Almanac

News - April 20, 2011

Briefs: Willows burglars ordered to repay victims

by Sandy Brundage

Six months after their arrests, three burglars who targeted Menlo Park's Willows neighborhood pleaded no contest in San Mateo County Superior Court on April 11.

Ricardo Esparza, 18, and his 19-year-old brother, Victor Alfonso Esparza, and Jesus Enrique Lara, 19, pleaded no contest to two counts of burglary. Each man also pleaded guilty to a single count of first-degree burglary, according to the district attorney's office.

Judge Lisa Novak ordered the men to pay at least $42,050 to four victims. She also sentenced them to three years supervised probation following one year in county jail, with 279 days credited as time served.

The trio was arrested after 10 daytime burglaries and two attempts occurred last September in the Willows neighborhood.

The district attorney's office said Mr. Lara was on probation for car theft when the burglaries occurred.

Challenging us to drive less

If paying more than $4 a gallon for gas doesn't encourage people to drive less, what will? Perhaps the annual Drive Less Challenge, which kicks off on April 22 and ends May 5.

The challenge asks participants to use alternative transportation such as buses, bikes, carpools, and their own two feet. Top performers can win prizes from local merchants. An awards party will be held on Saturday, May 21, at Kepler's Books at 1010 El Camino Real.

A press release said 120 participants in Menlo Park in 2009 replaced over 5,000 car miles with alternative "green" trips, reducing local carbon dioxide emissions by over 2 tons. Last year 280 participants from around the Peninsula replaced 29,000 miles, equivalent to taking 55 cars off the road.

Go to drivelesschallenge.com for more information.

Comments

There are no comments yet for this post

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields