Burglary bump in LAH alarms residents and Sheriff's Office

Los Altos Hills has recorded fewer burglaries than the national and state averages over the past decade, but this year the number of breaking-and-entering crimes has spiked.

Since July 1, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office has recorded 14 residential burglaries – twice as many as the Los Altos Police Department logged in the same time period.


Guy Shoup House modifications headed for public review Monday

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The owners of the Guy Shoup House, designated a historical-landmark home in Los Altos, seek approval to replace the detached garage.

A plan to make modifications to a historical-landmark home in Los Altos is headed for public review, according to city officials.

Los Altos Planning Services Manager David Kornfield told the Town Crier that the owners of the former University Avenue home of Guy Shoup – brother of Los Altos founding father Paul Shoup – are seeking approval to demolish a detached garage on the property and construct a new one in its place. Plans include adding a second-story rear balcony to the home.


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Police offer safety tips as school starts

With local students set to return to class this week, the Los Altos Police Department is warning residents to prepare for increased pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular traffic on streets.

Police urge residents to follow these safety tips:


Advocacy group supports building LASD school in Mtn. View

The Los Altos School District may have an unexpected ally in its lobbying of the city of Mountain View to secure a school site in the high-growth areas along San Antonio Road and El Camino Real.

The housing advocacy group Campaign for a Balanced Mountain View promotes a higher housing ratio to address the city’s jobs-to-housing imbalance. The additional housing would increase the need for a new school in the area to accommodate the jump in school-age children new housing may bring.


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City kicks off road resurfacing project

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The Public Arts Commission has proposed moving the bust of Walter Singer from Community Plaza to another site in the city.

Los Altos’ annual street resurfacing and asphalt repair project is scheduled to kick off Monday.

Los Altos Public Works Director Jim Gustafson told the Town Crier that the multiphase annual project – at a cost of approximately $768,000 – is expected to be completed by December. He noted that the project is slightly more robust compared with past years, when economic uncertainty at the state government level forced city officials to take a more conservative approach to maintenance expenses.


Sizable crowd attends city roundtable

An event aimed at determining how the city of Los Altos could communicate better with its residents and vice versa drew more than 80 participants Aug. 12.

City officials hosted a two-and-a-half-hour communications roundtable at the Los Altos Youth Center – an effort spearheaded by Los Altos City Councilwomen Jan Pepper and Jeannie Bruins. Los Altos Public Information Coordinator Erica Ray, Palo Alto Director of Development Services Peter Pirnejad and Mountain View Administrative and Neighborhood Services Manager Linda Lauzze presented examples of current public engagement practices.


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