The Palo Alto Police Department arrested a man for allegedly entering an unlocked home and rummaging through the residents’ belongings while the house was occupied on Monday afternoon, Aug.1.
Around 3:40 p.m., police received a call from the resident of a house in the 1100 block of Ramona Street reporting an in-progress burglary, according to a police department press release. The resident, a man in his seventies, told the authorities that he had found a stranger sorting through his belongings in the living room. The resident yelled at the stranger to get out of his house, which caused the suspect to run out of the house without taking anything.
About a minute later, officers found and detained the suspect. No one was injured.
The following investigation found that the suspect, a 35-year-old San Jose resident, had allegedly entered the house through the unlocked front door. The police booked him into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for residential burglary, according to the press release, along with an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for resisting arrest out of Santa Cruz County.
Around 7:47 a.m. on that same Monday morning, the police contacted the same suspect after receiving a call that he was allegedly trespassing by sleeping in the backyard of a home in the 300 block of Kingsley Avenue. The police cited and released him for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for vandalism, theft, trespass and resisting arrest out of Sunnyvale.
Anyone with information about these incidents is encouraged to contact the Palo Alto Police Department’s 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.
— Bay City News Service Rail analysis brings anxiety to Palo Alto
As the California agency charged with building high-speed rail finalizes its plans for the Peninsula segment of its contentious system, Palo Alto officials are raising alarms about a feature conspicuously missing from the proposed design: grade separation.
The Palo Alto council is now finalizing its plans for grade separation -- the realignment of rail crossings so that tracks would not intersect with local streets at three crossings. This week, the council agreed to place on the November ballot a business tax that would help fund grade separation, expected to cost hundreds of millions of dollars and take more than a decade to complete.
The high-speed rail project could conflict with these plans. In June the state rail authority released its final Environmental Impact Report for the segment between San Francisco and San Jose, set to be reviewed and approved on Aug. 17 and 18. The recently released environmental analysis evaluates two alternatives, both of which generally stick to the two-track "blended system" design in which high-speed rail and Caltrain share tracks.
The analysis concluded that the alternative without the passing tracks is the environmentally superior option, but Palo Alto officials are concerned the analysis does not consider an alternative in which rail crossings are grade-separated. Instead, the analysis proposes to install four-quad gates at the rail crossings to prevent cars from entering the tracks when trains are passing.
— Gennady Sheyner Novavax COVID-19 vaccine now available
Santa Clara County began offering the new Novavax COVID-19 vaccine on Aug. 2, county administrators said. The shots are available at all county health system vaccination sites.
Novavax differs from the currently available Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, which use an mRNA-based approach to developing immunity. Instead, Novavax uses traditional protein-based technology. Both types of vaccines are safe and effective at preventing serious illness and death from COVID-19, the county noted.
The Novavax COVID-19 vaccine is administered in two doses given three to eight weeks apart. The vaccine, which was recently approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offers an alternative for the small percentage of people who are unable to receive an mRNA vaccine due to a history of allergic reactions or who might be more comfortable with a traditional type of vaccine.
The Novavax vaccine doesn't contain preservatives, latex, metals, antibiotics or tissues such as aborted fetal cells, gelatin or any materials from any animal. It also doesn't contain food proteins such as eggs or egg products, gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, nut products or any nut byproducts.
The vaccines are available to adults. The Food and Drug Administration has not approved the vaccine for use as a booster, however.
Anyone interested in receiving the Novavax vaccine is encouraged to check with their primary physician about receiving the initial vaccination series. Anyone without a primary health care provider or who is having difficulty finding an appointment can find assistance at sccfreevax.org.
— Sue Dremann