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Weekend Dec. 17-18, 2011 Vol XII, Edition 105

Attorneys spar over PG&Es explosion liability

Gas company takes responsibility for deadly blast,plaintiff attorney said its misleading
By Heather Murtagh

Attorneys are in disagreement about the signicance of Pacic Gas and Electric admitting liability for the natural gas pipeline accident in San Bruno in September 2010. PG&E said it was taking on nancial responsibility to compensate all

of the victims for the injuries they suffered as a result of the accident in a press release Tuesday. And during a Friday case management meeting, PG&E attorney Gayle Gough submitted a statement admitting negligence with the faulty pipeline that led to the fatal explosion. However, Frank Pitre, an attorney who represents about 75 victims of

the blast, called it the most misleading statement about what PG&E is doing. Pitre argued the statement left too many holes. For example, the company isnt admitting sole liability, opening the door for it to blame the pipeline manufacturer in the future. He asked the company to say it agreed with the 140-page report by

the National Transportation Safety Board which cited a litany of failures over many years leading to the fatal explosion. Not doing so, Pitre argued, was akin to a bank robber killing 10 people and only admitting to the robbery. Gough claried the statement for

See PG&E, Page 27

If they enjoy coming to my class, theyre going to learn,whether they want to or not.
Michael Zozos,a fifth-year social studies teacher at El Camino High School

Guilty verdict in teens fatal stabbing case

Victim, 15, threw rocks at car carrying attacker
By Michelle Durand


El Camino High School teacher Michael Zozos works with students Orange Richardson,center,and Ramon Avila Thursday.

Making brains hurt one teachers goal

South City high school instructor in running for educator of the year
By Heather Murtagh

A jury deliberated little more than a day before convicting a man of second-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old boy who threw rocks at a car carrying him and his cousins in Redwood City nearly three years ago. The jury returned the verdict at approximately 5:10 p.m. Thursday, just a day after it nished hearing closing arguments in which the prosecution painted Luis Adolfo Villa, 20, as a cold-hearted killer and his defense claimed another in the car was the actual stabber.

Jurors didnt offer much insight into how they reached their conclusion but earlier had sent a note to the judge saying they were debating between rstLuis Villa and seconddegree murder, said prosecutor Joe Cannon. I completely understand their verdict considering how quickly the incident evolved and where the wounds were located, Cannon said.

See VILLA, Page 35

Contrary to popular belief, Im not perfect, Michael Zozos said to his second period class Thursday morning. Zozos, a fth-year social studies teacher at El Camino High School, had previously had his students sign a thank-you note. Unfortunately, the thank-you note wasnt addressed properly and students needed to sign another one. But the 27-year-old announced his error, students lis-

tened and the class continued to study. The sophomores didnt laugh at Zozos joke, well maybe a pity laugh, but all had positive things to say about their teacher who was recently honored with the California League of High Schools Educator of the Year Award for the Bay Area region. The honor puts Zozos in the running for educator of the year for the state the winner of which will be announced in February. Simply put, hes a really good teacher, said 15-year-old Ashley

Jimenez, who is part of Zozos AVID class, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, an established program that prepares students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. Unlike his traditional classes, which deal mostly with history, AVID can be a challenge for Zozos who may not have all the information on algebra or chemistry. When students are studying, he can, however, check in on them, ask about

Eight days of light

Hanukkah gatherings gear up on Peninsula
By Heather Murtagh

See ZOZOS, Page 27

Adding light to the world is one of the outcomes of Hanukkah, which people can locally celebrate at a couple of upcoming events. Coming together for the annual eight-day Jewish holiday is a tradition locally that will be marked by lighting the menorah, spending time with friends and many, many latkes. Those interested in taking part can

celebrate at one of two events Latkepalooza, held Sunday at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center in Foster City, or the Chanukah Festival held Thursday evening in Redwood City. Hanukkah, which begins Tuesday night, is the celebration of lights. More than 21 centuries ago, Israel was ruled by the Seleucids. A small group of Jews defeated a large army, driving away the Greeks to reclaim

See HANUKKA, Page 27

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Thought for the Day

A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things.
Poor Richards Almanack

This Day in History


Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, conducted the rst successful manned powered-airplane ights near Kitty Hawk, N.C., using their experimental craft, the Wright Flyer.

In 1777, France recognized American independence. In 1830, South American patriot Simon Bolivar died in Colombia. In 1925, Col. William Billy Mitchell was convicted at his court-martial in Washington of insubordination for accusing senior military ofcials of incompetence and criminal negligence; he was suspended from active duty. In 1939, the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee was scuttled by its crew, ending the World War II Battle of the River Plate off Uruguay. In 1957, the United States successfully test-red the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile for the rst time. In 1961, an arson re at a circus in Niteroi, Brazil, killed 323 people. In 1975, Lynette Fromme was sentenced in Sacramento, Calif., to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Gerald R. Ford. (She was paroled in Aug. 2009.) In 1979, in a case that aggravated racial tensions, Arthur McDufe, a black insurance executive, was fatally injured after leading police on a chase with his motorcycle in Miami. (Four white police ofcers accused of beating McDufe were later acquitted, sparking riots.) In 1981, members of the Red Brigades kidnapped Brig. Gen. James L. Dozier, the highest-ranking U.S. Army ofcial in southern Europe, from his home in Verona, Italy. (Dozier was rescued 42 days later.) In 1986, Eugene Hasenfus, the American convicted by Nicaragua for his part in running guns to the Contras, was pardoned, then released. Ten years ago: Marines raised the Stars and Stripes over the long-abandoned American Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gunmen raided Haitis National Palace, killing at least ten people in an attack the government described as a failed coup attempt (opponents accused the government of staging the attack to clamp down on dissent).


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*** The most requested photo from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. is a photo of Richard Nixon (1913-1994) and Elvis Presley (1935-1977) shaking hands at the White House in 1970. Elvis requested the meeting with the president to discuss the ght against drug use by young people in America. *** James Dean (1931-1955) had starring roles in only three movies. Can you name them? See answer at end. *** Julia Lennon (1914-1958), John Lennons (1940-1980) mother, was killed by a car while crossing a street in England. The car was being driven by an off-duty police ofcer. *** Homonyms are words that sound the same but have different meanings. For example: roll and roll; colonel and kernel. Some triple homonyms are rain, rein, reign and cent, sent, scent. *** The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Okla. has a Rodeo Hall of Fame, memorializes real cowboys in the Hall of Great Westerners and honors reel cowboys in the Hall of Great Western Performers. *** The world record for rainfall in a 24hour period in the United States occurred on July 25-26, 1979 in Alvin, Texas. In one day, there was 43 inches of rainfall. *** A fossil of the worlds oldest ower was found in China in 2002. Believed to be at least 125 million years old, the ower is a never before seen species. Scientists speculate it is similar to the modern day water lily. *** Calico cats are almost always female. A calico cat is not a breed of cat, it is a color pattern of large blocks of black, white and orange fur. Fur color is determined by gender. Female cats can have orange and black fur. Male cats can have orange or black fur. *** Actor Ed Harris (born 1950) portrayed American abstract painter Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) in the film Pollock (2000). *** Football quarterback Tom Brady (born 1977) replaced quarterback Drew Bledsoe (born 1972) of the New England Patriots in week 2 of the 2001 football season. That season, the Patriots played in Super Bowl XXXVI and defeated the St. Louis Rams 20-17. Brady won Super Bowl MVP. *** Answer: Dean played Jim Stark in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Cal Trask in East of Eden (1955) and Jett Rink in Giant (1956). Dean was killed in a head-on car accident in 1955. He received posthumous Academy Award nominations for Best Actor in East of Eden and Giant.
Know It All is by Kerry McArdle. It runs in the weekend and Wednesday editions of the Daily Journal. Questions? Comments? Email or call 3445200 ext. 114.


Actress Milla Commentator Comedian-actor Jovovich is 36. Chris Matthews is Eugene Levy is 65. 66. Actor Armin Mueller-Stahl is 81. Actor George Lindsey is 76. Singer-actor Tommy Steele is 75. Rock singer-musician Art Neville is 74. Actor Bernard Hill is 67. Actor Ernie Hudson is 66. Actress Marilyn Hassett is 64. Actor Wes Studi is 64. Pop musician Jim Bonfanti (The Raspberries) is 63. Actor Joel Brooks is 62. Rock singer Paul Rodgers is 62. Rhythm-and-blues singer Wanda Hutchinson (The Emotions) is 60. Actor Bill Pullman is 58. Actor Barry Livingston is 58. Country singer Sharon White is 58. Producer-director-writer Peter Farrelly is 55. Rock musician Mike Mills (R.E.M.) is 53. Pop singer Sarah Dallin (Bananarama) is 50. Country musician Tim Chewning is 49.
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The reasons birds sing are to protect territory and to attract mates. *** The most successful and famous ghter pilot during World War I was Manfred von Richthofen (1892-1918) of Germany. Nicknamed the Red Baron, von Richthofen had 80 conrmed kills when his plane was shot down in 1918 and he died at age 25. *** The main ingredient of glass is sand. Sand melts at a temperature of about 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit. *** The star in Macys department store logo was taken from a star tattooed on the arm of founder R.H. Macy (18221877). The rst Macys opened in New York in 1858. *** The Los Angeles Public Library has a collection of more than 1,000 cookbooks printed in California. The collection includes How to Keep a Husband, or Culinary Tactics and The Sacramento Ladies Kitchen Companion, both printed in 1872.

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community center and pool complex operated by the YMCA and the city of Morgan Hill, Redwood City ofcials began looking at a similar relationship here. Certainly in these tough economic times, we have to look at how we can do things differently, Chris Beth, director of parks, recreation and community services for Redwood City, told councilmembers at their last meeting. Sharing the responsibility rather than going it alone would minimize the ongoing operating expenses, continue providing access to residents and leverage the strengths of both the organization and the city, according to Beth. This perpetuates our common missions. It provides high-quality services while reducing operating costs, Beth said. The partnership is far from set in stone but the City Council unanimously backed giving City Manager Bob Bell authority to talk with YMCA about a partnership agreement and launch a market study. The YMCA will pay half the studys cost and the city will fund its share through the capital improvement account. A price was not named for the study. The Veterans Memorial Senior Center plays host to dozens of senior clubs, free or minimal-cost programs and more than 100,000

Weekend Dec. 17-18, 2011

City,YMCA join forces for new rec center

By Michelle Durand

Police reports
Were they wise men?
Two men dressed in robes were soliciting without a permit on Cornwallis Lane in Foster City before 10:40 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9.

Redwood City may join forces with the YMCA of Silicon Valley to jointly build a new recreation center rather than renovate or uproot the greatly used but slowly deteriorating Veterans Memorial Center. City staff and senior affairs commissioners spent two years gathering information and suggestions about replacing the Madison Avenue building on its own. Later, they learned the YMCA of Silicon Valley is doing the same research on its own facility with plans to expand the current building on Hudson Street. After looking at a joint use

Vandalism. A window to an upstairs bedroom was smashed at a home on Marlin Avenue before 5:13 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14. Vandalism. Grafti was reported on a wall on Lurline Drive before 7:42 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12. Vehicle theft. A car was stolen from the second oor of a parking garage on Tower Lane before 7:47 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12. Identity theft. A woman reported someone wrote fake checks against her Bank of America account on Laguna Circle before 2:58 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. Petty theft. Remote controls, GPS and vehicle keys were taken from several cars parked in a gated underground garage on Promontory Point Lane before 8:30 a.m. Petty theft. Someone took a woman's wallet from her purse on East Hillsdale Boulevard before 2:08 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2.

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to the house and discovered the body. Police could not determine for sure if it was a natural death or otherwise. Investigators from the District Attorneys Ofce and the Coroners Ofce entered the home at approximately 5:30 p.m. and began assessing the scene. More details might be available this weekend, Froomin said. The home is listed as being owned by Klaus Gachter, 71.

Dead body found, investigation under way

The body of a man in his 70s was found inside his Foster City house Friday afternoon, and police are investigating the possibility it may be a homicide. We cant determine the cause, so we are handling it as a possible homicide until we

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One of the dead was discovered inside the building during a sweep, and police were continuing their search for more victims, said Taylor. Another victim died en route to a hospital. The two wounded have unspecied injuries and their conditions are not known. Taylor said police have not accounted for everyone in the building yet and were doing a sweep. No gunre was exchanged after ofcers arrived. The building was quickly locked down and dozens of people were seen streaming out with their hands raised. Gil Alexander, a spokesman for Southern California Edison, said the company has about 200 employees at the facility. Alexander says the complex is a secured facility and employees need a security card to swipe at the doors before they can be admitted into the building. Alexander called the incident an enormous tragedy The utilitys ofce is in a complex of buildings that also includes a business called California Lighting Sales. Cindy Gutierrez, the controller for that company, said employees there didnt hear any shots red and didnt realize anything was amiss until building management announced over the intercom that everyone should stay indoors. At that point we knew something was wrong, then ve to 10 minutes later thats when we hear the police, she said, adding that she and her 20 colleagues have been locked in their ofce ever since. Im ne, kind of nervous, she said. Two nearby schools were locked for about two hours after the shooting and no one on the campuses was hurt prior to release. Irwindale is a small industrial city of about 1,400 residents in the San Gabriel Valley, 22 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. It is home to the popular Irwindale Speedway auto racetrack. It is also home to the annual Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire as well as sprawling rock and gravel quarries.

Weekend Dec. 17-18, 2011

Three dead,two wounded in office shooting

By Greg Risling

Local briefs
Alleged insole stealer to trial
A woman accused of stealing $1,700 worth of Dr. Scholls shoe insoles from a Redwood City drug store by switching the price tags and paying an unsuspecting cashier $50 for them pleaded not guilty and will stand trial in June. Silvia Dinnette Johnson, 43, of East Palo Alto, planned to return the property elsewhere for a refund, according to prosecutors. The Aug. 16 incident leading to her arrest was allegedly one of four committed by Johnson at CVS stores in San Mateo County. In the Redwood City heist, author- Sylvia Johnson ities say Johnson and an unidentified woman switched the price tags on 34 or 35 insoles valued at approximately $50 each. They allegedly paid the cashier $50 for the bunch and left. After her arrest, Johnson allegedly told police she was just the lookout for the other woman. If convicted, she faces up to four years and eight months incarceration. She is free from custody on $75,000 bail.

IRWINDALE Three people were killed and two more injured Friday in a California ofce complex shooting, police said. The suspected gunman was among the dead and is believed to have self-inicted wounds, Baldwin Park police Capt. Michael Taylor said. As far as we know there was one shooting suspect, period, Taylor said. The shooting occurred around 1:30 p.m. Friday at Southern California Edison ofces inside a larger ofce complex in Irwindale. There was no immediate word on what prompted the gunre. Authorities were not saying whether the gunman worked at SoCal Edison or might have been a former employee. Multiple media reports said the gunman was an Edison employee and his two victims were believed to be company managers. Police said they could not conrm those reports.

Pair get jail for passing counterfeit bills

Two woman who passed counterfeit bills during several trips to San Mateos Bridgepointe Shopping Center Target were each sentenced to jail after pleading no contest to their respective burglary charges. Leticia Haynes, 32, of San Francisco, pleaded no contest to felony burglary and fraud counts in return for 60 days jail. She must surrender Jan. 28 and follow the term with three years supervised probation. Danielle Mark, 32, of San Pablo, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor burglary and received 21 days jail with credit for time served. She must also spend 18 months on court probation. The women were arrested Nov. 25 when San Mateo police were alerted to a fraud in progress at the store and, working with the U.S. Secret Service, detained them. The detectives seized numerous $100 and $50 bills from the women and the agents discovered equipment used to manufacture the counterfeit money at their home.

Environmental review of Americas Cup sought


Neighborhood and environmental groups Friday led an appeal of the nal environmental impact report for the Americas Cup sailing race in San Francisco, the same day Mayor Ed Lee announced a new development agreement with race organizers. The appeal was led by the Telegraph Hill Dwellers, San Francisco Tomorrow, the Golden Gate Audubon Society and Waterfront Watch in response to Thursday nights unanimous approval by the Planning Commission of the report analyzing the impact of the Americas Cup race. Americas Cup World Series races are scheduled to start in August 2012, followed by the Louis Vuitton Cup and the Americas Cup Challenger Series in July

2013 and the Americas Cup Finals in September 2013. The groups ling the appeal are asking for expanded environmental analysis of issues including the impacts on neighborhoods near the waterfront, said Jon Golinger, president of the Telegraph Hill Dwellers. The approach they took was to say this project occurs only on the waterfront, but the truth is, what better place to view the races than up on Coit Tower or Russian Hill? Golinger said. At a news conference announcing the new development agreement Friday, Lee said that the city can not afford to delay work on the Americas Cup because it needs the jobs that will be generated by the project. Plans for the Americas Cup include

the construction of a new cruise ship terminal at Pier 27, as well as venues for entertainment and spectator areas, team bases and media and hospitality services. The groups who led the appeal have been working closely with the city during the environmental review process and do not intend to delay the projects approval, Golinger said. He noted that the EIR is currently scheduled to go before the Board of Supervisors in mid-January, and argued that the city could probably complete the needed additional analysis before that time. They expected this, Golinger said of city ofcials. This is part of the process, its not a lawsuit and we have no intention of pursuing litigation. We just want more eyeballs on these issues.

Beaten Giants fan speaks on camera for first time

SAN FRANCISCO The San Francisco Giants fan who was nearly beaten to death on opening day has spoken on camera for the rst time since the attack. In the video clip aired on San Franciscos NBC affiliate Thursday, Dr. Nancy Snyderman of the news magazine show Rock Center introduces herself to Bryan Stow, who is sitting on a bed. After she introduces herself, Stow asks Snyderman: How are you? She says shes doing well, and Stow replies: Thats good. Rock Center released the video to preBryan Stow view its full report on Stows recovery at an undisclosed rehab center. The video is scheduled to air Monday at 10 p.m. The paramedic and father of two young children spent months in a medically induced coma after being punched in the head, kicked and slammed to the ground outside Dodger Stadium last March. He was moved from the hospital to the rehab center in October as he continues to recover from a traumatic brain injury. Stows family has chronicled his recovery on their blog. Last month, they reported Stow was still showing signs of confusion and frustration as he works to regain his ability to move and speak.

Four teens arrested for alleged gang-related stabbing


Four teens were arrested in connection with an apparent gang-related stabbing in Redwood City on Tuesday, police said. A 19-year-old Redwood City man was critically injured in the attack, which occurred around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 800 block of Brewster Avenue. The victim suffered stab wounds to his abdomen and was in critical condition as of earlier this week, according to police. Witnesses saw a suspect vehicle in the area, described as a tan or gold small

four-door car, possibly a Mercedes Benz. Two men were seen getting out of the vehicle to attack the victim, police said. Police located the suspect vehicle around 3 p.m. Wednesday at a home in the 2600 block of Marlborough Avenue in unincorporated Redwood City. Three people were contacted there and arrested after they made statements regarding their involvement in the stabbing. Police booked Jose Jimenez, an 18year-old unincorporated Redwood City resident, and Billi Antonio, an 18-year-

old Redwood City resident, into jail on suspicion of attempted murder and participation in a criminal street gang. A 16year-old male resident of unincorporated Redwood City was also arrested. Around 4 p.m. Thursday, a fourth suspect, 19-year-old Bryan Morales of Redwood City, was located at his place of work. He made a statement about his involvement in the stabbing and was arrested, police said. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Redwood City police. Anonymous tips can be made by calling (650) 780-7110.

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California jobless rate drops to 11.3 percent

By Juliet Williams

SACRAMENTO Californias unemployment rate fell to 11.3 percent in November, the lowest it has been since May 2009, state ofcials said Friday. There was only minimal job growth in that time, however, indicating that the state still has a long way to go before its economic woes are over. Only 6,600 new jobs were added in November, a key barometer, Californias Employment Development Department said. Basically this is an OK jobs report ... were just seeing slow progress, said Kimberly Ritter, an economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. At least we can say its steady. It looks like the labor markets are on the road to recovery. The gures show California added about 18,000 jobs in trade, transportation and utilities, but they were offset by 28,000 lost jobs in construction, manufacturing and professional and business services. That followed an overall gain of 37,600 California jobs in October a rosy gure that was revised upward from the previous months release. The unemployment rate in October was 11.7 percent. Californias unemployment rate was stuck near 12.5 percent for most of 2010, and the last time it fell below 11.3 percent was in May 2009. In November 2010, Californias unemployment rate was 12.5 percent. Were certainly on the right path, said Michael Bernick, a former director of EDD who is now a fellow at the Milken Institute.

ragon High School junior Sam Alavi recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C. as one of the invited grassroots activists to speak with White House staff. Alavi, a youth on the Gay Straight Alliance board, traveled east this week to attend a morning meeting at which grassroots organizations were able to Sam Alavi ask questions and give feedback with staff. Later, representatives, including Alavi, attended at holiday party at which President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attended. It was such a wonderful and inspiring experience. Its a reminder of all the work we do, Alavi said of grassroots organizers. *** This year, bringing green into the fall and winter is easy. While packing lunches as kids head back to school, options

Four Notre Dame High School-Belmont students were award winners in the Annual Respect Life Essay Contest sponsored by the Ofce of Public Policy and Social Concerns, Archdiocese of San Francisco. For the second consecutive year, senior Katie Modesitt was the grand prize winner.Modesitt was joined by senior Chantal Guegler as rst prize winner in San Mateo County and senior Emily Sliwkowski and junior Juliet Takla who earned honorable mention citations.
for staying eco-friendly and keeping lunch tasty are at your fingertips. TerraCycle, a pioneering recycling and upcycling company, offers eco-friendly, upcycled and recycled lunchboxes as well as a way to earn money by collecting non-recyclable food packaging such as cookies, chips, and juice pouches. There are groups in San Mateo that participate in TerraCycles Brigade programs, including Horrall and Parkside elementary schools. In addition, TerraCycle offers lunchboxes made from the wrappers that students have collected previously, showing students the recycling and upcycling processes in action. In addition to lunchboxes, TerraCycle turns the wrappers into eco-friendly backpacks, pencils and notebooks for students to enjoy. Any school or community organization can visit to sign up for a Brigade and start sending trash in for free. For every piece of waste sent in, schools will earn two points, which can be put toward charity gifts or converted to money for charity or the school. To learn more about TerraCycles Brigades, green products and how to turn trash into cash visit
Class notes is a column dedicated to school news. It is compiled by education reporter Heather Murtagh. You can contact her at (650) 344-5200, ext. 105 or at


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Poll:Majority says Obama should lose

By Ken Thomas and Jennifer Agiesta

Senate reaches last-minute accord

By David Espo and Alan Fram

WASHINGTON A majority of adults say President Barack Obama does not deserve a second term but are evenly divided on whether he will win re-election next year, says a new Associated Barack Obama Press-GfK poll that highlights some of the campaign obstacles he faces. Although the public would prefer Obama be voted out of office, he fares relatively well in potential matchups with Republicans Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. Another bit of good news for the Democrat: For the first time since spring, more adults said the economy got better in the past month than said it got worse. The presidents approval rating on unemployment shifted upward from 40 percent in October to 45 percent in the latest poll as the jobless rate fell to 8.6 percent last month, its lowest level since March 2009. But Obamas approval rating on his handling of the economy overall remains stagnant: 39 percent approve and 60 percent disapprove.

WASHINGTON Senate leaders agreed on compromise legislation to extend Social Security payroll tax cuts and jobless benefits for two months while requiring President Barack Obama to accept Republican demands for a swift decision on the fate of an oil pipeline that promises thousands of jobs. A vote is expected Saturday on the measure, the last in a highly contentious year of divided government. Any deal would also require House passage before it could reach Obamas desk. A senior administration official said on condition of anonymity that the president would sign the measure but almost certainly refuse to grant a permit for the oil pipeline project. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the deal. Racing to adjourn for the year, lawmakers moved quickly to clear


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters about an agreement on the payroll tax holiday on Capitol Hill in Washington,D.C.
separate legislation avoiding a partial government shutdown threatened for midnight. There was no immediate response to the compromise from the White House, which a few hours earlier had backed away from Obamas threat to veto any bill that linked the payroll tax cut extension with a Republican demand for a speedy decision on the 1,700-mile Keystone XL oil

pipeline proposed from Canada to Texas. Republican senators leaving a closed-door meeting put the price tag of the two-month package at between $30 billion and $40 billion said the cost would be covered through a fee on mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The legislation would also provide a 60-day reprieve from a scheduled 27 percent cut in the fees paid to doctors who treat Medicare patients. Several officials said it would require a decision within 60 days on the pipeline, with the president required to authorize construction unless he determined that would not be in the national interest. Obama recently announced he was postponing a decision until after the 2012 elections on the much-studied proposal. Environmentalists oppose the project, but several unions support it, putting the president in the uncomfortable position of having to choose between customary political allies.

Nine states win early education grant Judge tosses California lethal injection procedure
By Kimberly Heing

WASHINGTON Nine states won a collective $500 million Friday from the federal government to help make pre-K and other early learning programs more accessible and better capable of narrowing the achievement gap between those who start kindergarten without any formal schooling and those who do. California, Delaware, Maryland,

Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington state were announced as winners at the White House. Nothing is more important than getting our babies off to a good start, said Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The money to aid the nations youngest learners is part of the administrations cornerstone education initiative the Race to the Top grant competition.

By Paul Elias

SAN FRANCISCO A judge tossed out Californias newly adopted lethal injection procedure on Friday, throwing the states already stalled capital punishment system into further doubt. Marin County Superior Court

Judge Faye DOpal, finalizing a tentative ruling she issued a day earlier, said prison ofcials failed to properly explain why they rejected a one-drug process using only a barbiturate when one of their experts recommended it as being superior to the three-drug mixture that was adopted to execute inmates.


On a crisp blue early January morning, Sheri G. sat on the railing just outside her boyfriends fth-story apartment, her feet dangling over the street beneath her. Alienated, angry, and depressed, shed done drugs most of the night, and a day after escaping yet another recovery program. She pleaded to no one around, Why cant I stop doing this? Whether a cry for help or an act of spite, she scooted forward just inchesout into the cool mid-morning air. And 50 feet down. Few people survive a three-story fall, let alone a ve-story plunge. Sheri shattered her ankle, fractured her back, ruptured her spleen, and lacerated her liver. Miraculously, she lived. Even more miraculous is what shes done since, overcoming her addiction and the mental illness that fed it. Sheri suffered what was diagnosed as bipolar affective disorder. Sheris father was a truck driver, her mother a homemaker. Her older brother excelled at sports. Her elder sister wore a homecoming queens crown. But at the young age of 11, Sheri started cutting herself, using self-torture to sedate her already emerging inner demons. At 14, her parents divorced. Not long after, her grandfather died. Her father became despondent. Sheri self destructed. In junior high, she started drinking. In high school, she began using hard drugs. She dropped out, seeking drugs even at the cost of selling herself. For a time, she lived in her Ford LTD. At one point, she weighed only 98 pounds. She eventually landed in prison for two years. Despite her seemingly bleak situation, Sheri earned her GED while in prison. She won a Spark Plug Award from her fellow inmates for being optimistic and the one among them who always seemed so willing to help. She emerged from prison with hopes of turning her life around in the outside world. But those hopes dimmed, and quickly. She worked, but had trouble keeping a job. With her mental state on a perpetual roller coaster, she led 10 W-2s with the IRS in one year alone. Over time, she was in and out of 22 different recovery programs. She was, as she described herself, a time-bomb ticking. Finally, during one holiday season, her employer sent her to a 30-day inpatient recovery program. In early January, she wound up in mental lockdown. She escaped, relapsed into drugs within hours, and sought refuge with her boyfriend. While he was in the shower, she went toand then overthe railing. She woke up in intensive care to discover her father crying at her bedside, a faint awareness she was loved, and a feeling that things were going to be ne. Her survival may have been astounding, but her recovery wasnt. She spent a month in intensive care and the next six on her back. She underwent four surgeries. She managed a series of parttime jobs but chronic pain kept her from working much. Now, years later, thanks in part to Caminar, the 49-year-old owns a hopeful future instead of a troubled past. In 2005, she attended Caminars Transition to College program. There, she met Jobs Plus program director Michael Schocket, who saw in Sheri someone who was eager, intelligent and, most of all, who had lived the experiences of so many Caminar clients. Sheri is now an employee of Caminars Jobs Plus employment program, helping individuals get established in new jobs even though, once upon time, she couldnt keep one of her own. She meets with each of her clients at least four hours a week, to make sure they understand their duties, their schedules, and the life skills it takes to make it in the workplace. One client with a severe stutter and learning disabilities had trouble looking people in the eye. Sheri spent time coaching her how to make personal contact. Today the 21-year-old is a courtesy clerk training to become a cashier. Despite her desperate leap into oblivion, Sheri has become a testament to the human capacity to overcome adversity. Shes enormously grateful to all those who helped her alonglike Caminarand shes focused her energies on helping others turn the corner as she did. You, too, can contribute to rebuilding lives, by giving generously to support Caminar. People like Sheri will be forever thankful. Approximately 90 of every dollar donated goes directly to support our program services. By Patrick Houston Please send your gift to: Caminar, 3 Waters Park Drive, Suite 200, San Mateo, CA 94403 or go to Caminar is a 501(c)(3) non-prot corporation. Our federal tax ID number is 94- 1639389. Your contribution is tax-deductible as allowed by law.

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Budget relief doesnt change big picture

The San Diego Union-Tribune

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Beyond the fact that the budget cuts will mean great hardship for many, its also fair to wonder if they went far enough if this is one more case of Sacramento using a rosy scenario to avoid tough decisions. While cuts were only $1 billion, revenue is running $2.2 billion short of what was projected when the state budget was crafted in June, and thats even with unexpectedly strong November receipts. The reality is that Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature have accomplished little in jump-starting the economy and increasing revenue through economic growth, which is far preferable to raising taxes during a long downturn.

he Brown administrations announcement Tuesday that it would order smaller midyear budget trigger cuts than feared must be kept in context. The $1 billion in cuts will further reduce state services for seniors and the disabled and will cost the University of California and California State University systems $100 million each. While school districts face only $79 million in new cuts to classroom funding, the $248 million reduction in school transportation funds means the end of busing in many districts, which will have a deeply disruptive effect on hundreds of thousands of families, and not just in rural areas.

California continues to rank last or near last in surveys measuring friendliness to business. Job-creation efforts focus solely on the green niche of the economy. Government reform whether of pensions, of teacher tenure or of pay practices that reward raises based solely on years of employment - is blocked at every step by Democratic lawmakers beholden to unions. On a daily basis, we see new evidence that the state government status quo doesnt work. Yet in Sacramento, the dominant assumption driving policy is that theres nothing wrong with the state status quo that higher taxes couldnt solve. This attitude is a recipe for both government inertia and for Californias continued decline.

Send home the clowns

m not going to pretend I look favorably upon conservative Republicans, but I do look with some compassion upon the plight of Republican primary election voters, who face an array of loser candidates for the presidency, playing personal end games. The absurd schedule of more than 25 debates guarantees viewer fatigue as the candidates mutually destroy each other. Meanwhile, Obama keeps moving along without any serious Democratic competition to undercut him. But I never suspected how bad it would become. I expected the nomination of experienced and presidential looking Mitt Romney would give Obama a run for the roses. But I never expected him to be so badly deconstructed as to fall from rst place to a variety of clowns who would never have a chance in the general election. The other genuinely competitive hopeful, Jon Huntsman is, absurdly, being ignored. Just take a gander at some of the others: Herman Cain, devoid of knowledge of anything outside of the restaurant business, making a big splash with his resounding traveling preacher-like sermons. Or Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, revealing a pixyish personality that makes it seem as if hes auditioning for a comedy show rather than a ght for the nomination for the presidency. Or religion-obsessed and narrow-minded Michele Bachmann who demonstrates her Christian humanity by stating she would like to see the American-born children of illegals be forced to watch their parents being put on buses back to Mexico. Such compassion! Now, how about this conundrum? All three above tell us God spoke to them, individually, and told them to run. Tell me then, which is really Gods favorite? Further, I am wondering if bigoted and recidivist Rick Santorum is so caught up in his conservatism that he believes he is running for the ofce as if it is still in the 18th century? On the other hand, Ron Paul, one of the most intelligent and rational of the candidates, is too far out in his thinking to stand a chance in the general election. Finally, we have Newt Gingrich a blazing thinker probably the match for Romney in intelligence and experience, who will likely throw out too many spontaneous and thoughtless bursts of wisdom to be taken seriously as a president with gravitas. Its fascinating, however, to contemplate him facing Obama, another super debater, after the conventions. The major problem is there are too many months of primaries before the conventions enough for each candidate to spew over his/her own shoes, while Obama blithely moves on, untouched, being the current president. Its rumored that Obamas campaign staff is doing nothing more than taking notes of the Republican debates to frame their negative ads of the future. The English have a phrase for it: A tempest in a teapot, because is it going to matter in the end? I believe its not going to be a personality election but an issue election. Even if Obama has a very low popularity rating at the time, will the middle class and independent voters buy what the Republicans are selling, which is reductions in their social safety net and the clamping down on unions? And how about some of the outlandish proposals some of the Republican candidates are throwing out to beat out their competition? I think not. Voters tend to vote what they perceive is their own best interest and the Republican candidates are not comforting them much with their proposals. Then, again, will enough Republican governors and legislatures have aborted enough voters registrations to block off their intentions? What? Me, cynical? *** It was a surprise when I received an email asking whether I wrote President Obamas comprehensive speech in Kansas last week about the conditions that brought on the Great Recession. So, I read the speech and, by golly, he summarized what I had been writing for the last 30 years about the 1 percenters and the decline of the middle class! If hes so smart, why did it take him so long to catch up with me? Now, if he gets around to speaking about what a failure the two wars in the Middle East have been, he will ll in a straight ush of my opinions of the Cheney/Bush Follies. As I wrote, after huge human and economic losses, as soon as we pulled out of Iraq, theyll go right back and pick up where they left off in the 1,400-year holy war between the Shiites and the Sunnis. By sheer numbers, the 15 million Shiites will, likely, win and merge with their 70 million brother Shiites in Iran in a perfect economic union. And, similarly, when we leave Afghanistan, millions of Taliban will still be living there against a Kabul government too weak and unwilling to hold them back.
Keith Kreitman has been a Foster City resident for 25 years. He is retired with degrees in political science and journalism and advanced studies in law. He is the host of Focus on the Arts on Peninsula TV, Channel 26. His column appears in the weekend edition.

Letters to the editor

Lets hope independent thinking remains lonely
Editor, Keith Kreitman, the Daily Journals resident lonely leftie, raises the prospect in his latest column (Independent thinking can be a lonely endeavor in the Dec. 10 edition) of the Occupy movement turning into revolution when he warns that there are 300 million guns available in our unhappy land. One can infer that is his general assessment of how the so-called Occupiers movement could develop. The Occupiers stand radically outside historic American political and peaceful protest movements. They have destroyed property, invaded both private and public areas, interrupted commerce, inconvenienced vast numbers of citizens in various American cities and imposed needless policing and cleanup costs on economically struggling cities. Their tactics are reminiscent of the street brawls between Nazis and Communists in Weimar, Germany. The private citizen is, of course, totally at their mercy. Our constitutional safeguards allow and protect the free expression of ideas. They do not condone lawlessness, which, if history is any guide, will always deteriorate into tyranny. Let us hope that Kreitmans independent thinking remains relatively lonely in this great nation and state. can a small district such as the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District not notice that $650,000 is missing? (Theft bites mosquito district in the Dec. 6 edition of the Daily Journal). Are they holding onto so much of our tax dollars that it takes a year for a red ag to appear? Is there no citizen oversight for this organization or was the board asleep at the wheel? Not doing a pre-employment check on employees is an obvious problem, but why was the manager not aware of criminal behavior going on under his noise? It is entirely the boards and managements responsibility to make sure our tax dollars are spent wisely and not squandered. For this lackluster job performance, the manager should be standing in the unemployment line and the board should get someone in there who can watch out for our hard-earned tax dollars. So I presume us taxpayers will have to shoulder this burden alone, again. Good luck at getting any of our money back. America, Chase, Citibank and Wells Fargo. We will present our demands to the big banks and urge the public to move their money into credit unions and community banks until these conditions are met. Bank of America, the nations fth largest corporation, pays less in taxes than the average American household. Last year, the New York attorney general intervened to prevent Citibank from changing the terms on free checking accounts with zero days notice. Chase paid $27 million this year to settle a class-action lawsuit for overcharging military folks for their mortgages. Two years into the Home Affordable Modication Program (HAMP), less than a quarter of Wells Fargos 350,000 homeowners eligible for the program had received a permanent modication. But what is it that the 99 percent deserve as penance for these corporate sins? Keep families in their homes: The Big Four must establish a moratorium on all foreclosures until comprehensive reforms to loan modication practices are established. They must cease illegal evictions of tenants in foreclosed properties. Stop predatory lending: Big banks must stop nancing predatory lending rms and stop providing payday loans to their own customers. Pay up: The Big Four must stop exploiting tax loopholes and start paying their fair share of local, state and federal taxes like the rest of us. Until these demands are met, the 99 percent will march against the banks. Join us at Courthouse Square this Saturday!

Judy Singer San Carlos

What we want
Editor, One question repeatedly asked of the Occupy movement is: What do they want? This Saturday at 10 a.m., Occupy Redwood City will explain to anyone who is willing to listen what the 99 percent wants. We will take the public on a bank tour in Redwood City, a Tour of Shame where we will vocalize the sins of the Big Four: Bank of

Gordon M. Seely Belmont

Bitten again
Editor, The taxpayers get bitten again! How

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Early rally fades

Dow 11,866.39 -2.42 10-Yr Bond 1.3043 +0.0024 Nasdaq 2,555.33 +14.32 Oil (per barrel) ??? S&P 500 1,219.66 +3.91 Gold 1,596.00
By Daniel Wagner

Wall Street
manufacturing in the Northeast improved dramatically. The Dow lost 360 points over the rst three days of the week as investors questioned whether Europes agreement to closer coordinate scal policy would be enough to save the euro from a catastrophic breakup. Phil Orlando, chief equity market strategist at Federated Investors, said investors are holding back until they get a rmer resolution to Europes debt morass and more progress in Washington on reforming entitlements, balancing the budget and getting the country growing again. Right, now we dont have anything to offer them, he said. Some analysts believe nervousness about Europe this fall and winter pushed stock prices too far. Investment adviser Uri Landesman, president of Platinum Partners, expects stocks to rise into next year because of the growing likelihood that economic news and European headlines will remain positive. The odds are, the news is going to be better than the market is discounting, Landesman said. He said the market is near the low end of its recent trading range, and a dose of positive news could set off a mini-rally. Any market moves next week could be sharp as trading volume thins out before the Christmas holiday, Landesman said.

Big movers
Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE RSC Holdings Inc.,up $6.58 at $17.95 United Rentals Inc.said it has agreed to buy rival equipment rental company RSC Holdings for about $1.9 billion in cash and stock. Cameron International Corp.,up $2.69 at $47.55 The maker of the blowout preventer that failed to stop last years Gulf oil spill agreed to pay $250 million to BP in a settlement. Quiksilver Inc.,up 39 cents at $3.46 The clothing company posted a prot in its scal fourth quarter as the company sold more of its surf-inspired clothing and gear. Cablevision Systems Corp., down $1.18 at $12.75 The cable television company and Internet service provider said its Chief Operating Ofcer Tom Rutledge will resign this month. Frontline Ltd.,up 34 cents at $3.83 The Bermuda-based tanker owner said that it raised $285 million from investors to help pay for its ongoing restructuring plan. Nasdaq Research In Motion Ltd.,down $1.69 at $13.44 The BlackBerry smartphone maker said that new phones deemed critical to the companys future will be delayed until late 2012. Adobe Systems Inc.,up $1.74 at $28.20 The software maker said that its fourth-quarter net income fell, but revenue rose and results beat Wall Street expectations. Charming Shoppes Inc.,up 15 cents at $4.79 The New York Post reported that dressbarn owner Ascena Retail Group is interested in buying Fashion Bug stores from Charming Shoppes.

An early rally faded on the stock market Friday, leaving indexes down about 3 percent for the week as worries resurfaced about a breakup of the euro. BlackBerry maker Research in Motion plunged after slashing its forecast for holiday sales. The IPO of online game maker Zynga Inc. didnt live up to its lofty expectations. The stock lost 5 percent on its rst day of trading The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 2 points. It was up as many as 99 points in the morning after the Italian government won a condence vote on austerity measures. That gain evaporated around midday after Fitch warned that it might downgrade the debt of Italy, Spain and four other countries that use the euro. After markets closed, Moodys downgraded Belgiums debt two notches and said more cuts were possible. Materials and industrial companies rose, signaling that traders expect the U.S. economic recovery to remain on track. Utilities, health care and consumer staples companies lagged the market as traders sold stocks that are considered to be safer when the economy is weak. The Dow Jones industrial average broke a three-day slump Thursday on news that claims for unemployment benets plunged last week and measures of

Investors give Zynga a cold shoulder

Recently public
Zynga Inc., developer of online games, rst day of trading on Friday. Pricing:$10 per share First-day close:$9.50,down 5 percent from IPO price Trading range since IPO:$9 to $11.50 Jive Software Inc., creator of tools to run social networks for businesses,rst trading day on Tuesday. Pricing:$12 per share First-day close:$15.05,up 25 percent from IPO price Trading range since IPO:$14.36 to $16.50 Fridays close:$15.10,up 26 percent from IPO price Angies List,reviews site,rst trading day on Nov.17. Pricing:$13 First-day close:$16.26,up 25 percent Trading range since IPO:$10.77 to $18.75 Fridays close:$15.73,up 21 percent Groupon Inc.,online deals company,rst trading day on Nov.4 Pricing:$20 First-day close:$26.11,up 31 percent Trading range since IPO:$14.85 to $31.14 Fridays close:$23.04,up 15 percent Zillow Inc., real estate website, rst trading day on July 20 Pricing:$20 First-day close:$35.77,up 79 percent. Trading range since IPO:$21.22 to $60 Fridays close:$23.02,up 15 percent Pandora Media Inc., Internet radio company, rst trading day on June 15 Pricing:$16 First-day close:$17.42,up 9 percent Trading range since IPO:$9.15 to $26 Fridays close:$10.55,down 34 percent LinkedIn Corp., online professional network, rst trading day on May 19 Pricing:$45 First-day close:$94.25,more than double Trading range since IPO:$55.98 to $122.70 Fridays close:$65.84,up 46 percent Zipcar Inc., online car rental company, rst trading day on April 14 Pricing:$18

By Barbara Ortutay

NEW YORK As its workers celebrated with hot chocolate and cinnamon buns, Zynga saw its stock dinged on its rst day of trading Friday an unexpected turn of events for a closely watched public debut seen as a precursor to Facebooks next year. Zynga Inc., the online game developer behind FarmVille, Maa Wars and other popular time killers on Facebook, raised at least $1 billion in its initial public offering of stock, the largest for a U.S. Internet company since Googles $1.4 billion IPO in 2004. But by Friday afternoon, Zyngas stock fell 50 cents, or 5 percent, to close at $9.50. The stock priced at $10 on Thursday, at the high end of its expected range. It traded as high as $11.50 on Friday before heading into a downward spiral on the Nasdaq Stock Market. It was far from the eye-popping jump that has been the trend this year for freshly public Internet darlings such as LinkedIn Corp., which saw its stock double on its rst trading day. Zyngas opening with a ticker symbol of ZNGA was supposed to be big. After all, unlike many others with IPOs, the company is protable, with

more than 220 million people playing its games on Facebook each month. What this all means for Facebooks IPO, expected sometime after April, is hard to say. One thing is clear, though. A hot IPO is not guaranteed, said Kathleen Smith, principal of IPO investment advisory firm Renaissance Capital. Despite the big-name public offerings this year, the IPO market is not in good health. Buyers are skittish and concerned about the high volatility of freshly public stocks, Smith said. Big name or not, investors dont want to pay sky-high prices for stocks, especially not before a company has proven itself with good earnings reports and analyst ratings. Seventy percent of the 125 companies that went public this year are now trading below their IPO price, according to Renaissance Capital. While Fridays drop doesnt look good, its not devastating for Zynga. Its CEO, Mark Pincus, said the companys focus is on delivering great products that expand audience for social games over the next few years and not on the next trading day. We didnt have any expectations coming into this whole process, he said in an interview. We decided to go public a long time ago.

French solar panel maker opens factory

By Elliott Spagat

SAN DIEGO A French solar panel maker opened a $150 million factory Friday in a step that brings California closer to its target of getting one-third of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Soitec will employ 450 people at its San Diego plant, which will begin commercial operations in the fourth quarter of 2012. Gov. Jerry Brown celebrated the rare dose of good news on job creation by taking a dig at rival Texas. Were not going to compete with Texas on some of the stuff they do, but when it comes to utilizing the solar radiation, weve got a lot, Brown told an audience at the plants entrance. In fact, I like to assert weve got more sun avail-

able for energy in California than Texas has oil in the ground. Brown, who signed a law this year requiring utilities to get one-third of power from renewable sources by 2020, said the state will surpass its goal. The state got 13.9 percent of its power from renewable sources in 2009. Soitec said it will produce enough panels for 200 megawatts of electricity each year, enough to supply 75,000 homes. San Diego Gas & Electric Co., which serves 3.5 million customers in Southern California, has agreed to purchase 305 megawatts from plants built with Soitec panels. Soitec will build ve solar plants in east San Diego County with its own panels, yielding 105 megawatts for SDG&E, said Jim Avery, the utilitys senior vice president of power supply.

Tenaska Inc., an Omaha, Neb.-based power company, plans to ship 150 megawatts to the San Diego region from a plant in Californias Imperial Valley. SDG&E, a unit of Sempra Energy, currently gets about 20 percent of its electricity from renewable power sources, Avery said. The plants built with Soitec panels will add about three percentage points. Soitec is building the San Diego factory without any government loans or nancial support, said Clark Crawford, vice president of sales and business development in North America. The company raised $198 million in a stock offering in July. Soitec, based in Bernin, France, last month posted a loss of $17 million on revenue of $214.6 million)for the rst half of its scal year.

Weekend, Dec. 17-18, 2011

<< Messi, Barcelona, draw German team, page 12 New NBA coaches face major challenges, page 17

Padres power past Panthers Niner O-line

By Julio Lara


Serras Jason Barsocchini lays the ball in during the Padres 68-43 win over Burlingame Friday night.

You wont nd a more electric atmosphere for a basketball game in San Mateo County these days than the annual Serra versus Burlingame rivalry with fans lined up outside the gymnasium and wrapped around the building more than 80 minutes prior to an 8 p.m. tip-off. On the hardwood, the Panthers have made it a point to match that same intensity and excitement by narrowing the gap a bit in recent years in a series once completely dominated by the Padres. Friday night, with a packed house, Serra revisited the domination of old though, completely suffocating the Panthers on defense and cruising to a 68-43 victory. The lead was as big at 33 points, at which time the Serra 6th man began chanting we want refunds, while the Burlingame Pit stood wondering how their team could be playing so poorly, especially at home. The 25-point margin marks Burlingames most lopsided loss since a 57-30 defeat to Sacred Heart Cathedral in the Central Coast Section playoffs two seasons ago.

Burlingame shot 30 percent from the oor on the night, including 2-for-12 from beyond the arc both those triples actually came in the fourth quarter. Its not very often you see the home rims be so unkind to the Panthers. Not only were they 11-of-36 from the eld, but they shot 61 percent from the free throw line. I say a lot of that was Serras defense, said Burlingame head coach Jeff Dowd. They came out, physically tough and we expected that. Weve got to do a better job of staying with our game plan and sustain our defensive effort for each possession. We had too many breakdowns on defense. And too many breakdowns on offense. We played well, said Serra head coach Chuck Rapp. Its one of those things where things were falling for us and we kind of got baskets in bunches. We were fortunate. Thats a good Burlingame team, They have a lot of great pieces. Theyre going to win a lot of games. Tonight was just our night. The Padres came out on re, hitting 9-of-14 from the oor in the rst quarter and limiting the Panthers to just 3-of-10 shooting. A 7-4

is prepared
By Antonio Gonzalez

See SERRA, Page 15

SANTA CLARA Even with linebacker James Harrison suspended from the vaunted Pittsburgh Steelers defense, the San Francisco 49ers offensive line has no reason to celebrate. They might be a man down, too. After surrendering a staggering 18 sacks in the past three games, the 49ers (10-3) are facing the prospect of playing without left tackle Joe Staley for the Monday night matchup against the Steelers (10-3) at Candlestick Park. The blindside blocker is still recovering from a concussion and hasnt participated in practice this week. As if San Francisco didnt have enough to worry about. Youve got to be concerned about everything against Pittsburgh, 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Friday. Im concerned about everything, rush defense is very good. Theyve got answers for everything. An offensive line that had shown signs of progress this season has suddenly slipped. Defenses sacked quarterback Alex Smith 14 times in a three-game span from Weeks 2 to 4, then only seven times over the next six games before he was planted in the turf nine times by the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving night. With the competition improving each week,

See 49ERS, Page 14

Ward back in Super Six



Former San Francisco Giants outelder Barry Bonds makes his way through a crowd following his sentencing hearing in San Francisco.Bonds was given a 30-day sentence to be served at home after a perjury trial that lasted 15 months.

Bonds heads home

By Paul Elias

SAN FRANCISCO Eight years of being investigated for steroid allegations ended for home run king Barry Bonds on Friday with a 30-day sentence to be served at home. No more and maybe less. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston immediately delayed imposing the sentence while Bonds appeals his obstruction of justice conviction. The former baseball star was found guilty in April not of using steroids, but of misleading grand jurors. Even without prison time, the case has left its mark on the seven-time National League MVP. His 762 career home runs, and 73 homers in 2001, may forever be seen as taint-

ed records, and his ticket to baseballs Hall of Fame is in doubt. Bonds declined to speak in court. Wellwishers hugged the 47-year-old in the hallway courtroom after the hearing was over, and a smattering of fans cheered him as he left the courthouse. It was a marked departure from his initial court appearance four years ago, when guards had to clear a path for Bonds to get through dozens of onlookers to his SUV. Whatever he did or didnt do, we all lie, said Esther Picazo, a fan outside the courthouse. We all make mistakes. But I dont think he shouldve gotten any kind of punishment at all. Bonds was sentenced to two years of probation, 250 hours of community service, a $4,000 ne and 30 days of home connement.

It will take time to determine whether he serves any of it; his appellate specialist, Dennis Riordan, estimated it would take nearly a year and a half for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rule. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Parrella called the sentence a slap on the wrist and the ne almost laughable for a superstar athlete who made more than $192 million for playing baseball. Parrella had sought 15 months in prison and argued that home connement wasnt punishment enough for a man with a 15,000square-foot house with all the advantages. Bonds lives in a six-bedroom, 10-bath house with a gym and swimming pool.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. Two years have passed since Showtime began its Super Six Boxing World Boxing Classic in an effort to nd the top super-middleweight boxer. There were some obstacles along the way. Some contenders, such as IBF champion Lucian Bute, opted not to participate. Injuries forced Jermain Taylor and Mikkel Kessler to withdraw during the round-robin tournament. And Andre Ward suffered a cut while sparring and had to postpone the nal bout for nearly two months. But the search for the best 168-pounder will finally end Saturday at Boardwalk Hall, when Ward (24-0, 13 KOs), of Oakland, Calif., puts his WBA title on the line against WBC champion Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs), of Nottingham, England, in one of the most anticipated ghts of Andre Ward the year. Have there been problems? Sure, Wards promoter, Dan Goossen said. But for Showtime to be able to get past the politics of boxing, promoters egos and everything else to keep this tournament together, has been quite an accomplishment. It was a brilliant concept and when the bell rings on Saturday night, people are going to enjoy an outstanding, exciting ght. Both Froch and Ward fought their way through top competition to earn their spots in the nal. Froch, 34, went 4-1 in the previous rounds of the tournament. He opened with a 12-round

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McQueary says he saw, reported molestation


Denver looks to 2022 Olympic bid


HARRISBURG, Pa. As soon as he walked into the Penn State locker room, Mike McQueary heard running water and rhythmic, slapping sounds of skin on skin. He looked in a mirror and saw a naked Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant coach, holding a young boy by the waist from behind, up against the wall in the campus shower. I just saw Coach Sandusky in the showers with a boy and what I saw was wrong and sexual, McQueary recalled telling his father that night in 2002. He repeated it the next morning to coach Joe Paterno, who slumped deep into his chair at his kitchen table. He said, Im sorry you had to see that, McQueary said. McQuearys testimony Friday at a preliminary hearing for two Penn State ofcials accused of covering up the story was the most detailed, public account yet of the child sex abuse allegations that have upended the universitys football program and the entire central Pennsylvania campus. Paterno and the university president have lost their jobs, and ofcials Tim Curley and Gary Schultz are accused of lying to a grand jury about what McQueary told them. A Pennsylvania judge on Friday held Curley, the universitys athletic director, and Schultz, a retired senior vice president, for trial after the daylong hearing. Curley said that McQueary never relayed the seriousness of what he saw, and said he was only told that Sandusky was horsing around with a boy but that his conduct wasnt sexual. He said he told the university president about the episode and the top ofcial at a childrens charity that Sandusky founded, but never told university police. I didnt see any reason because I didnt think at the time it was a crime, he told the grand jury, according to testimony read into the record on Friday. Curley, Schultz and Paterno have been criticized for never telling police about the 2002 charges. Prosecutors say Sandusky continued to abuse boys for six more years. Sandusky has denied having inappropriate sexual contact with boys.

DENVER Denver the only city to be awarded the Olympics, then turn them down is forming a committee that will look into making a bid for the 2022 Winter Games. The committee will present ndings to Gov. John Hickenlooper and Mayor Michael Hancock, who said Friday the idea of a bid is worth taking seriously. But rst were going to ask the right questions and make sure were satised with the answers, Hancock said. The International Olympic Committee awarded the 1976 Winter Games to Denver, but the city later decided against hosting the event. The games ended up in Innsbruck, Austria. IOC President Jacques Rogge said earlier this year that the IOC carried no grudge against Denver for what it did more than three decades ago. Back then, a group of civic leaders persuaded voters to say no, to the Olympics, arguing against the massive growth and pollution the games might bring. Richard Lamm, who led that charge and later became governor, said in an

interview two years ago that the local organizing committee of the time was in way over its head. He also said he wasnt sure turning down the Olympics ultimately prevented the sprawl the leaders were trying to avoid. Of course, both the Olympic experience and the city of Denver have changed drastically since the 1970s. The bid to run those games came in at around $5 million. The Vancouver organizing committee that ran the 2010 Winter Games spent $1.86 billion. Meanwhile, metro Denvers population has grown from about 1.2 million to 2.7 million and the main highway into the mountains, Interstate 70, has become more and more clogged as the decades have passed. It is, by many accounts, in need of the kind of widening project an Olympics could help spur. Don Elliman, a co-chair of the exploratory committee, said the giveback of the 1976 Olympics comes up in peoples mind as a hangover. But it was damn near 50 years ago. You begin to wonder about that. The Games were very different in those days. The Reno-Tahoe area is also consider-

ing making a run at the 2022 Games, though the U.S. Olympic Committee is not committed to backing an American bid; the USOC wants to resolve a revenue-sharing dispute with the IOC before committing to future bids. As we have stated to Denver and other interested cities, the USOC is not focused on bids at this time, USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said. In a news release, the Denver committee acknowledged that it could not move forward with any Olympic bid without the backing of the USOC. The 2022 host will be chosen in 2015, though any potential bid cities would have to be committed to a plan by 2013. Elliman said the committee hopes to present its ndings to the mayor and governor in 90 days. That may be a little ambitious, Elliman said. But when the USOC turns on the green light, assuming they do, we want to be in position to know whether or not we want to go for it. Jeremy Bloom, a former football star at Colorado who went on to compete in the Olympics in freestyle skiing, is among those on the Denver committee.

Barca to face Leverkusen in Champions


NYON, Switzerland Defending champion Barcelona got the luck of the draw Friday and will play Bayer Leverkusen in the last 16 of the Champions League. As Barcelona avoided a long trip to Russia in freezing cold February temperatures, that arduous task fell to rival Real Madrid, which will play CSKA Moscow. For us, the most important thing is not to play in Russia, for the temperatures and the distance, Barcelona director Amador Bernabeu told The Associated Press, The draw also set up a pair of ItalyEngland clashes. Arsenal will face AC Milan and Chelsea was drawn to play Napoli.

In other matches, it was: Marseille vs. Inter Milan; FC Basel vs. Bayern Munich; Lyon vs. APOEL Nicosia; and Zenit St. Petersburg vs. Benca. The rst legs will be played Feb. 1415 and 21-22, with the return matches scheduled for March 6-7 and 13-14. With the two Russian teams unseeded after nishing runner-up in their groups, two seeded teams were sure to be sent on the long journey north. It will be a key factor. The weather and the temperature, were not used to that, Madrid director Emilio Butragueno said. We have to be very careful. Milan director Umberto Gandini recalled that Arsenal eliminated the seven-time European champions at the same stage in 2008.

Its a rematch of Arsenal beating us 2-0 at the San Siro. It will be a great match, Gandini said. APOEL, the first Cypriot club to reach the knockout round, shaped as the weakest of the seeded clubs and was paired with Lyon. We must not speak only of luck, Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas said. APOEL have been exceptional in the rst round an drew all three of their away matches. Benca also goes to Russia to play Zenit St. Petersburg, while two matchups are almost local derbies. Bayern has the short journey to Basel on the Swiss-German border and Inter has a short trip to play Marseille.


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division three weeks ago. But the Broncos have continued to roll behind quarterback Tim Tebow while the Raiders followed their season-high three-game winning streak with consecutive lopsided losses to Miami and Green Bay. Injuries and a lack of consistency on both sides of the ball have played a big role in Oaklands fall. The Raiders offense got a bit of a boost this week with the return of rookie wide receiver Denarius Moore, who had missed three games with a foot injury. But theyre still without running back Darren McFadden and wide receiver Jacoby Ford, who were both Darren ruled out for Sundays game McFadden against the Lions. Its the seventh consecutive game McFadden will miss due to a lingering mid-foot sprain, while Ford will sit out his fifth straight. Moore, who is third on the team with 24 receptions and is averaging 17.1 yards a catch, was limited in practice Friday but is expected to play. It helps because obviously hes a playmaker and he knows how to make plays and can make plays, Jackson said. It gives you another weapon that you havent had at your disposal. It helps, but by no stretch of the imagination is he going to be the key to winning the game by himself. A win Sunday against Detroit would be Oaklands eighth of the season, matching its total from a year ago. It would also stop the Raiders recent slide and keep them in the playoff hunt in the AFC. Oakland hasnt won more than two games in December since winning the AFC championship in 2002 and is 9-28 in the final month of the year over the past eight-plus seasons. The Raiders are already 0-2 this December, prompting talk that they may be crumbling under the pressure. Jacksons photos in ESPN The Magazine proved that at least the coach is staying calm and clean. The pictures, taken Nov. 26 on the day before Oakland hosted the Chicago Bears, show a relaxed Jackson getting a manicure and pedicure while wearing a Raiders sweatshirt. Team building, thats what that was for, Jackson joked. It was unfortunate they got me at that time. It will never happen again.


Jackson tries to keep Raiders loose


Students suspended for organizing Tebowing


ALAMEDA Nearly all NFL coaches and players have some sort of ritual they go through before games, whether its wearing the same clothes, listening to the same music or eating the same meal. Hue Jackson treats himself to a pedicure and manicure. The Oakland Raiders coach has been following the same Hue Jackson routine for several years now, but it only became public Friday when photos of Jacksons pregame ritual appeared in the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine. First, his players found out about it and jokingly ribbed their coach. Then it was reporters who had their turn, presenting a laughing Jackson with a copy of the magazine during his daily meeting with the media. I have taken it today, Jackson said. That got out pretty fast. The whole team busted my chops. If the Raiders, coming off backto-back blowout losses, are feeling any pressure, theyre sure not showing it and neither is Jackson. Oakland is one game behind Denver in the AFC West after seemingly being in control of the

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. Two New York athletes have been suspended by school administrators for organizing several kneel-downs in tribute to NFL sensation Tim Tebow, who said Friday that while he appreciates their boldness, the students have to obey their elders. I think if they had good intenREUTERS tions, then good for them for having The Broncos Tim Tebow,Tebowing. the courage to do something different, the Denver Broncos quarterback He conceded that although kneelsaid when told of the suspensions ing for Tebow has a religious connothis week on New Yorks Long tation, their intent was simply to Island. honor a sports hero. The devout Christian, who has led Riverhead School Superintendent his team to a 7-1 record, often kneels Nancy Carney said in a statement in prayer after a success on the grid- that the students actions created a iron. potential safety hazard. He added: You have to respect the I think its wonderful that our stuposition of authority and people that dents look up to sports heroes such as Gods put as authority over you, so Mr. Tebow, but we cant allow stuthats part of it, and just nding the dents to create unsafe situations in right place and the right time to do school, Carney said in a statement. things is part of it, too. Students cannot block hallways and Riverhead High School adminis- prevent other students from getting to trators suspended 17-year-old twins class. Connor and Tyler Carroll this week She said the Carroll brothers, who after they organized several play on the Riverhead football and Tebowing tributes to the NFL star baseball teams, were disciplined in their school hallway. because of prior warnings about disConnor Carroll said in a telephone ruptions in the hallway. Connor interview on Friday afternoon that he Carroll said that he and his brother and his friends nearly 40 took part and others had been creating human in the last of three demonstrations on walls in the hallways about six Wednesday merely wanted to pay weeks ago and conceded they were tribute to Tebow as a role model, told to stop, but argued that the Tebowing tribute was different. leader and winner.

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San Franciscos offensive line has reverted to past form. Not all of the trouble surfacing is in the passing game, either. Frank Gore had 10 carries for 72 yards and disappeared in the second half of Sundays loss at Arizona after scoring a 37-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Smith struggled with a onesided offensive scheme, although Roman rejected the idea that the team is not striving for balance. A couple of weeks ago you guys were complaining that we were running it too much. Now its ipped the switch, huh? Roman said. Every week its different. The strategies are what they are. Not going to get into strategy. Every week is different. Youve got to run it. Youve got to throw it. Youve got to do both to be successful, short term and long term. Making matters worse, the patchwork offensive line is still getting pieced together. Staley, who took a blow to the head against Arizona and didnt return, ran light sprints on the sideline during the portion of Fridays practice open to the media but did not participate with the team. One of the leaders of the line and the 49ers, Staley said he feels ne now but is unsure if hell be cleared to play. The left tackle is going through a series of neurological tests this week under the NFLs concussion protocol. The NFL on Friday denied Harrisons appeal of a one-game suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Cleveland quarterback Colt McCoy, giving San Francisco at least some relief against a blitz-happy defense. Alex Boone would make his rst career start if Staley is inactive, and given the 49ers recent struggles, hes ready for a lot of disguised pressure from all sides of Pittsburghs defense. I feel like in the NFL when you cant pick up a blitz one time, everyone just hammers you with that same blitz, Boone said. They just keep throwing it at you and throwing it at you to see if maybe they can get the same thing out of it. So we expect a lot of blitzes, a lot of pressure. The NFC West-champion 49ers are clinging to the No. 2 seed and a rst-round playoff bye while New Orleans is making a hard charge and cant afford to waste a chance at home in the regular-season nale at Candlestick. The recent struggles have come on the road, in part, because of crowd noise leading to miscommunication. The 49ers nish the season at Seattle and St. Louis. And even though San Francisco is preparing for a home game this week, coach Jim Harbaugh pumped in music over the loudspeakers during practice Friday, including the White Stripes, Soundgarden and a variety of hip hop and country music selections all in an effort to improve communication. Some of it is communication, some of it isnt. Some of its just were not getting it done, Smith said of the offenses woes. Its tough. Youre on the road. Its noisy, especially on third down a lot of times. So, its tough to make calls, hear calls. Theyre moving around at the last second. All of those things kind of go into it. So, just got to continue to focus and hone in (on) preparation. Things like that all play into that.


Panthers press and ran up and down the oor, scoring 19 points in the frame. The Padres did all this without much of a contribution from Caruso, who scored one point in the third quarter and only had four heading into the fourth. Serra didnt need him though. They were up 33 after three. We kind of just fed off their turnovers and got baskets in bunches, Rapp said. We just got on a roll and sometimes it just goes that way. Its a game of runs and we caught a big run there (in the third quarter) and we rode that thing all the way through. When they made a little run back, we made a couple shots. Runs start with stops and we got our stops going. This is the type of team that can get big runs. All of Burlingames top shooters had off-nights. Frankie Ferrari scored 14 points on 3-of-15 shooting. No other Panther was in double gures. Serra was paced by Stephen Grosey and his 15 points. Jason Barsocchini was in double gures as well with 10. The Padres shot 48 percent from the oor in the win.

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score would be the closest Burlingame would get to Serra the entire night. Needless to say, the game must have felt like one 48minute scoring run for the Padres. They led 18-6 after eight minutes. Serra kept their hot shooting touch in the second quarter and the Panthers showed signs of perhaps busting out of their slump. But as soon as Burlingame built a bit of steam, there was Serra to squash those hopes. Henry Carusos lay-in and subsequent free throw make it 32-16 and come halftime the score was 37-19. Serra shot 17-of-30 from the oor in the half. And on the other hand, Burlingame managed 17 total eld goal attempts. A lot of that is because (Serra) comes at you hard and it was a real physical game, Dowd said. I think we rushed things all night. We have to learn to stay focused, stay with the game plan against tough teams that kind of cause a lot of havoc. Burlingames woes continued in the third quarter. It was a stretch of basketball where they connected on only two shots. Serra fed off the


Serras Henry Caruso, left, contests a shot by Burlingames Paul Titchener during the Padres 68-43 win Friday night.The 25-point loss was the biggest for the Panthers since their 2010 CCS nals defeat to Sacred Heart Cathedral in which they fell by 27 points.Burlingame was 11-of-36 from the oor for the night.

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decision over Andre Dirrell on Oct. 17, 2009, then rebounded from the first loss of his career a 12round decision to Kessler on April, 24, 2010 with decision victories over Arthur Abraham and Glen Johnson, respectively. Froch has never backed away from a challenge. His last 18 opponents sported a combined record of 449-63-12 at the time he fought them. Ive come up the hard way, but Im finally starting to get the recognition and credit I deserve, Froch said. People are counting on me to restore pride in British boxing. British boxing fans have been searching for a hero since former champions Joe Calzaghe and Ricky Hatton retired. Heavyweight David Haye lost a lot of support with a listless performance against champion Wladimir Klitschko last July. Middleweight prospect Darren Barker, who suffered an 11th-round knockout loss to Sergio Martinez at Boardwalk Hall two months ago, has yet to record a signature victory. Former super-welterweight champ Amir Khan suffered a split decision loss to Lamont Peterson last week. The problem is that every UK boxer talks a great fight, but theyve seldom delivered, Frochs promoter, Eddie Hearn, said. You know what youre going to get with Carl Froch. Im expecting an impressive performance from Carl on Saturday night. I want him to beat Ward in devastating fashion. That figures to be a daunting task. Ward, 27, hasnt lost as an amateur or a professional since he was 14. He capped an outstanding amateur career by winning a gold medal for the U.S. in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece and has since dominated his competition in the pros.

Euros or Olympics? English soccer players pick

LONDON David Beckham could be among the players with a choice to make after Englands Football Association said players picked for the 2012 European Championship will not be selected for the London Olympic team. Beckham played a prominent role in Londons successful bid for the 2012 Summer Games and has repeatedly said he wants to play for Britain at the Olympics. The player with the most international appearances for England also hopes for a recall to his countrys national team, so the 36-year-old Beckham looks like he could have a choice to make. If selected for Euro 2012, does he add to his 115 England appearances or join Britains first unified Olympic soccer team for 52 years? Soccer at the 2012 London Games begins just 24 days after the European Championship final, an event that already takes up a huge slice of the sports threemonth offseason in Europe. We have agreed that any player who boards the plane to the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine will not be considered for selection to Team GB, Britain mens coach Stuart Pearce said. Its a sensible football decision when you consider the demands on players, and it now leaves no room for doubt for players and their clubs about next summer and the two major tournaments. Some English Premier League managers have already expressed concern at the potential demand upon their players.

vs.Steelers 5:30 p.m. ESPN

@ Seattle 1:15 p.m. FOX

@ St.Louis 10 a.m. FOX

Playoffs TBD

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NBA CHARLOTTE BOBCATSSigned G Reggie Williams to a two-year contract. DALLAS MAVERICKSWaived G Andy Rautins. DENVER NUGGETSSigned F Michael Rufn. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORSSigned F Dominic McGuire. MIAMI HEATSigned F Billy White. MILWAUKEE BUCKSSigned F Jon Leuer. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVESSigned G Malcolm Lee to a three-year contract and G Bonzi Wells. NEW YORK KNICKSSigned C Jerome Jordan. NEW JERSEY NETSSigned F Ime Udoka and Shawne Williams.Waived F Travis Outlaw. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERSSigned G Jamal Crawford to a two-year contract. MLB American League CLEVELAND INDIANSNamed Derek Falvey director of baseball operations (player personnel and acquisitions) and David Stearns director of baseball operations (contracts,strategy and analysis). MINNESOTA TWINSAgreed to terms with OF Josh Willingham on a three-year contract. TEXAS RANGERSAgreed to terms with RHP Fabio Castillo and C Chris Robinson on minor league contracts. National League HOUSTON ASTROSReleased OF-1B Nick Stavinoa from his minor league contract. NEW YORK METSAgreed to terms with LHP Chuck James on a minor league contract. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIESAgreed to terms with LHP Dontrelle Willis on a one-year contract. ST. LOUIS CARDINALSAgreed to terms with LHP J.C.Romero on a one-year contract. NHL NHLFined Boston D Adam McQuaid $2,500 for kneeing Ottawa F Nick Foligno in a Dec.4 game. BUFFALO SABRESSigned F Kevin Sundher to a three-year contract. DETROIT RED WINGSRecalled LW Tomas Tatar from Grand Rapids (AHL). NEW JERSEY DEVILSSent RW Nick Palmieri to Albany (AHL). NEW YORK ISLANDERSRecalled D Calvin de Haan and G Kevin Poulin from Bridgeport (AHL). Placed G Rick DiPietro on injured reserve. PHOENIX COYOTESRecalled D Chris Summers from Portland (AHL). MLS COLUMBUS CREWSigned G Matt Lampson to a multiyear contract. PORTLAND TIMBERSSigned F Jose Adolfo Valencia. COLLEGE OHIO STATENamed Mickey Marotti assistant athletic director for football sports performance.

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season starts, there will be even less time to make adjustments thanks to a compressed 66game schedule. My experience, you really dont know players ... until you have them on the court and you put them in situations you want to see them in and see what their skills are and get a chance to interact with them, said Rick Adelman, the new coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Were all going to have to gure out a way to build the trust here in a short period of time. Adelman, Frank and new Toronto coach Dwane Casey take over teams that are coming off difcult seasons. In each case, a playoff berth would be a big step forward. At the other end of the spectrum, Mike Brown replaces Phil Jackson in Los Angeles as the Lakers try to coax another championship out of Kobe Bryant and the rest of an experienced roster. Mark Jackson makes his coaching debut with the Golden State Warriors. Kevin McHale is at the helm in Houston after Adelman and the Rockets parted ways. With the season set to begin on Christmas, these coaches are trying to allocate practice time as best they can now that the lockouts restrictions on contact with players are a thing of the past. You try to trim out the fat, a lot of the breakdown drills that you would normally do, Frank said. Keep it 5-on-5. You still have to maintain the teaching and the attention to detail, and the stopping and the correcting, but its not as much breakdown work. Frank is leading his second team after a head coaching stint with New Jersey from 2004-09. Mark Jackson is coaching for the rst time, but hes not intimidated by this whirlwind start. We are not going to start this season by making excuses, Jackson said. Im not going to give the guys the option of saying, Well, we wish we could have had a longer time. Everybody knows what it takes to defend. Everybody can recognize good defensive teams and bad defensive teams. Everybody can recognize who takes pride in getting stops and who doesnt.

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The scramble is on for NBA teams with new coaches


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Lawrence Frank spent the offseason preparing, never sure when the uncertainty would end. When he was introduced as Detroits new coach in early August, he couldnt really talk about the players hed be working with. The NBA lockout was in full swing, so Franks leadership was mostly theoretical. He could only wait for his chance to try to turn around the Pistons. Now that opportunity is nally here, and theres no time to waste. Everyone knew that there was going to be a lockout. No one knew how long it would be, so you just use that time to prepare, Frank said. Once there was an agreement, it happened quickly. You had to be ready to act. Frank is one of a half-dozen coaches in the NBA who are new to their teams, scrambling to get ready for a season that was in so much doubt less than a month ago. Training camps opened Dec. 9, and the rush to sign free agents and ll out rosters has been ongoing. Once the

Jackson played during the lockout-shortened 1999 season, so he can draw from that experience. Hes also coaching in the same area as Jim Harbaugh and Hue Jackson, two rookie NFL coaches who have overcome lockout upheaval to guide the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders to success this year. Mark Jackson spent the Mark Jackson extended offseason preaching at his ministry in the Los Angeles area. He held meetings in Oakland, Calif., and a boot camp-style training session in Southern California to overload his new coaching staff with information. In other words, he practiced practice. We got on the court. We went over what we expect, Jackson said. We went over calls, principles, beliefs, how were going to input the system. Its been an incredible time. Theres no question about this staff and how prepared we are going forward.

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The defendant basically lived a double life for decades before this, Parrella said. He ripped Bonds not only over performance-enhancing drugs but over his personal life: He had mistresses throughout his marriages. Parrella said Bonds made lots of money due in part to his use of performance enhancers and that he has been unrepentant and unapologetic about it. Illston said none of that had any bearing on Bonds sentencing. She said she agreed with a probation department report that called Bonds conviction an aberration in his life. She said she received dozens of letters in support of Bonds, some discussing how he has given money and time for decades to charitable causes. Bonds is the last and highest-prole defendant in the governments investigation of the Bay Area Laboratory CoOperative, or BALCO, a steroids distribution ring. The ex-slugger has long denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs. Illston said she was compelled to give Bonds a sentence similar to the two she meted out to other gures convicted after trial of lying to the grand jury and federal investigators about their connection to steroids. The case against Bonds after he testied before the grand jury Dec. 3, 2003. Prosecutors revised his original 2007 indictment several times and spent a year unsuccessfully appealing a key evidentiary ruling before jurors deadlocked in April on three of the four remaining charges related to his grand jury testimony. On the nal charge, the trial jury convicted Bonds of purposely answering questions about steroids with rambling non sequiturs in an attempt to mislead the grand jury. I think he probably got off a little easy, said Jessica Wolfram, one of the jurors who convicted Bonds of obstruction. He was just so clearly guilty, so I actually am happy he got sentenced to something. Wolfram said she researched the case after the trial and viewed evidence not presented then. After that, she felt even more comfortable that Bonds was guilty. Besides Bonds, 10 people were convicted of various charges in BALCO cases. Six of them, including track star Marion Jones, were ensnared for lying to grand jurors, federal investigators or the court. Others, including Bonds personal trainer Greg Anderson, pleaded guilty to steroid distribution charges. The governments top BALCO investigator, Jeff Novitzky, declined to comment outside the courtroom after attending the hearing.


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region as the United States shifts its military focus to East Asia and the Pacic. But the tumult from the Arab Spring, on top of the end of the nearly nine-year Iraq War, has made the rivalry between Iran and the U.S.s Arab allies even trickier and predictions more cloudy. No longer will tens of thousands of American troops be stationed along Irans western border. They are leaving behind an Iraqi government dominated by Shiite Muslim parties beholden to the Iranians, who sheltered them for years when Saddam Hussein and his Sunni-dominated Baath regime were in power. With the American military presence reduced to a few hundred members of an embassy-based liaison mission, Iran is likely to step up infiltration of Iraqs intelligence services the key to manipulating Iraqs internal politics and


Analysis:Irans fortunes in post-U.S.Iraq clouded

By Robert H. Reid


A contractor strips equipment from trucks returned from Iraq to Camp Arafjan in Kuwait .

CAIRO The U.S. militarys departure from Iraq opens the door to expanded Iranian inuence in the Middle East, though that door could close fast if Irans closest Arab ally Bashar Assad falls from power in Syria. Thats among the uncertainties looming over the Middle East in the wake of President Barack Obamas decision to remove all U.S. troops by the end of this month, fullling a campaign promise to end the unpopular war and abandoning efforts to negotiate an extension of the yearend deadline agreed to by the Bush administration in 2008. At rst glance, that would make Iran the big winner, especially if the U.S. move heralds a tectonic shift of power in the strategic Persian Gulf

expand its links to both Shiite and Kurdish politicians, to the alarm of the countrys Sunni minority. As the second most populous country in the Gulf, with some of the worlds largest proven petroleum reserves, an avowedly pro-Iranian Iraq would be a game changer in the power struggle between Iran and the U.S.-backed, conservative Gulf states led by Saudi Arabia. Iran already wielded considerable inuence in Iraq even when U.S. troop strength approached 170,000. The U.S.-led invasion of 2003 produced a strange alliance between the Americans and religiously based Shiite parties tied simultaneously to both Washington and Tehran. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite who had been cool toward Iran, has moved closer to the pro-Iranian groups since a political crisis in 2010 nearly cost him his job.

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Obama says support for Israel unshakable
WASHINGTON Defending himself sharply against Republican attacks, President Barack Obama told a Jewish group Friday that his administration has done more than any other in support of Israels security, and he declared his support for Israel to be unshakable. So dont let anybody else tell a different story, Obama said. We have been there and we will continue to be there. Those are the facts. Obama never specifically referenced his GOP critics in his remarks to more than 5,000 listeners at a conference of the Union

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Torrent of bad financial news flows out of Europe

By Shawn Pogatchnik

Around the nation

for Reform Judaism, which represents a large and generally liberal branch of North American Judaism. But his comments came amid sustained attack from the GOP presidential field over his record on Israel, with Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and others accusing him of throwing Israel under the bus and siding with the Palestinians. Ahead of Obamas remarks Friday, the Republican National Committee organized a conference call where former Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota asserted that Obama has a serious policy problem with Israel.

DUBLIN Alarming nancial news owed out of Europe in a torrent Friday, just a week after the EU leaders struck a deal they thought would contain the continents debt crisis. The bombardment shredded hopes of a lasting solution to the turmoil that is endangering the euro the currency used by 17 European nations and threatening the entire global economy. In quick succession: The Fitch Ratings agency announced it was considering further cuts to the credit scores of six eurozone nations heavyweights Italy and Spain, as well as Belgium, Cyprus, Ireland and Slovenia. It said all six could face downgrades of one or two notches. Irelands economy shrunk again much deeper than had been expected, with its thirdquarter gross domestic product falling 1.9 percent. Ireland is one of three eurozone nations kept solvent only by an international bailout. Bankers and hedge funds were balking in talks about forgiving 50 percent of Greeces massive debts, a key issue in the debate over Greeces second rescue bailout. The red ink in Spains regional governments surged 22 percent in the last year, endangering the central governments efforts to cut overall Spanish debt. France, the second-largest eurozone economy after Germany, warned that it faced at least a temporary recession next year. The euro hovered Friday just above $1.30, a cent higher than its 11-month low. On the positive side, Fitch said France should keep its top AAA credit rating even though the countrys debt load is projected to rise through 2014. Italian lawmakers overwhelmingly

passed Premier Mario Montis new austerity package in a condence vote, even though many still objected to its pension reforms. French ofcials and investors had feared that France could get downgraded, which would have immediate repercussions for the entire eurozone. France and Germanys AAA credit ratings underpin the rating for the eurozones bailout fund. European Union leaders conrmed Friday they have distributed the text of their proposed new budget-stability treaty, a pact designed to deter runaway decits and supposed to become EU law by March. But as growth prospects fade across the continent, governments are facing the likelihood that Europes debt crisis will prove longer and tougher to overcome than even their most recently revised forecasts. Until this week, EU leaders held up Ireland as the model for how a debt-struck nation should behave defying economic gravity by simultaneously growing its economy while sucking billions out of that same economy in Europes longest austerity drive. But on Friday, Ireland announced its thirdquarter gross domestic product fell 1.9 percent, its national product 2.2 percent. Economists had expected only an 0.5 percent fall for GDP and none at all for GNP. The latter gure is considered a better measure of Irelands economic vitality because it excludes the largely exported prots of about 600 American companies based in the country. Ireland has been cutting spending and hiking taxes since late 2008 and has plans to keep doing so through 2015. Next years target is (euro) 2.2 billion ($2.9 billion) in cuts and (euro) 1.6 billion ($2.1 billion) in extra charges, including a hike in national sales tax to 23 percent and introduction of a new (euro) 100 ($131) tax on every property.

SEC charges ex-Fannie, Freddie CEOs with fraud

By Derek Kravitz

WASHINGTON Two former CEOs at mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on Friday became the highest-prole individuals to be charged in connection with the 2008 nancial crisis. In a lawsuit led in New York, the Securities and Exchange Commission brought civil fraud charges against six former executives at the two rms, including former Fannie CEO Daniel Mudd and former Freddie CEO Richard Syron. The executives were accused of understating the level of high-risk subprime mortgages that Fannie and Freddie held just before the housing bubble burst.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives told the world that their subprime exposure was substantially smaller than it really was, said Robert Khuzami, SECs enforcement director. Khuzami noted that huge losses on their subprime loans eventually pushed the two companies to the brink of failure and forced the government to take them over. The charges brought Friday follow widespread criticism of federal authorities for not holding top executives accountable for the recklessness that triggered the 2008 crisis. Before the SEC announced the charges, it reached an agreement not to charge Fannie and Freddie. The companies, which the government took over in 2008, also agreed to cooperate with the SEC in the cases against the former executives.

States unlikely to heed NTSB call for phone ban

By Jim Salter

ST. LOUIS Lawmakers in Missouri had the chance, after two buses packed with high school band members slammed into a freeway wreck caused by a teenager who was sending a urry of text messages, to impose tougher limits on driver cellphone use. It got libustered. Federal transportation ofcials are citing that accident in pushing for states to enact an all-out ban on cellphone use by drivers, restricting the use even of hands-free devices. But spurring lawmakers to take up the cause may be difcult. Skeptical lawmakers give the proposal little chance at succeeding in state capitols around the country, and many arent planning on introducing ban bills. The reason? While acknowledging growing safety concerns, lawmakers are wary of inconveniencing commuters and say a complete ban would be one of the deepest government intrusions yet into the daily lives of motorists who have woven their phones tightly into their daily routines. Others are worried a ban would be unenforceable. And the cellphone legislation in most states already took years to get approved.

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The Tree
By Andrew Lyu

t the center of the courtyard of my high school stands a tall, bare conifer. Although it resembles what most Americans would call a Christmas tree, the tree has no lights, no ornaments and no star at its peak. After two weeks of conversation and controversy, this tree has endured. And now, it is here to stay. This tree, dubbed as the Winter Community Tree, was originally brought to Aragon High School by the schools leadership class as a way to promote school spirit and rally support behind the schools winter fundraiser Toys for Tots. Originally, the tree was to be decorated by students and new unwrapped gifts for Toys for Tots were to be dropped off by the tree. Now, however, the tree is disassociated from the Toys for Tots program and the tree is not allowed to be decorated. So how did this tree lose so much value? Currently, Aragon has been trying to tread a ne line between upholding its previous decisions and not trying to offend anyone. When the tree rst went up at school, many teachers and students were stunned. To many people in Aragons community, the tree symbolized the schools acceptance of Christian culture. Many Jewish, Muslim, Atheist and Christian students and faculty alike felt that the tree was inappropriate for display by a public institution. By constitutional standards, a school display of a Christmas tree is legal. A majority of Supreme Court justices have expressed that the Christmas trees is a secular symbol in American society and therefore does not overstep the separation of church and state. Still, many students and faculty at Aragon have state that a Christmas tree is in fact not a secular symbol. Rather, such students and faculty see the tree as a symbol of the Christian celebration of Christmas. Thus, a discussion throughout Aragon began concerning the role of the Winter Community Tree. Indeed, the original intent of the Winter Community Tree was not to offend students who didnt celebrate Christmas. The tree was a tool to help raise donations for a good cause. But the tree did in fact inadvertently offend students. So what should be done with the tree? I feel like the current status of the tree is now in an odder place than it was originally. Since the tree is not allowed to be associated with the Toys for Tots program (likely because the association between the tree and presents would make it seem more like a Christmas tree), it will not contribute to the publicity of the Toys for Tots program. Since the tree is not allowed to be decorated (likely for similar reasons), many Christian students wonder about the absence of decorations from the

Game of Shadows
By Christy Lemire

Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law bicker and banter and bob and weave with signicantly diminishing returns in this sequel to the 2009 smash hit Sherlock Holmes. Director Guy Ritchie once again applies his revisionist approach to Arthur Conan Doyles classic literary character, infusing the lm with his trademark, hyperkinetic aesthetic and turning the renowned detecSee HOLMES, Page 24

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The Giving Tree

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By Susan Cohn


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IRISH EYES SMILE FOR THE HOLIDAYS. Green. The color of Christmas and the color of shamrocks. Coincidence? Maybe yes, maybe no, but either way the spirit of the holiday and the spirit of Ireland blend perfectly in Celtic Yuletide, an engaging mix of song and dance starring internationally renowned Irish tenor Michael Londra (Riverdance on Broadway). Londra performs traditional Irish carols, like Winter, Fire and Snow, Gaelic versions of Christmas songs, including Silent Night (Oiche Ciuin) and The Wexford Carol and carols familiar to U.S. audiences, including O Come Emmanuel and In the Bleak Mid Winter. The evening also features Celtic songs of a new Ireland, including Londras popular classical crossover song Beyond the Star, which has been recorded and performed by choirs worldwide. Accompanying Londra are an 11-piece orchestra and Irish band that use a bodhrn (the national drum of Ireland) and the plaintive uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes) to perform tunes ranging from frenetic reels to heartbreaking ballads. Londra siad, Im absolutely thrilled to be performing in the City by the Bay. Its one of my favorite places to perform and Im excited to be bringing an Irish Christmas to San Francisco audiences. I cant think of a nicer place to spend this holiday season. More than a concert, Celtic Yuletide showcases some of the best Irish stepdancers in the world, including featured dancer Owen Barrington, the 2008 Senior Mens World Irish Dance Champion and Riverdance alumnus. Among other special guests are Sephira, comprised of the incredible ame-haired sisters Joyce and Ruth OLeary from Ireland, whose beautiful voices and exceptional mastery of their violins are spectacular. Celtic Yuletide plays at San Franciscos Marines Memorial Theatre (609 Sutter St., second oor) through Jan. 1. Tickets for Celtic Yuletide range in price from $35 - $70. Premium tickets, Celtic 4-packs and family matinee prices are available at the Marines Memorial Theatre box ofce, by phone at (415) 771-6900 and on the Web at marines- Group tickets are available by calling (415) 447-0184. The Marines Memorial Club Leatherneck Steakhouse and Lounge (located in the same building as the Marines Memorial Theatre) offers special Celtic holiday menus during the run of the show. Dishes include Guinness braised short rib with barley risotto and roasted winter vegetables, Shepherds pie (lamb stew with peas, carrots and whipped potatoes), potato crusted salmon with oyster stew and braised kale with bacon, and a special Baileys Irish Creme cheesecake. An Afternoon Yuletide Tea, offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 4 - 6 p.m. after the matinee performance and on Sundays from noon - 1:30 p.m. prior to the matinee performance (Christmas and New Years Eve excluded), includes an assortment of savory tea sandwiches, lemon tarts, a variety of tea cookies and scones as well as tea or coffee. (415) 673-6672 ext. 254. *** WALTZ INTO THE NEW YEAR. Its a stylishly sensational party Dec. 31 with the San Francisco Symphony as Conductor Michael Francis leads the orchestra in waltzes, polkas and dances from Arnold, Strauss Jr., Britten, Shostakovich and Brahms. Festivities begin at 8 p.m. in the lobby with the swingin music of the Martini Brothers. After the concert, enjoy complimentary La Marca Prosecco with dessert, then dance to Tainted Love on the First Tier or to the Peter Mintun Orchestra on the stage of Davies Symphony Hall. The revelry heats up at midnight, when the New Year is on the brink, and anything is possible. Be mysterious ... SFS

Renowned Irish Tenor Michael Londra appears in Celtic Yuletide, at the Marines Memorial Theatre in San Francisco through Jan.1.
supplies the masks, you create the memories. And consider savoring an elegant pre-concert dinner in the gorgeous lobby of the War Memorial Opera House. For more information (415) 864-6000. *** BEACH BLANKET BABYLON TAKES A LOOK BACK. Enjoy a humorous look at the best and worst of 2011 as Beach Blanket Babylon rings in 2012 with special performances Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. The second show ending at the stroke of midnight features post-show dancing until 1:30 a.m. $65 - $190. (415) 421-4222 or 678 Green St., San Francisco. *** A NEW HOME FOR TEATRO ZINZANNI. Teatro ZinZanni announces a 2012 move to a permanent home, closing its Pier 29 Spiegeltent and setting up where Broadway meets the Embarcadero. Teatros current show On the Air starring Bay Area icon Geoff Hoyle and Blues artist Duffy Bishop closes New Years Eve in a grand farewell. Tickets for On the Air are available at (415) 438-2668 or *** STARSHIPS GOAL: 2000th In 2012. Jefferson Starship, descended from Jefferson Airplane, heads towards its 2,000th concert with a run at San Franciscos Rrazz Room Jan. 25 through 29. $40-45. In the Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. (800) 380-3095 or
Susan Cohn is a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and the American Theatre Critics Association. She may be reached at


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Giant steps: Vacationing in Thailand

By Marley Seaman

CHIANG MAI, Thailand Guests volunteering at the Elephant Nature Park dont have phone service or television, and Internet access is limited to a single area. But what they get instead of TV is ele-vision, all day long. They can see elephants eating, playing in the mud, bathing and even oating in a river. They can watch large family groups and their evershifting relationships, which one observer compared to a soap opera. And while rst impressions might suggest there is nothing subtle about a six-ton animal, by the end of a stay at the Elephant Nature Park, most guests come to realize theres a lot about elephants thats easy to miss. Theres the rubbery rasp as they exhale through the trunk, the leathery skin and sharp bristly hair, the pink-orange patch between the eyes, and the freckles that run down the trunk and across the lower part of the ears. I learned all of this during a week of observing and helping out at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand. The park is home to 36 elephants, most of them rescued from handlers who had them begging for food in the streets or hauling timber, carryThe Elephant Nature Park offers a series of packages starting with day trips costing about $80 ing tourists on treks, or doing tricks in eleper person,while a weeks stay as a volunteer costs less than $400 per person,including food phant shows. The elephant is Thailands national symbol, but tame elephants are considand a place to sleep. ered livestock. Most of the parks elephants endured brutal training and decades of work, and some are now disabled. A few have been crippled by land mines. The Elephant Nature Park offers sanctuary and a calmer life, and its founders are hoping to show Thailand that there is another way to treat elephants. They believe that tourists will come

to Thailand to see elephants in a more natural setting. The elephants include family groups surrounding the parks babies, Chang Yim and Faa Mai, rambunctious bull Hope, and duos like Jokia and Mae Perm. Jokia is blind, and Mae Perm has become her seeing-eye elephant. The elephants have deep and complex bonds, but there are often conicts and jealousies. The elephants also have personality to match their size, and their trunks give them an almost endless variety of facial expressions. I had watched a documentary which spoke about an elephant park where you could volunteer and work with the elephants, said Sim Marsh, who works at a nancial planning rm in Melbourne, Australia. Marsh says volunteering at an elephant park was on her bucket list. The park is home to more than just elephants. Its become an animal preserve of its own, hosting around 20 head of cattle and water buffalo, a few horses, one moon bear, chickens, dozens of cats, and about 80 dogs. The dogs often make more noise than the elephants. Some areas of Thailand, including Bangkok and parts of Chiang Mai, were ooded earlier this year, but the park noted on its website that it was unaffected by the oods in part because its strong river wall protected it from the waters. According to the latest U.S. State Department travel alert, oodwaters have generally receded around the country and the situation in damaged areas is improving. The Elephant Nature Park offers a series of packages starting with day trips costing about $80 per person, while a weeks stay as a volunteer costs under $400 per person, including food and a place to sleep. The newer rooms are spacious and the park is building new rooms quickly. ornaments. The students who dont celebrate Christmas still feel like the presence of the tree is inappropriate. Maybe instead of leaving the pine tree up, the Winter Community Tree should have been removed. Maybe instead of keeping the discussion on the decision process regarding the tree a secret, the students should get to hear the reasoning behind its status. But since the tree is still here and no public statement has been made, students at Aragon are left to wonder about its presence. Every time I pass by center court I know I take a look at the tall stately conifer and wonder exactly what it means to me.
Andrew Lyu is a senior at Aragon High School. Student News appears in the weekend edition. You can email Student News at

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tree. Yet, if the tree had been decorated and was still associated with the Toys for Tots program, there would have likely been some continued protesting by students and faculty who didnt celebrate Christmas. Thus, the current status of the tree is a compromise. It is not a Christmas tree; rather it is just a conifer which stands in the middle of Aragons center court. It is not decorated; there are no presents beneath it. It is simply a pine tree which will, come January, leave the school. In the end, neither party is completely satised. The students who celebrate Christmas wonder about the absence of presents and




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Cruise is just Cruise, but Missionrocks

By David Germain

Luckily for Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol is one of his nest action icks, just whats needed to potentially restore some of this fallen stars box-ofce bankability. For director Brad Bird, though, the fourth Mission, rock solid as it is, ranks only as his second-best action movie, after the animated smash The Incredibles. Cruise may be the star here, but Birds the story, a director whos only making his fourth movie and, remarkably, just his rst live-action feature. This is the best of the M:I movies, far better than Brian De Palmas original, No. 2 by John Woo and even the franchises previous high with No. 3 by J.J. Abrams, who stuck around as producer on this one. Those three lmmakers had years and years of action stuff behind them with real, live actors. Yet along comes Bird to show that the enormous talent behind his Academy Award winners The Incredibles and Ratatouille and his acclaimed cartoon adventure The Iron Giant transfers mighty nicely from animation to the real world. Granted, this is the real world, M:I-style, where Cruises missions and stunts truly are impossible by the laws of physics and normal, plausible storytelling constraints. But Bird applies the anything-canhappen limitlessness of cartoons and just goes for it, creating some thrilling, dizzying, amazing action sequences. If you have the slightest fear of heights, grip the arm rests tightly and press both feet atly to the oor during Cruises attempt to scale the worlds tallest building; even safe in your seat, an unnerving feeling of vertigo is bound to result as you stare down from the 130th oor.

Whatever the movies shortcomings,director Brad Bird more than compensates with a bullet train of action and an arsenal of cool gadgets.Maybe making cartoons has expanded his conception of whats possible in a live lm.
For all the complexity of the action and gimmicks, Bird and screenwriters Andri Nemec and Josh Appelbaum (executive producers on Abrams Alias) wisely tell a simple, good-guys-against-badguys story. They keep Cruise surrounded by a tight, capable supporting cast in Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg, who costarred in Mission: Impossible III. The movie starts with a clever jailbreak by Cruises Ethan Hunt, stuck in a Moscow prison for reasons unexplained until late in the story, then serves up an openingcredit montage fondly reminiscent of the old Mission: Impossible TV show. Once free, Ethan is dispatched to inltrate the Kremlin along with Impossible Missions Force agents Jane Carter (Patton) and Benji Dunn (Pegg). But its all a setup by madman Kurt Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist), who sets off a devastating explosion at the Kremlin to cover his theft of a Russian nuclear launch device and manages to finger Ethans team for the blast. With U.S.-Russian tension at its worst since the Cuban missile crisis, the threat thats always hung over the IMF team comes to pass: the secretary (Tom Wilkinson) disavows knowledge of their actions, leaving Hunt and his comrades on their own as they try to clear their names and stop Hendricks from instigating nuclear war. Joining them is Wilkinsons aide, William Brandt (Renner), a guy who takes to eld work a little too easily to be the desk-jockey analyst he claims he is. Cruise looks shaggy, and sure, we could blame his bad haircut on the fact that Ethans just out of prison. But it doesnt help an aging screen idol to look so unkempt; the Mission: Impossible world routinely dees reality, so would it have been so far-fetched for Ethan to stop by a salon before heading back into action? What Cruise does on screen is pretty much the same-old. Ethan runs, Ethan leaps, Ethan bashes faces, Ethan violates trafc laws, Ethan runs some more. Cruise has

two main modes in his acting repertoire: ash that thousand-watt smile or play the stone-face, and he mostly does the latter here, so honestly, Ethans not all that interesting when hes standing still and talking. That work ethic of Cruise, though, shows in every one of the spectacular action moments. For the climb up Dubais 2,700-foot Burj Khalifa skyscraper, the lmmakers claim they had planned to re-create part of the buildings exterior and have Cruise scale it on a safe soundstage. But Cruise wanted to climb the real thing, so much of the sequence was lmed with him harnessed to the building more than 1,000 feet up. Cruise has reined in the gone bonkers antics of his private life that turned off so many fans, and if hes willing to dangle himself in the air like this, maybe its time people think about giving him a break. Renners a great addition to the cast, and if there are more missions down the road, hopefully hell be back. He exudes class, intelligence, warmth and humor to counter Cruises often robotic Ethan. Patton is almost too gorgeous to exist, let alone be some junior eld agent instead of a supermodel. But shes a tough, wily presence, particularly in a showdown with an enemy assassin (the nearly as gorgeous Lea Seydoux). And Pegg is Pegg, the comic relief who adds some decent chuckles. Nyqvist, the male lead in the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, shows hints of the unhinged villain he no doubt could play with relish. But hes unfortunately shackled by a few brief scenes that never give him a chance to unleash his inner Blofeld. Ghost Protocol ends with a talky epilogue that feels tacked-on and trite, though it offers a couple of cameos from Mission past.

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Downey meets Moriarty match in Holmessequel

By David Germain

LOS ANGELES Professor James Moriarty has taken a lot of heat the last century for crimes he didnt commit. The archrival of Sherlock Holmes, who called his nemesis the Napoleon of crime, appeared in only two of Arthur Conan Doyles tales about the great detective. Yet in post-Doyle ction about Holmes and in many movies, including Robert Downey Jr.s sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Moriarty has loomed as the grandfather of all super-villains, the forerunner to Ernst Blofeld and many more James Bond baddies, along with legions of heavies that make life difcult for comic-book superheroes. I cant think of a super-villain in a sort of obvious commercial sense before Moriarty in literature, said Guy Ritchie, who directed 2009s Sherlock Holmes and the sequel. He really has become the most famous villain in literature, for not doing a great deal, either, by the way. But it is interesting how hes carried so much momentum. Hes an elusive character, really, and he gained his equity as much by being elusive as for being potent. That elusive presence of Moriarty as a diabolical puppet-master of worldwide chaos, an evil doppelganger with an intellect possibly surpassing that of Holmes, was touched on at the end of Downeys Sherlock Holmes two

Hes like the shark in Jaws.You have to imagine him a long time before you actually meet him....Hes the spider who sits at the center of a web of crime.Hes the rst organized crime boss, and you get the sense of this massive worldwide network of stuff that hes into.You just sense that Holmes,were he not so horried,would be mesmerized by how brilliant Moriarty is.
Lionel Wigram,a producer on both Sherlock Holmesmovies

years ago. The new movie, which opens Friday in North America, unleashes Moriarty in all his malice, played with quiet, chilling detachment by Jared Harris. You could say that Blofeld was a version of Moriarty in that he was created for the same reason by Ian Fleming, Harris said. You have Superman, you have to create a Lex Luthor or you have to have a kryptonite. Otherwise, theres no jeopardy in your story. You have someone whos invulnerable, who never loses. After a while, you get fed up with the stories. ... Hes there for the reason that the audience would feel like somewhere out there lurking is this opponent for this character theyve come to love, and they start worrying for the future of that character. Will he be all right? Will he nally meet this person? Whats going to happen? What happens in A Game of Shadows is for a laugh, but its as if the material just isnt challenging him. And thats a shame, since this time we meet Holmes most famed foe. Game of Shadows finds Downeys Holmes facing off against brilliant super-villain Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris), whos cooked up a scheme to pit various European nations against each other in hopes of benetting from the demand for arms. (This is more than a couple decades before World War I, by the way. So not only is Moriarty dastardly, hes also prescient.) Holmes must stop him with the help of his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson (Law), whos newly married and not nearly so gung-ho about such wild antics anymore. And it shows in the script from Michele and Kieran Mulroney as well as in the performances; Law gets little to do beyond functioning as the

that Holmes has come to obsess over the shadowy Moriarty and what hes up to. Downeys Holmes, aided by loyal but bickering buddy Watson (Jude Law), uncovers a scheme by the professor that could launch a World War I-style global conict years earlier, in the late 1800s. Ritchie is not exactly known for restraint in his crime romps, yet when it came to re-creating Moriarty, he settled on the low-key Harris, best known for a recurring role in Mad Men. Harris brings cool menace to Moriarty, whose previous screen incarnations range from a holographic character on Star Trek: The Next Generation to Laurence Olivier as a subconscious boogeyman for Holmes as the detective undergoes psychotherapy with Sigmund Freud in The Seven-Percent Solution. How do you come back and reclaim the original gangster status of Moriarty? skeptical straight man, and the chemistry just isnt there this time. Noomi Rapace tags along for some reason as a Simza, a gypsy fortune teller looking for her missing brother. Ostensibly this is because the lmmakers felt the need to inject a female gure as part of their adventures, and the saucy Rachel McAdams, who played Holmes love interest in the rst lm, gets knocked out of the picture early. But the formidable presence Rapace displayed in the original Swedish Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels goes to waste. In a mound of wavy hair and gaudy jewelry, shes asked to run and look worried, and thats about it. Again and again, though, Ritchie falls back on the same super-slow-motion visual effects he used in the rst lm: sequences in which Holmes can foresee how a physical show-

Downey said. For me, it was the subtlety and the implied threat. Hes like the shark in Jaws. You have to imagine him a long time before you actually meet him, said Lionel Wigram, a producer on both Sherlock Holmes movies. Hes the spider who sits at the center of a web of crime. Hes the rst organized crime boss, and you get the sense of this massive worldwide network of stuff that hes into. You just sense that Holmes, were he not so horried, would be mesmerized by how brilliant Moriarty is. A Game of Shadows sends Holmes and Watson out of England to continental Europe in pursuit of Moriarty, a voyage similar to their journey to escape the criminal overlord in the short story The Final Problem. That was the tale the Holmes-weary Conan Doyle used to kill off his detective along with Moriarty in a death match that sends them tumbling over Switzerlands Reichenbach Falls. Downey, Ritchie and their collaborators fashion their own clever take on how the Falls factor into Holmes and Moriartys fate in A Game of Shadows. We wanted some homage to it. It felt as though you had to, Ritchie said. If youre going to deal with Moriarty, youre going to deal with Holmes, and if theres going to be a faceoff, then that would have to happen at the Reichenbach Falls. That was never really up for debate. down will play out, narrate it blow-by-blow, then take part in it in sped-up fashion. Its cool-looking the rst couple times; Ritchie trots out this trick about eight times too many, to the point where you begin to wonder whether thats all hes got left in his bag. But even straight-up chase scenes and shootouts are so amplied and over-edited, they become incomprehensible. Not that any sort of criticism matters: The ending of A Game of Shadows clearly sets up a third lm in the series. And so Downey can trot out that British accent and don his dapper Victorian duds once more. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, a Warner Bros. Pictures release, is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and some drug material. Running time: 129 minutes. One and a half stars out of four.

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tive into a wisecracking butt-kicker. But what seemed clever and novel the rst time around now feels stale and tired; a lot of that has to do with the grimy, gray color scheme, which smothers everything in a dreary, suffocating sameness and saps the lm of any real tension or thrills. While Downey is more than capable of tossing off impish quips hes based an entire career on being charmingly subversive his heart just doesnt seem to be in it. Sure, he gets a couple of funny lines here and there, and some of his wardrobe changes are good

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their temple in Jerusalem. When they looked to nd olive oil, only a one-day supply was found. The oil burned for eight days. It is this miracle that is central to the holiday, which is celebrated the same number of days. Traditional treats during the season such as latkes and jelly doughnuts also pay homage to the oil. Foster Citys annual celebration, held Sunday, Dec. 5, will kick off the local festivities. Attendees can learn about the Festival of Lights while enjoying fried potato treats. Its not all about the food. Theres live Klezmer and folk music by the band Go Van Gogh playing all day. A family sing-a-long and arts and crafts for the children will be available. A candle lighting ceremony will close out the festivities. Cant make it Sunday? Dont worry, head to the Courthouse Square in Redwood City after work Thursday. From 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., the area will be shut down for the second annual Chanukah Festival. The signicance of Hanukkah today is a reconrmation of faith and hope, said Rabbi Levi Potash, director of Chabad of MidPeninsula. Redwood Citys public Menorah lighting proclaims the universal message of religious freedom and tolerance, so critical in light of todays world situation. In ancient times, our ancestors rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem with the Menorah. Today, we rededicate ourselves to making this world a better and brighter place. We look forward to welcoming everyone at a warm and happy celebration. Ella Potash, program director for the event, expected 50 to 75 people last year and was pleasantly surprised to have about 200 attend the inaugural event. Theyre hoping for a similar turnout this year. To be sure there are enough latkes and jelly doughnuts for everyone, people are asked to RSVP online at

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their logic and make sure they are helping each other another teaching tactic. Students notice the concern as each student interviewed similarly described Zozos as pushing them to do more. He knows what were capable of, said 15year-old Natalie Garcia. Despite the positive feedback from students, Zozos wasnt always sure about his career. A curious little boy growing up in Santa Barbara, Zozos jokes his mom would say he learned to read from baseball cards. He still has unopened boxes of the cards at his parents home. Zozos didnt dream of running the bases though, he wanted to be an attorney for a long time. Once at Santa Clara University, he found his true calling when Zozos signed up for a program that allowed him to prepare for a teaching career. After sitting in at local high schools, Zozos had found it. History had always been an interest for him, and also the topic of his bachelors degree. For his masters in education, Zozos attended the University of California at Santa Barbara and was lucky to nd a job at El Camino High School in San Francisco during a job fair. Hes been teaching there now for ve years. Taking the helm of a classroom is time-consuming and Zozos created the added challenge for himself of trying to be unique in the lesson



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Weekend Dec. 17-18, 2011

203 Public Notices 203 Public Notices
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #248062 The following persons are doing business as: Paris Studio, 5 43rd Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403 is hereby registered by the following owners: Sassan Sadigh & Mohammad Sadigh, 561 Croyden Ct., Sunnyvale, CA 94087. The business is conducted by a General Partnership. The registrants commenced to transact business under the FBN on /s/ Mohammed Sadigh / This statement was filed with the Assessor-County Clerk on 12/15/2011. (Published in the San Mateo Daily Journal, 12/17/11, 12/24/11, 12/31/11, 01/07/12).


294 Baby Stuff
REDMON WICKER baby bassinet $25 OBO Crib Mattress $10 650 678-4398




FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #247804 The following person is doing business as: Burlingame Boot Camp, 248 A Harbor Blvd., Belmont, CA 94002 is hereby registered by the following owner: Brian Shamp, 2210 Hastings Blvd., #309, Belmont, CA 94002. The business is conducted by an Individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the FBN on 06/01/2011. /s/ Brian Shamp / This statement was filed with the Assessor-County Clerk on 11/29/2011. (Published in the San Mateo Daily Journal, 12/10/11, 12/17/11, 12/24/11, 12/31/11).

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

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #247887 The following person is doing business as: Mastering Solutions, 10 Clarendon Rd., BURLINGAME, CA 94010 is hereby registered by the following owner: Bryce Graven, same address. The business is conducted by an Individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the FBN on /s/ Bryce Graven/ This statement was filed with the Assessor-County Clerk on 12/05/2011. (Published in the San Mateo Daily Journal, 12/10/11, 12/17/11, 12/24/11, 12/31/11). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #247919 The following person is doing business as: Royal Pines Apartments, 525 N. El Camino Real, SAN MATEO, CA 94401 is hereby registered by the following owner: Paul Dumesnil, 6021 Burchell Ct., San Jose, CA 95120. The business is conducted by an Individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the FBN on /s/ Paul D. Dumesnil / This statement was filed with the Assessor-County Clerk on 12/06/2011. (Published in the San Mateo Daily Journal, 12/10/11, 12/17/11, 12/24/11, 12/31/11). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #247802 The following person is doing business as: Bellaflor Design, 1431 Castillo Ave., BURLINGAME, CA 94010 is hereby registered by the following owner: Maria Yeager, same address. The business is conducted by an Individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the FBN on /s/ Maria A. Yeager / This statement was filed with the Assessor-County Clerk on 11/29/2011. (Published in the San Mateo Daily Journal, 12/10/11, 12/17/11, 12/24/11, 12/31/11). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #247984 The following person is doing business as: Mini Morsels Cupcakes By Gina, 2775 Shannon Dr., SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94080 is hereby registered by the following owner: Gina Artuz, same address. The business is conducted by an Individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the FBN on /s/ Gina Artuz / This statement was filed with the Assessor-County Clerk on 12/09/2011. (Published in the San Mateo Daily Journal, 12/10/11, 12/17/11, 12/24/11, 12/31/11). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #248014 The following person is doing business as: Looking Back For The Future - Life History Services, 1467 Young Street, San Mateo, CA 94401 is hereby registered by the following owner: Anne Grenn Saldinger, same address. The business is conducted by an Individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the FBN on N/A. /s/ Anne Grenn Saldinger / This statement was filed with the Assessor-County Clerk on 12/12/2011. (Published in the San Mateo Daily Journal, 12/17/11, 12/24/11, 12/31/11, 01/07/12).

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #248051 The following persons are doing business as:, 1100 Industrial Rd. #2, SAN CARLOS, CA 94070 is hereby registered by the following owners: Homayoon Pejooh, 1537 Sixth Ave., Belmont, CA 94002 and Kayvon Pejooh, 822 Lakeshore Dr., Redwood City, CA 94065. The business is conducted by a General Partnership. The registrants commenced to transact business under the FBN on /s/ Homayoon Pejooh / This statement was filed with the Assessor-County Clerk on 12/15/2011. (Published in the San Mateo Daily Journal, 12/17/11, 12/24/11, 12/31/11, 01/07/12). FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #247977 The following person is doing business as: Pebble Panache, 380 Talbot Ave. #304, PACIFICA, CA 94044 is hereby registered by the following owner: Christiane Evans, same address. The business is conducted by an Individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the FBN on /s/ Christiane Evans / This statement was filed with the Assessor-County Clerk on 12/09/2011. (Published in the San Mateo Daily Journal, 12/17/11, 12/24/11, 12/31/11, 01/07/12). STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT of USE of FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #225864 The following person has abandoned the use of the fictitious business name: Talk: Teaching and Assessing Language for Kids.The fictitious business name referred to above was filed in County on 3/14/08. The business was conducted by: Alexia Dorsa and Associates Speech LAnguage Pathology, Inc. /s/ Alexia Dorsa / This statement was filed with the Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County on 12/1/2011. (Published in the San Mateo Daily Journal, 12/3/11, 12/10/11, 12/17/11, 11/24/11).

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297 Bicycles
26 MOUNTAIN BIKE, fully suspended, multi gears, foldable. Like new, never ridden. $200. (650)839-1957 BICYCLE - Sundancer Jr., 26, $75. obo (650)676-0732

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

304 Furniture
DRAFTING TABLE 30 x 42' with side tray. excellent cond $75. (650)949-2134 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, 26L x 21W x 21H, $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

306 Housewares
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 SHIATSU MASSAGER with instruction booklet $7.00 650 755-8238 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, brand new, still in box, $9., (650)755-8238 TOASTER/OVEN WHITE finish barely used $15. 650-358-0421

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,

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

302 Antiques
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

BEANIE BABIES in cases with TY tags attached, good condition. $10 each or 12 for $100. (650) 588-1189 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS - (6) wooden, from Shaws Ice Cream shop, early 1980s, 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 OLYMPUS DIGITAL camera - C-4000, doesnt 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

307 Jewelry & Clothing

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

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. $50 650 755-8238 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, 30x54, $25. SSF (650)583-8069 MIRROR/MEDICINE CAB. 3 dr. bevel glass 30X30" $35 (650)342-7933 MIRROR/MEDICINE CABINET 26" $10 (650)342-7933 MIRROR/MEDICINE CABINET 16" X 30" $20 (650)342-7933 16" X

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

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.

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 25 inch color with remote $25. Sony 12 inch color TV, $10 Excellent condition. (650)520-0619 TV SET Philips 21 inch with remote $40., (650)692-3260 VINTAGE SEARS 8465 aluminum photo tripod + bag. Sturdy! $25 SOLD

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

110 Employment

110 Employment

110 Employment

304 Furniture
2 DINETTE Chairs (650)692-3260 both for $29


ENGINE ANALYZER & timing lightSears Penske USA, for older cars, like new, $60., (650)344-8549 leave msg. 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


Join the Daily Journal Event marketing team as a Sales and Business Development Specialist. Duties include sales and customer service of event sponsorships, partners, exhibitors and more. Interface and interact with local businesses to enlist participants at the Daily Journals ever expanding inventory of community events such as the Senior Showcase, Family Resource Fair, Job Fairs, and more. You will also be part of the project management process. But rst and foremost, we will rely on you for sales and business development. This is one of the fastest areas of the Daily Journal, and we are looking to grow the team. Must have a successful track record of sales and business development.

The Daily Journal seeks two sales professionals for the following positions:
We are looking for a telemarketing whiz, who can cold call without hesitation and close sales over the phone. Experience preferred. Must have superior verbal, phone and written communication skills. Computer prociency is also required. Self-management and strong business intelligence also a must.

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 PAPASAN CHAIRS (2) -with cushions $45. each set, (650)347-8061 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

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

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, 53X66, $29., (650)583-8069 BREAKFAST NOOK DINETTE TABLEsolid oak, 53X66, $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

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 4 IN 1 stero unit. CD player broken. $20 650-834-4926

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 KITCHENAID MIXER - large for bread making, good condition, SOLD! SALAD SPINNER - Never used, $7.00, (650)525-1410

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310 Misc. For Sale
30 PAPERBACK BOOKS - 4 children titles, several duplicate copies, many other single copies, $12. all, (650)347-5104 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 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

Weekend Dec. 17-18, 2011

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


310 Misc. For Sale

ELVIS PRESLEY poster book $20. (650)692-3260 FLORAL painting, artist signed 14.75x12.75 solid wood frame w/attached wire hanger, $35 (650)347-5104 FRAMED PAINTING - Girl picking daisies, green & white, 22x26, $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 NEW LIVING Yoga Tape for Beginners $8. 650-578-8306

310 Misc. For Sale

NATURAL GRAVITY Water System creating Fresh Clear Water for any use $99 650 619-9203 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

312 Pets & Animals

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

316 Clothes
MENS CASUAL Dress slacks 2 pairs khaki 34Wx32L, 36Wx32L 2 pairs black 32WX32L, 34Wx30L $35 (650)347-5104

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 NIKE SB Skunks & Freddy Kruegers Various Sizes $100 415-735-6669


BOOK - Fighting Aircraft of WWII, Janes, 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 ELECTRONIC TYPEWRITER good condition $50., (650)878-9542 GM CODE reader '82-'95 - SOLD!

SF GREETING Cards (300 w/envelopes) factory sealed $20. (650)207-2712 SHOWER POOR custom made 48 x 69 $70 (650)692-3260 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
3 BAGS of women's clothes - Sizes 912, $30., (650)525-1410 47 MENS 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

317 Building Materials

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

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

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

BBQ KETTEL Grill, Uniflame 21 $35 (650)347-8061

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 MANS SUEDE-LIKE jacket, New, XXLg. $25. 650 871-7211 MEN'S SUIT almost new $25. 650-573-6981 NEW BROWN LEATHER JACKET- XL $25., 650-364-0902 Brown.

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322 Garage Sales


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

311 Musical Instruments

2 ORGANS, antique tramp, $500 for both. (650)342-4537 3 ACCORDIONS $110/ea. 1 Small Accordion $82. 2 Organs $100/ea (650)376-3762. ELECTRIC STARCASTER Guitar black&white with small amplifier $75. 650-358-0421 PIANO VINTAGE - Upright, Davis & Sons, just tuned, $600., SOLD



Make money, make room!

315 Wanted to Buy

315 Wanted to Buy

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

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

310 Misc. For Sale

310 Misc. For Sale

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

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

345 Medical Equipment

By Barry C. Silk (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc.


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


Weekend Dec. 17-18, 2011

379 Open Houses 620 Automobiles Dont lose money on a trade-in or consignment! Sell your vehicle in the Daily Journals Auto Classifieds. Just $3 per day. Reach 82,500 drivers from South SF to Palo Alto
Call (650)344-5200


620 Automobiles
INFINITI 94 Q45 - Service records included. Black & tan, SOLD! 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

680 Autos Wanted

680 Autos Wanted

680 Autos Wanted


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


WE FIX CARS Quailty Work-Value Price Ready to help

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

680 Autos Wanted Dont lose money on a trade-in or consignment! Sell your vehicle in the Daily Journals Auto Classifieds. Just $3 per day. Reach 82,500 drivers from South SF to Palo Alto
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Call 650-595-DEAL (3325) Or Stop By Our Lot 1659 El Camino Real San Carols

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

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

AUTO AUCTION The following repossessed vehicles are being sold by Meriwest Credit Union -2008 Cadillac Escalade #166033, 2003 Cadillac Escalade #317177. The following vehicles are being sold by The San Francisco Public Administrator-1998 Buick Century #429276, 1994 Pontiac Transport #240538, 1991 Nissan Sentra #776955. Plus over 100 late model Sport Utilities, Pick Ups, Mini Vans, and luxury cars ---INDOORS---Charity donations sold. Sealed bids will be taken from 8am8pm on 12/19/2011 and 8am-5pm on 12/20/2011. Sale held at Forrest Faulknor & Sons Auction Company, 175 Sylvester Road, South San Francisco. For more information please visit our web site at

call (650) 345-0101 254 E. Hillsdale Blvd. San Mateo

Corner of Saratoga Ave.

625 Classic Cars

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

Repair Restore Sales
Mercedes-Benz Specialists

2165 Palm Ave. San Mateo

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

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

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

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

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

AUTO AUCTION The following repossessed vehicles are being sold by Patelco Credit Union on December 20th, 2011 starting at 8am ---2009 Volkswagon Jetta #021109, 2008 Ford F250 #A30066, 2002 Lincoln LS #692540, 2003 Infiniti M45 #002989, 2006 Nissan 350Z #306184. Sealed bids will be taken starting at 8am on 12/20/2011. Sale held at Forrest Faulknor & Sons Auction Company, 175 Sylvester Road, South San Francisco. For more information please visit our web site at 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

672 Auto Stereos


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

& Paint Expert Body and Paint Personalized Service

411 Woodside Road, Redwood City 650-280-3119



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

(650) 593-3136
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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.


A Full Service Auto Repair Facility

620 Automobiles
CADILAC 93 Sedan $ 4,000 or Trade Good Condition (650)481-5296

760 El Camino Real San Carlos (650)593-8085

2001 Middlefield Road Redwood City (650)299-9991

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






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

Call David: (650)270-9586


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



Concrete Decks & Fences

MENAS (650)704-2496
Great Service at a Reasonable Price

Cleaning Services

16+ Years in Business

Move in/out Steam Carpet Windows & Screens Pressure Washing


Lic #733213

Specializing in:


Professional | Reliable | Trustworthy

Redwood Fences Decks Retaining Walls

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


Weekend Dec. 17-18, 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



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

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

Call Mike the Painter


Hardwood Floors



Landscaping & Pro Gardening Sprinkler systems New fences Flagstone Interlocking pavers New driveways Clean-ups Hauling Gardening Retaining walls Drainage

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.

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

Interior & Exterior Pressure Washing Free Estimates

Handy Help


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

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



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!



Carpentry Plumbing Kitchens Bathrooms Dry Rot Decks Priced for You! Call John

(650) 898-4444


Free Estimates Lic.#834170
Remodeling, Plumbing New Construction, General Home Repair, Demolish No Job Too Small
Lic.# 891766


Sewer / Drain Cleaning Tankless Water Heaters, Etc.


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

for all your electrical needs


Specializing in: Homes, Apts., Storages Professional, friendly, careful. Peninsulas 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

STANLEY S. Plumbing & Drain

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

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

Call Armando (650) 630-0424


Haul Any Kind of Junk Residential & Commercial Free Estimates! We recycle almost everything! Go Green!

Interior & Exterior Reasonable Rates Quality Work Guaranteed Free Estimates




Marble, Stone & porcelain Kitchens, bathrooms, floors, fireplaces, entryways, decks, tile repair, grout repair


and Landscaping Full Service Includes: Also Tree Trimming Free Estimates


Quality, Dependable Handyman Service
General Home Repairs Improvements Routine Maintenance

Call Joe (650)722-3925

Lic# 857741

Junk & Debris Clean Up Furniture/Appliance Disposal Tree/Brush Dirt Concrete Demo (650)207-6592 Free Estimates

Free Estimates Lic.# 955492

Honest and Very Affordable Price

Excellent References Free Written Estimates Top Quality Painting (650)471-3546 (415)895-2427
Lic. 957975



Mario Cubias (650)784-3079

NOTICE TO READERS: California law requires that contractors taking jobs that total $500 or more (labor or materials) be licensed by the Contractors 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.

Gutter Cleaning - Leaf Guard Gutter & Roof Repairs Custom Down Spouts Drainage Solutions 10% Senior Discount
CA Lic# 794353/Insured

Specializing in Any Size Projects


Painting Electrical Carpentry Dry Rot

40 Yrs. Experience Retired Licensed Contractor

Interior & Exterior Pressure Washing Free Estimates



Lic #514269


Dental Services

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PerfectMe by Laser
Attorneys Beauty

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


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

A fantastic body contouring spa featuring treatments with Zerona, VelaShape II and VASERShape. Sessions range from $100$150 with our exclusive membership! To find out more and make an appointment call

Dr. Nanjapa DDS (650) 477-6920


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




Weekend Dec. 17-18, 2011


Massage Therapy

Health & Medical Legal Services LEGAL DOCUMENTS
Affordable non-attorney document preparation service Registered & Bonded Divorces, Living Trusts, Corporations, Notary Public

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


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

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

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

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

MEDICAL SPA 31 S. El Camino Real Millbrae

FREE Consultation for Laser Treatment

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

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

Low Cost Divorce

Pet Services


All natural, byproduct free pet foods! Home Delivery

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

Peninsula Law Group

One of The Bay Areas Very Best!

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

(650) 903-2200

Same Day, Weekend Appointments Available Se Habla Espaol


1121 Laurel St., San Carlos

Wachter Investments, Inc. Real Estate Broker #746683 Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System ID #348268 CA Dept. of Real Estate

Dental Services

Food GODFATHERS Burger Lounge

Gourmet American meets the European elegance ....have you experienced it yet? Reservations & take out


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General Dentistry for Adults & Children

DR. ANNA P. LIVIZ, DDS 324 N. San Mateo Drive, #2 San Mateo 94401


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

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

Real Estate Services

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

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

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

Grand Opening

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


DRE# 1889753Kapadia, Remax

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

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


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

Seniors Massage Therapy

(650) 347-7888

24-hour Assisted Living Care located in Burlingame

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

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


14 large screen HD TVs Full Bar & Restaurant

1819 El Camino, in Burlingame Plaza

John Bowman (650)525-9180

CA Lic #0E08395


Mills Estate Villa & Burlingame Villa

- Short Term Stays - Dementia & Alzheimers Care - Hospice Care


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


OPEN EVERYDAY 6:30AM-3PM Bagels,Santa Cruz Coffee, Sandwiches, Wifi, Kids Corner Easy Parking




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



Angel Spa
667 El Camino Real, Redwood City

Lic.#4105088251/ 415600633

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


680 E. 3rd Ave & Delaware

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

Se habla Espaol
I am not an attorney. I can only provide self help services at your specic directions

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

World Training Center
Martial Arts & Tae Bo Training

We Buy Coins, Jewelry, Watches, Platinum, & Diamonds.

Expert fine watch & jewelry repair. Deal with experts. 1211 Burlingame Ave. Burlingame

Body & Foot Massage Facial Treatment

731 Kains Ave, San Bruno

1205 Capuchino Ave. Burlingame

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

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




Food AYA SUSHI The Best Sushi & Ramen in Town 1070 Holly Street San Carlos (650)654-1212


(650) 347-7007


Breakfast Lunch Dinner Senior Meals, Kids Menu

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

1482 Laurel St. San Carlos

(Behind Trader Joes) Open 7 Days/Week, 10am-10pm

1845 El Camino Real

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.

Tours 10AM-4PM 2 BR,1BR & Studio Luxury Rental 650-344-8200

850 N. El Camino Real San Mateo

(650)508-8758 Video



Irish Pub & Restaurant Live Music - Karaoke Outdoor Patio

What everybody is talking about! South Harbor Restaurant & Bar
425 Marina Blvd., SSF

Health & Medical

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


1410 Old County Road Belmont 650-592-5923


1720 El Camino Real #225 Burlingame 94010

Jewelry & Watch Repair 2323 Broadway Redwood City

(650) 697-3200



ince 1981, the South San Francisco Young Mens Institute, in association with the Kiwanis Club of SSF, SSF Lions Club, South San Francisco Scavenger Company and various community organizations and volunteers have participated in the Louis P. Guaraldi Food Basket Program to benet local families during the holidays. Last year, more than 3,000 pounds of food was donated to provide food boxes with more than a weeks worth of food including meat, eggs, milk, fresh produce and dry and canned goods to more than 300 local families. On Saturday, Dec. 17 beginning at 8:30 a.m., volunteers will assemble and deliver holiday food baskets at the South San Francisco Fire Station 61 on N. Canal and Spruce Avenue. Due to difcult economic times, requests for food boxes have increased signicantly and donations are down. Please consider a nancial contribution to boost our buying power or donate food items such as hams or turkeys, cereal, nutritious nonperishable food and/or canned items to help supplement holiday meals for more than 300 many local families in need. Quantity donations or toothbrushes and toothpaste would also be appreciated for inclusion in the baskets. You can drop off donations of nonperishable food items week days at South San Francisco Scavenger Co., 500 E. Jamie Court (off E. Grand Avenue and Haskins Way) in South San Francisco through Dec. 16. For more information or to make

donations contact YMIs Ron Guaraldi at 5934854 or Mail your tax deductible nancial contributions to YMI, P.O. Box 1161, South San Francisco, CA 94083-1161. If youd like to volunteer to help assemble and deliver food boxes on Dec. 17, email Lisa at *** The holiday season will be brighter for hundreds of children thanks to the generosity of people who donated toys to the San Mateo County Transit Districts Transit Toy Drive. In conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program and the Salvation Army, the Transit Toy Drive received a total of 509 new, unwrapped toys and books this holiday season. Transit District employees collected toys from mid-November through Dec. 5 and held public toy drive events at the districts headquarters in San Carlos Nov. 28 and at the Redwood City Hometown Holidays celebration Dec. 3. The district set-up a toy collection booth at Hometown Holidays and participated in the parade. The West Bay Opera singers and the Salvation Armys brass band provided holiday tunes at the booth. The San Mateo County Transit District has sponsored a toy drive since 2001. In years past the Caltrain Holiday Train, a glittering show train decorated with thousands of lights, ushered in the holiday season on the Peninsula, stopping at selected stations and collecting thousands of toys. Although budget considerations forced the suspension of the Holiday Train in 2010 and 2011, SamTrans and Caltrain have continued to conduct a toy drive, collecting more than 45,000 gifts for needy Bay Area children. If the idea of a collective center works out, Beth and the staff envision an entirely new senior center, two or more swimming pools, a gymnasium and a full YMCA facility. The possibility is an intriguing idea, said Councilman Ian Bain. The others echoed similar sentiment and both Councilwoman Rosanne Foust and Councilman John Seybert volunteered to sit on a partnership committee of city and YMCA staff and ofcials to develop the studys scope. As the council and members of both the city and YMCA expressed enthusiasm for the plan, Councilwoman Barbara Pierce chimed in. You can sense the love-fest, she said.

Weekend Dec. 17-18, 2011


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Defense attorney Mike Hroziencik did not return a call for comment. The murder conviction coupled with the use of a knife and Villas previous criminal conviction for ring a gun leaves him facing 31 years to life unless the judge opts not to sentence him as a second-striker. A judge Tuesday will set dates for a court trial on his prior convictions and for sentencing. Villa was 17 when he reportedly stabbed Matthew Johnson repeatedly in the chest, back and leg but prosecutors charged him as an adult. They also charged Luis Herrera, Villas cousin who also participated in the attack, but he pleaded no contest to a lesser assault charge and testied for the prosecution. Hroziencik told jurors Herrera, now 21, was the actual killer and that Villa was an easy target to frame after he ed to Mexico after the stabbing. The other teens also left the country initially but returned shortly after. Villa remained in Mexico until his extradition that July. In closing arguments, Cannon said Villa needed an opportunity rather than a reason to kill. On Jan. 3, 2009, Cannon said Villa took advantage of the situation to unleash his knife. The confrontation from the initial rock throw-

ing to the nal assault in a parking lot down the street took less than three minutes. Johnsons two friends testied during the trial that the trio played around near the railroad tracks in Redwood City by Safeway and eventually began throwing soda cans and rocks from the overpass. One rock struck a red Honda Civil later identied as that carrying Villa and his cousins Herrera, Jonathan Herrera, 18, and Uriel Villa, 17. Villa and the others chased the teens down the street to a parking lot where Cannon said during closing arguments Villa decided to stab the defenseless kid viciously and callously. The chase was partially caught on surveillance tape from a nearby apartment complex but Johnsons two friends did not see the stabbing. Villa did not take the stand in his own defense but witnesses called by both sides offered conicting accounts on what he allegedly told them about the encounter. Hroziencik urged the jurors to take the testimony of the prosecution witnesses with a heavy dose of skepticism because several lied to a criminal grand jury about their roles in helping the boys ee to Mexico. Every civilian witness called by the prosecution received immunity to testify but Cannon asked jurors to also weigh other circumstantial evidence like his ight to Mexico after the attack and mail-order receipts for knives with blades similar to the murder weapon. Villa remains in custody without bail.

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annual visits. But Beth said the building which dates back to roughly 1956 is falling apart and the four segregated buildings limit social interaction. The adjacent pool is also considered outdated and not easily accessible from the center. The electrical capacity is at its limit, there is no central welcoming center and the staff says it is getting harder and harder to draw young senior citizens.


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