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A flood of candidates seek seats on high school board

Two incumbents and five newcomers are vying for seats on the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees – a significant increase in the number of candidates who have run over the past 10 years.

According to data from the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, no more than three candidates have run for seats on the board in the past four elections.

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LA residents chime in on plans for new civic center


Diego Abeloos/Town Crier
Los Altos residents take part in a site-planning exercise last week.

A workshop aimed at gathering public input on where to place a new community center produced a wide range of opinions from Los Altos residents.

The Aug. 19 workshop at the Los Altos Youth Center was a step in the city’s 10-month bid to update its 2009 Civic Center Master Plan to build a multigenerational facility to replace Hillview Community Center.

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Safety concerns prompt crosswalk changes near Gardner Bullis


Courtesy of Town of Los Altos Hills
The diagram shows placement of the proposed crosswalk and traffic signs.

Parents asked for it and the Los Altos Hills City Council delivered.

At Thursday’s council meeting, councilmembers directed that the crosswalk at Fremont Road and Fremont Pines Lane be widened and moved east across the intersection and push-button-activated flashing School Crossing signs installed to increase visibility of pedestrians – including students and parents heading to and from Gardner Bullis School.

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Police Blotter

Thefts

Aug. 19, 8:49 a.m., 1000 block of Covington Road: An unknown suspect broke into a vending machine on the Blach Intermediate School campus and stole coins.

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Candidate pushes for ambitious goals


Los Altos Hills resident John Swan, 63, is one of five candidates in the Nov. 4 election to fill three open seats on the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees. Swan, a business development executive, served as a member of the district’s Superintendent’s 2013 Task Force on Growth. He also serves on the West Valley-Mission College Foundation and the Community Technology Alliance boards. He has engineering, physics and business degrees from San Jose State and Santa Clara universities, respectively.

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Los Altos News Briefs

Mixed-use project back for new review

A mixed-use development proposal for the site of a former San Antonio Road gas station will soon undergo a second round of public review.

According to Los Altos Planning Services Manager David Kornfield, the Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) will once again review the 897 N. San Antonio Road project, which plans for approximately 2,000 square feet of office space and four second-floor residential units, by Sept. 4.

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Election canceled in Los Altos Hills

The November ballot will be as empty as the Los Altos Hills Council Chambers last week, when the city council voted unanimously to cancel the Nov. 4 election.

Not a single resident showed up at the Aug. 20 special meeting to weigh in on the decision to cancel the town’s second consecutive uncontested election.

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