LASD plans community meeting on bond spending

As the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees decides how to spend the $150 million in bond funds from Measure N, district officials have scheduled an April 22 community forum on enrollment growth and facility plans.

The goal of the forum, according to the district, is to “collect new ideas and answer questions as (the board) narrows down options and finalizes solutions to address enrollment growth in our schools.”

News of the forum was sent to the community via an advertisement in the April 15 edition of the Town Crier and an email sent to parents Monday (April 13).

“With regard to facilities and Measure N, we have been hard at work identifying the best solution for the continued growth of our school district,” Superintendent Jeff Baier said in his email to parents. “This includes the hiring of a real estate broker to engage in potential property acquisition.”
The meeting is slated 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 22 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road. The district asks those who plan to attend to RSVP via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For information on Measure N and the progress the board has made in determining what to do with the funds – including reports and minutes – visit and click on the big blue “Facilities Master Plan Information” button.

And then there was 1: MVLA narrows superintendent search to single candidate

SCH HardingMugJeff Harding is the lead candidate for the position of superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos High School District, according to a press release issued by the district Tuesday (April 14), and he could be appointed as soon as May 11.


Delays expected on Springer, Foothill

Motorists can anticipate delays on two well-traveled roads in Los Altos due to construction projects scheduled to begin this week and next.

Springer Drive sewer repair


Bob Grimm remembered as heart of Los Altos

Town Crier File Photo
Bob Grimm – pictured in 2011 – nurtured Los Altos' civic life from parades to elections. He was the man-behind-scenes, patiently keeping the books and tending the floats.

If it was a worthy cause, Robert Grimm was always there to help.

The former Los Altos mayor and retired Hewlett-Packard Co. executive quietly volunteered in many capacities inside and outside Los Altos, over many decades and in many ways.


Multi-county car pursuit ends in Los Altos Hills with crash

A multi-county vehicle pursuit that blocked traffic on Interstate 280 for more than an hour Tuesday (March 17) ended in Los Altos Hills when the driver's SUV overturned on the freeway, according to California Highway Patrol reports.

No injuries were reported during the incident, but suspect Ramon Bernal of Davis was transported to Stanford Medical Center as a precautionary procedure. The 24-year-old was later booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on charges of felony evasion of a peace officer and driving under the influence of drugs, according to CHP Officer Ross Lee.

The chase began near Vacaville at approximately 2 p.m. when a CHP officer observed Bernal's gold Nissan Pathfinder speeding westbound on Interstate 80, near Interstate 505. The officer attempted a traffic stop, according to CHP reports, but Bernal ¬ – the sole occupant of the vehicle – failed to yield. He continued driving at speeds between 80 and 95 mph onto Interstate 680 southbound, where a spike strip deflated the SUV's tires, and then onto 280 northbound.

By the time Bernal reached 280 near Magdalena Avenue, the SUV's tires had disintegrated to the point that the front of the vehicle came in contact with the roadway, according to CHP reports. He drove the SUV onto the center median, struck a dirt embankment and lost control. The vehicle flipped once before coming to a rest upright, and Bernal was able to exit the SUV on his own. CHP officers took him into custody without incident.

Northbound 280 traffic flow returned to normal levels by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Los Altos Police nab alleged burglar, identity thief

NEWS arrests mugsThe 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 a detailed description of the vehicle.


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.


The Mountain View Police Department is looking for 17 year-old Mountain View resident Lizbeth Avendano. According to the police, the teenager has not been seen or heard from since approximately 8:50 a.m. this morning when her mother dropped her off at Los Altos High School.


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