Council seeks more options for community center

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The Los Altos City Council approved an appropriation to examine options for a new community center to replace the aging Hillview facility.

The Los Altos City Council last week voted narrowly in favor of examining further options in the city’s bid to replace the aging Hillview Community Center.

The council voted 3-2 to appropriate $3,800 more for consultant Anderson Brulé Architects (ABA) to present councilmembers with additional conceptual designs and cost options to consider in advance of the final report. Councilwomen Jeannie Bruins and Megan Satterlee cast the dissenting votes.


Breaking up with drugs isn't easy for teen users, but community can help

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Adults in the community play an important role in supporting teens as they confront social pressures.

This is the second in a two-part series exploring adolescent substance abuse in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. Part 1, published Dec. 10, examined the causes and circumstances of substance abuse from the teenage perspective. Part 2 delves into the recovery process and resources available to youth in the community.


Police recommend citizen vigilance following residential armed robbery

Los Altos Police last week advised residents to be vigilant in securing their homes after burglars held a homeowner at gunpoint during a recent early-morning break-in.

Shortly after 12:30 a.m. Dec. 9, police responded to reports of a residential robbery on the 1000 block of Crooked Creek Drive. Police noted that three males wearing masks entered the home through an attached garage. A male resident woke up and confronted them after they gained access. One of the suspects pulled out a firearm and held the victim at gunpoint while the other two burglarized the home.


New faces, changing leaders

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City council seeks clarity on open government policy


The Los Altos City Council last week decided against adopting a policy that aims for greater government transparency – at least for now.


Police Blotter


Dec. 12, 10:35 p.m., North San Antonio Road and Almond Avenue: Police arrested a male motorist in his 50s for driving under the influence of alcohol following a traffic stop. The suspect failed a field sobriety test at the scene and was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Dec. 14, 12:19 a.m., South Rengstorff Avenue and Latham Street: Police arrested a male motorist in his 30s after they determined that he was driving under the influence of alcohol.


Storm Updates: News throughout the day

Photos by Ellie Van Houtte
Water is rushing across Foothill Expressway – but no cars – at Loyola Corners in Los Altos. Flooding has closed the road for a half-mile stretch.

UPDATE: The storm has eased in the Bay Area but we'll continue to add updates as they come.

Read on below for coverage from Thursday, Dec 11:

Town Crier staff are following the storm from around town and publishing updates here and on Twitter, where we're also collecting bulletins from local police departments and utilities providers. Find us @latc for rolling updates in real time.

As of 5 p.m. Thursday power service has remained consistent in the Los Altos area – follow outages via PG&E's map here:

Mountain View police are updating a map of flooded areas (below). Los Altos roads remain open but Central Expressway has a major closure between Matilda and Wolf as of 5 p.m. Thursday.


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