Storm Updates: News throughout the day

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Water is rushing across Foothill Expressway – but no cars – at Loyola Corners in Los Altos. Flooding has closed the road for a half-mile stretch.

UPDATE: The storm has eased in the Bay Area but we'll continue to add updates as they come.

Read on below for coverage from Thursday, Dec 11:

Town Crier staff are following the storm from around town and publishing updates here and on Twitter, where we're also collecting bulletins from local police departments and utilities providers. Find us @latc for rolling updates in real time.

As of 5 p.m. Thursday power service has remained consistent in the Los Altos area – follow outages via PG&E's map here:

Mountain View police are updating a map of flooded areas (below). Los Altos roads remain open but Central Expressway has a major closure between Matilda and Wolf as of 5 p.m. Thursday.


Police ask for vigilance following armed robbery at residence

badgeLos Altos Police are asking residents to be vigilant in securing their homes after burglars held a homeowner at gunpoint during a break-in early this morning (Dec. 9).


LAHS 20-year reunion set for Nov. 29

Los Altos High School Class of 1994 tickets are on sale for the 20-year reunion, scheduled 7 p.m. next Saturday (Nov. 29) at First and Main Bar & Grill in downtown Los Altos. Tickets are $60 each and are sold on
For more information, visit the reunion Facebook page:

LASD race: Counting absentee ballots takes time

The fate of a number local races hangs in the balance as the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters continues to tabulate absentee ballots returned to polling places on Election Day.

Who will serve on the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees and whether the district's Measure N bond passes are yet to be determined.  

County Registrar Shannon Bushey said the office is currently processing and counting an estimated 150,000 absentee ballots returned through Nov. 4. The results the office published 4 a.m. Nov. 5 included the 81,000 votes cast at polling places on Election Day.

At 5 p.m. Nov. 5, the registrar released results for 16,000 absentee ballots, but the county still has another 105,000-135,000 absentee ballots to process.

Counting absentee ballots, which arrive in sealed envelopes, is a labor-intensive process. Bushey said the ballots first must be sorted by precinct and go through a sorting machine that tallies them and captures voters’ signatures. The registrar’s office staff must compare the signatures to ensure that they match for approval, and then the staff open the envelopes and prep the ballots for processing the vote counts.

Bushey said the first day of counting absentee ballots includes more preparation and sorting, prompting the low-results count of only 16,000 ballots processed. She estimates that the office will complete counting absentee ballots by Saturday but will work Sunday if necessary.

The Registrar of Voters’ website is scheduled to update totals at 5 p.m. each day.

After absentee ballots are counted, the Registrar of Voters must process the 14,000 provisional ballots cast on Election Day, which, according to Bushey, would take at least a week.

All election results will not be certified officially until Dec. 2.

For updates, visit and click “Election Results.”

Police pinch pungent perp

smokes robberAn alleged Mountain View bank robber notorious for his peculiar odor has been caught after police connected him to another crime.


Milk Pail owner: Parking deal revoked

ONLINE MILKPAIL ExteriorA new parking agreement to save The Milk Pail Market in Mountain View has been revoked, according to its owner.


BCS, LASD announce 5-year agreement

NEWS BlachThe Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School announced a peace treaty Wednesday  (July 2). The term sheet, which covers the next five years, aims to "resolve their long standing dispute."

Representatives of the Bullis Charter School and Los Altos School District boards drafted the document, and will be soliciting public response until the boards vote on a final agreement July 28.


In the term sheet, the charter school and school district: 

  • Agreed to student enrollment projections.
  • Agreed to drop all pending litigation in Santa Clara County Superior Court and to initiate no new lawsuits.
  • Located charter school facilities at Egan and Blach, with expanded space at Blach by ending lease with Stepping Stones Pre-School.
  • Capped enrollment at BCS to approximately 900 students.
  • Phased out Bullis Charter School admissions preference for Los Altos Hills residents in the Bullis-Purissima Elementary School attendance area.
  • BCS agreed to cooperate in a bond measure for the Nov 2014 ballot, and work together to draft ballot language. 
  • BCS agreed to add a section to its website and other promotional materials providing more information as to how it successfully educates various groups of students with unique needs, including those requiring the full spectrum of special education services and/or classroom accommodations and ELL students.
  • For 2014-2015 and beyond, BCS will have on-site access to an Occupational Therapist, a Speech Therapist, a psychologist, and a teacher with an Educational Specialist Credential to work with students with disabilities.

Read the full text here. Check back for more coverage and a full story in the July 9 issue. 

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