Almanac

News - August 21, 2013

Briefs: Business owner chases down thief

by Sandy Brundage

The real estate business lends itself to financial rather than criminal excitement, or at least it's supposed to. But a Menlo Park developer and his son found themselves chasing a thief through the streets on Aug. 15.

Roxy Rapp had reported the theft of a security camera to Menlo Park police on Aug. 14. The camera, taken from Mr. Rapp's new building at 1706 El Camino Real, had managed to download a photo of the culprit before vanishing, according to the report.

The next day Mr. Rapp and his son spotted the alleged thief on the street. A chase ensued, ending with the capture of 51-year-old David Shippen, of Palo Alto, the report said. Police then took the suspect into custody.

JobTrain welcomes

new director

After 39 years, local nonprofit JobTrain will have a new director at the helm. It announced that Nora Sobolov will take a position as executive director starting Sept. 3, as long-time head Sharon Williams retires.

Ms. Sobolov co-founded the Community Forward Fund, a financial coaching service for nonprofits, and has also led the Canadian Lung Association, the Canadian Cooperative Association and Housing Help, a support program for homeless people, according to an Aug. 12 press release.

JobTrain provides free employment preparation and training for low-income Bay Area residents.

Caltrain parking

fees increase

The daily parking fee at Caltrain stations will rise to $5, with the monthly fees at $50, starting Sept. 1. The agency said in an Aug. 14 announcement that the increases come as ridership and lot maintenance cost increases, and that it last raised parking fees in 2011.

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