Palo Alto Weekly

News - January 1, 2010

Online This Week

These and other news stories were posted on Palo Alto Online throughout the week. For longer versions, go to www.PaloAltoOnline.com/news or click on "News" in the green, left-hand column.

Woodside attorney named Superior Court judge

Woodside resident and trial attorney Theodore C. Zayner has been appointed as a judge on the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Wednesday. (Posted Dec. 29 at 5:26 p.m.)

Palo Alto offers holiday-lights trade

Palo Alto utilities customers can trade in their old holiday lights for a free string of new, energy-efficient LED bulbs. While supplies last, the City of Palo Alto Utilities Department will hand out a new LED string in exchange for an old string of working incandescent lights. (Posted Dec. 29 at 11:37a.m.)

County debuts drug-discount program

All residents of Santa Clara County can now use a new, free prescription-drug discount card, which allows them to save an average of 22 percent on drugs purchased at participating pharmacies. Residency is the only eligibility requirement, Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss said in a press release. (Posted Dec. 29 at 9:55 a.m.)

47 Bay Area residents fail to Spare the Air

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District recorded 47 potential violations of the regional no-burn restriction on Christmas Day, air district spokesman Ralph Borrmann said this week. A citation, if issued, carries a $400 fine paid to the air district. (Posted Dec. 29 at 9:37 a.m.)

Warrant issued in philanthropy embezzlement

Former Silicon Valley Community Foundation employee Frances Louise Stewart, 52, has been named in an arrest warrant for theft of $100,000 from the organization, according to the Mountain View Police Department. (Posted Dec. 28 at 3:11 p.m.)

Mountain View man could get life in attempted homicide

Mountain View resident Reginald Ellis was arrested late last week for allegedly trying to choke his girlfriend to death in November, and authorities now say he faces a life sentence if found guilty on several counts including attempted murder. (Posted Dec. 28 at 9:07 a.m.)

Caltrain offering free rides New Year's Eve

Caltrain is offering free rides to passengers after 11 p.m. on New Year's Eve to encourage revelers not to drive, according to agency officials. (Posted Dec. 28 at 9:03 a.m.)

Drunk-driving arrests up in Bay Area

The California Highway Patrol has arrested 160 impaired drivers in the Bay Area since Thursday evening. (Posted Dec. 28 at 9 a.m.)

Train fatality is 26-year-old Mountain View man

The man killed late Wednesday afternoon by a southbound Caltrain has been identified as Alejandro Escobar Samayoa, 26, of Mountain View, the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office announced Thursday. (Posted Dec. 24 at 8:55 a.m.)

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