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Former symphony executive guilty of tax fraud


The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office last week reported that former Peninsula Symphony Executive Director Stephen Jay Carlton has been found guilty of tax fraud.

Superior Court Judge Allison Danner ruled Dec. 3 that Carlton was guilty of one misdemeanor and two felony counts for filing false tax returns from 2010 through 2012. The ruling follows a one-day trial Nov. 24.

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VTA extends deadline for bus-plan comment

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority extended the comment period for its draft environmental impact report regarding its proposed Bus Rapid Transit plans for a 17.4-mile stretch of El Camino Real, including Los Altos and Mountain View.

The new deadline for comments is 5 p.m. Jan. 14.

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Los Altos public works director calls it a career


Public Works Director Jim Gustafson plans to retire from public service after a 35-plus year career that began in the U.S. Navy and ends here in Los Altos. Friday is his final day.

Reached by the Town Crier, Gustafson said he opted to retire in part because of the daily demands of the position.

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One-car crash injures 1, damages 2 parked vehicles

A Ford Explorer plowed into two parked vehicles at a residence on Fallen Leaf Lane Dec. 5.

Accordinaccidentg to Los Altos police, the driver was traveling southbound on Fallen Leaf just after 10 a.m., when the vehicle veered off the road. The SUV hit one vehicle before hitting a decorative post in the front yard of a home near the corner of Alexander Way, then hit a second vehicle.

The driver, a Mountain View resident, was treated at the scene and transported to Stanford Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police have yet to determine the cause of the collision. Photo courtesy of Angela Horine.

City officials: Prepare for the upcoming storm

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook indicating that heavy rains and wind will return to the Los Altos area beginning Wednesday night, Dec. 10. High winds and flash flood watches have been issued for all Bay Area Counties for Thursday, Dec. 11.

The city of Los Altos provides a complimentary sandbag station to help residents protect property from flooding during the rainy season. Residents can get bags at the city's Municipal Services Center, located in the McKenzie Park parking lot, 707 Fremont Ave. In Los Altos Hills, sandbags are available at the town's Corporation Yard located at 27400 Purissima Road, Los Altos Hills.

City officials recommend residents get battery-operated flashlights and a radio with fresh batteries ready. Listen for updates on storm conditions and power outages.

If you have a home telephone that requires electricity to work (such as a cordless phone or answering machine), plan for alternate communication. Have a standard plug-in-the-wall telephone handset or cellular telephone ready as a back-up.

Freeze plastic containers filled with water to make blocks of ice that can be placed in your refrigerator/freezer during an outage to prevent foods from spoiling.

When you are out and about driving in the rain, allow for extra travel time and use caution.

Important phone numbers

  • Downed Power Lines and Emergencies 9-1-1
  • Non-Emergencies (downed trees, street flooding, etc.)
    • Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office (408) 299-3233
    • Los AltosPolice Department 947-2770
  • Power Outage (PG&E)1-800-743-5000

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Police ask for vigilance following armed robbery at residence

badgeLos Altos Police are asking residents to be vigilant in securing their homes after burglars held a homeowner at gunpoint during a break-in early this morning (Dec. 9).

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Former symphony executive guilty of tax fraud

carltonThe Santa Clara County District Attorney’s (DA) Office today (Dec. 4) reported that former Peninsula Symphony Executive Director Stephen Jay Carlton has been found guilty of tax fraud.

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