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City investigates allegation of memo forgery

Los Altos City Manager Marcia Somers said she will conduct an investigation into claims that someone tampered with a city document to misrepresent the history of downtown parking.

At the April 1 meeting of the new Citywide Parking Committee, committee member Kim Cranston voiced concern over a memorandum titled “History and Documentation of Downtown Parking.”

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'Substandard' lot development rankles LAH residents


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Los Altos Hills Lot Nos. 25608 and 25520 Deerfield Drive, highlighted, are shown in relation to nearby lots in the Deerfield neighborhood.

Concerned that Los Altos Hills could be subjected to an influx of high-density residential developments, neighbors of two proposed single-family housing projects are carefully following – and vehemently protesting – their progress through the city approval process.

“The neighbors want to preserve the rural aspect of the town, which is part of the general plan,” said Los Altos Hills resident Enrique Klein.

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Police urge motorists to 'Silence the Distractions'


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State law enforcement agencies are partnering to discourage motorists from driving while distracted.

Los Altos Police are upping traffic enforcement April 15 to discourage distracted driving.

“If your eyes are off the road, you don’t know what is in front of you,” said Los Altos Traffic Sgt. Scott Bunch. “And when you’re not paying attention to your surroundings, the likelihood of a collision increases.”

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New standard mandates story poles for larger developments


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Story poles, like those erected in Los Altos Hills, above, will enable Los Altos residents to size up a project’s mass and scale during the design review process.

Los Altos residents have a new way to size up development projects.

The Los Altos City Council March 24 voted 3-2 in favor of requiring story poles for all commercial, multifamily and mixed-use projects.

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Council further expands design review process

Story poles won’t be the only attention-grabber for new construction projects – larger posters and more accessible video simulations will alert residents to potential development.

As part of a new Open Government Policy, the Los Altos City Council requested in January that two of the city’s commissions consider expanding public notification for new construction projects.

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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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Police Blotter

Burglaries and thefts

March 30, 10:51 a.m., 0-100 block of San Antonio Road: Sometime between Jan. 16 and 18, an unknown suspect stole an iPad from the Los Altos main library. The theft wasn’t reported until March 30.

April 4, 8:56 a.m., 4600 block of El Camino Real: An unknown suspect stole a cashbox and laptop from a suite in an office complex. Police said there was no sign of forced entry.

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