Stonebrook Court sells for $25 million

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The founder of a biotech company recently purchased Stonebrook Court in Los Altos Hills. The estate has played host to a number of community events over the years, including a Los Altos Community Foundation fundraiser, above.

After years on the market, the Los Altos Hills historic estate known as Stone- brook Court has a new owner. Sacramento-based biotech executive Norah Lacey recently purchased the 7.5-acre property for $25 million.

Percy Tredegar Morgan, a British capitalist, acquired the l35 acres in l9l0 and built Morgan Manor as a near-replica of Speke Hall, a mansion built in 1598 in Liverpool, England. Morgan and his wife, Daisy, an Oakland native, were the first to add an Italianate influence to the property when they imported a 16th-century Venetian palace’s ceiling for the ballroom.


Commission Briefs

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Los Altos Parks and Recreation Commissioner Lynette Lee Eng chats with a senior during the grand opening of the Grant Park Senior Center.

The Los Altos and Los Altos Hills Senior Commission took the following actions at its Jan. 5 meeting.

City considers signage along West Edith

The city will examine placing additional signage along West Edith Avenue – near San Antonio Road – that cautions motorists to watch out for crossing pedestrians.


LAH Council Preview

Los Altos Hills Mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan is scheduled to convene the first city council meeting of the year 6 p.m. Thursday at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road. Following is a summary of several agenda items.

For the full agenda and online video streaming of council meetings, visit


News Briefs

Los Altos

• First Street between West Edith Avenue and Shasta Street is scheduled to close Friday to allow a large crane to hoist materials to the rooftop of the 100 First St. condominium development.

The closure is permitted between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., but contractors anticipate that the closure will be needed only 9 a.m. through 3 p.m.


Police Blotter News

Holiday DUI campaign results in 422 arrests

A joint law enforcement effort to crack down on drunken drivers during the holiday season resulted in 422 arrests throughout the county, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.

The figure represents a drop when compared with last year’s holiday campaign, when 468 individuals were arrested throughout the county for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the Sheriff’s Office reported.


New laws influence everything from football practice to college degrees

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed 930 new laws into effect for the new year, an increase over last year’s 800. Los Altos was ahead of the curve in some cases – a bag ban set to take effect statewide July 1 started locally in 2013. And though parking a pooch on a restaurant patio was technically illegal before this year, many of Los Altos’ eateries already looked the other way.

Local impacts

Foothill College is in the thick of one new law, a pilot program set to offer four-year degrees at select California community colleges. Foothill nominated its dental hygiene program as a candidate for the first round of new degrees under SB 850, and the college will find out Jan. 21 whether its program wins approval.


Los Altan of the Year: Kathryn Hanson – ALearn founder leads less-fortunate students to better future

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Kathryn Hanson launched a nonprofit from her Los Altos home that has grown to serve thousands. The Town Crier has named Hanson its 2014 Los Altan of the Year.

Several years back, Kathryn Hanson reviewed local high school statistics and noticed very few low-income students enrolling in Advanced Placement classes and a wide achievement gap versus the rest of the student body.

“This is unacceptable,” Kathryn told educators. “What are we doing about this?”


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