City council seeks clarity on open government policy


The Los Altos City Council last week decided against adopting a policy that aims for greater government transparency – at least for now.


Police Blotter


Dec. 12, 10:35 p.m., North San Antonio Road and Almond Avenue: Police arrested a male motorist in his 50s for driving under the influence of alcohol following a traffic stop. The suspect failed a field sobriety test at the scene and was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Dec. 14, 12:19 a.m., South Rengstorff Avenue and Latham Street: Police arrested a male motorist in his 30s after they determined that he was driving under the influence of alcohol.


Storm Updates: News throughout the day

Photos by Ellie Van Houtte
Water is rushing across Foothill Expressway – but no cars – at Loyola Corners in Los Altos. Flooding has closed the road for a half-mile stretch.

UPDATE: The storm has eased in the Bay Area but we'll continue to add updates as they come.

Read on below for coverage from Thursday, Dec 11:

Town Crier staff are following the storm from around town and publishing updates here and on Twitter, where we're also collecting bulletins from local police departments and utilities providers. Find us @latc for rolling updates in real time.

As of 5 p.m. Thursday power service has remained consistent in the Los Altos area – follow outages via PG&E's map here:

Mountain View police are updating a map of flooded areas (below). Los Altos roads remain open but Central Expressway has a major closure between Matilda and Wolf as of 5 p.m. Thursday.


Local education leaders announce retirements this week

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Foothill-De Anza Community College Chancellor Linda Thor, left, and Mountain View Los Altos Union High School Superintendent Barry Groves, right, announced their impending retirements this week.

Los Altos will lose two education titans at the end of this school year. This month, Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Superintendent Barry Groves and Foothill-De Anza Community College District Chancellor Linda M. Thor announced their decisions to retire.


New faces, new mayor take center stage at council

Diego Abeloos/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council welcomed new members Jean Mordo, left, and Mary Prochnow.

The Los Altos City Council last week performed its annual changing of the guard – and added two new faces in the process.


Teens share how alcohol, drugs present obstacles to adulthood

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Social and academic pressure are factors that influence teen drug and alcohol use. In 2013, 12 percent of youth in Santa Clara County reported binge drinking during the past 30 days.

This is the first in a two-part series exploring adolescent substance abuse in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. Part 1 examines the causes and circumstances of substance abuse from the teenage perspective. Part 2 will delve into resources available to youth in the community.


Carpenter, Fishpaw bid farewell to council

Val Carpenter and Jarrett Fishpaw officially ended their respective tenures on the Los Altos City Council last week during the council’s reorganization ceremony.

Carpenter highlights achievements

For Carpenter, the conclusion of her second term completed a 14-year run of public service that began with stints on the Los Altos Historical Commission and the Planning and Transportation Commission. Carpenter served nine years on the council, beginning in 2005, with two yearlong stints as mayor.


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