Two of the three newly hired police officers, Isaac Ramos and Ernesto Montes, are Latino and live in East Palo Alto. Both are bilingual. A third new officer is Rock Stillwell, who lives in Hayward and is white.
Hiring Latino officers ìis a positive step in bridging the gap between the police and the Latino population, and is critical to our policing efforts,î Mayor Ruben Abrica said. ìThe department should reflect the diversity of culture and language of the community.î
The city now has nine Spanish-speaking officers.
In addition, the city also hired Doris Cohen as a crime analyst for the Police Department. Cohen formerly was a crime analyst for the Palo Alto Police Department.
The city plans to hire another three police officers very soon and another six to nine in the coming year. There are now seven candidates in the background phase of the hiring process, Sgt. Alma Zamora said.
Los Altos company awarded $300 million
A federal jury in San Jose this week awarded more than $300 million in damages to a Los Altos-based technology company after finding that one of the world's largest computer memory chip manufacturers infringed on its patents.
The eight-person jury found that South Korea's Hynix Corp. infringed on the patents that the founders of Rambus, Mike Farmwald and Stanford University Professor Mark Horowitz, filed in the 1990s and that Hynix should pay almost $307 million in damages.
"We're very pleased. We've been trying to get our patents to this stage for six years," Rambus general counsel John Danforth said. "These two guys really did something magnificent and it's very gratifying to have eight lay people ... come out and say this was a magnificent achievement."
Hynix attorney Dan Furniss said the company was "obviously disappointed in the result." However, he noted that the trial before U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Whyte is not over. It has been broken into multiple phases and one more phase remains.
Hynix plans to argue that the patents should not be honored because of improper conduct by Rambus before the organization that sets the global standards for computer memory chips.
"We will seek an order finding these patents unenforceable," Furniss said.
Rambus has similar litigation pending against a number of other chip manufacturers, including global leader Samsung. Danforth hopes today's verdict will encourage them to drop the lengthy litigation process and negotiate a royalty rate with Rambus.
"The other companies have to and will study the results here ... It may not be a free ride just to delay, delay, delay," Danforth said.
Stanford set for community outreach
Some 250 Stanford University faculty, staff and students will spend Friday working for nonprofit groups in the universityís first Community Partnership Day.
The event was prompted by Stanfordís popular Community Day, which has brought thousands to the campus for a day of events for the last four years.
ìThrough Community Day, weíve encouraged our neighbors to visit us on campus to enjoy faculty lectures, music performances, art displays, a health fair, childrenís activities and the like,î said Alan Acosta, associate vice president for public affairs. ìWe want to complement that open house by encouraging faculty, staff and students to go off campus and become more involved in the surrounding communities.î
Stanford faculty and staff will be paid their regular salaries for the day of volunteering.
Palo Alto agencies that will receive the volunteer Stanford help include Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Urban Ministry, the Community Breast Health Project, Habitat Restoration for Magic and the Community Association for Rehabilitation.
Stanford Dining Services will provide a dinner Friday night to clients of the Urban Ministry and the Clara-Mateo Alliance, both of which work with homeless people and families.
There will also be a campus-wide food drive on Friday for the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Stanford Community Partnership Day will now be held every other year, as will Stanford Community Day. The next Community Day is tentatively scheduled for April 17, 2007.
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