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From the archives
October 05, 2012, 05:00 AM

Rally slows traffic on Third Avenue

Approximately 50 residents from San Mateo’s Baywood Neighborhood took to the streets with neon-colored signs telling drivers to slow down the week of Oct. 5, 2007.

The peaceful rally was organized by the neighborhood association in response to what residents saw as an increasing problem on West Third Avenue — speeding. The city Department of Public Works and the Police Department installed minor traffic calming measures since the construction of public library more than a year prior, but residents said it has not stopped speeders.

Belmont race takes strange turn

The already awkward Belmont City Council election took another twist the week of Oct. 5, 2007 with David Braunstein announcing that he was, in fact, running an active campaign after telling supporters he would not seek a seat.

Braunstein qualified for a spot on the ballot in August 2007. By the end of that month, Braunstein announced he would not run an active campaign, citing family issues. He encouraged people to vote for other candidates even though his name would appear on the ballot. Then, the week of Oct. 5, 2007, Braunstein changed his mind, again, and announced he was ready to run an active campaign.

"I have received overwhelming support from many voters, who have indicated that they would still be voting for me, as I have always been a qualified candidate with a statement on the ballot,” Braunstein wrote in a statement. "Given this support, and some resolution of my personal issues, I am declaring at this time that I will campaign, and if elected, am committed to serving the office of Belmont City Council to the best of my ability.”

Ostrich killer

sentenced to five months jail

The 19-year-old Half Moon Boy man convicted of fatally shooting Gaylord the ostrich while trespassing at a ranch last Halloween was an affable, responsible student who never showed any violent tendencies, according to a trio of former teachers who testified as character witnesses the week of Oct. 5, 2007 before a judge sentenced him to five months in jail for animal cruelty

On Oct. 31, 2006, Timothy Andrew McKevitt and Jonathon Michael Porter, 20, went with a group of drunken friends to see the animals — Gaylord, Apple and Tomato — the first time and then specifically returned with guns by themselves later that night. More specifically, the District Attorney's Office has said the men’s motivation was bruised pride after the bird attacked them in front of girls. McKevitt provided the weapons and the two men returned to the ranch without their companions.

From the archives highlights stories originally printed five years ago this week. It appears in the Friday edition of the Daily Journal.

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