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Judge delays case of Christian school janitor

A Superior Court judge Nov. 12 granted a continuation at the defense attorney’s request in the case of James David Carroll, 60, the former custodian at Los Altos Christian School charged with one felony count of possession of child pornography and one felony count of distribution of child pornography.

Carroll’s sentencing is now scheduled Dec. 3.

Police arrested Carroll last December in his Sunnyvale home for the pornography incidents, which occurred in 2007 and 2008. Carroll pleaded no contest to both counts in Santa Clara County Superior Court Sept. 28.

Carroll faces a maximum of 16 months in state prison or probation with up to a year in county jail, a $10,000 fine and registration as a sex offender.

Council suspends traffic-calming plan

The Los Altos City Council Nov. 10 voted unanimously to authorize city staff to suspend the Neighborhood Traffic Management Plan for Carmel Terrace for one year. Councilmembers directed the staff to implement a no-drop-off zone on Carmel Terrace and Altamead Drive as part of an alternative yearlong experiment.

Area residents, concerned about the increased volume of traffic around Blach Junior High School, formulated the concept during a series of meetings. A majority of the 44 property owners approved the experiment. Several residents spoke in favor of it at the Nov. 10 council meeting.

Elements of the one-year trial would include installing “No Stopping” signs behind Blach and along Carmel Terrace and Altamead Drive and administering a residential parking permit program developed by the Carmel Terrace-Altamead Drive Neighborhood Association.

The experiment is expected to reduce drop-off traffic at the south entry to the school, according to the city staff report.

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