More than one in five Palo Alto utility customers voluntarily pays higher rates to subsidize energy sources that are 100 percent renewable, city staff members told the Palo Alto City Council Monday, April 16, in an Earth Day staff report.
Voluntary participation in the Palo Alto Green renewable-energy program is one of many reasons the community's greenhouse gas emissions are projected to be 15 percent below 2005 levels by the end of this year.
City operations, including city hall and the wastewater-treatment plant, have cut greenhouse-gas emissions by an even greater percentage — 20 percent below 2005 levels.
That means both groups are ahead of goals established in the city's 2007 Climate Protection Plan, which is to have reduced emissions by 15 percent from 2005 levels by 2020, Debra van Duynhoven, assistant to the city manager, stated in a report.
The estimated reductions are due primarily to greater purchases of electricity from renewable supplies, participation in the Palo Alto Green program, lower levels of waste to the landfill and improved energy efficiency in city facilities, van Duynhoven said.
Worker falls from steel structure at Paly
A construction worker sustained traumatic injuries after falling from a steel structure at Palo Alto High School Tuesday morning, April 17, a spokeswoman for the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) has confirmed.
The 24-year-old employee of Cold Steel Erectors, Inc. of San Lorenzo, Calif., was spreading steel decking on the second floor of a classroom structure that is under construction when the accident occurred, Cal/OSHA spokeswoman Patricia Ortiz said. She said she could not provide the worker's name.
The man fell 13 feet, 8 inches onto the concrete floor and sustained a broken hip and a facial bone fracture. He will require surgery, she said.
Palo Alto Fire Battalion Chief Chris Woodard said the man was taken to Stanford University Medical Center. Emergency personnel were called to the scene at 7:56 a.m. City dispatch communications at that time indicated he was bleeding from his head and mouth.
Ortiz said Cal/OSHA's Foster City district office was notified about the accident at 9:24 a.m. She said there were no witnesses, and it is not known if he wore protection at the time of the fall.
Police recover stolen property from vehicle stop
Police arrested three men for residential burglary after an officer discovered stolen property during a vehicle stop Friday, April 13, at 2:08 p.m. — less than 25 minutes after the property was reported stolen from a nearby residence.
Hector Jose Sandoval of Hayward, Gilbert Garcia of East Palo Alto and Israel Aguilar of East Palo Alto were each arrested for residential burglary, possession of stolen property, conspiracy and possession of burglary tools. The first three charges are felonies; only the charge of possession of burglary tools is a misdemeanor.
Police recovered property that had been stolen earlier that day at a house in the 2400 block of Agnes Way. Police stated that the estimated value of the recovered stolen property is between $10,000 and $15,000.
An officer stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Oregon Expressway and Middlefield Road for a vehicle code violation and detained the vehicle's three occupants after smelling marijuana. One of the men was on a searchable probation for vehicle theft and domestic violence in Alameda County.
The officer conducted a probation search and discovered tools commonly used for burglary and a watch that had been reported stolen from the residence on Agnes, police said. The ensuing investigation led to the recovery of the rest of the property stolen from the residence.
Children sue father in death of mother in Woodside
Three children of former Woodside resident Parima Parineh have initiated a wrongful death lawsuit against their father, Pooroushasb "Peter" Parineh, who is now in jail on charges of having killed their mother.
The three are her son Austiag Hormoz Parineh, her daughter Austiaj Parineh and her son Khashayar Parineh.
The April 11 complaint filed in San Mateo County Superior Court alleges that Pooroushasb Parineh "willfully and maliciously fired two gun shots to the head of Parima" at their Woodside mansion on Fox Hill Drive on April 13, 2010.
The children further allege in the complaint that their father acted out of a motive to cash in on life insurance policies that would have paid out with Parima Parineh's death.
Pooroushasb Parineh has been in county jail on a no-bail status on charges of premeditated murder for financial gain since his arrest in Sunnyvale on June 17, 2010.