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Federal grand jury indicts Feathers

Los Altos resident Mark Feathers was arrested last week and released on bond after being charged by a federal grand jury with 29 counts of fraud.

The securities and mail fraud charges relate to Feathers’ Small Business Capital Corp., which the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission brought to court more than two years ago for misusing investor funds and overstating its financial stability. S.B. Capital had collected approximately $50 million in investments.

LAH Council Briefs

Following are highlights from the Oct. 16 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting. The next meeting is scheduled 4 p.m. Nov. 10 at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road.

Council approves grants

After reducing the town’s budget for nonprofit grants and boosting program accessibility by inviting new groups to submit proposals, the council allocated $30,000 in grants to a dozen nonprofits.

Number of burglaries falls in LAH

Number of burglaries falls in LAH

From a high of 16 burglaries in July and August to four burglaries over the past eight weeks – one incident related to a domestic scuffle – the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office reported a drop in property crimes in Los Altos Hills.

“The sheriff has increased marked and unmarked patrol units,” said Sheriff’s Capt. Ken Binder of his team’s efforts to curb criminals from breaking and entering. “Our zero-tolerance policy keeps the burglars away.”

LAH Council Briefs

Following are highlights from the Sept. 11 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting. The next meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road.

Backlash against bulk

The council introduced an ordinance that will make it more difficult to bend home-design rules.

News Brief

The California Department of Motor Vehicles last week issued a reminder to drivers about the new law requiring them to give 3 feet of clearance to bicyclists traveling in the same direction. The Three Feet for Safety Act took effect Tuesday.

According to AB 1371, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown a year ago, if traffic or roadway conditions prevent motorists from giving cyclists 3 feet of space, drivers must “slow to a speed that is reasonable and prudent” and pass only when a cyclist would not be in danger.

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