Dead birds prompt mosquito traps in Los Altos

The Santa Clara County Vector Control District was scheduled Tuesday to set mosquito traps in south Los Altos after the discovery of several dead birds infected with West Nile virus.

County officials planned to set approximately 40 traps near the intersection of Homestead and Grant roads, according to Noor Tietze, scientific technical services manager for the county vector control district. Genetic testing of the captured mosquitoes will determine whether fogging commences, but officials said they would notify residents before doing so.


LAH Councilman Larsen resigns

Los Altos Hills Councilman Rich Larsen will vacate his post effective Sept. 1, he announced Thursday at the monthly city council meeting.

Larsen, a longtime Los Altos Hills resident who served more than six years in public office, including a stint as mayor, plans to move to Carmel with his wife, Daryl, and their children and grandchildren.


News Briefs

City boosts downtown parking enforcement

The city of Los Altos has hired a part-time parking enforcer for Mondays and Saturdays – two days that had previously gone unenforced.

Los Altos Police Capt. Andy Galea said the baseline cost for parking violations – such as parking beyond a posted time limit – is $54.50.


News Brief

Final sentencing for symphony’s Carlton may be in sight

After a year of court dates, former Peninsula Symphony Executive Director Stephen Jay Carlton’s case may conclude May 4.

Carlton was convicted of tax fraud, grand theft, identity theft, embezzlement and forgery last year after the symphony’s funds disappeared.


Retirement and appointment leave LASD vacancies

Retirement, appointment leave LASD vacancies

The Los Altos School District appointed Sandra McGonagle assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, effective July 1.

McGonagle, current Blach Intermediate School principal and former principal of Santa Rita School, replaces Edsel Clark, who announced his resignation little more than a week ago.


News Briefs

LASD new hire announces resignation

Los Altos School District Assistant Superintendent Edsel Clark intends to leave the district at the end of the school year. He has served in the position for nine months.

“Sometimes you find yourself navigating and adapting to the changes from one organization to another, and in the end have to assess whether it is the best fit for the individual as well as for the organization,” Edsel wrote in an email to colleagues announcing his departure.


LA Council Roundup

Following is a roundup of items on the Feb. 24 Los Altos City Council agenda.

Council affirms rejection of design appeal

The Los Altos City Council maintained its stance Feb. 24 on a month-old rejection of a house-design appeal filed by two neighbors concerned about their privacy.


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