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With new supplies, volunteers hope to bring calm in emergencies

Asher Kohn/ town crier
Emergency preparedness volunteers met with Los Altos police and officials July 27. Pictured are, from left, J. Logan, Capt. Scott McCrossin, Police Chief Tuck Younis, Steve Murata, Don Gladstone and Stuart Jeffery.

According to Harry Guy, the shipping container sitting in Los Altos full of emergency supplies is “a good start.” With more than 3,000 cubic feet full of first-aid kits, generators and shelters – to say nothing of shovels, hatchets and floodlights – Guy hopes that Los Altos will have enough equipment to deal with anything California throws at it.

In June 2015, the Los Altos City Council budgeted $15,000 for training materials, equipment, supplies and communication strategies for emergency preparedness. Los Altos would collaborate with Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), Block Action Teams and amateur radio operators to coordinate a response for emergencies.

MV police arrest burglary suspects

Mountain View police arrested three East Palo Alto residents July 27 on charges of burglary, robbery and kidnapping.

According to Katie Nelson, public relations coordinator for the Mountain View Police Department, the suspects forced a woman into a closet before burglarizing her home.

Struck gas line prompts fire scare

A contractor hit a gas line while making home repairs on the 200 block of Mt. Hamilton Avenue in Los Altos July 25.

Los Altos police arrived on the scene to evacuate nearby residents in the event of a fire. No fire broke out, however, and the contractor was able to finish their repairs.

Resident thwarts trash fire

A recycling bin caught fire a few feet away from a residence on Shelby Lane in Los Altos Sunday.

A resident saw smoke coming from a recycling bin and yard waste container on the side of a neighbor’s house. The resident called the fire department and used a garden hose to extinguish the fire.

LAH burglaries prompt residents to take action

Like many of Los Altos Hills’ winding roads, Olive Tree Lane ends in a cul-de-sac – there’s only one way in and out. Yet the 20-something man on Kate Clayton’s doorstep the morning of July 13 wanted driving directions. And he seemed nervous.

After the man left, Clayton called the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.

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