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Los Altos Police nab alleged burglar, identity thief

Los Altos Police nab alleged burglar, identity thief

The Los Altos Police Department received a call from a local resident reporting a suspicious vehicle in the area of Lockhaven and Stonehaven drives in Los Altos at 9 a.m. Monday. The resident, who reported that his mail was possibly stolen, provided ...

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Schools

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
Former NFL tight end Eason Ramson visited with Blach Intermediate School students, Feb. 13 to share the perils of drug use. Now a motivational speaker, Ramson works with at-risk teens in San Francisco.

Although former ...

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Community

Chi Am Circle, Chef Chu's prove 'golden': Club sets fundraising goal of $200K for March fashion show

Chi Am Circle, Chef Chu's prove 'golden': Club sets fundraising goal of $200K for March fashion show


Courtesy of Bev Harada
Chi Am Circle members, from left, Gerrye Wong, Sylvia Eng, Pearl Lee and Muriel Kao flank Larry Chu Sr. at the Jan. 31 event honoring the club’s 50th and Chef Chu’s 45th anniversaries.

Chef Chu’s restaurant in Los Altos ho...

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Comment

Freedom's just another word: No Shoes, Please

It used to be that the word “freedom” held exclusively positive connotations for me, but now it’s really become a mixed bag. It all started in 2001 when President George W. Bush asked the question he felt was on the minds of most Americans regarding ...

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Special Sections

Filoli in bloom: Historic estate hosts  classes, events and tours

Filoli in bloom: Historic estate hosts classes, events and tours


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Scenes from Filoli: The historic estate in Woodside is a welcoming sanctuary for visitors. The grounds offer a rotating display of seasonal flowers, a tranquil reflecting pool and paths that wend through the 16-acre Engl...

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Business

Stock volatility still confusing

The market opened down more than 100 points Friday but by noon rose more than 130, the form of volatility that quickly draws investors’ attention. By week’s end, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index and the Dow Jones industrial aver...

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Books

French novel

French novel "Hunting and Gathering" offers character-driven suspense


Anna Gavalda is a well-known author in her native France, where she has published six books, most of which have met with considerable praise and commercial success. Her fourth novel, “Hunting and Gathering” (Riverhead Books, 2007), is filled ...

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People

CHRIS A. KENISON

CHRIS A. KENISON

Feb 13, 1945-Feb 6, 2015

Resident of Los Altos

Chris was born in Georgia and moved to Oklahoma as a young child. He grew up there and moved to California in 1965. He developed a strong work ethic from his grandparents and parents. He attended the...

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Travel

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon public recreation space, above, features an elevated pedestrian bridge.

Seoul, South Korea, is a study in contrasts. Having grown quickly, the city is a mix of old and new.

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Stepping Out

'Park' in the hills

'Park' in the hills


courtesy of Foothill Music Theatre
Dot (Katie Nix) imagines her dream job as a follies dancer in the Foothill Music Theatre production of “Sunday in the Park with George.” The play runs through March 8.

Foothill Music Theatre’s production of “Su...

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Spiritual Life

Is your thought life sabotaging your spiritual journey?

My computer started having problems – there seemed to be some sort of malware running in the background. At first it was just annoying, then it began to slow down my computer, interfering with its basic operations. What is it doing? Why can...

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Magazine

Local events serve up family fun

Local events serve up family fun


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale” is slated to open March 20 in Mountain View.

For families seeking a break from the daily routine, events abound this month and next in Los Alto...

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PG&E, police warn residents about utility-worker scam

The Los Altos Police Department and PG&E last week warned local residents about a scam involving thieves fraudulently posing as utility workers.

PG&E initially issued the warning after reports of home burglaries in Vallejo, Oakland and San Carlos. In each case, according to the utility company, thieves dressed as PG&E utility workers to contact the victims in person and stole money and jewelry from them after gaining access to their residences. Company officials noted that they are working with local law enforcement agencies to help resolve the cases.

They also cautioned the public about a second scam in which victims receive calls from thieves posing as PG&E representatives who tell them that their service will be cut off if they fail to pay a past-due bill via credit card, gift card or wiring money from a checking account.

Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis told the Town Crier that residents need to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police.

“This is really just about making the public aware that this is going on,” said Younis, who added that his department sent out the PG&E warning last week via its Nixle alert system.

Younis noted that Los Altos is no stranger to such scams and that residents should exercise extra caution when approached by anyone claiming to represent a service or agency.

“We’ve had similar incidents occur in the past couple of years in Los Altos,” he said. “A team of two will come to a home, one will distract the victim (and draw them) away from the house while an accomplice enters the home and steals items.”

PG&E officials said residents could take several precautionary steps if approached by someone claiming to represent their company, including asking to see a valid form of identification before allowing anyone posing as a utility worker inside their home.

“Residents can challenge people and ask them for identification,” Younis said. “All legitimate employees from these agencies, including PG&E, have photo IDs that represent them and their company.”

In addition, residents can call PG&E’s customer service line to verify an appointment if they feel uncertain – even after the person claiming to be a PG&E employee produces identification. Customers with appointments receive an automated call back within 48 hours prior to a scheduled visit, according to company officials, or receive a personal call from a PG&E representative ahead of time.

Los Altos customers with concerns about the legitimacy of a call claiming the need for payment on a past-due bill that requires the release of personal information are advised to call PG&E’s customer service line at (800) PGE-5000 or the Los Altos Police Department at 947-2770.

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