LA City Briefs

Community center bond set for November ballot

The Los Altos City Council July 28 unanimously adopted an ordinance calling for a Nov. 3 bond election to raise funds for construction of a new Hillview Community Center and Park.

The city would use the $65 million bond to replace the nearly 70-year-old Hillview Community Center, construct an aquatic center and upgrade open space and sports fields. The city will fund underground parking – estimated to cost up to $25 million – from its reserves.


Police Blotter

Residential burglaries

July 27, 7:11 p.m., 600 block of Arboleda Drive: An unknown suspect entered through an open window and ransacked a residence, targeting jewelry.

Aug. 1, 10:03 a.m., 1700 block of Newcastle Drive: An unknown suspect kicked in the front door of a residence and ransacked the home. Police are in the process of obtaining a list of stolen items.


E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk

Courtesy of Microbe World
Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water Service Co., asked residents in the affected area to stop drinking tap water and began tracking down the source of contamination.


Police: Beware of water-service scammers stealing from LA residents

Courtesy of Los Altos Police Department
Surveillance cameras captured images of two suspected burglars.

Two burglary suspects impersonated water-service workers to gain entry to multiple Los Altos homes last week, according to a release from the Los Altos Police Department.

At 1 p.m. July 20 on the 700 block of Jordan Avenue, the suspects knocked on a resident’s front door and told him that the water supply to his home had possibly been contaminated by construction in the neighborhood.


LAH council considers multipurpose facility

Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
Plans for a proposed multipurpose facility adjacent to city council chambers in Los Altos Hills could involve relocating emergency supplies from the historical Heritage House.

Last week’s Fremont earthquake left Bay Area residents rattled and seismologists warning of the next “big one.” Coincidentally, the quake occurred just days after the Los Altos Hills City Council began discussing a possible alternative location for emergency equipment needed during such a disaster.

The July 16 council discussion began with a gentle push to construct a multipurpose facility adjacent to council chambers. The town’s History Committee seeks a home for historical documents and photographs, while the Parks and Recreation Department wants room for town-sponsored classes, workshops and meetings. History Committee Chairwoman Carol Crites and Sarah Gualtieri, community services supervisor, collaborated with town architect Peter Duxbury to develop a preliminary conceptual site plan.


ECH board elects Chen as new director

The El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors last month elected a new member – Lanhee J. Chen, J.D., Ph.D., a Stanford University lecturer and political consultant. Chen’s three-year term began July 1.

District officials interviewed three candidates during their June 16 meeting and elected Chen to replace Nandini Tandon, Ph.D., who chose not to seek an additional term on the five-member board.


Police Blotter


July 22, 8:29 a.m., 100 block of Main Street: A resident reported a suspicious man sleeping in the downstairs area of an office complex. When officers responded, they discovered that the 48-year-old male had two warrants for his arrest – a misdemeanor out of Los Altos for possession of stolen property and a felony out of San Francisco for burglary. He was arrested on the scene and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

July 26, 12:13 a.m., Portland Avenue and Miramonte Avenue: A resident reported a motorist swerving erratically and driving with her vehicle’s hazard lights turned on. Responding officers found the 67-year-old motorist near Mc-Kenzie Park asleep at the wheel and determined that she was under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.


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