and other items needed for funerals. The CO2 absorbed by trees is permanently locked into the wood used to craft these items therefore keeping it out of the atmosphere. My goal is to keep planting trees where ever I find the need as to help replenish this vitally essential and health-nourishing resource. If you ever wish to discuss cremation, funeral matters or want to make preplanning arrangements please feel free to call me and my staff at the CHAPEL OF THE HIGHLANDS in Millbrae at (650) 588-5116 and we will be happy to guide you in a fair and helpful manner. For more info you may also visit us on the internet at:


Thursday • Dec. 22, 2011



by the Academy of Art University where the donated toys being stored this year. “Thank you for everything you girls do, we really appreciate it,” said Sally Casazza, chair of the toy program. Alluding to Wednesday’s controversy, Cassaza asked stripper “Oriana” if the toy drive isn’t simply about children, after all. “It’s definitely about the kids, nothing more,” Oriana said. As the dancers posed for photos with the oversized check, a handful of male firefighters looked on. “God bless ‘em,” one said. After the media frenzy, Oriana, 22, became emotional as she wandered quietly through the aisles at the warehouse, looking at shelves piled high with coloring books, puzzles, games and other toys. “I think this is great,” she said, wiping away tears. “I remember one Christmas we didn’t have a lot ... this is going to be special for a lot of kids.” The strip clubs have presented their check for the toy drive at the fire station at least one year in the past, and it wasn’t clear today why the plan was nixed this year. Fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said the chief discouraged the event “just because of the nature of it ... not that we don’t appreciate the check.” The firefighters are still collecting new, unwrapped toys, and donations can be dropped off at any fire station. There is a particular need for items for girls 11 and older, and for infants, one toy drive worker said. Monetary donations are also being sought. Those seeking more information on the program or how to donate can call (415) 777-0440 The firefighters’ toy program is the city’s largest, distributing 200,000-plus toys to more than 40,000 disadvantaged kids year-round, including about 40,000 toys during last year’s holiday season, according to the fire department.

Thursday • Dec. 22, 2011


Strippers’toy drive donation causes stir

A group of dancers from a number of San Francisco strip clubs presented a check for $20,000 to a local firefighters’ union Wednesday evening for its annual toy drive. The dancers are from a coalition of 11 strip clubs, including Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club, the Condor Club and Little Darlings, that raises money annually for the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program. Strippers voluntarily donate 15 minutes of dancing each night to collect money for toys. This year’s donation made news yesterday after the check presentation, which was scheduled to take place at Fire Station 1 on Howard Street, had to be moved because Fire Chief Joanne HayesWhite objected to holding the event at the station. Instead, the strippers presented the check at a warehouse on Jerrold Avenue owned

Counting Our Blessings
By Anna G. Eshoo There is a wonderful song from the classic holiday musical “White Christmas” that runs on a continuous loop in the back of my head these days. The Irving Berlin lyrics might be familiar to you: “When I’m worried and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep, and I fall asleep counting my blessings.” That describes my state of mind these days: reason for worry, but also much to be grateful for as we close out 2011. We’re not out of the woods on the economy; we’re not yet at the end of the foreclosure crisis, and too many Americans still can’t find work. Despite our best efforts to hurry recovery along, large-scale change takes time. We’re making progress, though: unemployment figures are headed in the right direction; reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will make it less likely that we’ll see a repeat of the sub-prime lending catastrophe or anything like it, and early reports on holiday sales suggest that consumers are buying again. That bodes well for starting 2012 on a positive note. By any measure, Silicon Valley communities are doing well. You need only pick up a newspaper to read that we are ranked the nation’s most contented spot. According to the Gallup organization’s annual research into “well being,” which evaluates many factors like job satisfaction, work quality and emotional health, many of us are indeed lucky people. More recently, the California Department of Finance's Demographic Research Unit confirmed that we’re also a highly-educated region. In fact, of the top 10 California cities with the most educated residents, half of them are ours: Palo Alto, Los Altos, Saratoga, Cupertino and Menlo Park. As welcome as these signs of economic life are, and as impressive as our quality of life here may be, the blessings I count, the ones that give me faith in the future, aren’t about the improving economy or our academic or entrepreneurial achievements. These are all wonderful distinctions for our Valley, but what eases my worry and bolsters my confidence in the future are our less heralded attributes, traditions and individuals that make Silicon Valley a dynamic community of people who care. I am grateful: To our brave veterans, to their families and those who care for them at the Palo Alto VA. That David Packard set a defining standard for us. By serving on a school board AND founding a world-class company, he demonstrated that personal success and commitment to community go hand in hand. To librarians, teachers, coaches, classroom aides, environmental volunteers, to those who feed the hungry and shelter the homeless, and all volunteers who believe that value is found in what we put into the effort, not the money assigned to it. To the employees who get involved in local schools, and the companies who encourage them to do so, sharing their talent so that the next generation of inventors, scientists and engineers will be more creative and productive than the ones before. For our Valley culture that promotes experimentation and embraces failure as a necessary component of success and excellence. For seniors and retirees who live creatively in their “third chapters” giving back to the community with energy and wisdom and humor. That our community colleges provide a gateway to opportunity for many, including first and second generation American students whose drive has always fueled innovation. To individuals who choose to serve on boards and commissions and city councils, taking on the often thankless tasks of solving local problems and making hard choices for the rest of us – sometimes after hours of contentious testimony from neighbors and friends. For the small business owners whose shops define our downtowns, provide local color and give us a sense of place, and who have persevered through lean times to serve us. For the professionalism of our first responders who keep us safe at home and who lend their expertise to people around the world in times of crisis. I am grateful that there is an inherent decency in our interactions and an unspoken understanding that we are part of something bigger than ourselves. People here know that to those whom much is given, much is expected and they do their utmost to meet that expectation. What a blessing!

Plea delayed in fatal San Bruno hit-and-run

A San Bruno man accused of running a red light and crashing into another vehicle before fleeing the scene last month delayed pleas yesterday to four felonies stemming from the incident that left a 60-year-old woman dead. Mitnesh Reddy, 21, appeared in court yesterday morning for initial felony arraignment on charges of vehicular manslaughter while under the influence and with gross negligence, felony driving under the influence causing injury, felony driving with .08 or higher blood alcohol level causing injuries and felony hit and run causing death.

Reddy was arrested hours after the Nov. 17 fatal crash but posted a $250,000 bail bond and was given a future court appearance date. On Wednesday Reddy Mitnesh Reddy morning, declined to enter a plea, instead asking for more time to retain private attorney David Franklin, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Reddy will return to court Jan. 5 to confirm if he was able to do so, enter a plea and potentially set a preliminary

hearing date. Just before 4 a.m. Nov. 17, prosecutors say Reddy ran a stoplight on El Camino Real and T-boned a vehicle exiting Interstate 380 in San Bruno. The other driver, 60-year-old Sondra Gentile, was killed while Reddy took off after the collision. The crash shut down the section of El Camino Real between Sneath Lane and San Bruno Avenue for several hours. Meanwhile, San Bruno police tracked the car, which is registered to Reddy, back to his home where he was arrested. If convicted, Reddy faces up to 11 years in prison. He remains free on a $250,000 bail bond.

Many Americans brace for loss of payroll tax cut
By Martin Crutsinger

WASHINGTON — Some say they’ll spend less on groceries. Others expect to cut back on travel. For many, there would be fewer meals out. Across the country, Americans are bracing for another financial hardship: smaller paychecks starting in January, if Congress doesn’t break a deadlock and renew a Social Security tax cut. The tax cut, which took effect this year, benefits 160 million Americans — $1,000 a year, or nearly $20 a week, for

someone making $50,000, as much as $4,272 or $82 a week for a household with two high-paid workers. The tax cut is set to expire Jan. 1. If lawmakers don’t renew it for 2012, analysts say the economy would slow as individuals and families looked for ways to spend less. “Of course, it changes my plans,” said Craig Duffy, an information-technology worker from Philadelphia and new father of twins. Duffy said his family already has tightened spending, so “we’ll have to find a way to cut back.” That might mean canceling a planned trip to visit the twins’ grandparents in

Wisconsin, Duffy said. The tax cut is part of legislation that would also renew benefits for the longterm unemployed. If the unemployment benefits aren’t renewed, starting in January nearly 6 million people would lose weekly checks averaging about $300 — the main source of income for most of them. House Republicans have rejected a Senate-passed bill that would extend the payroll tax cut for two months and let the long-term unemployed continue to receive benefits during that time. That plan would give lawmakers time to work on a yearlong extension.

Romney sidesteps tax dispute; Gingrich dives in
By Thomas Beaumont and Kasie Hunt

DES MOINES, Iowa — Mitt Romney refused to be pinned down Wednesday on how Congress should break an impasse that threatens to raise taxes for 160 million workers — the latest pressing policy debate the Republican presi-

dential hopeful has sidestepped. Rival Newt Gingrich, in contrast, castigated Congress for “an absurd dereliction of duty.” With less than two weeks before the Iowa caucuses, the two rivals exchanged ever sharper words over a barrage of negative ads coming from Romney’s allies as they took a divergent approach on the payroll tax dis-

pute deadlocking Washington. “I’m not going to get into the backand-forth on the congressional sausagemaking process,” Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, said in Keene, N.H., as the day began. “I hope they’re able to sit down and work out a solution that works for the American people. My hope is that the solution includes extension of the payroll tax holiday.”

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Reporters’ notebook
Cathay knocked for noise
County officials were worried about Cathay Pacific Airlines’ continuing noise issues at San Francisco International Airport but an airport spokesman said the week of Dec. 23, 2006 the problem wouldn’t be solved until the company buys quieter aircraft. Airport Director John Martin met with Cathay’s chief executive officer in October 2006 about noise and both are looking at solutions, said SFO spokesman Mike McCarron. he Bergs, a family living on a fixed income in San Mateo, have decided to sign a lease renewal with Hillsdale Garden Apartments despite their yearly income being less than their rent. The couple’s rent was to increase from a current of $1,581 to $1,791 next year, a 13 percent increase. The couple has lived in the same apartment since 1979 and Jeanne Berg has lived at the complex since 1964. Husband Ron is retired and Jeanne, who is totally blind, has never worked. In 2006, they paid just $900 for the two-bedroom apartment they currently live in. Essex Properties, which bought the property in 2006, did agree to only raise the rent next year to $1,639, a modest 3.6 percent increase. Since 2006, however, their rent has increased a total of 82 percent. Next year, the couple’s anticipated income will only be $1,555. The Daily Journal has highlighted the couple’s housing situation in two separate articles this year as they have gotten by through the generosity of others. *** Most post offices in the area will be open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve this father to Nancy Stewart and Susan Harvey and grandfather to Sean and Jessica Harvey. He will be remembered as an avid gardener, craftsman and hiker. His passion for the garden produced many fruit, vegetables and flowers for friends and family. He loved to travel and was lucky to see much of the world. He spent many days at his cabin in Dorrington which he shared with his brother. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was known as a prankster to many people. He will be truly missed by all those that loved him including his beautiful dog Lana. He brought a smile to everyone’s face with his kindness and quick wit. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the California State Park Foundation. Memorial services to be held 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 4, 2012 at the San Mateo Senior Center, 2645 Alameda de las Pulgas.


County settles chemo death case
The week of Dec. 23, 2006, San Mateo County officials announced they would pay $160,000 to the family of Armando Castellanos, a 41-year-old oral cancer patient at San Mateo Medical Center who died days after being given 10 times the correct dose of chemotherapy medicine two years prior.
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year but some will be either closed or have shortened retail lobby hours, according to the U.S. Postal Service. Mail delivery Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 will be unaffected. Revised hours are posted at each office. Customers may call (800) ASK-USPS or visit for information about specific post offices. All post offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 26. *** San Mateo Police Chief Susan Manheimer will host an annual holiday party for the formerly homeless at the Vendome today. The Vendome is run by the Shelter Network and houses 16 men and women who spent years living homeless on the streets of San Mateo. The Vendome was established in 2009 to address the need for permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless people who lived on the streets in the downtown area. Harry’s Hofbrau has donated dinner for the event and Santa Claus is expected to show up as well, presents in hand. Festivities will also include caroling. *** The San Mateo Daily Journal is the 2011 winner of the Diamond Award for

Local Business Support by the Peninsula Arts Council. Peninsula Arts Council Diamond Awards are presented each year to recognize outstanding contributions made by individual artists, educators, volunteers, foundations, corporations or by government support to the arts in San Mateo County. Art in Action received the honor for arts organization, Julia Belanoff received the honor for young artist, Troy Paiva received the honor for individual artist, Shely PackManning received the honor for arts educator, Bonny Zanardi received the honor for arts volunteer, Francesca Eastman received the honor for donor support, the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee received the honor for government support and Neil and Pegi Young received a special recognition. We are in good company. For more information about the awards and the Arts Council go to
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Donald Schoeppner
Donald Schoeppner, a longtime resident of Burlingame and San Mateo, died at home Dec. 17, 2011 after losing his fight against cancer. He was born in San Francisco on July 14, 1925. He grew up with his parents and brother, Bob, in Burlingame. He attended Burlingame High School. After returning from the Navy in 1946, he continued his education at San Mateo Junior College. Don married Shirley Cook in 1949. They moved to Southern California where he graduated from Los Angeles College of Optometry. They returned to Northern California in 1952 where he had a successful optometric practice in South San Francisco which he retired from in 1994. He was a beloved husband (Shirley preceded him in death), brother to Bob Schoeppner,

and will be laid to rest in Colma Dec. 27. He married his beloved wife, Pia Pretari, in 1963 and they were married for 48 years. Enrico was the loving father of Sandra Pretari Hickson and her husband, Barry Hickson, and David Pretari and his wife, Marialena Pretari, and the loving grandfather, Jordan Pretari. Enrico was preceded in death by his parents, Serafino and Erminia Pretari, and sister, Angiolina Pretari. Enrico retired from Sunset Scavengers, in San Francisco, in 1995 after 35 years of employment. Enrico was also a longtime member of the Peninsula Italian American Social Club and just received the honor of lifetime member after 30 years of continuous membership. Enrico will always be remembered as a fun, loving and caring husband and father who never tired of sharing and teaching

the family traditions to his children. Friends may visit between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Monday Dec. 26 at the Chapel of the Highlands, El Camino Real at 194 Millwood Drive in Millbrae, where a vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. A Catholic funeral mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27 at St. Dunstan Catholic Church, 1133 Broadway in Millbrae. Committal will follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma.

John D. McCrary
John D. McCrary, age 69, died Dec. 17, 2011 in Belmont where he lived for 25 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served in Germany. John worked many years in the hotel industry in San Francisco and retired as front desk manager at the Donatello Hotel in San Francisco. He is survived by his domestic partner of 35 years, Jerry Ziolkowski. John will be greatly missed by family and friends. Private graveside services have been held at Skylawn Memorial Park. Arrangements handled by Crippen & Flynn Carlmont Chapel.

Enrico Natale Pretari
Enrico Natale Pretari was born in Iera, Italy on Dec. 25, 1934 and immigrated to McCloud, Calif. in 1951. He was a resident of Millbrae for 36 years

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AG rules on private contracts for public safety
n April of this year, the city of San Carlos embarked upon a negotiation with its fire department in which it entertained a proposal from a private fire service provider, Wackenhut. No one in the city would ever admit it, but the proposal was simply a negotiating tactic to ensure that firefighters would go along with a hybrid model of fire service in which the city would share management with Redwood City yet pay for its own firefighters. In doing so, San Carlos city officials were able to get the firefighters to wiggle a bit on wages and agree on the hybrid model that they had previously suggested would be bad for morale. The city was exploring options after it became apparent it could no longer work with the city of Belmont to provide fire service to both cities. The official rationale behind proposing the private contract was that it provided for another option after San Carlos was spurned by both Cal Fire and the county in its effort to find a partner. It turns out, however, that contracting

Home sweet home
he problems began with the gum drops. Everything had been fine up until then, a steady stream of joyous agreement on everything from the candy cane entrance to the artistically spread green sprinkles equating grass around the home’s border. Should we put peppermint swirls on the rooftop? Done! A wreath above the red fondant door? I couldn’t have thought of a more festive adornment myself! Yes, home decor is certainly where one finds out if their Martha Stewart notions of dash and dazzle match up with the Better Homes and Gardens sensibility of one’s fellow decorator. Certainly, you might know there are long-standing difference in taste and style. How about that time they insisted on painting the living room a deep red? Sure the striking shade once dried looked fantastic but assimilation was not immediate. And just when you start feeling smug and decoratively superior to those beige-loving friends who fear intense color, they go ahead and switch over to an oceanic blue with nary a consideration of what that does to ideas for accent pillows and throw rugs. Point is, to put it ever so gingerly, home decor is more than the toothpaste cap straw that breaks the camel’s back of domestic bliss. The merging of personal color wheels and wood patterns can bring full-on declarations of war. This year, though, the initial worry wasn’t one of keeping peace under one actual roof. Instead, it was about keeping the roof intact — the gingerbread house roof, that is. Last year’s attempt at a holiday cottage was proof positive that no amount of dough or wishful thinking could overcome poor frosting spackling or unexpected weather. The first problem was buying a prefabricated home. Little assembly required, the box claimed. Just glue the walls and roof together with a little icing, let dry completely, then turn the run-of-the-mill tract home into a one-of-a-kind Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece. Eichler, eat your heart out! Unfortunately, my wall-raising inability would make the Amish cry. The unstable foundation coupled with an unseasonably warm front moving through the area — actually, more the steady flow of the heating vent above — turned the gingerbread home of my dreams into a building only an unpicky squatter or world-saving Occupier could love. Any gingerbread family willing to take on this fixer-upper would have gotten a great deal in a foreclosure auction because chances were the house lost value from day one. This year, however, the kit home was even more dummyproof, with the entire structure already sealed with thick snowy icing and a booklet offering up ideas for themes of “evergreen cottage,” “holiday chalet” or “seasonal stripes.” Not one to buy matching furniture or bedding, my partner in pastry crime and myself opted not to follow the precise recommendations of where to alternate the red and green fondant strips or use the peppermints as accent windows. I vetoed the idea of icicles remembering last year’s feeble drips that looked neither festive nor inviting. I graciously accepted a denial of my plan to scatter multi-colored candies haphazardly atop the roof. We both agreed a chimney was beyond both our creative capabilities, especially after my sad attempt at an intricate candle aglow in the window. But gum drops, I said. Why don’t we roll out the gumdrops and use them as cobblestones? Um, no, came the reply. Let’s use the gum drops as edging along the cardboard square on which the house sat, was the counter suggestion. That’s dumb, I said. You’re dumb, I was told. Gum drops are dumb. This house is dumb. Christmas is dumb. Suddenly, the idea of continuing the project was less palatable than last year’s fruitcake and the only thing either of us wanted to do was hurl the gum drops at each other — and this was without any help from a cup of well-spiked holiday cheer. A few minutes passed. “Really? No gum drops?” I asked the Grinch across the table. Then, like a holiday miracle, came the reluctant yes. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Clause and Yes, Michelle, this year your house can have gum drops. Consider acquiescence this year’s must-have gift, one that I also returned. After all, home is where the heart is even if that house is overburdened by gum drops.
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out with a private agency for fire service is not allowed, at least according to a finding by the state Attorney General’s Office. In a letter written to Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara, who had requested an opinion from Attorney General Kamala Harris, Deputy Attorney Taylor S. Carey weighed in for Harris that it is prohibited. The letter states: “In government code section 54981 the Legislature has expressly authorized cities to contract with other local public agencies for firefighting services, but it has not authorized them to make such contracts with private entities.” The letter goes on to say the Legislature has authorized cities to contract with private entities for emergency medical services such as patient transportation to a hospital so “the Legislature could and would have specified [the authority to contract fire services to a private company] if it had meant to do so.” So while the negotiating tactic may

have worked in San Carlos, and even representatives from other cities — including Belmont — had their interests piqued by the possibility of contracting with a private company, it is clear that such proposals would ultimately end up in the dustbin. And that’s good. The private proposal caused unneeded alarm and set a dangerous precedent for other cities. Consolidation and merging with other cities for fire service, or contracting with the county Sheriff’s Office for police service, is a responsible approach to finding economies of scale when it comes to public safety services. The idea of a private contractor for such services was definitely out-of-thebox thinking, but one that should have been allowed to languish from inattention. The opinion from the Attorney General’s Office should settle the matter once and for all and allow for cities to explore more responsible and less divisive approaches to not only providing public safety services, but in dealing with employees who provide those services.


Letters to the editor
Vote free of intimidation
Editor, I was pleased to see that Transport Workers Union, Organizing Director Frank McCann in his prepared statement, say “Every worker, and every job category, has a right to vote free of intimidation.” (“Virgin workers declined union representation in the Dec. 21 edition of the Daily Journal). The sacrosanct secret ballot is important as Card Check invades privacy of thought about a personal matter or belief and should not become part of our collective bargaining and public policy labor law. The most important ballot initiative in the last general election: Four states passed the “guarantees the right of workers to have a secret ballot in union elections (Arizona, Utah, South Carolina and South Dakota). The passage ranged from 60.1 percent to 86.1 percent. It is clear that workers want a right to secrecy without intimidation by peers and management protection from threat, intimidation and force and protection from proxies who use the same tactics to require union membership. In addition, all states should be “right to work states.” The freedom of association is a First Amendment right and no one should have to join a union to obtain employment or retain their employment. I also believe that the government or private businesses should not have to collect union dues and forward them to the bargaining unit. In this age of computer technology, it should be the responsibility of the unions to collect their membership dues and not pass that cost on to the taxpayer, even if the cost to government or business is miniscule. causes catastrophes and it can permanently destroy a nation or a people. We think that everyone has a right to their own belief and that no one can change that. The nation has fallen into disrepair because the two sides cannot agree. It seems like it would be a simple problem to solve, but people are too patriotic and full of their own beliefs to try and figure out what everyone else is trying to say. Although we are not experts in politics, and we understand that things are more complicated than they seem, our solution is to let everybody believe what they believe, unless what they believe could harm another person or group of people. Another issue that has gradually become more widely known is the growing food problem in our country. It goes beyond obesity and into deeper issues, such as cruelty to animals and the greenhouse effect from fossil fuels. America has become too dependent on corn and other foods used too frequently in fast foods. We think that this should not be the main focus on an American’s diet. We understand you probably have many important issues regarding our nation right now, however, we believe very strongly in what our letter states and hope you will at least consider our arguments. Thank you.

Jack Kirkpatrick Redwood City

Issues in America
The Daily Journal received a copy of this letter addressed to President Barack Obama: We are writing this letter to bring to your attention our concern about some issues that have risen along with society. We believe that religion and beliefs have influenced our decision as a nation. We think that people can believe what they want, and no one should interfere with that. For instance, the issue with gay marriage, if lawmakers think gay marriage should be illegal, then they can marry someone of the opposite sex. They have no right to say that everybody has to believe what they believe, even if they make the laws. America’s rules have to be fair to all beliefs, not just one. Despite most countries’ attempts to separate church and state it has still caused big problems worldwide. Thanks to various wars and political rallies, all races and religions are “accepted,” however the main problem is that a lot of individuals think that above all others they are blessed. This

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Stocks end mixed
Dow 12,107.74 +0.03% 10-Yr Bond 1.967 +2.18% Nasdaq 2,577.97 -0.99% Oil (per barrel) 99.00 S&P 500 1,243.72 +0.19% Gold 1,614.60
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Investors also had more to worry about from Europe. New data showed extensive lending from the European Central Bank to European banks. The initial reaction to the $639 billion in lending by the ECB was positive, but then worry set in that Europe’s banks needed so much help in the first place. “Long-term, people were a little bit concerned that banks needed more money than we thought they did,” said Joe Bell, a senior equity analyst with Schaeffer’s Investment Research. The Dow edged up 4.16 points, less than 0.1 percent, to close at 12,107.74. On Tuesday the Dow jumped 337 — its biggest gain this month — on a strong bond sale in Spain and a surge in new home construction in the U.S. The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose 2.42 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,243.72. Outside of the 2 percent decline for technology companies, prices rose or were flat in the rest of the S&P 500’s 10 sectors. The Nasdaq composite fell 25.76 points, or 1 percent, to 2,577.97. Consumer staples rose with help from a 1.7 percent increase by Coca-Cola Co. and a gain of 1.2 percent at Kraft.

Big movers
Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Nike Inc.,up $2.72 at $96.35 The athletic shoe and clothing company said second-quarter profit rose 3 percent on strong demand and higher prices for its products. Delphi Financial Group Inc.,up $18.57 at $44 Insurance company Tokio Marine Holdings Inc. said it is buying the financial services company in a deal valued at $2.7 billion. Shaw Group Inc.,up $3.64 at $26.30 The engineering and construction company’s first-quarter earnings topped Wall Street expectations for profits and revenue. Walgreen Co.,down 13 cents at 33.37 The drugstore chain’s first-quarter earnings fell due to a slow flu season and its split with the Express Scripts pharmacy network. Nasdaq Cintas Corp.,up $2.91 at $34.19 The business uniform supplier upped its 2012 outlook and easily topped Wall Street expectations for the second quarter. Oracle Corp.,down $3.40 at $25.77 The business software maker reported quarterly earnings that missed analyst estimates as the company struggled to close deals. Research In Motion Ltd.,up $1.26 at $13.78 The Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft and Nokia recently considered making a joint bid for the BlackBerry maker. Westell Technologies Inc., up 17 cents at $2.25 The telecommunications equipment maker said it is selling its Conference Plus subsidiary for approximately $41 million to Arkadin.

Technology stocks fell Wednesday, dragged down by a weak earnings report from the business software maker Oracle Corp. Broad market indexes were flat. The Dow Jones industrial average eked out a gain of 4 points after having been down 104 points at midday. Technology stocks in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 2 percent. Oracle plunged 12 percent after the business software company said it was struggling to close deals. The rare earnings miss by Oracle seemed to reinforce worries that businesses and the government may cut back on technology spending. Especially worrying was a weak 2 percent gain in new software licenses, a key sign of demand from other businesses. Oracle had predicted gains of as much as 16 percent. Those worries hurt other big technology companies. IBM Corp. was by far the biggest loser in the Dow, falling 3.1 percent to $181.47. A bright spot was the BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd., which jumped 10 percent to $13.78 on rumors that it might be a takeover target.

Holiday shoppers step up buying
By Anne D’innocenzio

NEW YORK — Shoppers came out again to seriously shop last week, after taking breather from a record spending spree over the Thanksgiving weekend, according to one measure. Sales at stores opened at least a year rose 3.4 percent for the week ended Saturday compared with the previous week, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers-Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index, released Tuesday. That follows two consecutive weekly declines, compared with the previous

weeks, as shoppers took a break after a discount-fueled spending spree over the Thanksgiving weekend, the official start of the holiday shopping season. Compared with a year ago, sales for the week rose 4.6 percent. “Consumers were out in force this past week trying to complete their holiday shopping,” said Michael P. Niemira, chief economist at the International Council of Shopping Centers. And there’s still more shopping to do. According to a poll of 1,000 shoppers conducted by ICSC and Goldman Sachs, shoppers on average completed 70 percent of their holiday buying as of

Sunday. That compares with 74 percent at the same time a year ago. Moreover, 9 percent of shoppers polled hadn’t even started their holiday buying, up from 6 percent last year. The weekly index is a sales proxy for 24 major stores, including Target Corp, Costco Wholesale Corp. and Macy’s. Niemira still expects revenue at stores opened at least a year for his monthly tally of retailers to be up anywhere from 3.5 percent to 4.0 percent, following a revised 2.8 percent increase in November. Overall, he’s predicting the measure to be up 3.5 percent for the combined November and December period.

Business briefs
BofA in $335M settlement over Countrywide loans
Bank of America has agreed to pay $335 million to resolve allegations that its Countrywide unit engaged in a widespread pattern of discrimination against qualified African-American and Hispanic borrowers. The settlement with the U.S. Justice Department was filed Tuesday with the Central District court of California and is subject to court approval. The DOJ says it’s the largest settlement in history over residential fair lending practices. Charlotte, N.C.-based Bank of America Corp. bought the nation’s largest subprime lender, Countrywide Financial Corp., in 2008.

KB Home 4Q net income falls but tops Street’s view
LOS ANGELES — KB Home is increasingly catering to more affluent homebuyers in markets where there is less competition from homes up for resale and foreclosures, and the strategy is paying off. The homebuilder reported on Wednesday that its fiscal fourth-quarter profit fell 20 percent on rising expenses. Its shares fell 52 cents, or 6.7 percent, to close at $7.22. But the company’s recent trends show improvement. KB’s new home orders jumped 38 percent from year earlier and home deliveries rose 4 percent.

Reports:Yahoo exploring sale of Asian holdings
SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo appears to be getting closer to giving its frustrated shareholders something they’ve long wanted: a sale of the Internet company’s holdings in China and Japan. The prospect of Yahoo Inc. finally consummating a deal with China’s Alibaba Group and Softbank Corp., the controlling owner of Yahoo Japan, emerged in online reports published Wednesday by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

FAA issues rules to prevent tired airline pilots
WASHINGTON — Rules aimed at preventing airline pilots from flying while dangerously fatigued were issued Wednesday by the Federal Aviation Administration, a move safety advocates have been urging for more than two decades. The rules update current pilot work schedule regulations, which largely date back to the 1960s, to reflect studies on how much time pilots need for rest and an understanding of how travel through time zones and the human body clock’s response to light and darkness can affect performance.

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011

<< Ellis sued for sexual harassment, page 12 •Justin Smith having another monster year, page 13

Aragon hits game-winner
By Nathan Mollat

When the Peninsula Athletic League transitioned its basketball divisions away from a geography-based alignment to one based on power rankings, many lamented the loss of the Friday night rivalry games. For one night, however, the AragonHillsdale rivalry was alive and well and it was all the fans could have wanted and more. When Trevor Lahoz drained a 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left, it capped a 9-0 run that saw Aragon turn a 45-38 deficit into a 48-45 win. “From what I can remember, it’s the first one (game-winning shot I’ve made),” Lahoz said. “I’ve been off lately (with my shot). … We didn’t have any set person to take the shot.” Lahoz rediscovered his stroke, at least for one night. His last shot was his sixth 3-pointer of the game as he finished with a game-high 20 points. “It felt a little shaky (coming out of my hands), but to see it go through the basket was pretty amazing,” Lahoz said. Lahoz’s game-winner capped a game that saw both teams go on extended runs throughout the game and it was never more apparent than in the final eight minutes. When Greg Lyons hit a layup with his back to the basket to end the third quarter, Aragon (4-4 overall) enjoyed a 38-33 lead. Hillsdale, however, started the fourth quarter with a 13-0 run to open up a 45-38 lead with 2:24 left to play after Gabe Fodor hit one of two free throws. That would be the last point the Knights would score. Lahoz started the game-winning run by

By Julio Lara


See ARAGON, Page 14

Lauren Croshaw is crazy — crazy good that is. Perhaps there was a time earlier in her life where being the “crazy runner girl” as she describes it was a bad thing. Croshaw recalled a time when she was known by that name. She chuckles about it a little bit before saying, “but that’s a whole different story.” The story that matters today is the one that describes how and why Croshaw turned that lunacy and passion for running into a Peninsula Athletic League title and a Central Coast Section crown in 2011. “Lauren is one of those special talents that comes along just so often,” said Aragon assistant coach Frank Hunt via email. “I have been coaching in the PAL the last 10 years and in that time I’ve have seen some very good ones: Jesse Petersen, Franchesca Rhoades and Justine Fedronic at Carlmont, Sammy Hamilton and Liza Hitchner at Half Moon Bay, Alyssa Gaglianni and Katie Voightlander at Burlingame, just to name a few, who have gone on to run in college. Lauren is right up there with them.” The praise is warranted considering that in 2011 Croshaw achieved the double that eluded her the first three years of her career as a Don. Always the bridesmaid but never quite the bride, Croshaw transformed a determination to succeed into one of the best seasons is school history. It is for that reason that Croshaw is the San Mateo Daily Journal Girls’ Cross Country Runner of the Year.

Tigers host tournament
The Christmas break is always a rough one for the Daily Journal sports department because of the dearth of games scheduled during the two-week holiday. Thank goodness for Notre DameBelmont, which will be hosting the first annual Steve G e r a m o n i Invitational next week, beginning Dec. 27 and running through Dec. 29. The tournament features eight squads, including Sequoia and Menlo School, in addition to the host Tigers. San Jose’s Harker School and Sunnyvale’s King’s Academy will also participate, along with Scotts Valley, Casa Robles, American Canyon and Notre DameSalinas. In first-round action, Menlo will face Casa Robles at 3 p.m., followed by Scotts Valley and Sequoia at 4:30 p.m. Notre Dame-Salinas takes on American Canyon at 6 p.m. with host Notre DameBelmont going against King’s Academy in the nightcap at 7:30 p.m. Every team is guaranteed three games, with the finals slated for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff Dec. 29. It may be the first year of the Steve

See DONS, Page 14

The 2010 season must have been tough for the Carlmont boys’ cross country team. Not that the season wasn’t a success, but by Scot standards, not winning the Central Coast Section Division I title after owning the sport for five years was unacceptable. So this year, with a bit of redemption on the line, Carlmont went out and did what they’re used to doing — just winning, baby. And at the forefront of that charge was Jeffrey Stalun. It’s hard to single out an athlete in a program like Carlmont’s, one that relies on and preaches the team concept so fervently. So, in a sense, naming Stalun the San Mateo Daily Journal Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year is a symbol, one that represents an entire squad of dedicated competitors willing to put their school ahead of their personal accolades. Out of a handful of Scots, Stalun stood out as the pace-setter — a runner who’s main objective was to set the tone for his team during the year’s biggest races. In the Peninsula Athletic League championships, Stalun led the way for the Scots with a time of 15:26, good for second place. He was the first Carlmont runner to cross the finish line after which five Scots finished in the top 11 with Ryan Dimick, Beau Armstrong and Mark Vingralek in the top 10. Winning the PAL championship was about as automatic as it gets for the Scots. The real fun began at the Central Coast Section finals where they’d be going head-to-head with Bellarmine, who beat them in 2010 to snap the five-year winning streak.

See SCOTS, Page 15

See LOUNGE, Page 12


Thursday • Dec. 22, 2011

ment manager and was in the name of a third party. Smith, who has worked in similar jobs with the Washington Wizards and the Phoenix Suns, Monta Ellis said Wednesday that it was tough to go public. “It was pretty hard because I knew that essentially my career is over and it would be hard to re-establish myself after working so hard throughout the years,” said Smith, who believes she may be blacklisted in NBA circles. According to the lawsuit, Smith said she told team officials that Ellis’ wife called her on Jan. 7 and said, “I know about the secret phone.” Shortly after that, Smith said Ellis told her that he met with team officials and general manager Larry Riley told him “not to worry,” and that “everything would be swept under the rug.” The following month, Juanika Ellis apparently used her purse to push Smith into a wall during a Warriors home game, the lawsuit said. Smith said she believes that Ellis’ wife believes Smith initiated the texts with the player. “She was accusatory towards me,” Smith said Wednesday. Boltuch said the team in February reduced Smith’s responsibilities, including interaction with Ellis and other players after she refused to resign. “They offered her what I believe is a bribe,” Boltuch said. “They said, ‘It’d be best if you resign and we’ll give you some money.’ She rejected it.”


Ellis sued for sexual harrasment Sharks win big


Boltuch rejected the team’s claim. “It was absolutely, unequivocally 100 percent not consensual,” Boltuch said. “And if it was, why was my client’s job duties removed and nothing was done to Mr. Ellis? To me that smacks of sexual harassment.” Ellis’ agent, Jeffrey Fried, said Wednesday that he was en route to Oakland and didn’t immediately have a comment. According to the lawsuit, the Warriors changed Smith’s job description and eventually fired her after Ellis’ wife, Juanika Ellis, learned of the texts and complained to team executives in January. Smith said she told team executives that Monta Ellis told her he was using a “secret cellular phone” that was being kept by the team’s equip-

SAN JOSE — Logan Couture scored two of San Jose's teamrecord five goals in the first 14:47 as the Sharks beat the Tamba Bay Lightning 7-2 Wednesday night. Benn Ferriero, Joe Pavelski, Andrew Desjardins, Brent Burns and Patrick Marleau also scored for the Sharks, who won their third straight. Dominic Moore and Martin St. Louis scored for the Lightning, who had a two-game winning streak snapped and lost their eighth in 11 games. It was the Sharks five fastest goals ever scored in a regular-season game and a season high for goals. Antti Niemi stopped 22 shots for his third straight win. Masetti, Jack McLean and Sebatiaon de Arantes Oliveira. *** EA Sports is not going to make a lot of Stanford fans happy. The Redwood Shores-based video game producer released its simulated results of college football’s major bowl games and it was determined Oklahoma State would defeat the Cardinal 35-21 in the Fiesta Bowl, which will be played Jan. 2 in Glendale, Ariz. Using the company’s “NCAA Football 12” video game, a computer determined Andrew Luck’s three touchdown passes were not enough to offset four touchdown throws by Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden. In other EA Sports “NCAA Football 12” predictions, Oregon tops Wisconsin in a shootout, 42-35,

Tampa Bay's Dwayne Roloson stopped 31 of 34 shots in relief of starter Mathieu Garon. Ferriero, recalled from Worcester of the AHL to replace the injured Martin Havlat, gave the Sharks the early lead after taking a pass from behind the net from Joe Thornton less than four minutes into the contest. Pavelski backhanded a rebound off a shot by Burns during a power play less than two minutes later to make it 2-0. Desjardins rapped the puck off the post and into the net after Andrew Murray saved the puck behind the net, ending Garon's evening. Couture scored an even-strength goal and one on the power play in a 1:34 span to set the team record. to win the Rose Bowl; in the Sugar Bowl, Michigan buries Virginia Tech, 31-14; Clemson squeaks by West Virginia, 38-35, in the Orange Bowl; and, in the BCS Championship game, Alabama and LSU actually score some touchdowns, with the Crimson Tide pulling out a 20-17 win over the Tigers. It used to be said one team was better than the other on paper. In the 21st century, winners are no longer found on paper, but in video games.

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Geramoni Invitational, but this tournament has been around for years. “We’ve run it in the past,” said Jason Levine, Notre Dame-Belmont athletic director. “Usually, we run it in the first weekend of December.” Levine said he wants to eventually turn the tournament into a Division IV showcase event and hopes to attract Division IV teams from around Northern California. The tournament was moved to the Christmas break to make travel easier on schools, so they won’t have to miss class. “We want to make it (the tourna-

ment) kind of a precursor to the NorCal tournament (at the end of the season),” Levine said. The tournament is named after Steve Geramoni, a former freshman team coach at Notre Dame-Belmont and a longtime promoter of youth sports who died last year. Levine said Geramoni worked closely with former Notre Dame-Belmont coach Mike Giardella. Geramoni also started the Daly City Sports Hall of Fame. The tournament logo features a school bus with the words “Old School Basketball” surrounding the bus. “He always preached old-school concepts to the kids,” Levine said. *** The San Mateo Gryphons 98 Blue boys’ soccer team, an under-13 club

squad, captured the NorCal State title game last weekend, defeating Merced United FC 2-1. It’s the second year in a row the Gryphons 98 Blue has won the NorCal championship. Because the state of California is so large and there are so many teams, it is divided into two sections — NorCal and SoCal — and the winner of each region is regarded as a “state” champion. David Taylor had a goal and assisted on Sean Campos’ gamewinner. Goalkeeper Tony Baldini, who was under constant pressure, allowed only one goal to secure the win. The rest of the team includes Spencer Balkenhol, Jad Gdaddar, Josh Gonzalez, Liam Laird, Alonso Lopez, Nathan Machak, Tony

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Thursday • Dec. 22, 2011


49ers’Justin Smith the best of the unknowns

SANTA CLARA — Justin Smith might be the NFL’s biggest superstar nobody knows. Smith mentions how he typically chips his teeth a couple of times each season as if it’s no big deal. Just part of the job as a menacing defensive lineman who refuses to wear a mouth guard because it makes for tough breathing. The 11th-year defensive tackle and Defensive Player of the Year candidate plans to take the time to get all his teeth fixed someday once his stellar career is over. For now, he is all about leading San Francisco’s top-ranked defense into the first playoffs for this onceproud franchise in nine years. The 49ers (11-3) have a short week to get ready for Saturday’s game at NFC West rival Seattle after beating the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night. Smith will play a key role in try-

ing to keep a pair of impressive defensive streaks going against the Seahawks and running back Marshawn Lynch. The 49ers are Justin Smith the first team in NFL history to not surrender a rushing touchdown through the first 14 games. They’ve gone 36 straight without allowing a 100-yard runner. “We take pride in stopping the run. We don’t get into that. I really don’t know how many it’s been to be honest with you,” Smith said. “It’s just one of those things. We’re in the business of trying to win a football game, not necessarily streaks or stats or anything like that. The main thing is stop the run and give our team a chance to win, and that’s what we’re all about.”

It’s a no-nonsense approach that earned Smith the team MVP title from coach Jim Harbaugh on Tuesday. While Smith doesn’t lead the NFL, or even the NFC, in defensive categories or have the flashy numbers of others in the Niners’ locker room, it is his constant presence wreaking havoc on opposing offenses that has made him one of the best defensive linemen in the game. During the lockout this summer, Smith took the lead for the defense for player-organized workouts at nearby San Jose State University. “I think we’ve taken another step. We have more steps we can absolutely take,” Smith said of his unit. “We’ve put our team in a position to win a lot of games.” Smith doesn’t need praise for his role in this year’s remarkable turnaround. He lets his teammates have the spotlight. All the while, the 32-year-old Smith — who spent his first seven

NFL seasons with the Bengals before joining the 49ers as a free agent in 2008 — owns a streak of 169 straight starts, fifth among all active players, third among defensive players and tops for defensive linemen. “Justin, man, he’s a blue-collar guy who’s a phenomenal player and he’s going to play every snap,” linebacker Patrick Willis said. “He doesn’t care how he looks. I tell him all the time, ‘Justin, can you get some pants?’ and he says, ‘Man, I’m a blue-collar guy, I just go out there and play.’ He’s a guy a lot of people don’t talk about.” Smith is just the third player in franchise history since sacks became an official stat in 1982 to make at least six in four straight seasons, from 2008-11 — joining Charles Haley, who did it in six consecutive years from 1986-91 and Dwaine Board from 1983-86. “There are always three or four plays every game where he just

knocks the socks off somebody,” said Ron Jaworski, an ex-NFL quarterback and Monday Night Football analyst. “Sometimes we don’t give him enough credit for being a great player. We always talk about his effort, but he has great skill.” Months ago, offensive lineman Alex Boone described Smith’s signature “chop-to-bull” move — when Smith chops an opponent’s arm and drives his shoulder in before violently shoving the player back. Smith, the fourth overall draft pick in 2001 out of Missouri, has an uncanny combination of speed and explosiveness that allows the 6-foot4, 285-pound defender to swat down passes or get in the middle of plays while coming almost out of nowhere. “When he wants to hit the jets, you’d better be ready for it. He’s very famous for the chop-to-bull, which kills everybody,” Boone said.

Heyward-Bey emerging in this season

ALAMEDA — Darrius HeywardBey has been the target of criticism ever since the Oakland Raiders surprisingly drafted him seventh overall in 2009 ahead of more accomplished Darrius receivers. Heyward-Bey After two

lackluster, drop-filled seasons to start his career, Heyward-Bey is finally showing some signs of what the Raiders saw in him coming out of college. Heyward-Bey is coming off the best game of his young career. He had eight catches for 155 yards and a touchdown in last week’s loss to Detroit — the most yardage for a Raiders wide receiver since Jerry Rice in 2003. He doesn’t see games like that as vindication.

“I don’t care about what critics say. All I care about is me, and my teammates and my coaches, that’s all I care about,” Heyward-Bey said. “To me it’s just been building. You could look at certain games or a certain play where I felt like OK, but other than that I think it was a steady progress forward.” While his 51 catches for 775 yards are more than his combined total from his first two seasons and the most yards receiving for any Raiders wideout since Randy Moss

topped 1,000 yards in 2005, he still lags behind some of the receivers picked behind him in his draft class, including Percy Harvin (72 for 787), Hakeem Nicks (70 for 1,096) and Mike Wallace (67 for 1,100). But his numbers are very similar to those of the player most pundits thought the Raiders should have taken with that pick, Michael Crabtree, who has 59 catches for 703 yards for San Francisco. But there are still some of the lapses that plagued him his first two

seasons, including a fumble that killed a potential scoring drive and a late dropped pass against the Lions. “I’ve seen steady progress,” coach Hue Jackson said. “I told you guys at some point in time it was going to just go this way, because the guy works extremely hard. He’s a talented player. Last game, he was very close to being the player of the game, if you don’t fumble it. Obviously he had a sensational game, so something he’s got to continue to work on.”


Thursday • Dec. 22, 2011


Croshaw said the race played out slightly different than her win at the PALs. “I think it’s because everyone was anticipating everyone else — that race was run more for winning than a time. In CCS, it’s more of a mind thing than anything else. No one was really going for their personal best.” Her time was more than enough — it was a good 10 seconds better than Laura Vasquez of Presentation. “I definitely felt it was a possibility,” Croshaw said of winning the race. “But you never know what’s going to happen.” And when she crossed the finish line, what was her reaction? “Oh my god, I just won CCS,” she said. “The biggest plus for her this year was learning how to race versus run,” Hunt said. “Every race is different thus you need to focus on a plan. Once that clicks in for a runner it makes a huge difference. It happened at the end of last track season and she has continued to embrace the concept this past cross country season.” Croshaw’s win at CCS came with mixed emotions. On the one hand, winning was nice, but on the other, Croshaw admitted to the thought of never racing at Crystal Springs as a high school athlete left her a bit on the bummed side. “That course scares the hell out of a lot of people,” Croshaw said. “It’s a love-hate kind of thing with that course. “It’s definitely nice to have the title at CCS, but I felt a lot better at PALs. A title doesn’t always really say everything.” Perhaps what speaks volumes about Croshaw is her answer to the question of legacy — considering that she’s a championship runner, there’s more to her experience in 2011 than just a pair of medals. “The school record, or CCS, I feel like those are more of my personal goals. I’d like to be remembered more as a teammate. I know it sounds really, really cheesy but my team is kind of awesome. Having the record is really cool too, but that’s my own thing.” It’s then that Croshaw started speaking about the “different story,” and about forming bonds with the younger Aragon athletes. Conversing with Croshaw, you get the sense that imparting knowledge and support is more important to her — influencing a younger generation of crazy runners. And it’s not crazy to think that’s exactly what she did in 2011.

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draining his fifth 3 of the night and David Manoa cut the Dons’ deficit to two, 45-43, by hitting a pair of free throws with 1:25 left. Manoa tied the game on a layup, muscling a shot up and in despite a double team with 40 seconds to play. On Lahoz’s game-winning shot, the Dons tried to get the ball into the post, but instead kicked it out to Lahoz on the wing for the win. “They hadn’t been able to stop our bigs,” said Aragon coach Sam Manu. “We knew they had to pinch down low and that left our wings open.” Early on, it appeared the Dons would come out on the short end. Hillsdale’s Tommy McKown opened the scoring with a 3 and later capped a 10-4 run with another bucket to start the game. The Dons, however, battled back and trailed just 12-9 at the end of the first period. The Knights rebuilt their lead in the opening minutes of the second quarter as they hit their first three 3-point attempts. Angelo Bautista knocked down a pair and Danny Mahoney added another as Hillsdale jumped out to a 2311 lead with 6:01 left in the first half. Back came the Dons, outscoring the Knights 11-2 to end the quarter and trailed by just three, 25-22, at halftime. Aragon carried that momentum into the third quarter, scoring the first nine points of the second half and taking a 31-25 lead with 4:44 to play in the third. Hillsdale finally stabilized and immediately got back into the game on a layup from Fodor and a 3 from Bautista to cut Aragon’s lead to one, 31-30, with 2:07 to play in the third. Aragon’s Manoa was the only other Don to score in double figures, finishing with 10. Hillsdale was paced Bautista, who scored 13 and Fodor, who chipped in with 11. “It’s the same every year (when Aragon and

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The thing about judging a runner’s year is that you have to wait until the waning parts of the season to truly measure their success. And it was during the season’s biggest races that Croshaw delivered championship performances. In winning the PAL title for the first time in her career, Croshaw broke the 14-year-old school record of 17:43 held by a Dons legend, Nicole Portley, a multiple section champion who took second in the state in 1997. Croshaw, who finished second last year in the same event, held off Westmoor’s Kylie Goo and Carlmont’s Sarah Shreck to capture her first individual title and pace the Dons to a spot in the CCS playoffs — her time of 17:42 was 11 seconds better than Goo and 14 better than Shreck. “I have a bad habit of going out a little fast,” Croshaw said after her win. “So I was trying to not set the pace that first mile. I just followed Kylie and Sarah, but their plan was to do the same thing to both of us, so all of us were trying to follow each other. So that definitely slowed down the pace a lot for the first mile. And then for the second mile, Sarah took it on, and so me and Kylie were following her for a while. I felt really good, so when I felt them getting tired, I just decided it was time to go.” After winning at the PALs, Croshaw kept going all the way to the following weekend with the CCS championships held once against at the Crystal Springs course in Belmont. The time was different, but the result was the same. Croshaw posted another championship mark, this one at 18:05. “At first I was kind of nervous because I wasn’t sure if anyone would come up especially with (Mountain View’s Allison) Sturgess there, I know she’s a really strong runner.” The race materialized with Croshaw, Sturgess and Goo shoulder to shoulder throughout the back stretch of the 2.95 mile course. “There was a huge pack behind us,” Croshaw said. “That was a tiny bit nerve-wracking but I felt strong so it wasn’t too bad. I just took off at the same place as last time and it worked. So, yea.”


Aragon’s David Manoa holds off Josefa Vuatalevu while knocking down a hook shot during the Dons’48-45 win over the Knights.
Hillsdale play each other),” Manu said. “It’s always going to be a dogfight. … It’s just too bad somebody lost.”


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@ Seattle 1:15 p.m. FOX

Thursday • Dec. 22, 2011


Sports brief
Mayweather gets jail time
LAS VEGAS — Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a perfect 420 in the ring and has dodged significant jail time several times in domestic violence cases in Las Vegas and Michigan. But his courtroom streak came to an end Wednesday when a Las Vegas judge sentenced him to 90 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to a reduced battery domestic violence charge and no contest to two harassment charges. The case stemmed from a hairpulling, punching and arm-twisting argument with his ex-girlfriend Josie Harris while two of their children watched in September 2010.

@ St.Louis 10 a.m. FOX

Playoffs TBD

Atlantic Division W Philadelphia 21 N.Y.Rangers 19 Pittsburgh 19 New Jersey 18 N.Y.Islanders 11 Northeast Division W Boston 22 Toronto 16 Ottawa 16 Buffalo 16 Montreal 13 Southeast Division W Florida 18 Washington 17 Winnipeg 15 Tampa Bay 14 Carolina 10 L 8 8 11 14 14 L 9 13 14 14 15 L 10 14 13 17 19 OT 4 4 4 1 6 OT 1 4 4 3 7 OT 6 1 5 2 6 Pts 46 42 42 37 28 Pts 45 36 36 35 33 Pts 42 35 35 30 26 GF 116 91 110 91 72 GF 111 102 106 90 88 GF 91 95 91 89 89 GA 95 68 90 96 99 GA 63 108 117 98 97 GA 86 97 100 114 120

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@ K.C. 10 a.m. CBS

vs.San Diego 1:15 p.m. CBS

Playoffs TBD

vs.Tampa 7:30 p.m. CSN-CAL

vs.Kings 7:30 p.m. CSN-CAL

vs.Ducks 7:30 p.m. CSN-CAL

vs.Canucks 7:30 p.m. CSN-CAL

@ Canucks 5 p.m. VERSUS

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BOYS’BASKETBALL Aragon 48,Hillsdale 45 Aragon 9 13 14 10 — 48 Hillsdale 12 13 8 12 — 45 ARAGON (fg ftm-fta tp) — Hala’ufia 2 0-2 4,A.Manu 2 3-6 7,Lahoz 7 0-0 20,Manoa 4 23- 10,Frankel 2 01 5.Totals 17 5-10 48.HILLSDALE — McKown 2 0-0 5,Fodor 5 1-2 11,Hasegawa 1 0-0 3,Arshad 1 0-0 2, Otonari 2 0-0 4,Bautista 4 1-2 13,Mahoney 2 0-0 5, Tanouye-Wolf 1 0-2 2.Totals 18 2-6 45.3-pointers — Lahoz 6, Frankel (A); McKown, Hasegawa, Bautista 4,Mahoney (H).Records — Aragon 4-4 overall. Sacred Heart Prep 61,St.Mary’s-Berkeley 50 St.Mary’s 15 12 14 9 — 50 Sacred Heart Prep 12 16 13 20 — 61 ST.MARY’S (fg ftm-fta tp) — Pilkney 4 4-4 15,Conn 0 1-2 1,Mosley 1 0-0 3,Weinstein 0 4-6 4,Dennis 3 4-6 11, Nodar 8 0-0 16.Totals 16 13-18 50. SHP — McNamara 5 2-5 12,Bruni 8 2-4 19,Hruska 2 2-2 6, McConnell 5 1-2 14, Galliani 2 0-2 4, Van 2 0-0 4, Bennett 1 0-0 2. Totals 25 7-15 61. 3-pointers — Pilkney 3, Mosely, Dennis (SM); Bruni, McConnell 3 (SHP).Records — Sacred Heart Prep 5-2 overall;St. Mary’s 1-9. GIRLS’BASKETBALL Santa Barbara TOC Menlo School 50,Channel Islands 47 Menlo School 10 18 11 11 — 50 Channel Islands 8 13 16 10 — 47 MENLO (fg ftm-fta tp) — Lete 6 0-0 13, Edelman 10 5-7 25, Dunn 2 0-0 5, Dehnad 2 1-4 5, Merten 1 0-1 2. Totals 21 6-12 50. CHANNEL ISLANDS — Brown 10 1-2 23,Roya 1 0-0 2,Dominguez 1 0-0 3, Salaroa 1 0-2 2, Umu 3 0-0 6, Solara 3 0-0 6, Ortiz 3 1-2 7.Totals 22 2-6 47.Records — Menlo School 32 overall. TUESDAY BOYS’BASKETBALL Menlo School 43,Half Moon Bay 41 Menlo School 6 10 11 16 — 43 Half Moon Bay 13 16 8 4 — 41 MENLO (fg ftmf-ta tp) — Harris 6 5-11 17,Roth 4 33 13, Avis 3 1-2 7, Huber 0 2-2 2, W. Miller 1 1-3 3, Young 0 1-6 1. Totals 14 13-27 43. 3-pointers — Roth 2 (MS).Records — Menlo School 3-1 overall. GIRLS’BASKETBALL Santa Barbara TOC Los Alamitos 46,Menlo School 41 Menlo School 11 11 11 8 — 41 Los Alamitos 13 8 13 12 — 46 MENLO (fg ftm-fta tp) — Lete 3 3-4 12,Edelman 8 4-4 20,Dehnad 1 0-0 3,Merten 3 0-0 6.Totals 15 78 41.LOS ALAMITOS — Gorman 1 3-6 5,Tagenaki 6 0-0 14,Yale 4 0-0 8, Nomura 3 0-0 9, Nilson 4 0-0 8,Given 1 0-0 2.Totals 19 3-6 46.3-pointers — Lete, Dehnad (MS); Nomura 3, Tagenaki 2, Given (LA). Records — Menlo School 2-2 overall. MONDAY BOYS’BASKETBALL Menlo-Atherton 50,Urban-SF 37 Urban 10 4 5 18 — 37 M-A 9 11 11 19 — 50 M-A (fg ftm-fta tp) — Weiss 4 2-4 12,Tully 2 0-0 4, W.Henninger 0 2-2 2,Branning 5 2-2 14,Roberts 1 3-4 5, G. Henninger 1 1-2 3, Gichane-Bell 2 0-0 4, Roumeliatos 1 2-2 4, Perez 0 2-2 2.Totals 16 12-18 50.URBAN — Krinsky 2 0-0 5,Golding 0 2-2 2,Tran 3 1-4 7, Cinti 0 2-2 2, Matulich 4 0-0 8, Cohen 4 0-0 8.Totals 15 5-8 37.3-pointers — Weiss 2,Branning 2 (MA).Records — Menlo-Atherton 5-4 overall.

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Thursday • Dec. 22, 2011

By Bassem Mroue


Eight U.S.soldiers charged in death of bullied comrade
By Chris Hawley

Activists say Syrian troops kill 100
BEIRUT — As government troops advanced on a village in northwestern Syria, activists say the terrified residents fled into a valley for fear of being arrested or worse. What happened next, one of the activists said, was “an organized massacre.” The troops surrounded the valley and unleashed a barrage of rockets, tank shells, bombs and gunfire in an hourslong assault, according to two human rights groups and a witness, killing more than 100 people and leaving no survivors in one of the bloodiest days of a crackdown by President Bashar Assad against a nine-month popular uprising. The White House said it was “deeply disturbed” by Tuesday’s attack, France called it a “murderous spiral,” and the Arab League reminded the Assad regime of its responsibilities to protect its civilians. The United Nations says more than 5,000 people have died since March as Syria has sought to put down the uprising — part of the Arab Spring of protests that has toppled long-serving unpopular leaders in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Members of Syria’s opposition said the bloodshed outside the village of Kfar Owaid, about 30 miles from the northern

NEW YORK — Even before the Army sent him to Afghanistan, supporters say, Pvt. Daniel Chen was fighting a personal war. Fellow soldiers at a base in Georgia teased him about his Chinese name, crying out “Chen!” in an exaggerated Asian accent. They called him “Jackie Chen,” a reference to the Hollywood action star Jackie Chan. People would ask him if he was Chinese, even though he was a native New Yorker. At one point Chen wrote in his diary that he was running out of jokes to respond with. Then he was sent overseas, and the hazing began: Soldiers dragged him across a floor, pelted him with stones and forced him to hold liquid in his mouth while hanging upside down, according to diary entries and other accounts cited by a community activist. On Oct. 3, the 19-year-old Chen was found dead in a guardhouse in Afghanistan with what the Army said was apparently a self-inflicted gunshot wound. On Wednesday, the Army announced charges against eight soldiers in his death, saying Chen was a victim of illegal hazing. Five of those accused were charged with involuntary manslaughter and negligent homicide. The alleged offenses also included maltreatment, assault and threats. The military would not discuss the exact circumstances surrounding Chen’s death. But family members and community activists said they suspect the bullying may have driven him to suicide. “Whether suicide or homicide, those responsible for mistreating Danny are responsible for his death,” said Elizabeth OuYang, a community activist who is representing his parents, Chinese immigrants who live near New York City’s Chinatown neighborhood. Attorneys for the defendants could not immediately be located. The sister of one of them had no comment. Other relatives could not be reached.


Anti-government protesters carry coffins during a funeral for protesters killed in earlier clashes in Damascus suburb of Zabadani.
border with Turkey in Idlib province, was evidence of the authoritarian leader’s intent to intensify its crackdown on the uprising before Arab League observers arrive in the country Thursday. The death toll from two days of violence this week topped 200, including up to 70 army defectors killed near the city of Idlib, the activists said. “It was an organized massacre,” said Rami Abdul-Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based activist group. “The troops surrounded people, then killed them.” Kfar Owaid is part of the rugged mountainous region of Jabal alZawiyah, the scene of clashes between troops and army defectors, as well as weeks of intense anti-government protests.

France ponders removing risky breast implants
By Angela Charlton

PARIS — Emmanuelle Maria’s breasts were burning and globules of silicone gel were protruding into her armpits. Her implants had exploded inside her. Yet her doctors, she says, told her nothing was wrong. Now, she wants the French government to tell 30,000 women to get their implants removed — at the state’s expense — to call attention to their risks and save others from potential pain and indignity. Prompted by calls from implant wearers and leading doctors, French

health authorities are considering a drastic and unprecedented move: recommending mass surgery to rid the country of a type of breast implant that investigators say was secretly made with cheap industrial silicone whose medical dangers remain unclear. Governments around Europe are hanging on France’s decision Friday. Tens of thousands more women in Britain, Italy, Spain and other European nations are walking around with the same pre-filled implants, made by the now-defunct French company Poly Implant Prothese, or PIP. Health officials from several

European countries held a conference call Wednesday to discuss the implants, Portugal’s Director-General of Health, Dr. Francisco Jorge, told the Associated Press. European Commission spokesman Frederic Vincent said no decisions were made, but France informed the others of the situation. The main concern in France is the risk of rupture — more than 1,000 of the 30,000 such implants in France have burst, according to the French health safety agency AFSSAPS — and uncertainty over what risks the suspected industrial silicone gel could pose when it leaks inside the body.


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Cheery Schlumbergera will thrive for decades
By Sean Conway

Old habits die hard, and, as the former owner of a small nursery whose sign advertised “Uncommon Garden Plants,” I find it almost impossible to walk past the garden section of our local grocery store without taking a peek at the plants they are selling. One plant I particularly enjoy seeing at this time of year is Christmas cactus. Just last week, our grocery had them on sale in several colors to choose from: magenta, red, pink, white and even a few gold flowered forms, all in full bloom. The plant’s name can be a bit misleading. For one thing, this cactus prefers the cool moist forests of South America high up in the branches of a tree rather than growing in a hot desert. And it often blooms well before and well after Christmas, as it is sensitive to day length. As the days grow shorter in the fall and winter, the plant responds by producing flower buds. Buds usually begin forming in late August to mid-September. Starting out as small, imperceptible round nubs at the terminal ends of the leaf segments, they slowly continue to enlarge over the next several weeks until they open into shrimp-like, segmented flowers. A cultivar of the Schlumbergera genus, Christmas cactus requires

Christmas cactus are one of the easiest plants to grow.They are perfect plants for beginners or for those who don’t have a lot of time to care for plants.
little in the way of care, and is typically a very long-lived plant. It is not unheard of to find individual plants well over 30 years old. Once you acquire a plant, remove any decorative foil or plastic from the base of the pot, and be sure the pot has drainage holes. Plants will remain in bloom longer if kept in a cool room, but temperatures below 50 degrees may cause the buds to drop. Water your Christmas cactus when the soil begins to dry out. Keeping the plant evenly moist while in bloom will help keep it flowering. Once the plant finishes blooming cut back on the water to give it a rest. Keep the plant in bright light or in an east-, north- or west-facing window. If you notice the leaves shriveling or flattening out, you are not watering enough. Don’t worry about repotting your

plant for a while. Schlumbergeras prefer to be pot bound. I repot mine every three to four years into regular potting soil, to which I add copious amounts of sand and perlite. Your plant may form a woody stem over time — this perfectly normal. When spring arrives and the days begin to get longer, start increasing the water a bit and give a monthly application of a water-soluble fertilizer at one-half to one-quarter the recommended strength until about the middle of July. After any danger of frost has passed, put your plant outside in a shady location for the summer. Be sure the pot can drain well after a rainstorm. I leave my plants outside until the end of September; then I put them back on a windowsill inside and wait for the buds to slowly expand. Christmas cactus are one of the easiest plants to grow. They are perfect plants for beginners or for those who don’t have a lot of time to care for plants. They will reliably re-bloom year after year, but perhaps not exactly on Dec. 25.

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As customers came and went, parents ushered their children over to a painted Santa chair, which Gary said is a favorite spot to snap a family photo. “In this community, business is good,” he said. While some people downsize, most people will splurge to get the same size tree, said Gary, as he consulted a customer about various tree stands. Cecile rang up a couple for a Noble Fir of the same height they get every year. The couple said they always buy a live tree. Some customers have tried having a fake tree for a year, said Cecile. “They come back and they say, ‘Oh, it was awful, there was no smell,’” she said. Diane Silvan and her husband picked out a smaller tree from the lot this year because they were busier during the holiday season and were not entertaining at their home. “And we’re older,” laughed Silvan, who works with show choirs. She said they will put the 5foot tree up on a table. The tradition of buying a Christmas tree is very important to many families in the community, said Cecile. It is so important, in fact, that the families have developed methods and traditions for selecting the perfect tree. Some families will rotate who gets to be the decider each year, while other families will reach a consensus. “And those ones end up being here a long time,” said Gary. Cecile has seen as many as 15 people in an extended family group come to get a tree. If the kids are away from home for the holiday, some parents will make sure the kids are still involved by showing them the trees using video on their phones. Cecile said a few people will call to have a tree reserved for pickup, but she doesn’t really like to pick out trees for others. Most of the trees sold at Steve’s are from Oregon, except for Silver Tip trees, which the Thompsons call “Charlie Brown” trees. They are sparser than Noble Fir trees but many customers request them because their strong branches can hold elaborate Hallmark ornaments. While the Thompsons continue to give out candy canes each year, the company can no longer afford to give out free mugs, which were coveted collectible items for many loyal customers.

Hip holiday host gift TREES
By Kim Cook

Invited to a holiday dinner? A ski weekend? You’ll want to bring a gift for the host, of course. Here are some ideas that let you say “Thanks for having me!” in a cool, creative way. The go-to item many people choose for a dinner party is a nice bottle of wine, and it’s a good gift, with a long shelf life and versatility. But think about jazzing up your offering with something extra that your hosts can enjoy long after the last glass of wine has been poured. How about a set of faux yet realistic-looking wine cork candles that can be popped in an empty bottle? You’ll find nice ones at Uncommon Goods. A package of acetate sheets that will remove and preserve a particularly beautiful wine bottle label? A gift set of wine tools, decanter and kitchen towel? Sur la Table has a good selection. The gourmet retailer also offers wreaths composed of herbs like rosemary, bay and sage — a gift that’s both decorative and edible. For a family, a package of movie passes and a tin of popcorn is something the whole gang can enjoy. Or Red Envelope offers a throw-pillow cover that you can personalize: Add mom and dad deer and as many fawns as there are children, then adorn with the family’s name and other details. With friends, starting a tradition can be fun. One neighbor of mine makes the most delectable “Kentucky candied pecans” each year. Janet Dickerson-Daley of Boston says a friend gave her a little foot-high evergreen tree one Christmas; she now has eight in the backyard. “It’s been my favorite hostess gift,” she says.

Gifts with some handcrafting are particularly nice. Martha Stewart’s holiday handbook offers ideas for making homemade limoncello and mini panettones; both are twists on the typical edible gift. If you’re crafty, try whipping up the lip balm recipe or the little felted wool animals, or custom-frosting a pillar candle in a fun color. Several websites, including Mixbook and Shutterfly, can help you make a personalized calendar; consider taking pictures of a neighbor’s house each month, then putting them together. If making a gift yourself doesn’t fit your schedule or your skill set, check out community farmers’ and holiday markets, and online sites such as for limited edition treats and goods, often at great prices. Sur la Table is offering wreaths composed of herbs like rosemary, bay and sage — a gift that’s both decorative and edible. Lisa Price, an artist in Grand Rapids, Mich., makes charming linocut block-printed tea towels, and small pillows with images of pie slices, cabins, snowflakes and squirrels. New York designer Alexandra Ferguson uses felt made from recycled water bottles for throw pillows with eye-catching typography. “Welcome Home,” “Bon Appetit,” or “C’est si bon” would make fun host gifts. Hand-hew, pillar-candle holders made from recycled, 19th century, Philadelphia wood-floor joists, from Peg & Awl, would appeal to both mid-century-modern lovers and historians. Is your host artsy? Consider a Frank Lloyd Wright or Eames key ring from Acme Studio. A door holder from MOMA design store is emblazoned with the word “STOP” in comic book graphics. And from French Canadian e-tailer Iddko, an unusual pillow printed with the old Life magazine logo has a nice retro vibe.

Money from the lot goes to buying items such as washers and stoves for Project 90, which provides residential alcohol and substance abuse treatment. Walt Vidosh, an alumni of Project 90, comes back each year to help out with the lot because he said it gives him purpose and helps the community. Vidosh understands that money is tight for a lot of people and they are struggling to feed their kids. “The kids can’t eat the tree,” said Vidosh, who was addicted to heroine before he went through the Project 90 program 25 years ago. When Vidosh got out of prison at age 21, he was trained to be a builder. Now as a contractor, Vidosh does not forget the men who helped him. He takes several men in the program and teaches them his trade. He said he is comfortable with having these men, many of them covered in tattoos, helping out on his projects or at the lot tying Christmas trees to customer’s cars. “It’s like Shakespeare said, ‘There’s a little bit of bad in the best of us and a bit of good in the worst of us,’” he said, adding that the community interaction and productivity helps the men in the program. The first thing Vidosh asks the Project 90 guys is: What are you doing for fun? “You have to have fun in your life, it can’t all be just recovery,” he said, pointing to the back of one of his company hats which reads: Make It Fun.

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Gary and Cecile Thompson, who have worked for Steve’s Trees for eight years said their customers view tree shopping as a strict tradition. “It’s like a mini event,” said Gary, who manages one of the Steve’s Trees lots on El Camino Real in Burlingame. “Some families take a picture in the same place every year to show how they’ve grown.”

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Thursday • Dec. 22, 2011


Downsize to ease your garden workload
By Dean Fosdick

Around the world
Iraq prime minister tells Kurds to hand over Sunni vice president
BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Shiite prime minister told Kurdish authorities Wednesday to hand over the Sunni vice president, who fled to the semiautonomous region to escape an arrest warrant on charges he ran hit squads targeting government officials. Then a Kurdish presidential spokesman ruled out handing Tariq al-Hashemi over to Baghdad, turning up the heat under what has become the worst Iraqi political crisis in years. The charges, leveled a day after the last American troops left Iraq, have opened up a new round of the Shiite-Sunni sectarian tensions of the type that pushed the country to the brink of civil war just a few years ago. Al-Hashemi, the country’s highest ranking Sunni political figure, said Tuesday the allegations by his longtime rival, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, are fabricated and politically motivated. He accused al-Maliki of concentrating power in his hands and torpedoing national reconciliation between Sunnis and Shiites.

If you’re gardening more but enjoying it less, maybe it’s time to add some labor-saving ideas to that list of New Year’s resolutions. Those can range from downsizing to mulching, from using native plants to switching to raised beds. “There’s no such thing as ‘no maintenance’ gardening. All gardens require some effort,” said Christopher Starbuck, an associate professor with the University of Missouri’s Division of Plant Sciences at Columbia. “But one good way to reduce the workload is consolidation, and you can do that by going with raised beds.” More crops can be grown — and grown more easily — when concentrated in small areas, he said. That simplifies adding organic matter to the soil, and it also makes plants more accessible for watering and weeding. “Start in one corner and put in a few raised beds per year. Just peck away at it,” Starbuck said. “You’ll find it takes a lot less energy and produces higher yields in the end.”

Five Polish troops killed by bomb in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan — A roadside bomb shattered an armored vehicle in a NATO convoy in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing five Polish soldiers — the deadliest single attack on Poland’s military in the war-torn country. Polish spokesman Jacek Sonta said in Warsaw that the soldiers were headed to Rawza, in eastern Ghazni province, when their vehicle struck the bomb. The Taliban immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in a text message to journalists. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said “a Polish tank” was blown up and all its occupants were killed. AP Television News footage from the scene showed wreckage of what seemed to be a U.S.-made Cougar armored terrain transport vehicle.

Other low-maintenance, smart gardening suggestions include:
• Using less fertilizer. Recycle as many nutrients as possible by leaving grass clippings on the lawn or foliage over plant beds. Base fertilizer use on soil tests, Starbuck said. “Over-fertilization leads to excessive growth that needs frequent pruning or mowing.” • Mulching. “Mulch is the ultimate low-tech, high-impact gardening tool,” said Doug Welsh, a professor and extension horticulturist with Texas AgriLife Extension Service at College Station. “It conserves water, cools temperatures in summer and warms them in winter. It also keeps the weeds down.” • Native plants. “Choose plants adapted to your environment,” Welsh said. “Don’t try to grow Bluegrass in Texas or rhubarb in the South. You can always be a pioneer, but it takes more effort to grow plants not native to your environment.” • Containers. You can manage water and fertilizer use more easily in containers, Welsh said. “The biggest mistake people make with containers is getting them too small,” he said. “Start almost at the whiskey barrel size and then scale down to what your plants really need.” • Xeriscaping. Choosing drought-tol-

Mulch is the ultimate low-tech, high-impact gardening tool. It conserves water, cools temperatures in summer and warms them in winter.It also keeps the weeds down.
erant plants saves on water and watering time, two big pluses for busy gardeners. “All plants within a (planting) zone should have the same water requirements and be watered as a group,” according to a Clemson University fact sheet. Avoid high-maintenance plants, or put them where they can be reached easily with a soaker hose. Choose day lilies, iris and other perennials that require little attention. • Reducing lawn size. Replace it with perennial beds, decks, trails, sidewalks or mulch. “Grass is one of the highest input plants that we grow,” Welsh said. “Turf means watering, mowing, fertilizing and pest control. Do you really need 5,000 square feet of grass?” • Naturalizing. Incorporate your surroundings and let plants grow wild, said Sydney Eddison, author of “Gardening for a Lifetime: How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older.” (Timber Press, 2010). “If you even own a scrap of woodland, you can make an extension of your garden by edging it with a few berried and flowering shrubs,” she said. “Naturalize daffodils on the forest floor.” • Easing Up. If all else fails, simply relax your attitude about gardening, Missouri’s Starbuck said. “Training yourself to enjoy a more chaotic look is the single most important thing you can do to reduce the amount of time you spend in the garden.” For more informationabout low-maintenance gardening visit the University of Missouri Extension fact sheet at


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even while pushing for a deeper one. The reliably conservative editorial page of The Wall Street Journal blasted both Boehner and Sen. Mitch McConnell, the GOP leader, for how they handled the matter. “The GOP leaders have somehow managed the remarkable feat of being blamed for opposing a one-year extension of a tax holiday that they are surely going to pass,” the paper’s editorial said. In a year of legislative brinksmanship remarkable even by Washington standards, the latest fight spilled into the lap of Republican candidates running for president. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich chastised Congress, particularly the Senate, for failing to extend the 2 percentage point tax cut for a full year. “They can’t figure out how to pass a one-year extension, so the Senate leaves town?” Gingrich remarked while campaigning in Iowa. “It’s an absurd dereliction of duty.” Rival Mitt Romney refused to take a position, again steering clear of Washington’s hot policy debate. “I’m not going to get into the backand-forth on the congressional sausagemaking process,” the former Massachusetts governor told reporters after events in New Hampshire. “I hope they’re able to sit down and work out a solution that works for the American people.” But the White House made clear the time for talks were over for this year. “The negotiating has happened already,” presidential spokesman Jay Milton Bradley that challenges users to put all the pieces into the matching holes on the board before time runs out. “A child like my son who is mostly nonverbal, a lot of times it’s hard for people to understand how smart he is,” said Rosa, who added many are familiar with the game which allows them a chance to play with him. Or, the game is something Leo can play independently. When looking for a gift for any child, Rosa suggests talking to the parent to learn what the child’s interests are. Her son, for example, really likes items that spin or wind. This resulted in a gift of a wind-up emergency flashlight, which he loves to play with and means the family is always prepared should the lights go out. Aside from asking and thinking outside the box, Rosa said it’s important not to get fixated on age labels attached to products. “What makes that child happy?” Rosa asked. Take that into consideration when picking a gift. Another option many parents may like is creating an online fundraising site where people can give $5 to $10 toward the purchase of an iPad — a tool for many children with special needs. The gift guide is one part of the holiday topics covered at Gabrielle Karampelas, vice president One of the considerations before purchasing the property will be the fate of redevelopment agencies in the state. California has considered taking funds from redevelopment agencies, which prompted lawsuits. A decision on the matter is expected by Jan. 15. Ruane said weighing the possibility of purchasing the land would allow San Bruno to find the best fit. He pointed to Jack’s Restaurant as a wonderful example of what can happen when patient. Numerous restaurants were suggested for that site but never quite fit before a local family decided to open Jack’s, ing higher taxes on American workers. House Republicans want the provisions extended for a full year. Without any action by Congress, millions of people would lose unemployment benefits, and starting in January, Social Security payroll taxes will go up almost $20 a week for a worker making a $50,000 salary. Even though 1.1 million Californians are filing unemployment claims, about 2 million people are classified as unemployed, meaning they are looking but can’t find work. About 45 percent of them have been unemployed for six months or longer. Carney said, referring to the Senate bill the White House insists was sealed with Boehner’s blessing. Boehner disputes that he ever gave a nod of support to the two-month tax cut that many in his caucus oppose. He and other House members call it a poor and unworkable tax policy. Obama also called the Senate’s Democratic leader, Harry Reid, and praised him for the bipartisan tax-cut bill with McConnell that passed the Senate. Obama did most of the talking in his 10-minute call to Boehner. The president made clear to Boehner that this was essentially his last legislative chance: There was no other option under consideration except the twomonth tax bill, no surprise last-minute deal, and no real chance that Reid was calling the Senate back, according an administration official who spoke anonymously to describe the private phone call. From Boehner’s perspective, the only real progress was that Obama had shown engagement with the speaker that he had not in weeks, according to an aide who also spoke anonymously to describe internal thinking. Obama for months has called for a year-long extension of the tax cut; he would prefer that it be deepened, too, although that idea never went anywhere in Congress. The stalemate has centered on how to pay for another year’s tax cut without adding to the deficit. That is the debate ahead — if the two-month deal gets done first. of strategic initiatives and collaborations for Community Gatepath and AbilityPath, explained the website was officially launched in February after parents noted a lack of online communities for parents of children with special needs. The website aims to offer information and resources such as local experts but also a place for families to connect and share their own experiences, successes and challenges. Aside from buying the perfect gift, Karampelas said the holidays can be stressful for children with special needs since their day-to-day schedule is often changed. So along with gift guides, AbilityPath features trips for traveling and handling the disruption to the schedule. Should you notice a friend struggling with their child with special needs, Rosa suggested simply asking how you can help. “If you want to help my child, you are now my best friend,” she said. To look through the gift guide visit To follow Shannon Rosa’s blog squidalicious visit or see the recent book visit which has been well received since opening this year. When reached by phone, Destination Properties President Michael Bullis had no comment. At the same meeting, the city approved a letter to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee supporting the continued operation of the Sharp Park Golf Course in Pacifica. In a split vote earlier this month, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance that could lead to the closure of the Sharp Park Golf Course. Lee vetoed the proposal. “When you take away benefits, you’re taking it away from those most in need of them,” said Employment Development Department spokeswoman Loree Levy. As of Dec. 19, some 585,000 unemployed workers in California had run out of all available benefits. California has been borrowing heavily from the federal government to pay benefits. The state’s unemployment insurance trust fund, which is funded in part by employer contributions, is running a $10.1 billion deficit due to the high number of claims and California’s outdated funding formula.

THURSDAY, DEC. 22 Holiday Feast. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Peninsula Volunteers, Inc., 800 Middle Road, Menlo Park. Enjoy a holiday feast of filet mignon, salad, roast brined turkey with winter squash, basmati rice pilaf and strawberry mousse. Tickets are nonrefundable. $15. For more information call 326-2025 ext. 222. Holiday Art Sale. Noon to 4 p.m. Twin Pines Art Center, 10 Twin Pines Lane, Belmont. Photos, paintings, prints, cards and pottery by members of the Belmont Arts Council. For more information contact TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). Veterans Memorial ‘Annex’ Building, Sequoia Room. Weigh-in at 6 p.m. Meeting and Program 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Receive tips about losing pounds and keeping them off and have support losing and monitoring your weight in a non-judgmental, inspirational environment. Yearly membership $28. Monthly dues $3. For more information call 932-8677. Bachata Drop-In Lesson and Dance Party. 8 p.m. to midnight. Boogie Woogie Ballroom, 551 Foster City Blvd., Suit G, Foster City. Come to learn Bachata. Price varies. For more information visit FRIDAY, DEC. 23 Shelter Dog Adoptions. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. San Mateo Pet Club, 1850 South Norfolk St., San Mateo. Offered pets are well-groomed, submissive and sweet house dogs forced from homes by bank foreclosures. Ages from 10 months to 4 years. Continues through Saturday, Dec. 24 at the same time. For more information call (408) 3903160. Holiday Blowout Party. 10:30 p.m. Elegant lunch and champagne toast at noon. San Bruno Senior Center, 1555 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno. There will also be dancing to the music of ‘The Knights of Mostalgia’ band. For more information and tickets call 616-7150. Holiday Art Sale. Noon to 4 p.m. Twin Pines Art Center, 10 Twin Pines Lane, Belmont. Photos, paintings, prints, cards and pottery by members of the Belmont Arts Council. For more information contact FBO Cha Cha 1 Dance Lesson. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Boogie Woogie Ballroom, 551 Foster City Blvd., Suit G, Foster City. Beginners-only class. Price varies. For more information v i s i t SATURDAY, DEC. 24 Christmas Services. 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., 1336 Arroyo Ave., San Carlos. Community United Church of Christ of San Carlos, Kalavaria United Church of Christ and Chalice Disciples of Christ is holding a joint Christmas services. Free. For more information call 593-7809. Celebrate Christmas Eve. Noon, 12:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame, 1500 Easton Drive, Burlingame. Three service times: Communion Worship Service at noon, Family Worship Service at 4:30 p.m. and Candlelight Communion Worship Service at 10 p.m. Free. For more information call 342-0875. Christmas Eve Worship Service. 4 p.m., 10:15 p.m., 11 p.m. The Episcopal Church of St. Matthew, 1 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo. Family Service, Christmas Pageant and Eucharist at 4 p.m., Choral Concert at 10:15 p.m., Festival Eucharist at 11 p.m. Free. For more information call 342-1481. Christmas Eve Worship Service. 4 p.m., 9:30 p.m. 10 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 415 El Camino Real, Burlingame. Family Christmas Eve Pageant at 4 p.m., Festive Prelude by Chancel Choir at 9:30 p.m. and Choral Eucharist at 10 p.m. Free. For more information call 3484811. Christmas Eve Worship Service. 5 p.m., 10:30 p.m. Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 3900 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. Family Christmas Eve Service with Pageant at 5 p.m., Festival Choral Eucharist at 10:30 p.m. Free. For more information call 341-8206. Christmas Eve Worship. 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Hope Lutheran Church, 600 W. 42nd Ave., San Mateo. Family Worship Service at 5 p.m., Traditional Candlelight Service at 10 p.m. Free. For more information call 349-0100. Christmas Eve Worship. 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Open Door Church, 4150 Piccadilly Lane, San Mateo (near Mollie Stone’s), San Mateo. Celebrate the holidays in your neighborhood. Free. For more information call 323-8606. Christmas Eve Worship Services. 5 p.m. and 10:45 p.m., Redeemer Lutheran Ministries, 468 Grand St., Redwood City. Family Service of candlelight and carols at 5 p.m. Service of Light at 10:45 p.m. Free. For more information call 366-5892. Christmas Eve Service. 6:30 p.m., Woodside Road United Methodist Church, 2000 Woodside Road, Redwood City. Free. For more information call 368-3376. Christmas Eve Worship. 7 p.m. and 11 p.m., Hillsdale United Methodist Church, 303 W. 36th Ave., San Mateo. Worship service for the whole family at 7 p.m. Candlelight Service at 11 p.m. with lessons and carols to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Free. For more information call 345-8514. SUNDAY DEC. 25 Christmas Day Worship. 10 a.m. Hope Lutheran Church, 600 W. 42nd Ave., San Mateo. Free. For more information call 349-0100. Christmas Day Worship Service. 10 a.m. The Episcopal Church of St. Matthew, 1 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo. Celebrate with us in the worship and wonder of God’s love. Feast of the Nativity at 10 a.m. Free. For more information call 342-1481. Christmas Day Worship Service. 10 a.m. Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 3900 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. Celebrate with us in the wonder and worship of God’s love. Christmas Day Eucharist at 10 a.m. Free. For more information call 3418206. Christmas Day Worship Service. 11 a.m. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 415 El Camino Real, Burlingame. Christmas Day Eucharist at 11 a.m. Celebrate with us in the worship and wonder of God’s love. Free. For more information call 348-4811. Christmas Worship Service. 10:30 a.m, Hillsdale United Methodist Church, 303 W. 36th Ave., San Mateo. Free. For more information call 345-8514. Christmas Day Worship Services. 10 a.m., Redeemer Lutheran Ministries, 468 Grand St., Redwood City. Celebration of the nativity. Free. For more information call 3665892. Christmas Day Service. 10:30 a.m., Woodside Road United Methodist Church, 2000 Woodside Road, Redwood City. Free. For more information call 368-3376. MONDAY, DEC. 26 Showing of the Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation movie ‘Cars 2.’ 3:30 p.m. San Mateo Public Library, 55 W. Third Ave., San Mateo. Free. For more information call 522-7838. TUESDAY, DEC. 27 Tuesday Tea: The Priscilla Stanford Singers and Dancers. 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Peninsula Volunteers, Inc., 800 Middle Road., Menlo Park. $2 for members. $3 for non-members. For more information call 326-2025 ext. 229. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28 Wednesday Movies. 12:15 p.m. Twin Pines Senior and Community Center, 20 Twin Pines Lane, Belmont. The Twin Pines Cafe Chef will also prepare a catered lunch at 11:30 a.m. Reservations for lunch are required two business days in advance. Free admission. $8.50 for lunch. $4 suggested donation for those over 60. For more information call 595-7444. THURSDAY, DEC. 29 Society of Western Artists Exhibit ‘Summer.’ 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. SWA Headquarters gallery, 2625 Broadway, Redwood City. For more information call 737-6084. For more events visit, click Calendar.

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Republicans. In a weary Washington, the outreach accomplished little. All sides seemed to end the day where they began, with heavy political and economic consequences at stake. Boehner remained insistent on a fullyear extension of the existing payroll tax cut before Jan. 1, urging Obama to haul Senate Democrats back to town to talk to his chosen negotiators. “Let’s get this done today,” Boehner told Obama, according to a speaker’s aide, who required anonymity to characterize a private conversation. But the Capitol was emptying out fast, and the Senate showed no inclination to return, having already passed a bipartisan two-month tax cut it thought had settled the matter. For taxpayers, and for an economy starting to show some life again, the standoff was all holiday gloom. Barring any action by Congress, Social Security payroll taxes will go up almost $20 a week for a worker making a $50,000 salary — that’s $40 less for a typical paycheck or $1,000 over the whole year. Almost 2 million people would lose unemployment benefits as well. The political risks seemed only to deepen, too, particularly for House Republicans. They appeared poised to take the biggest blame for a tax increase

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work for parents, the list can also serve as a guide to discuss other gift ideas. “This year’s toys are child tested and mother approved, which makes it a very unique gift guide,” said Community Gatepath CEO Sheryl Young. “The families we serve ask us each year for our suggestions on the best toys for their special needs child. In response to this popular request, for a second year, we are providing a gift guide developed exclusively by bloggers who share in the experience of raising a child with special needs.” Gift ideas on the guide range from $10 to $499 with electronic toys like the Kindle and iPad for readers and techies or smaller items to help children with sensory issues like Chewlrey, a chewable pendant, and the Original Roller Racer 5000I, a self-propelled scooter for kids. Most are available locally, but the listings also include buying information. Amongst the contributing bloggers is Shannon Rosa of Redwood City, whose 11-year-old son Leo is autistic. Rosa’s gift suggestion: Perfection — a game by

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of the plan but the economic downturn slowed possibilities. When Destination Properties stepped forward, the city was interested. Then, before Tuesday evening’s meeting, the property owner shared another hotel was interested. As a result, the city decided to plan a meeting early next year to consider its options — which include buying the property itself.

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understand that the uncertainty surrounding the benefit extensions adds to that stress, especially during the holiday season,” Harris said in a statement. The House of Representatives on Tuesday rejected legislation passed in the Senate to extend a payroll tax cut and jobless benefits for two months, as the president criticized Republicans for threaten-



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effective leader, you must first set the example that you wish others to follow. They’ll believe only in what you do, not necessarily in what you say. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- That sudden whim to drop in on someone might not be such a good idea. If she or he is in the middle of something and doesn’t want to be disturbed, you won’t be welcomed. Call first. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Look gift horses in the mouth, and with a jaundiced eye. Should someone give you something for no apparent reason, chances are he or she will be expecting you to return the

favor at the drop of a hat. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- This can be either a good day or a disappointing one, depending upon with whom you choose to spend your time. Select pals who share the same interests as you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Your attention span might not have much staying power, so it could be best to do all the demanding tasks first. As you tire, switch to no-brainer jobs that can be knocked off quickly. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Don’t be too quick to put much credence in a business proposal presented to you by a new acquaintance. What she or he is selling could be all sizzle and no steak.

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CASE# CIV 510039 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN MATEO, 400 COUNTY CENTER RD, REDWOOD CITY CA 94063 PETITION OF BERNARD NICHOLAS VALLERGA TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner, Bernard Nicholas Vallerga filed a petition with this court for a decree changing name as follows: Present name: Bernard Nicholas Vallerga. Proposed name: Bernard Nicholas Black THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. A HEARING on the petition shall be held on January 25, 2012 at 9 a.m., Dept. PJ, Room 2E, at 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation: Daily Journal Filed: 12/12/2011 /s/ Beth Freeman/ Judge of the Superior Court Dated: 12/09/2011 (Published 12/15/11, 12/22/11, 12/29/11, 01/05/12) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #247740 The following persons are doing business as: Healing 4 Life Together, 214 DeAnza Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94402 is hereby registered by the following owners: Lisa Sullivan, 1530 Winding Way, Belmont, CA 94002 and Lauren Brim, 10572 Ayres Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064. The business is conducted by a General Partnership. The registrants commenced to transact business under the FBN on 04/01/2011. /s/ Lauren Brim / This statement was filed with the Assessor-County Clerk on 11/23/2011. (Published in the San Mateo Daily Journal, 12/08/11, 12/15/11, 12/22/11, 12/29/11).

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CASE# CIV 510040 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN MATEO, 400 COUNTY CENTER RD, REDWOOD CITY CA 94063 PETITION OF XUBIN ZHENG TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner, Xubin Zheng filed a petition with this court for a decree changing name as follows: Present name: Xubin Zheng Proposed name: Jim X Zheng THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. A HEARING on the petition shall be held on January 26, 2012 at 9 a.m., Dept. PJ, Room 2E, at 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation: Daily Journal Filed: 12/15/2011 /s/ Beth Freeman/ Judge of the Superior Court Dated: 12/14/2011 (Published 12/22/11, 12/26/11, 01/05/12, 01/12/12) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #247547 The following person is doing business as:LN YellowCab, 812 Antoinette Ln #A, SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94080 is hereby registered by the following owner: Leandro Guevarra Nino, same address. The business is conducted by an Individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the FBN on /s/ Leandro Guevarra Nino / This statement was filed with the Assessor-County Clerk on 11/8/2011. (Published in the San Mateo Daily Journal, 12/1/11, 12/08/11, 12/15/11, 12/22/11). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #247831 The following person is doing business as: High Tech European Group 3914 Colegrove St., SAN MATEO, CA 94403 is hereby registered by the following owner: Yeghiche Kelechian, same address. The business is conducted by an Individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the FBN on 11/29/2011 /s/ Yeghiche Kelechian / This statement was filed with the Assessor-County Clerk on 11/30/2011. (Published in the San Mateo Daily Journal, 12/01/11, 12/08/11, 12/15/11, 12/22/11).

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #247655 The following persons are doing business as: Brainy Mess, 1055 Macadamia Dr., HILLSBOROUGH, 94010 is hereby registered by the following owners: Fuad Hawit, 904 Corsair Ln, Foster City CA 94404 and Robin Naber, 1055 Macadamia Dr, HILLSBOROUGH, CA 94010. The business is conducted by a General Partnership. The registrants commenced to transact business under the FBN on /s/ Fuad Hawit / This statement was filed with the Assessor-County Clerk on 11/16/2011. (Published in the San Mateo Daily Journal, 12/01/11, 12/08/11, 12/15/11, 12/22/11).

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #247942 The following person is doing business as: 1) CAmden House Apartments, 2) Bascom House Apartments, 3) Campbell House Apatrments, 3705 Haven Ave., Suite 111, MENLO PARK, CA 94025 is hereby registered by the following owner: Brian C. Raft, 301 Main St, #108, San Francisco, Ca 94105. The business is conducted by an Individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the FBN on 12/01/2011. /s/ Brian C. Raft / This statement was filed with the Assessor-County Clerk on 12/07/2011. (Published in the San Mateo Daily Journal, 12/08/11, 12/15/11, 12/22/11, 12/29/11).

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #247744 The following person is doing business as: 1)Empowerfit, 2)Empowerfit Boot Camp, 924 Shoal Drive, San Mateo, CA 94404 is hereby registered by the following owner: Heather Glenn, same address. The business is conducted by an Individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the FBN on /s/ Heather Glenn / This statement was filed with the Assessor-County Clerk on 11/23/2011. (Published in the San Mateo Daily Journal, 12/15/11, 12/22/11, 12/29/11, 01/05/12). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #247933 The following person is doing business as: Alta Moda Boutique, 1275 El Camino Real, #304, Millbrae, CA 94030 is hereby registered by the following owner: Sirivisa Casper, same address. The business is conducted by an Individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the FBN on N/A. /s/ Sirivisa Casper / This statement was filed with the Assessor-County Clerk on 12/07/2011. (Published in the San Mateo Daily Journal, 12/15/11, 12/22/11, 12/29/11, 01/05/12). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #248045 The following persons are doing business as: Yosso Group, 407 Old County Rd., BELMONT, CA 94002 is hereby registered by the following owners: David Yosso & Denise Yosso, 506 Hiller St., Belmont, CA 94002. The business is conducted by a Husband & Wife. The registrants commenced to transact business under the FBN on /s/ David Yosso / This statement was filed with the Assessor-County Clerk on 12/14/2011. (Published in the San Mateo Daily Journal, 12/15/11, 12/22/11, 12/29/11, 01/05/12). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #247759 The following persons are doing business as: Play “N” Explore, 1501 Hillcrest Blvd. #5, MILLBRAE, CA 94030 is hereby registered by the following owners: Mary Ann Dones, same address, Vanessa Viray, 654-A Cheneny St., San Francisco, CA 94131, Teresa Yuson, 16268 Julia Ln., San Lorenzo, CA 94580. The business is conducted by a General Partnership. The registrants commenced to transact business under the FBN on /s/ Mary Ann Dones / This statement was filed with the Assessor-County Clerk on 11/23/2011. (Published in the San Mateo Daily Journal, 12/15/11, 12/22/11, 12/29/11, 01/05/12).

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #248086 The following person is doing business as: Golden Mongoose, 111 Industrail Way #7, BELMONT, CA 94002 is hereby registered by the following owner: Brew4U, LLC, CA. The business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. The registrants commenced to transact business under the FBN on . /s/ Kristiann Garrett / This statement was filed with the Assessor-County Clerk on 12/19/2011. (Published in the San Mateo Daily Journal, 12/22/11, 12/29/11, 01/05/12, 01/12/12). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #247961 The following person is doing business as: Sugar Baby’s, 21 Vista Ave, SAN MATEO, CA 94403 is hereby registered by the following owner: Meghan Claire Tucker, 339 Quay Ln, Redwood City CA 94065. The business is conducted by an Individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the FBN on N/A /s/ Meghan Claire Tucker/ This statement was filed with the Assessor-County Clerk on 12/8/2011. (Published in the San Mateo Daily Journal, 12/22/11, 12/29/11, 01/05/12, 01/12/12). or call


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #247895 The following person is doing business as: Burlingame Tudor Apartments, 1213 El Camino Real, BURLINGAME, CA 94010 is hereby registered by the following owner: BOV-BTA, LLC, CA. The business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. The registrants commenced to transact business under the FBN on /s/ Theodore Kokernak/ This statement was filed with the Assessor-County Clerk on 12/5/2011. (Published in the San Mateo Daily Journal, 12/22/11, 12/29/11, 01/05/12, 01/12/12). NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED October 5, 2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the real property situated in San Mateo County, known as 1258 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025, having Assessor's Parcel Number 061-043-430-08A and described as follows: Portion of Lot 186, as shown on that certain map entitled "Plat of the Lands of the Menlo Park Villa Association, Southern Portion of Pulgas Rancho, San Mateo County", filed in the Office of the county recorder of San Mateo County, on September 14, 1893, in Book "C" of Maps, at Page 6, and copied into Book 2 of Maps, at Page 40, more particularly described as follows: Beginning at a point on the northeasterly line of El Camino Real Formerly known as the County Road, Distant thereon 243 feet, 10 inches Northwesterly from its intersection with the Northwesterly line of Oak Grove Avenue; thence Northwesterly along said Northeasterly line of El Camino Real, 50 feet; thence at right angles northeasterly, 257 feet, 7-1/2 inches to the lands, now or formerly, of Martin Kuck; thence at right angles southeasterly, along said Kuck's land, 50 feet; thence at right angles southwesterly, 257 feet 7-1/2 inches, more or less, to the point of beginning. Will be sold at public auction AT THE MARSHALL STREET ENTRANCE TO THE HALL OF JUSTICE located at 400 County Center, Redwood City, San Mateo County, California on January 12, 2012, at 10:00 A.M. to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn on a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Financial Code section 5102 and authorized to do business in California. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The sale will be made without covenant or warranty regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust executed by WILLIAM C. TARR and JANET S. TARR, husband and wife, as joint tenants, Trustors, to James H Vernon, Trustee, and ROBERT BARTON INVESTMENTS, LLC , Beneficiary, and recorded OCTOBER 23, 2006, Document No. 2006-158947, Official Records of San Mateo County, California. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses, and advances at the time of initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $1,622,224.87. Notice of default and election to sell the described real property under the deed of trust was recorded September 12, 2011 as Instrument No. 2011-104009 of the Official Records of San Mateo County. Dated: December 19, 2011 Signed: James H. Vernon 2070 San Ramon Valley Blvd San Ramon, CA 94583 (925)838-9400 Published in the San Mateo Daily Journal on December 22, 29, 2011, January 5, 2012. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED October 5, 2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the real property situated in San Mateo County, known as , having Assessor's Parcel Number 074-086-090 and described as follows: PARCEL 1: Portion of Lot 23, as shown on that certain Map entitled, "SUBDIVISION OF 440 ACRES OF LAND AT MENLO PARK", filed in the office of the Recorder of the County of San Mateo, State of California on May 13, 1876 in Book 4 of Miscellaneous Records at Page 600 and copied into Book 1 of Maps at Page 99, more particularly described as follows: Commencing at a point on the Northwesterly line of Sharon Road, formerly Menlo Avenue, distant thereon South 33 degrees 30' West 558.69 feet from its intersection with the Southwesterly line of Alameda De las Pulgas, formerly Mulberry Street, as shown on the map above mentioned; thence North 56 degrees 30' West 317.00 feet to the true point of beginning of the lands to be described; thence from said true point of beginning, South 33 degrees 30' West 186.12 feet, more or less, to the Northeasterly line of that certain subdivision shown on the map entitled "LA LOMA PARK NEAR MENLO PARK, SAN MATEO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA", filed in the office of the Recorder of the county of San Mateo, State of California on September 17, 1903 in Book "B" of Maps, at page 40 and copied into Book 3 of Maps at Page 17; thence along said Northeasterly line, North 56 degrees 30' West 65.00 feet; thence North 33 degrees 30' East 186.12 feet, more or less to a point which bears North 56 degrees 30' West from the true point of beginning; thence South 56 degrees 30' East 65.00 feet to the true point of beginning. PARCEL II: A non-exclusive easement for ingress, egress and utilities, over the following described strip of land: Beginning at a point in the Northwesterly line of Sharon Road (formerly Menlo

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Avenue), at the most Easterly corner of La Loma Park Subdivision above, referred to in Parcel I; thence Northwesterly along the Northeasterly line of La Loma Park Subdivision 317.00 feet to the Northwesterly line of Sharon Road; thence Southwesterly along said line 30 feet to the point of beginning. Said easement is appurtenant to Parcel I and was created by that certain Deed dated October 25, 1954 and recorded December 2, 1954 in Book 2698 of Official Records at Page 448 (File NO. 6873M), Records of San Mateo County, California. JPN: 074-008-086-09a APN: 074-086-090 Will be sold at public auction AT THE MARSHALL STREET ENTRANCE TO THE HALL OF JUSTICE located at 400 County Center, Redwood City, San Mateo County, California on February 9, 2012, at 10:00 A.M. to the highest bidder for cash, cashier's check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn on a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Financial Code section 5102 and authorized to do business in California. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The sale will be made without covenant or warranty regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust executed by WILLIAM C. TARR and JANET S. TARR, husband and wife, as joint tenants, Trustors, to James H Vernon, Trustee, and ROBERT BARTON, LLC , Beneficiary, and recorded August 18, 2009, Document No. 2009-111435, Official Records of San Mateo County, California. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses, and advances at the time of initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $1,634,358.34. Notice of default and election to sell the described real property under the deed of trust was recorded September 12, 2011 as Instrument No. 2011-104010 of the Official Records of San Mateo County. Dated: December 19, 2011 Signed: James H. Vernon 2070 San Ramon Valley Blvd San Ramon, CA 94583 (925)838-9400 Published in the San Mateo Daily Journal on December 22, 29, 2011, January 5, 2012.


203 Public Notices
VIOLA LAW FIRM, P.C. LAWRENCE S. VIOLA, ESQ., SBN 130335 KATHLEEN RAE PANEK, ESQ., SBN 241307 441 First Avenue P.O. Box 1290 San Mateo, CA 94401-1290 Telephone: (650) 343-6400 Facsimile: (650) 342-6854 Attorneys for Administrator, LAURIE SELLS IN THE UNIFIED COURTS OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR COUNTY OF SAN MATEO -PROBATE DIVISION In Re The Estate of: HARLANA E. GELHAUS, Decedent. Case No. 117106 NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL PROPERTY (Prob. Code, § 10300.) Notice is given that Laurie Sells, as Administrator of the Estate of Harlana E. Gelhaus, deceased, will sell at private sale subject to confirmation by the Superior court, on or after December 22, 2011, at 400 County Center, Redwood City, California, 94063, the following real property of the estate: Lot 1, Block 97, as designated on the map entitled "MAP OF SUBDIVISION NO. 8 BELMONT COUNTRY CLUB PROPERTIES BELMONT, SAN MATEO COUNTY CALIFORNIA", which map was filed in the office of the Recorder of the County of San Mateo, State of California on December 24, 1926 in Book 14 of Maps at pages 65, 66, 67 and 68; Commonly known as 3600 Hillcrest Drive, Belmont, CA 94002, APN 043-091-100. The terms and conditions of the sale are: At least ten percent (10%) of the amount bid must be paid with the offer and the balance must be paid on close of escrow after confilmation of sale by the Court. This sale shall be an all cash sale, or part cash and part credit, the terms and conditions of credit as are acceptable to the fiduciary and the Court. Bids or offers for this property must be made in writing and directed to the Administrator, in care of her real estate broker David J. Macdonald, David J. Macdonald Real Estate, 1600 Laurel Street, San Carlos, Califomia, 94070, phone (650) 592-1104, fax (650) 592-1106. Bids or offers to purchase the real property will be accepted starting on December 22, 2011. By: VIOLA LAW FIRM A Professional Corporation Dated: 12/5/2011 /s/ Kathleen Rae Panek / Kathleen Rae Panek, Esq. Attomeys for Petitioner, LAURIE SELLS, ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ESTATE OF HARLAN A E. GELHAUS Published in the San Mateo Daily Journal,December 7,, 2011.




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297 Bicycles
BICYCLE - Sundancer Jr., 26”, $75. obo (650)676-0732

303 Electronics
TV 25 inch color with remote $25. Sony 12 inch color TV, $10 Excellent condition. (650)520-0619

304 Furniture
MIRROR/MEDICINE CABINET 26" $10 (650)342-7933 MIRROR/MEDICINE CABINET 16" X 30" $20 (650)342-7933 for $29 16" X

298 Collectibles
1982 PRINT "A Tune Off The Top Of My Head" See: 650-204-0587 $75 2 FIGURINES - 1 dancing couple, 1 clown face. both $15. (650)364-0902 49ER REPORT issues '85-'87 $35/all, (650)592-2648 ARMY SHIRT, long sleeves, with pockets. XL $15 each (408)249-3858 BAY MEADOWS (650)345-1111 bag $30.each,

304 Furniture
2 DINETTE Chairs (650)692-3260 both


2 END Tables solid maple '60's era $40/both. (650)670-7545 42" ROUND Oak Table (with 12") leaf. Clean/Great Cond. $40. 650-766-9553. ARMOIRE CABINET (415)375-1617 $90., Call

MODULAR DESK/BOOKCASE/STORAGE unit - Cherry veneer, white laminate, good for home office or teenagers room, $75., (650)888-0039 ROCKING CHAIR - Traditional, full size Rocking chair. Excellent condition $100., (650)504-3621 SOFA (LIVING room) Large, beige. You pick up $45 obo. 650-692-1942 STEREO CABINET walnut w/3 black shelves 16x 22x42. $35, 650-341-5347 STORAGE TABLE light brown lots of storage good cond. $45. (650)867-2720 TEA CHEST , Bombay, burgundy, glass top, perfect cond. $35 (650)345-1111 VANITY ETHAN Allen maple w/drawer and liftup mirror like new $95 (650)349-2195

BASSET LOVE Seat Hide-a-Bed, Beige, Good Cond. Only $30! 650-766-9553 BED FOR sale with pillow top mattress $99.00 (650) 348-5169 BREAKFAST NOOK DINETTE TABLEsolid oak, 53”X66”, $29., (650)583-8069 BREAKFAST NOOK DINETTE TABLEsolid oak, 53”X66”, $29., (650)583-8069 BUNK STYLE Bed elevated bed approx 36 in high w/play/storage under. nice color. $75. SOLD! CAST AND metal headboard and footboard. white with brass bars, Queen size $95 650-588-7005 CHANDELIER WITH 5 lights/ candelabre base with glass shades $20. (650)504-3621 CHILDREN BR - Wardrobe with shelf. bookcase and shelving. attractive colors. $99. SOLD! COFFEE TABLE 62"x32" Oak (Dark Stain) w/ 24" side Table, Leaded Beveled Glass top. - $90. 650-766-9553 COUCH-FREE. OLD world pattern, soft fabric. Some cat scratch damage-not too noticeable. 650-303-6002 DINING ROOM SET - table, four chairs, lighted hutch, $500. all, (650)296-3189 DINING SET glass table with rod iron & 4 blue chairs $100/all. 650-520-7921, 650245-3661 DISPLAY CASE wood & glass 31 x 19 inches $30. (650)873-4030 DRAFTING TABLE 30 x 42' with side tray. excellent cond $75. (650)949-2134 DRUM TABLE - brown, perfect condition, nice design, with storage, $45., (650)345-1111 END TABLE marble top with drawer with matching table $70/all. (650)520-0619 END TABLES (2) - One for $5. hand carved, other table is antique white marble top with drawer $40., (650)308-6381 END TABLES (2)- Cherry finish, still in box, need to assemble, 26”L x 21”W x 21”H, $100. for both, (650)592-2648 ENTERTAINMENT CENTER Oak cabinet with three storage compartments. 78” x 36” x 21” has glass doors and shelf. $75 650-594-1494

BEANIE BABIES in cases with TY tags attached, good condition. $10 each or 12 for $100. (650) 588-1189 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS - (6) wooden, from Shaw’s Ice Cream shop, early 1980’s, all $25., (650)518-0813 COLLECTIBLE CHRISTMAS TREE STAND with 8 colored lights at base / also have extra lights, $50., (650)593-8880 COLLECTIBLES: RUSSELL Baze Bobbleheads Bay Meadows, $10 EA. brand new in original box. (415)612-0156 COLORIZED TERRITORIAL Quarters uncirculated with Holder $15/all, (408)249-3858 GAYLORD PERRY 8x10 signed photo $10 (650)692-3260 JACK TASHNER signed ball $25. Richard (650)834-4926 JOE MONTANA signed authentic retirement book, $39., (650)692-3260

306 Housewares
"PRINCESS HOUSE” decorator urn "Vase" cream with blue flower 13 inch H $25., (650)868-0436 49ER HELMET party table dip & chip server $35., (650)341-8342 CANDLEHOLDER - Gold, angel on it, tall, purchased from Brueners, originally $100., selling for $30.,(650)867-2720 CEILING FAN multi speed, brown and bronze $45. (650)592-2648 DRIVE MEDICAL design locking elevated toilet seat. New. $45. (650)343-4461 LAMPS - 2 southwestern style lamps with engraved deer. $85 both, obo, (650)343-4461 PERSIAN TEA set for 8. Including spoon, candy dish, and tray. Gold Plated. $100. (650) 867-2720 SALAD SPINNER - Never used, $7.00, (650)525-1410 SOLID TEAK floor model 16 wine rack with turntable $60. (650)592-7483 SUSHI SET - Blue & white includes 4 of each: chopsticks, plates, chopstick holders, still in box, $9., (650)755-8238 TOASTER/OVEN WHITE finish barely used $15. 650-358-0421

210 Lost & Found
FOUND 11/19, at Bridgepointe Shopping Center, Bed Bath and Beyond bag containing something. Call to describe. Claudia, (650)349-6059 LOST - 2 silver rings and silver watch, May 7th in Burlingame between Park Rd. & Walgreens, Sentimental value. Call Gen @ (650)344-8790 LOST - Small Love Bird, birght green with orange breast. Adeline Dr. & Bernal Ave., Burlingame. Escaped Labor Day weekend. REWARD! (650)343-6922 LOST OR MISPLACED PASSPORT Issued to Mahendar Singh Kandola, Citizen of Fiji Islands, Issued by Fiji Immigration Department, (650)255-9459 LOST: Center cap from wheel of Cadillac. Around Christmas time. Chrome with multi-colored Cadillac emblem in center. Small hole near edge for locking device. Belmont or San Carlos area. Joel 650-592-1111.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL camera - C-4000, doesn’t work, great for parts, has carrying case, $30. (650)347-5104 ORIGINAL SMURF FIGURES - 19791981, 18+ mushroom hut, 1 1/2 x 3 1/2”, all $40., (650)518-0813 PRECIOUS MOMENTS vinyl dolls - 16”, 3 sets of 2, $35. each set, (650)518-0813 SPORTS CARDS, huge collection, over 20,000 cards, stars, rookies, hall of famers. $100 for all. (650)207-2712

299 Computers
HP PRINTER Deskjet 970c color printer. Excellent condition. Software & accessories included. $30. 650-574-3865

300 Toys
CLASSIC CAR model by Danbury Mint $99 (650)345-5502 WWII PLASTIC aircraft models $50 (35 total) 650-345-5502

307 Jewelry & Clothing
49ER'S JACKET (650)871-7200 Adult size $50.

302 Antiques 294 Baby Stuff
REDMON WICKER baby bassinet $25 OBO Crib Mattress $10 650 678-4398 1912 COFFEE Percolator Urn. perfect condition includes electric cord $85. (415)565-6719 ANTIQUE STOOL - Rust color cushion with lions feet, antique, $50.obo, (650)525-1410 CHINA CABINET - Vintage, 6 foot, solid mahogany. $300/obo. (650)867-0379 LARGE SELECTION of Opera records vinyl 78's 2 to 4 per album $8 to $20 ea. obo, (650)343-4461

BEADS, - Handmade in Greece. Many colors, shapes, sizes Full Jewely tray, over 100 pieces, $30., (650)595-4617 BRACELET - Ladies authentic Murano glass from Italy, vibrant colors, like new, $100., (650)991-2353 Daly City GALLON SIZE bag of costume jewelry various sizes, colors, $80. for bag, (650)589-2893 LADIES GOLD Lame' elbow lengthgloves sz 7.5 $15 New. (650)868-0436

296 Appliances
BISSELL UPRIGHT vacuum cleaner clear view model $45 650-364-7777 CHOPPERS (4) with instructions $7/all. (650)368-3037 DRYER WHIRLPOOL heavyduty dryer. Almond, Good condtiio. W 29” L35” D26” $100 (650)867-2720 ELECTRIC HEATER - Oil filled electric heater, 1500 watts, $30., (650)504-3621 RADIATOR HEATER, oil filled, electric, 1500 watts $25. (650)504-3621 SHOP VACUUM rigid brand 3.5 horse power 9 gal wet/dry $40. (650)591-2393 SUNBEAM TOASTER -Automatic, excellent condition, $30., (415)346-6038 VACUUM CLEANER excellent condition $45. (650)878-9542 VACUUM CLEANER Oreck-cannister type $40., (650)637-8244 WHIRLPOOL WASHING MACHINE used but works perfectly, many settings, full size top load, $90., (650)888-0039

FOAM INCLINER for twin bed $40 650-692-1942 FOLDING PICNIC table - 8’ x 30”, 7 folding, padded chairs, $80. (650)364-0902 FOOT STOOL from Karathi 2' foot long Camel Heads on each end, red & black pad. $25., (650)755-8238 HAND MADE portable jewelry display case wood and see through lid $45. 25 x 20 x 4 inches. (650)592-2648. LOUNGE CHAIRS - 2 new, with cover & plastic carring case & headrest, $35. each, (650)592-7483 MATCHED PAIR, brass/carved wood lamps with matching shades, perfect, only $12.50 each, 650-595-3933 MATTRESS TOPPER chrome full size $15., (650)368-3037 MIRROR, NICE, large, 30”x54”, $25. SSF (650)583-8069 MIRROR/MEDICINE CAB. 3 dr. bevel glass 30X30" $35 (650)342-7933 PAPASAN CHAIRS (2) -with cushions $45. each set, (650)347-8061

308 Tools
CIRCULAR SAW, Craftsman-brand, 10”, 4 long x 20” wide. Comes w/ stand - $70. (650)678-1018 CLICKER TORQUE Wrench, 20 - 150 pounds, new with lifetime warranty and case, $39, 650-595-3933 CRAFTSMAN 3/4 horse power 3,450 RPM $60 (650)347-5373 CRAFTSMAN 3/4 horse power 3,450 RPM $60 (650)347-5373 DAYTON ELECTRIC 1 1/2 horse power 3,450 RPM $50 (650)347-5373 DAYTON ELECTRIC 1 1/2 horse power 1,725 RPM $60 (650)347-5373 ENGINE ANALYZER & timing lightSears Penske USA, for older cars, like new, $60., (650)344-8549 leave msg.

303 Electronics
18 INCH TV Monitor with built-in DVD with remote, $21. Call (650)308-6381 3 SHELF SPEAKERS - 8 OM, $15. each, (650)364-0902 46” MITSUBISHI Projector TV, great condition. $400. (650)261-1541. BIG SONY TV 37" - Excellent Condition Worth $2300 will Sacrifice for only $95., (650)878-9542 FLIP CAMCORDER $50. (650)583-2767 PANASONIC TV 21 inch $25., (650)637-8244 SONY TV fair condition $30 (650)867-2720 TV SET Philips 21 inch with remote $40., (650)692-3260

297 Bicycles
26” MOUNTAIN BIKE, fully suspended, multi gears, foldable. Like new, never ridden. $200. (650)839-1957


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308 Tools 310 Misc. For Sale
4 IN 1 stero unit. CD player broken. $20 650-834-4926 4 WHEEL Nova walker with basket $100 (sells new for over $200) (415) 246-3746 5 CUP electric coffee marker $8.00 650 368-3037 5 PHOTOGRAPHIC civil war books plus 4 volumes of Abraham Lincoln war years books $90 B/O must see 650 345-5502 5 PHOTOGRAPHIC civil war books plus 4 volumes of Abraham Lincoln war years books $90 B/O must see 650 345-5502 7 UNDERBED STORAGE BINS - Vinyl with metal frame, 42” X 18” X 6”, zipper closure, $5. ea., (650)364-0902 9 CARRY-ON bags (assorted) - extra large, good condition, $10. each obo, (650)349-6059 AMERICAN HERITAGE books 107 Volumes Dec.'54-March '81 $99/all (650)345-5502 ANGEL WITH lights 12 inches High $12. (650)368-3037 ART BOOKS hard Cover, full color (10) Norman Rockwell and others $10 each 650-364-7777 ARTIFICIAL FICUS Tree 6 ft. life like, full branches. in basket $55. (650)269-3712 ARTIST’S EASEL - from Aaron Brothers, paid $80., never used, $35., (650)755-8238 BARBARA TAYLOR BRADFORD hardback books. 4 at $3.00 each or all for $10., Call (650)341-1861 BARBIE BEACH vacation & Barbie princess bride computer games $15 each, (650)367-8949 BATH TOWELS - Used, Full size, white, good quantity, $4. each, a few beach towels, SSF, (650)871-7200 BAY MEADOWS CLOCK $10. SOLD

310 Misc. For Sale
BBQ GILL with Cover 31/2' wide by 3' tall hardly used $49. 650 347-9920

310 Misc. For Sale
ELECTRONIC TYPEWRITER good condition $50., (650)878-9542 ELVIS PRESLEY poster book $20. (650)692-3260 FLORAL painting, artist signed 14.75”x12.75” solid wood frame w/attached wire hanger, $35 (650)347-5104 FRAMED PAINTING - Girl picking daisies, green & white, 22”x26”, $50., (650)592-2648 GAME "BEAT THE EXPERTS" never used $8., (408)249-3858 GEORGE Magazines, 30, all intact $50/all OBO. (650)574-3229, Foster City HARLEY DAVIDSON black phone perfect condition $55 650 867-2720 JANET EVANOVICH (4) hardback books $3/each (8) paperback books $1/each 650-341-1861 LARGE BOWL - Hand painted and signed. Shaped like a goose. Blue and white $45 (650)592-2648 LARGE PRINT. Hard Cover. Mystery Books. Current Author. (20) $2 each 650-364-7777 LIGHTED CHRISTMAS TREE, 6 Ft Tall with stand, fully lighted, multi colored lights. Pick up Redwood City. $99 650 508-2370, ext. 101 MACINTOSH COMPUTER complete with monitor, works perfectly, only $99, 650-595-3933 MANUAL WHEECHAIRS (2) $75 each. 650-343-1826 MEN'S ASHTON and Hayes leather briefcase new. Burgundy color. $95 obo, (650)343-4461 MIRROR, ETHAN ALLEN - 57-in. high x 21-in. wide, maple frame and floor base, like new, $95., (650)349-2195 MOTORCYCLE JACKET black leather Size 42, $60.obo, (650)290-1960 NATURAL GRAVITY Water System creating Fresh Clear Water for any use $99 650 619-9203 NEW LIVING Yoga Tape for Beginners $8. 650-578-8306 NEW SPODE hand painted "TOYS AROUND THE TREE" cookie jar. Still in Box, $30., (650)583-7897 NICHOLAS SPARKS Hardback Books 2 @ $3.00 each. (650)341-1861 PACHIRA PLANT 3ft. H. (Money plant) with decorative Pot $30. (650)592-2648 PERSIAN KLIN CARPET - 66x39, pink and burgandy, good condition, $100., (650)867-2720 PICTORIAL WORLD $80/all (650)345-5502 History Books

310 Misc. For Sale
SONY PROJECTION TV Good condtion, w/ Remote, Black $100 (650)345-1111 STUART WOODS Hardback Books 2 @ $3.00 each. (650)341-1861 STYLISH WOOD tapesty basket with handle on wheels for magazines, newspapers, etc., $5., (650)308-6381 TIRE CHAINS - brand new, in box, never used, multiple tire sizes, $25., (650)5941494 TIRE CHAINS - used once includes rubber tighteners plus carrying case. call for corresponding tire size, $20., (650)3455446 VASE WITH flowers 2 piece good for the Holidays $25 650 867-2720 VERIZON CAR charger, still in sealed factory package, $10, 650-595-3933 VIDEO CENTER 38 inches H 21 inches W still in box $45., (408)249-3858 WALGREENS BRAND Water Pitcher Royal Blue Top 2 Quart New in Box $10 Ea use all brand Filters 650-873-8167 WALKER - never used, $85., (415)239-9063 WALKER. INVACARE 6291-3f, dual release walker. Fixed 3" wheels & glider tips. Adj height for patients 5'3 thru 6'4. Brand new. $50. (650)594-1494 WALKER. INVACARE 6291-3f, dual release walker. Fixed 3" wheels & glider tips. Brand new. $50. (650)594-1494

316 Clothes
47 MEN’S shirt, T-shirts, short/ long sleeves. Sleeveless workout polos, casual, dress shirts $93 all. (650)347-5104 49ER SWEATSHIRT with hood size 8 extra large $100 obo. (650)346-9992 BLACK Leather pants Mrs. size made in France size 40 $99. (650)558-1975 BLACK LEATHER tap shoes 9M great condition $99. (650)558-1975 BOOTS - purple leather, size 8, ankle length, $50.obo, (650)592-9141 EUROPEAN STYLE nubek leather ladies winter coat - tan colored with green lapel & hoodie, $100., (650)888-0129

HAND DRILL $6.00 (415) 333-8540 LAWN MOWER reel type push with height adjustments. Just sharpened $45 650-591-2144 San Carlos TABLE SAW 10", very good condition $85. (650) 787-8219

BBQ KETTEL Grill, Uniflame 21” $35 (650)347-8061 BBQ SMOKER BBQ Grill, LP Coleman, Alaskan Cookin’ Machine, cost $140 sell $75. 650-344-8549 BBQ SMOKER, w/propane tank, wheels, shelf, sears model $86 650-344-8549 BEADS - Glass beads for jewelry making, $75. all, (650)676-0732 BOAT ANCHOR - 12lbs Galvanized $10 (650)364-0902 BOOK "LIFETIME" (408)249-3858 WW1 $12.,

309 Office Equipment
CALCULATOR - (2) heavy duty, tape Casio & Sharp, $30/ea, (650)344-8549 ELECTRIC TYPEWRITER Smith Corona $60. (650)878-9542 OFFICE LAMP new $7. (650)345-1111

310 Misc. For Sale
10 PLANTS (assorted) for $3.00 each, (650)349-6059 12 DAYS of Christmas vintage drinking Glasses 1970 Color prints Prefect condition original box $25 (650)873-8167 1970 TIFFANY style swag lamp with opaque glass, $59., (650)692-3260 1ST ISSUE of vanity fair 1869 frame caricatures - 19” x 14” of Statesman and Men of the Day, $99.obo, (650)345-5502 2 COLOR framed photo's 24" X 20" World War II Air Craft P-51 Mustang and P-40 Curtis $99. (650)345-5502 2 VINTAGE BEDSPREADS - matching full sz, colonial , beige color, hardly used, orig package, $60/both, (650)347-5104 21 PIECE Punch bowl glass set $95., (650)341-8342 29 BOOKS - Variety of authors, $25., (650)589-2893 3 CRAFT BOOKS - hardcover, over 500 projects, $40., (650)589-2893 30 DISNEY Books $1.00 each 650 368-3037 30 PAPERBACK BOOKS - 4 children titles, several duplicate copies, many other single copies, $12. all, (650)347-5104

A Place For Fine Hats Sharon Heights
325 Sharon Heights Drive Menlo Park

BOOK - “Fighting Aircraft of WWII”, Jane’s, 1000 illustrations, $65., (650)593-8880 BOOK “NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC” NATIONAL AIR MUSEUMS $15 (408)249-3858 BOXES MOVING storage or office assorted sizes 50 cents /each (50 total) 650-347-8061 BRUGMANSIA TREE large growth and in pot, $50., (650)871-7200 CANDLE HOLDER with angel design, tall, gold, includes candle. Purchased for $100, now $30. (650)345-1111 CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS, Pine cones, icicle lights, mini lights, wreath rings, $4.00 each 650 341-8342 CRAFTMENS 15 GALLON WET DRYVAC with variable speeds and all the attachments, $40., (650)593-7553 DOOM (3) computer games $15/each 2 total, (650)367-8949 DUFFEL BAGS - 1 Large Duffel Bag ,1 Xtra Lg. Duffel w Wheels, 1 Leather weekender Satchel, $75. (650)871-7211

GENUINE OAKELY Sunglasses, M frame and Plutonite lenses with drawstring bag, $65 650-595-3933 LADIES DOWN jacket light yellow with dark brown lining $35. (650)868-0436 LADIES FUR COAT - Satin lining, size M/L, $100. obo, (650)525-1990 LADIES JACKET size 3x 70% wool 30% nylon never worn $50. (650)592-2648 LADIES ROYAL blue rain coat with zippered flannel plaid liner size 12 RWC $15. (650)868-0436 LANE BRYANT assorted clothing. Sizes 2x-3x. 22-23, $5-$10/ea., brand new with tags. (650)290-1960 MAN’S SUEDE-LIKE jacket, New, XXLg. $25. 650 871-7211 MEN'S SUIT almost new $25. 650-573-6981 MEN’S CASUAL Dress slacks 2 pairs khaki 34Wx32L, 36Wx32L 2 pairs black 32WX32L, 34Wx30L $35 (650)347-5104 Brown.

311 Musical Instruments
2 ORGANS, antique tramp, $100 each. (650)376-3762 3 ACCORDIONS $110/ea. 1 Small Accordion $82. (650)376-3762. ELECTRIC STARCASTER Guitar black&white with small amplifier $75. 650-358-0421 PIANO ORGAN, good condition. $110. (650)376-3762

312 Pets & Animals
BIRD CAGE 14x14x8 ecellent condition $25 Daly City, (650)755-9833

610 Crossword Puzzle

610 Crossword Puzzle

610 Crossword Puzzle

Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle
Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis
ACROSS 1 Popped (out) 6 Pet welfare org. 10 Swear 14 One drawing a bead 15 Feeds, as cattle 16 Kevin’s “A Fish Called Wanda” role 17 *Neat, practical types, so it’s said 19 Father of Cordelia 20 Slip 21 Swore 22 Piano’s opposite, in a score 23 Rhone feeder 25 Keys for a music room? 27 Department store employees 30 Dog days mo. 31 Sing like Michael Bublé 32 Is leery of 37 Kin of -ess 38 Different kinds of them are split (but not in an embarrassing way) in the four starred answers 39 Make __ with: impress 40 Radiation detection device 42 Inclined (to) 43 Here-there link 44 Invaded, with “on” 46 Epitome of thickness 50 Clutch 51 Insect-trapping resin 52 Man of many words 54 Le Mans law 57 Kind of miss 58 *Easter Bunny’s delivery 60 Bar peel 61 Pulitzer-winning author James 62 As if it were scripted 63 Mars, to the Greeks 64 Lout 65 Ninnies DOWN 35 Brown of 46 Quixote’s squire 1 Deal with publishing Sancho 2 Whopper 47 Arab chieftain 36 Dump creator closing? 48 Demean 3 Puts away 38 Chincha Islands 49 Barilla rival 4 It’s always in country 53 Butter alternative Shakespeare 41 Marshy 55 Albatross 5 Big screen wasteland 56 “Got it” locale 42 Marshy fuel 58 Punch that might 6 Slip preventer source make you reel 7 Peel 45 Neutral shade in 59 Yachtsman’s 8 Singer Lauper London course: Abbr. 9 Beast of burden 10 *Ceremonial flag ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: carriers 11 Wombs 12 Country 13 Abrasions 18 Innermost part 22 Final complement, perhaps 24 *Arch supports, e.g. 26 Relatives of drums 27 Emailed a dupe to 28 Cartoonist Peter 29 Resilient strength 33 Poky follower 34 Hearst Castle, for 12/22/11 one

315 Wanted to Buy GO GREEN! We Buy GOLD You Get The $ Green $
Millbrae Jewelers Est. 1957 400 Broadway - Millbrae

NANCY'S TAILORING & BOUTIQUE Custom Made & Alterations 889 Laurel Street San Carlos, CA 94070 650-622-9439
NEW BROWN LEATHER JACKET- XL $25., 650-364-0902 NEW NIKE SB Skunks & Freddy Kruegers Various Sizes $100 415-735-6669


SF GREETING Cards (300 w/envelopes) factory sealed $20. (650)207-2712 SHOWER POOR custom made 48” x 69” $70 (650)692-3260

316 Clothes
3 BAGS of women's clothes - Sizes 912, $30., (650)525-1410

317 Building Materials
WHITE STORM/SCREEN door. Size is 35 1/4" x 79 1/4". Asking $75.00. Call (650)341-1861

315 Wanted to Buy

315 Wanted to Buy

318 Sports Equipment
"EVERLAST FOR HER" Machine to help lose weight $40., (650)368-3037 13 ASSORTED GOLF CLUBS- Good Quality $3.50 each. Call (650) 349-6059. BASKETBALL RIM, net & backboard $35/all 650-345-7132 Leave message. DARTBOARD - New, regulation 18” dimeter, “Halex” brand w/mounting hardware, 6 brass darts, $16., (650)681-7358 GOLF BALLS (325) $65 (650)341-5347 GOLF CLUBS - Complete set of mens golf clubs with bag. Like new, $100., (650)593-7553 MORRELL TODD Richards 75 Snowboard (Good Condition) with Burton Boots (size 6 1/2) - $50. 650-766-9553 TENNIS RACKET oversize with cover and 3 Wilson Balls $25 (650)692-3260 TOBOGGAN CLASSIC all wood 4 seater excellent condition, SOLD! WATER SKI'S - Gold cup by AMFA Voit $40., (650)574-4586 YOUTH GOLF Bag great condition with six clubs putter, drivers and accessories $65. 650-358-0421

322 Garage Sales 310 Misc. For Sale 310 Misc. For Sale

SALE 50% off all COATS & JACKETS
Open Thurs. & Fri 10-2:00 Sat 10-3:00 Episcopal Church 1 South El Camino Real San Mateo 94401


By John Lampkin (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc.


322 Garage Sales 379 Open Houses 470 Rooms 680 Autos Wanted 680 Autos Wanted

Thursday• Dec. 22, 2011
680 Autos Wanted


Make money, make room!

List your Open House in the Daily Journal. Reach over 82,500 potential home buyers & renters a day, from South San Francisco to Palo Alto. in your local newspaper. Call (650)344-5200

Rooms For Rent
Travel Inn, San Carlos

$49 daily + tax $294-$322 weekly + tax
Clean Quiet Convenient Cable TV, WiFi & Private Bathroom Microwave and Refrigerator 950 El Camino Real San Carlos

List your upcoming garage sale, moving sale, estate sale, yard sale, rummage sale, clearance sale, or whatever sale you have... in the Daily Journal. Reach over 82,500 readers from South San Francisco to Palo Alto. in your local newspaper. Call (650)344-5200

(650) 593-3136
Mention Daily Journal

625 Classic Cars 620 Automobiles Don’t lose money on a trade-in or consignment! Sell your vehicle in the Daily Journal’s Auto Classifieds. Just $3 per day. Reach 82,500 drivers from South SF to Palo Alto
Call (650)344-5200
NISSAN ‘87 Centura - Two door, manual, stick shift, 150K miles. Clean title, good body, $1,250., (415)505-3908 PLYMOUTH ‘72 CUDA - Runs and drives good, needs body, interior and paint, $12k obo, serious inquiries only. (650)873-8623

670 Auto Service
MERCEDES BENZ REPAIR Diagnosis, Repair, Maintenance. All MBZ Models Elliott Dan Mercedes Master Certified technician 555 O'Neil Avenue, Belmont 650-593-1300

672 Auto Stereos

We Sell, Install and Repair All Brands of Car Stereos
iPod & iPhone Wired to Any Car for Music Quieter Car Ride Sound Proof Your Car 31 Years Experience

380 Real Estate Services 335 Rugs
WOOL AREA RUG - Multi-green colors, 5 X 7, $65. obo, (650)290-1960

The San Mateo Daily Journal’s weekly Real Estate Section. Look for it every Friday and Weekend to find information on fine homes and properties throughout the local area.

635 Vans
EMERGENCY LIVING RV. ‘73 GMC Van, Runs good, $2,850. Will finance, small downpayment. Call for appointments. (650)364-1374 NISSAN ‘01 Quest - GLE, leather seats, sun roof, TV/DVR equipment. Looks new, $15,500. (650)219-6008


335 Garden Equipment
(GALVANIZED planter with boxed liners 94 x 10 x 9. Two available, $20/all, (415)346-6038 BAMBOO poles 6 to 8 Ft, 30. $15/all, (415)346-6038 FLOWER POTS many size (50 pieces) $15/all, (415)346-6038 PLANTS & POTS - assorted $5/each obo, Call Fe, Sat. & Sun only (650)2188852 POTTED PLANTS (7) $5/each 650-207-0897 TABLE - for plant, $25., perfect condition, (650)345-1111

& Paint Expert Body and Paint Personalized Service
411 Woodside Road, Redwood City 650-280-3119


640 Motorcycles/Scooters
BMW ‘03 F650 GS, $3899 OBO. Call 650-995-0003 HARLEY DAVIDSON ‘83 Shovelhead special construction, 1340 cc’s, Awesome!, $5,950/obo. Rob (415)602-4535.

420 Recreation Property SAN LUIS OBISPO
INVESTMENT PROPERTIES 2 Parcels, 2.5 Acres ea Flat & Buildable w/Elct & Roads Price Lowered to $40K Terms from $79

2001 Middlefield Road Redwood City (650)299-9991

CADILAC ‘93 Sedan $ 4,000 or Trade Good Condition (650)481-5296 CHEVY HHR ‘08 - Grey, spunky car loaded, even seat warmers, $9,500. (408)807-6529. HONDA ‘10 ACCORD LX - 4 door sedan, low miles, $19K, (650)573-6981 INFINITI ‘94 Q45 - Service records included. Black & tan, SOLD!

A Full Service Auto Repair Facility

680 Autos Wanted Don’t lose money on a trade-in or consignment! Sell your vehicle in the Daily Journal’s Auto Classifieds. Just $3 per day. Reach 82,500 drivers from South SF to Palo Alto
Call (650)344-5200

645 Boats
BANSHEE SAILBOAT - 13 ft. with extras, $750., (650)343-6563 PLEASURE BOAT, 15ft., 50 horsepower Mercury, $1,300.obo (650)368-2170 PROSPORT ‘97 - 17 ft. CC 80 Yamaha Pacific, loaded, like new, $9,500 or trade, (650)583-7946.

Tel:- 408-867-0374 or 408-803-3905 452 Condos for Rent
SAN FRANCISCO UNFURNISHED CONDO - $1850., 1 bedroom, 1 bath, panoramic view, deck, aek, wall to wall carpet, hardwood floors, parking, excellent transportation, laundry, utilities included, (415)215-1755

760 El Camino Real San Carlos (650)593-8085 670 Auto Parts
2 SNOW/CABLE chains good condition fits 13-15 inch rims $10/both San Bruno 650-588-1946 CAMPER/TRAILER/TRUCK OUTSIDE backup mirror 8” diameter fixture. $30. 650-588-1946 CARGO COVER, (black) for Acura MDX $75. 415-516-7060 DENALI WHEELS - 17 inches, near new, 265-70-R17, complete fit GMC 6 lug wheels, $400. all, (650)222-2363 FORD ‘73 Maverick/Mercury GT Comet, Drive Train 302 V8, C4 Auto Trans. Complete, needs assembly, includes radiator and drive line, call for details, $1250., (650)726-9733. HONDA CIVIC FRONT SEAT Gray Color. Excellent Condition $90. San Bruno. 415-999-4947 TRUCK RADIATOR - fits older Ford, never used, $100., (650)504-3621

340 Camera & Photo Equip.
SONY CYBERSHOT DSC-T-50 - 7.2 MP digital camera (black) with case, $175., (650)208-5598 VINTAGE SUPER 8MM CAMERA - Bell & Howell, includes custom carrying case, $50., (650)594-1494

MERCEDES ‘03 C230K Coupe - 52K miles, $12,000 for more info call (650)576-1285 MERCEDES ‘05 C-230 66k mi. Sliver, 1 owner, excellent condition, $14,000 obo (650)799-1033 MERCEDES ‘06 C230 - 6 cylinder, navy blue, 60K miles, 2 year warranty, $18,000, (650)455-7461

“WE FIX CARS” Quailty Work-Value Price Ready to help

470 Rooms
HIP HOUSING Non-Profit Home Sharing Program San Mateo County (650)348-6660

345 Medical Equipment
SIEMEN GERMAN made Hearing aid, Never used $99., Bobby (415) 239-5651

Call 650-595-DEAL (3325) Or Stop By Our Lot 1659 El Camino Real San Carols

call (650) 345-0101 254 E. Hillsdale Blvd. San Mateo
Corner of Saratoga Ave.

Repair • Restore • Sales
Mercedes-Benz Specialists

DONATE YOUR CAR Tax Deduction, We do the Paperwork, Free Pickup, Running or Not - in most cases. Help yourself and the Polly Klaas Foundation. Call (800)380-5257. Wanted 62-75 Chevrolets Novas, running or not Parts collection etc. So clean out that garage Give me a call Joe 650 342-2483

625 Classic Cars
DATSUN ‘72 - 240Z with Chevy 350, automatic, custom, $5800 or trade. (650)588-9196

2165 Palm Ave. San Mateo


Concrete Removal & Replacement • Driveways • Patios Sidewalks • Excavations
Lic#: 372169





Decks & Fences

MENA’S (650)704-2496
Great Service at a Reasonable Price

Cleaning Services

• Residential • Commercial • Industrial • Monthly/Bi-Monthly • Move In/Move Out Wash walls, windows, painting Pressure Cleaning Construction Clean-up, hauling Crime Scenes, All minor repair Abandoned Place 24/7 Emergency Call

Residential & Commercial Carpentry & Plumbing Remodeling & New Construction Kitchen, Bath, Structural Repairs Additions, Decks, Stairs, Railings Lic#836489, Ins. & Bonded All work guaranteed Call now for a free estimate

Lic #733213

GENERAL CONTRACTOR Concrete, decks, sidings, fence, bricks, roof, gutters, drains.
Lic. # 914544 Bonded & Insured

16+ Years in Business

Specializing in:

• Move in/out • Steam Carpet • Windows & Screens • Pressure Washing

• Redwood Fences • Decks • Retaining Walls

650-756 0694

Call David: (650)270-9586

Professional | Reliable | Trustworthy

(650)921-6213 (510)253-5257



General Contractors / Building & Design New construction, Kitchen-Bath Remodels, Metal Fabrication, Painting Call for free design consultation (650) 274-4484 L#926933

State License #377047 Licensed • Insured • Bonded Fences - Gates - Decks Stairs - Retaining Walls 10-year guarantee Quality work w/reasonable prices Call for free estimate (650)571-1500


NORTH FENCE CO. - Specializing in: Redwood Fences, Decks & Retaining Walls. (650)756-0694. Lic.#733213


Thursday• Dec. 22, 2011


Decks & Fences

Hardwood Floors

Hardwood Floors


Hunter Douglas Gallery Free Measuring & Install. 247 California Dr., Burl. (650)348-1268 990 Industrial Blvd., #106 SC (800)570-7885


Fences • Decks • Arbors •Retaining Walls • Concrete Work • French Drains • Concrete Walls •Any damaged wood repair •Powerwash • Driveways • Patios • Sidewalk • Stairs • Hauling • $25. Hr./Min. 2 hrs.

Painting/Waterproofing Drywall Repair/Tape/Texture Power Washing-Decks, Fences No Job Too Big or Small
Lic.# 896174

Call Mike the Painter

(650)271-1320 Plumbing


Free Estimates 20 Years Experience (650)921-3341 (650)347-5316
30 INCH white screen door, new $20 leave message 650-341-5364


ANY CLOGGED DRAIN! Sewer trenchless Pipe replacement Water heater installation, and more!

Handy Help

(650) 898-4444

Kitchen & Bathroom Remodels Electrical, All types of Roofs. Fences, Tile, Concrete, Painting, Plumbing, Decks All Work Guaranteed




for all your electrical needs

(650)771-2432 O.K.’S RAINGUTTER
Gutter Cleaning - Leaf Guard Gutter & Roof Repairs Custom Down Spouts Drainage Solutions 10% Senior Discount
CA Lic# 794353/Insured

Junk & Debris Clean Up Furniture/Appliance Disposal • Tree/Brush Dirt • Concrete Demo

Sewer / Drain Cleaning Tankless Water Heaters, Etc.

24 hour emergencies
510-682-9075 • 510-428-1417 ofc

Quality, Dependable Handyman Service
• General Home Repairs • Improvements • Routine Maintenance

Specializing in: Homes, Apts., Storages Professional, friendly, careful. Peninsula’s Personal Mover Commercial/Residential
Fully Lic. & Bonded CAL -T190632

Lic #835677, Insured, Bonded

ELECTRICIAN For all your electrical needs
Residential, Commercial, Troubleshooting, Wiring & Repairing Call Ben at (650)685-6617
Lic # 427952

(650)207-6592 Free Estimates

Handy Help


STANLEY S. Plumbing & Drain
Only $89.00 to Unclog Drain From Cleanout “And For All Your Plumbing Needs” (650)679-0911 Lic. # 887568

Call Armando (650) 630-0424

“Specializing in Any Size Projects”

Carpentry, Cabinets, Moulding, Painting, Drywall Repair, Dry Rot, Minor Plumbing & Electrcal & More! Contractors Lic# 931633 Insured

•Painting •Electrical •Carpentry •Dry Rot
40 Yrs. Experience Retired Licensed Contractor


Interior & Exterior Reasonable Rates Quality Work Guaranteed Free Estimates

NOTICE TO READERS: California law requires that contractors taking jobs that total $500 or more (labor or materials) be licensed by the Contractor’s State License Board. State law also requires that contractors include their license number in their advertising. You can check the status of your licensed contractor at or 800321-CSLB. Unlicensed contractors taking jobs that total less than $500 must state in their advertisements that they are not licensed by the Contractors State License Board.

Hardwood Floors


Lic# 857741

and Landscaping Full Service Includes: Also Tree Trimming Free Estimates

Remodeling, Plumbing New Construction, General Home Repair, Demolish No Job Too Small
Lic.# 891766

•Hardwood & Laminate Installation & Repair •Refinish •High Quality @ Low Prices Call 24/7 for Free Estimate


Interior & Exterior Pressure Washing Free Estimates

800-300-3218 408-979-9665
Lic. #794899



Lic #514269



Dental Services




Huge credit card debt? Job loss? Foreclosure? Medical bills?

Let the beautiful you be reborn at PerfectMe by Laser
A fantastic body contouring spa featuring treatments with Zerona®, VelaShape II™ and VASER®Shape. Sessions range from $100$150 with our exclusive membership! To find out more and make an appointment call (650)375-8884

General Dentistry for Adults & Children
DR. ANNA P. LIVIZ, DDS 324 N. San Mateo Drive, #2 San Mateo 94401

What everybody is talking about! South Harbor Restaurant & Bar

Grand Opening

401 E. 3rd Ave. @ S. Railroad
San Mateo 94401

Call for a free consultation (650)363-2600 This law firm is a debt relief agency

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Obtain a divorce quickly and without the hassle and high cost of attorneys.

425 Marina Blvd., SSF

(650)589-1641 GODFATHER’S Burger Lounge
Gourmet American meets the European elegance ....have you experienced it yet? Reservations & take out

Early Bird Special Prime Rib Complete Dinner Mon-Thu
1699 Old Bayshore Blvd. Burlingame


$69 Exam/Cleaning
(Reg. $189.)

Facials, Waxing, Fitness Body Fat Reduction Pure Organic Facial $48. 1 Hillcrest Blvd, Millbrae (650)697-6868

$69 Exam/FMX
(Reg. $228.)
New Patients without Insurance Price + Terms of offer are subject to change without notice.



520 So. El Camino Real #650 San Mateo, CA 94402


(650) 637-9257
1500 El Camino Real Belmont, CA 94002

OPEN EVERYDAY 6:30AM-3PM Bagels,Santa Cruz Coffee, Sandwiches, Wifi, Kids Corner Easy Parking
Se habla Español
I am not an attorney. I can only provide self help services at your specific directions

Holiday Banquet Headquarters

Food Dental Services

The Best Sushi & Ramen in Town

Steelhead Brewing Co. 333 California Dr. Burlingame (650)344-6050

680 E. 3rd Ave & Delaware


Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 1050 Admiral Ct., #A San Bruno

Cost Less! New Clients Welcome Why Wait!

Dr. Nanjapa DDS (650) 477-6920

1070 Holly Street San Carlos (650)654-1212



Thursday• Dec. 22, 2011




Health & Medical
Blurry Vision? Eye Infections? Cataracts? For all your eyecare needs.


Legal Services


Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Senior Meals, Kids Menu

14 large screen HD TVs Full Bar & Restaurant

1720 El Camino Real #225 Burlingame 94010

1845 El Camino Real Burlingame

1819 El Camino, in Burlingame Plaza

CA insurance lic. 0561021 HEALTH INSURANCE
Paying too much for COBRA? No coverage? .... Not good! I can help.

(650) 697-3200


Irish Pub & Restaurant Live Music - Karaoke Outdoor Patio

2608 S. El Camino Real & 25th Ave., San Mateo

$30.00/Hr Foot Massage $50.00/Hr Full Body Massage

• We handle Uncontested and Contested Divorces • Complex Property Division • Child & Spousal Support Payments • Restraining Orders • Domestic Violence

Low Cost Divorce

Needlepoint! Fiesta Shopping Center
747 Bermuda Dr., San Mateo

Pet Services

All natural, byproduct free pet foods! Home Delivery

John Bowman (650)525-9180
CA Lic #0E08395

Peninsula Law Group
“One of The Bay Area’s Very Best!”
Same Day, Weekend Appointments Available Se Habla Español

1410 Old County Road Belmont



World Training Center
Martial Arts & Tae Bo Training

MEDICAL SPA 31 S. El Camino Real Millbrae

Real Estate Loans
We Fund Bank Turndowns!
Direct Private Lender Homes• Mixed-Use Commercial Based primarily on equity FICO Credit Score Not a Factor PURCHASE, REFINANCE, INVESTOR, & REO FINANCING Investors welcome Loan servicing since 1979


KUPFER JEWELRY We Buy Coins, Jewelry, Watches, Platinum, & Diamonds.
Expert fine watch & jewelry repair. Deal with experts. 1211 Burlingame Ave. Burlingame

(650) 903-2200

731 Kains Ave, San Bruno

Crowne Plaza
1221 Chess Dr., Hwy. 92 at Foster City Blvd. Exit Foster City


FREE Consultation for Laser Treatment



Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner 1750 El Camino Real San Mateo (Borel Square)

Bedroom Express
Where Dreams Begin
2833 El Camino Real San Mateo - (650)458-8881 184 El Camino Real So. S. Francisco -(650)583-2221

Dr. Richard Woo, DPM 400 S. El Camino Real San Mateo

650-348-7191 Marketing
Wachter Investments, Inc. Real Estate Broker #746683 Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System ID #348268 CA Dept. of Real Estate

(650) 347-7007


Great insurance; great price Special rates for drivers over 50 650-593-7601

We Buy Gold! Bring your old gold in and redesign to something new or cash it in!
Watch Battery Replacement $9.00 Most Watches. Must present ad.

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Re/Max Star Properties
Contact Mita for all your Real Estate Needs

Massage Therapy


$48 per Hour
New Customers Only Open 7 days, 10 am -10 pm 633 Veterans Blvd., #C Redwood City
DRE# 1889753Kapadia, Remax

1121 Laurel St., San Carlos

Jewelry & Watch Repair 2323 Broadway Redwood City



BARRETT INSURANCE Eric L. Barrett, CLU, RHU, REBC, CLTC, LUTCF President Barrett Insurance Services (650)513-5690 CA. Insurance License #0737226

Affordable non-attorney document preparation service Registered & Bonded Divorces, Living Trusts, Corporations, Notary Public

$50 for 1 hour $5 off for Grand Opening!

Angel Spa
667 El Camino Real, Redwood City

“I am not an attorney. I can only provide self help services at your specific direction”

7 days a week, 9:30am-9:30pm




Body & Foot Massage Facial Treatment

1205 Capuchino Ave. Burlingame


Grand Opening! $10. Off 1-Hour Session!

24-hour Assisted Living Care located in Burlingame

1482 Laurel St. San Carlos
(Behind Trader Joe’s) Open 7 Days/Week, 10am-10pm

Mills Estate Villa & Burlingame Villa
- Short Term Stays - Dementia & Alzheimers Care - Hospice Care


951 Old County Road Suite 1 Belmont 650-654-2829 Video Video

Lic.#4105088251/ 415600633


Cypress Lawn 1370 El Camino Real Colma (650)755-0580

Tours 10AM-4PM 2 BR,1BR & Studio Luxury Rental 650-344-8200
850 N. El Camino Real San Mateo


Thursday • Dec. 22, 2011