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LAH burglaries prompt residents to take action

Like many of Los Altos Hills’ winding roads, Olive Tree Lane ends in a cul-de-sac – there’s only one way in and out. Yet the 20-something man on Kate Clayton’s doorstep the morning of July 13 wanted driving directions. And he seemed nervous.

After the man left, Clayton called the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.

Local 'Ponzi-like scheme' case approaches final chapter


The court-appointed receiver who dismantled a local investment firm moved toward closing the case last week, with local investors likely to recoup approximately 88 percent of their initial funds.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleged that Los Altos resident Mark Feathers raised money from more than 400 investors by claiming to invest in mortgages that could provide a 7.5 percent annual return. When the SEC shuttered Small Business Capital Corp. in 2012 and froze its assets, the government regulatory agency asserted that Feathers’ enterprise was spending more than it made and, as the receiver put it last week, violating “generally accepted accounting principles.” The SEC used the phrase “Ponzi-like scheme” to characterize the actions of the firm, known as SB Capital.

Camera-carrying 'Batman' descends on downtown

Courtesy Los Altos Police Department
An unknown suspect damaged the yellow signs warning motorists not to make U-turns, according to the Los Altos Police Department.

It was the city of Los Altos’ Twitter account, not a police officer, that set up a beacon for reporter Stanley Roberts.

In its response to a resident’s online complaint about witnessing two illegal U-turns downtown, @CityofLosAltos tweeted that “we’ll keep trying to curb this bad behavior. Paging @SRobertsKRON4!”

New Foothill president hits the ground running

Although new Foothill College president Thuy Thi Nguyen may not have taken the most traditional path to top college administrator, she seems to have all the right tools to get the job done.

After setting out to attend medical school and then law school, Nguyen always had a singular goal in mind – to serve in the public in some way.

LAH officials nix transient occupancy tax proposal

A number of factors played into the decision by the Los Altos Hills City Council last week to abandon pursuit of a local short-term rental tax. But perhaps the most persuasive argument arrived via a July 13 webinar, “Best Practice for Ensuring Short-Term Rental Ordinance Compliance.”

In New York City, the compliance rate of short-term rental permitting is 25 percent, according to the webinar, a production of local government management company iCompass. In San Francisco, the rate is 24 percent. In Hallandale Beach, Fla., it’s just 1 percent.

Program aims to help teachers afford housing

The Los Altos School District and Los Altos Community Foundation have joined forces to create an online form for local residents to connect with teachers in need of housing.

The district seeks to help teachers handle the high cost of housing in the area. According to district officials, many teachers struggle to find affordable accommodations and are unable to live in the area.

Flasher identified in Mountain View

A woman witnessed a man exposing himself in Mountain View’s Cuesta Park earlier this month. According to Katie Nelson, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department, the man also seen by at least one other woman at Cuesta Park.

After the man was identified in a photo lineup, the police issued a warrant for his arrest.

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