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Pedestrian injured by hit-and-run driver in Mtn. View

Mountain View Police seek a hit-and-run suspect who struck a pedestrian at the intersection of Castro Street and El Camino Real last week.

The pedestrian suffered minor abrasions to the foot and hand, according to police.

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Brush fire contained at Foothill and 280


Courtesy of Saema Adeeb
Fire races up a hillside towards eucalyptus trees in Los Altos Hills Monday (June 15).

Dry grass spread a late-afternoon fire from the edge of Interstate 280 up toward Arboretum Drive in Los Altos last week, but responders halted the blaze before it reached the homes and eucalyptus trees at the top of the hill.

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Foothill President named next FHDA Chancellor

Miner mugThe Foothill De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees announced the selection of Judy C. Miner as district’s seventh permanent chancellor Monday (June 15). She succeeds Linda M. Thor, who retires June 30 as the district’s top executive.

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Hills council strikes down proposed moratorium on substandard lots

With a divided vote, the Los Altos Hills City Council Wednesday (June 3) struck down a proposed 45-day moratorium on substandard lot development.

Mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan and Councilmember John Radford cast dissenting votes opposing the moratorium on conditional development permit (CDP) applications. For the moratorium to pass, at least four of the five councilmembers needed to vote in favor of it.

“I’m not happy with some of what’s going on, but I think our current rules are sufficient,” Radford said.

Councilmembers John Harpootlian, Rich Larsen and Gary Waldeck voted in support of the moratorium.

CDP applications are required for expansion or new development when a residential property’s Lot Unit Factor – indicating how large a home can be – is less than half an acre. Although the town’s founding documents indicate a standard of 1-acre lot sizes, there are at least 50 lots of half an acre or less in Los Altos Hills.

Planning commission members have formed an ad hoc committee to examine existing CDP regulations, including the acceptable number of variances and exceptions allowed in conjunction with CDPs.

Approximately 20 Los Altos Hills residents and developers spoke during the public comment session of the morning meeting, an estimated half of whom favored the moratorium.

'Prowler' proves benign in Los Altos

It turns out that video footage of a man entering a Los Altos backyard last week was a painter looking for his job site – not a prowler.

The Los Altos Police Department Monday (June 2) issued an alert to the media that included a screen capture of the man wearing a Golden State Warriors playoffs T-shirt. He entered a backyard on Delphi Circle, looked around and into a window, then left.

After police began circulating his description, the man contacted the department with details about his work. Tuesday, the police updated their alert as resolved.

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 lasdschools.org 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.

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