Police dispatch received a call around 6 p.m. on Sunday from the retailer lululemon reporting an in-progress theft at the Stanford Shopping Center store at 180 El Camino Real, police said in a press release. Officers arrived and detained four people, police said. Police said they recovered 100 pairs of leggings valued at over $12,000.
According to police, four people entered the store along with a fifth person, whom police were not aware of until a further investigation.
Officers located the suspects' vehicle, a blue 2007 Hyundai Entourage, in the parking lot, along with several bags full of items. The bags in the minivan contained 300 items valued at $38,000 that had been stolen earlier in the day from other lululemon stores in Burlingame and San Mateo.
Two Sacramento residents, an 18-year-old man and a 22-year-old man, and a 20-year-old Carmichael woman were arrested on suspicion of felony organized retail theft, felony possession of stolen property, and felony conspiracy.
The fourth person is a 16-year-old girl who was booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of the same offenses.
— Bay City News Service
County's final primary election results are in
Santa Clara County has released the final results from the June primary election.
In the sheriff's race, retired Palo Alto police Chief Robert "Bob" Jonsen received 31.98% of the vote and retired county sheriff's Capt. Kevin Jensen closed in on his heels with 30.48%. The two will face off in the Nov. 8 general election.
Sheriff supervising Sgts. Christine Nagaye and Sean Donte Allen received 19.34% and 13.84% of votes respectively for sheriff. Anh Colton, who has been charged with perjury for misrepresenting required qualifications for the job, received 4.9%.
In other county races, incumbent District Attorney Jeff Rosen beat out his competitors by garnering 55.88% of the vote to win the majority. Former Deputy District Attorney Daniel Chung received 24.39% and Sajid Khan, a county public defender, obtained 19.72% of the vote.
Voters also approved Measure A, longer term limits for members of the Santa Clara Valley Water District, by a simple majority of 50.56%. The vote authorizes an amendment to the district's ordinance that extends the limit on board members to four consecutive terms (up from three). But the vote was close: 49.44% of ballots stated "no" on the measure.
The registrar's office certified the statewide direct primary election results on July 7, in which 357,848 voters, or 35.72% out of 1,001,798 registered voters, casted ballots. The county's turnout was slightly higher than the statewide voter turnout of 33.1%, the registrar's office said in a press release.
— Sue Dremann
New Novavax COVID vaccine coming to county
Santa Clara County plans to make the newly approved Novavax COVID-19 vaccine available to the public once supplies arrive, the Public Health Department said in a statement on Wednesday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the use of the Novavax vaccine on Tuesday. The Novavax vaccine will be available as a two-shot series for adults, but it won't be available as a booster shot at this time, based on Food and Drug Administration approval, the county said. The FDA authorized the vaccine for emergency use on July 13.
The Novavax shot offers an alternative to the currently available Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, which use an mRNA-based approach to developing immunity. Novavax's vaccine uses traditional protein-based technology. Both methods are "very safe and very effective" at preventing serious illness and death from COVID-19, the county said.
The Novavax vaccine also provides an alternative to the small percentage of people who are unable to receive an initial series with an mRNA vaccine due to a history of allergic reactions. About 91% of the county's population has received at least one shot of other vaccines, so the anticipated demand would be relatively small, the county said separately on Tuesday.
The Novavax vaccine also can be stored at standard refrigeration temperatures between 36 to 46 degrees; the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require storage at subzero temperatures.
"Adding the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine to our inventory adds another viable option to keep individuals, friends, families, and the general public protected against severe disease from COVID-19. Once the county has received and distributed the vaccine to our locations, its use can begin," Dr. Jennifer Tong, associate chief medical officer for Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, said in the county statement.
— Sue Dremann
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