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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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LAH Council Roundup New rules set for attendance at committee meetings

Following are highlights from the Feb. 9 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting. The next meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. March 30 at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road.

Lack of attendance, engagement lead to new rules

Members of Los Altos Hills’ 14 town committees and commissions may be volunteers, but a council vote in February subjects them to new rules for attendance and Brown Act training.

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New police to join force

Five new faces will be sporting a Los Altos Police uniform this year.

Hiring is underway for a new traffic officer, a position frozen and unfilled since the economic downturn. The Los Altos City Council added it back into the 2014-2015 budget.

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Sentencing of former symphony director continues this week

Former Peninsula Symphony Executive Director Stephen Jay Carlton is scheduled to return to court this week as sentencing continues for his embezzlement conviction.

Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Judy Lee told the Town Crier that she anticipates a motion from the defense to dismiss a previous strike that would add time to Carlton’s sentence.

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