This Jean Bartlett interview with Tom Lara ran in the January 5-19, 2013 issue of the Peninsula Progress. The article is used with the author's permission. PDFs of the article are linked below. Tom Lara Peninsula Progress_page4
According to a story in the San Francisco Chronicle (July 21), Danielle Saxton, 27, stole clothing July 11 from Morrie's Boutique in West Frankfort, Illinois, then posted a selfie on Facebook in which she wore some of the loot, namely a leopard-print dress. When the store owner posted pictures of the stolen items on Facebook, someone made the connection and dropped a dime on Danielle. Police arrested her and charged her with petty theft.
In lower Linda Mar near Marvilla Circle is a small corner "pocket park". It's not much, but it's clean and generally well maintained by the city. We in the neighborhood would like to keep it that way. To this end, if you recognize either of these two motorcyclists (above) as being your son, let him know that our neighborhood would prefer that he and his friend not drive over the sidewalk and through the gated entrance to do donuts on the small lawn there. Several families use this park and prefer that the grass not be torn up. Next time I see this poor choice of behavior (not the first time these motorcyclists have been a nuisance in the area), I'll call the police immediately. Thanks.
According to a San Francisco Chronicle business story July 19, Integrated Whale Media Investments of Singapore and Hong Kong has paid $475 million for a majority share of Forbes Media stock.
Steve Forbes, staying on as chairman and editor in chief, is quoted as saying: "The buyers are entrepreneurs and they understand entrepreneurial capitalism, and they have a vested self-interest in not messing with the editorial."
How refreshing to hear those words. But we wonder how long that will last. So many times we have heard corporate takeover artists promise they would not interfere with editorial or creative, only to find out soon after that they were lying. And inevitably when that happens, product quality, job security, and staff morale go downhill. Just ask anyone who has lived through a merger or acquisition.
A Seattle man used a can of spray paint and a lighter as a makeshift blowtorch to kill a spider, starting a blaze that caused $60,000 worth of damage to his rental home, Seattle fire officials say. The man and his mother got out of the house, and no injuries were reported. (Associated Press, Firefighter Nation)
Tight water restrictions, including $500-a-day fines, that go into effect August 1 were approved late Tuesday by regulators, who added a last-minute surprise: Water agencies will be required to track and report water use based on gallons per person per day beginning in October.
Any municipal employee whom local officials empower will be able to write a ticket for an offense.
Will private enterprises spring up to start operating water schools? A wave of businesses will probably emerge to help people cope with the crisis. Santa Cruz has already started a water school, similar to traffic school, to combat the anger being generated by enormous monthly water bills and fines (one family's bill had grown from $60 a month to $1,700, including punishments).
During the first month of rationing, 1,635 account holders wound up generating $341,000 worth of fines, including one for $4,000. Thousands of dollars in penalties can be washed away in exchange for an hour and a half or two hours of education.