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Disneyland ticket scammer nabbed in Mtn. View

A Mountain View family of four went to Disneyland Feb. 12 to use Park Hopper tickets purchased for $500 from a seller found on Craigslist. The tickets proved invalid.

Mountain View Police arrested 25-year-old David Kao of San Francisco in connection with case. Charged with two counts of theft and possession of marijuana for sale and transport, Kao was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail without incident.


LAH Council Roundup New rules set for attendance at committee meetings

Following are highlights from the Feb. 9 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting. The next meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. March 30 at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road.

Lack of attendance, engagement lead to new rules

Members of Los Altos Hills’ 14 town committees and commissions may be volunteers, but a council vote in February subjects them to new rules for attendance and Brown Act training.


Residents, county support roundabout proposal for Page Mill Road

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After public oppostion to a traffic signal proposed for the Page Mill Road I-280 off-ramps, above, the Los Altos Hills City Council is considering a roundabout.

When residents of Los Altos Hills turned out en masse to oppose Caltrans’ proposal for traffic signals at the north- and southbound off-ramps at Interstate 280 last year, the county responded.

A working group comprising representatives from the cities of Los Altos Hills and Palo Alto, Santa Clara County and Caltrans convened with a vision to “take a fresh look at improvements with a corridor approach,” according to one of the members. The group reviewed the technical details for new proposals and gathered public input via email and three public meetings last fall. Eight months later, consensus is emerging regarding an alternative proposal to solve the growing traffic gridlock on Page Mill Road – a roundabout.


Dusty debate: Pathways Element resurfaces for review

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos Hills boasts 85 miles of pathways, including the above path in Byrne Preserve, used for the annual Pathways Run.

After a heated referendum debate in 2002 and an update in 2008, Los Altos Hills’ Pathways Element has come under the microscope once again.

Mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan initiated a conversation at the Feb. 9 city council meeting about amending the language of the Pathways Element document. A former Pathways Committee member, Corrigan said the “confusing” policy needs editing to reflect the town’s actual intent for its 85 miles of pathways.


City, LASD hire two new crossing guards

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students cross Foothill Expressway with the aid of a new crossing guard, recently added to ensure the safety of those crossing at Magdalena Avenue.

The Los Altos School District and the city of Los Altos added two new crossing guards last week, an effort to ensure students’ safety.

One crossing guard will cover the Foothill Expressway and Magdalena Avenue crossing and the other will be stationed at the Covington Road and Golden Way crossing.


County Board of Supervisors reviews election process

The Nov. 4 election tested the patience of many local voters and candidates, who watched as results trickled in daily after Election Day and changed the outcomes in some tight races.

Now that the dust has settled, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, chairman of the Finance and Government Operations Committee, held a special hearing Jan. 28 to discuss election matters involving the county’s Registrar of Voters.


Council inspired by straightforward strategy on selling civic center redo

Keep it simple. That’s the message Los Altos City Councilmembers needed last week to take a big step forward in putting a civic center master plan before voters.


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