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<author>Discussions on parks, school sites </author><author>put on hold</author>

Discussions between the city of Los Altos and the Los Altos School District on possible school sites have apparently been shelved – at least for now.

The city canceled a July 31 ad hoc committee meeting – at the behest of the district – as the district aims to meet the Friday deadline to place a $150 million bond measure on the November ballot.

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LAH council hears request for tennis court lights at Fremont Hills


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Fremont Hills Country Club asked the Los Altos Hills City Council to allow the club to install lights at five of its 10 tennis courts.

The Los Altos Hills City Council is slated to discuss a proposal calling for tennis court lights at Fremont Hills Country Club.

At a public hearing scheduled 7 p.m. Aug. 21 at town hall, councilmembers will consider the club’s request to install metal halide lights at five of its 10 courts. With the addition of lights, the club could accommodate more tennis players after dark and host United States Tennis Association interclub meets.

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<p>Police Blotter</p>

Wenke sentenced

Los Altos resident Laura Jean Wenke received an 11 years to life sentence July 31 for the attempted murder of her estranged husband in 2011. She was also ordered to pay more than $10,000 in restitution.

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told the Town Crier that he was “quite pleased” with the sentence.

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City schedules roundtable on communication

Two Los Altos City Councilwomen want to know how the city can better engage residents – and vice versa.

Councilwomen Jeannie Bruins and Jan Pepper are slated to host a community roundtable in a bid to improve the city’s communication methods with the public. The roundtable – scheduled 6:45-9:15 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road – is open to all residents.

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Newcomer joins MVLA school board race


Mountain View High School parent Fiona Walter recently declared her intent to run for one of three seats in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees race in November.

Walter is no stranger to leadership – she recently served as Mountain View High’s PTSA president and previously served eight years on the Mountain View Whisman School District Board of Trustees.

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"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearly $1 million to show that it’s getting serious about water conservation and enforcement. The district last week announced that it plans to hire 10 water enforcement personnel to investigate complaints of water waste.

In the wake of mandatory 20 percent cutbacks statewide over 2013 consumption, the state’s Water Resources Control Board reported July 15 that it will levy $500 daily fines on individuals and businesses overwatering in such activities as landscaping and washing cars. The fines stem from a discovery earlier this month that water use has increased 1 percent statewide over last year, despite the worst drought in recent memory.

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LAH council gives go-ahead to road repairs


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A cyclist rides along Taaffe Road in Los Altos Hills last week. Taaffe Road is among the 28 roads scheduled for pavement work in coming months.

Approximately 30 streets are scheduled for roadwork during the 2014-2015 fiscal year now that the Los Altos Hills City Council has approved a nearly $1 million contract for the 2014 Pavement Rehabilitation Project.

While Los Altos Hills City Engineer and Public Works Director Richard Chiu said the town’s Pavement Condition Index, a measure of the streets’ quality, is “pretty good” at 77 out of 100, standard roadwork is necessary.

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