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UPDATED: Missing Los Altos High School student found

UPDATED at 10:20 p.m. Jan. 21: Mountain View Police report that Avendano is safe after being located in Los Angeles County.

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The Mountain View Police Department is looking for 17 year-old Mountain View resident Lizbeth Avendano. Accordin...

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Schools

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on a proposal to exempt ninth-grade student-athletes from taking PE. Students take part in a physical education class at Mount...

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Community

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF


From Midnight Express Instagram
A group of millennial-aged Santas celebrating a night on the town prepare for a safe ride from San Francisco to their South Bay homes, courtesy of Cory Althoff’s new Midnight Express shuttle.

It’s no understatemen...

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Comment

More open than ever: Editorial

One of the Los Altos City Council’s objectives for 2015 is implementing an open-government policy. The title of the policy may be somewhat misleading, because it’s not as if the city has had a closed-government policy. But the new proposal goes beyon...

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Business

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Cassidy Turley, which has offices at 339 S. San Antonio Road, is combining with DTZ following its recent acquisition.

Commercial real estate services companies DTZ and Cassidy Turley have joined forces to operate as a sin...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

JUDY HOFFMANN

JUDY HOFFMANN

Judy Hoffmann passed away unexpectedly October 17, 2014 in New York City. It was only fitting Judy would be traveling and enjoying special adventures in so many different places until the very end.

Judy has lived since 1969 in Los Altos with her h...

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Travel

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill


Courtesy of Raúl Cañibano
Cuban photographer Raúl Cañibano is set to appear at Foothill College tonight. His work – including the image “Series: Guajira’s Land, Viñales, 2007,” right – is on display at the KCI Gallery t...

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View


Suellen Fitzsimmons/Special to the Town Crier
Christopher Tocco stars in TheatreWorks’ “2 Pianos 4 Hands,” which opened last week.

TheatreWorks’ production of “2 Pianos 4 Hands” is scheduled to run through Feb. 15 at the Mountain View Center fo...

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Spiritual Life

Start something great by ringing in the new year with prayer

There is a tradition, which I’m told originates in the Midwest, that calls for people to pray in the new year. A few years ago, I was invited to a friend’s house and a number of people stayed up until midnight (approximately two hours pa...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Police Blotter

Resident reports phone scam to police

A Los Altos resident contacted police March 15 after nearly becoming the victim of a phone scam in which the perpetrators fraudulently posed as law enforcement officers.

According to Los Altos Police Sgt. Cameron Shearer, the female resident received a phone call at approximately 9:30 a.m. from someone posing as an FBI agent. The impostor informed the resident that the FBI recently recovered $600,000 in stolen Publishers Clearing House winnings earmarked for her.

Shearer said the resident grew suspicious after the suspect asked her to wire $1,800 to Mexico City to cover miscellaneous fees to receive the $600,000. The suspect then offered to have a local law enforcement official contact her to confirm the matter, Shearer added.

Approximately one hour later, the victim received that second phone call, with a suspect identifying himself as a Los Altos Police officer – using an actual officer’s name as his own during the conversation.

Shearer added that the suspect allegedly phoned from a valid Los Altos Police unit’s phone. The victim’s caller ID listed the number as the Los Altos Police’s parking enforcement unit – 947-2777. Still suspicious, the resident contacted Los Altos Police to report the incident.

Woman arrested downtown

Shearer said the matter is under investigation. for petty theft Police arrested a 26-year-old woman in downtown Los Altos last week after she stole an undisclosed amount of cash and other items from a patron’s purse at Le Boulanger. According to Los Altos Police, the victim was driving home after a March 12 visit to the downtown bakery and café, located at 301 Main St., when she realized she had left her purse there. Upon returning to Le Boulanger, she asked a patron, seated near her initial visit if the patron had seen the purse. The patron went to the bakery’s restroom, returned with the purse and handed it back to the victim. The victim confronted the patron after she discovered cash and membership cards missing from her wallet. The female patron subsequently confessed to the crime and was placed under citizen’s arrest until police arrived at the scene shortly before 11 a.m. The suspect was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail on one charge of petty theft.

Auto burglaries

March 12, 7:59 a.m., 2200 block of Homestead Court: An unknown suspect stole several personal items from two cars in the unsecured parking lot of an apartment complex. One car was unlocked at the time of the incident, while the second vehicle had one of its windows smashed to force entry.

Misdemeanor warrant arrest

March 13, 8:13 a.m., 600 block of Fremont Avenue: Police arrested a 30-year-old male motorist for an outstanding DUI warrant during a traffic stop. The motorist was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail.

DUI arrest

March 14, 2:34 a.m., Dolores and Fremont avenues: Police arrested a female motorist for driving under the influence after patrolling officers pulled her over for a moving violation. Police cited and released the motorist, in her early 20s, from the Los Altos Police station.

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