Potential construction fee could build public art program

More development could mean additional art for Los Altos if the city approves a proposed fee program.

Based on a recommendation from the Public Arts Commission, the Los Altos City Council April 28 agreed to move forward with establishing a development fee to fund public art.


Singer bust faces temporary storage

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The Walter Singer bust in downtown’s Community Plaza is headed for temporary storage as the city seeks a suitable permanent location.

The bust of Walter Singer, the Los Altos Rotarian and businessman who died in 1992, will have a new home – eventually.

For now, the memorial piece is scheduled to be relocated from Community Plaza on the corner of Main and State streets into temporary storage at the Los Altos History Museum until the city identifies a permanent location.


Los Altos leaders gather to honor Bob Grimm

Jean Mordo/Special to the Town Crier
Hundreds of local residents paid tribute to former Mayor Bob Grimm at a celebration of life event Saturday in San Jose.

Hundreds of friends and family members gathered at San Jose’s Parkside Hall Saturday to celebrate the life and legacy of arguably Los Altos’ most-beloved community contributor, Bob Grimm.

The memorial event proved a celebration of the electrical engineer with a heart of gold, known as “just plain Bob.” Food and drink were abundant, various objects of Bob’s tinkering, such as his popular popcorn machine, dotted the large hall.


Police Blotter

Arrests and citations

April 27, 2:42 a.m., Almond Avenue and North Gordon Way: After officers stopped a motorist for speeding, a search of the vehicle revealed that the 19-year-old male driver was in possession of marijuana. He was released with a citation.

May 1, 10:40 a.m., 1900 block of Fallen Leaf Lane: A resident reported a suspect stealing packages from driveways. Officers located a vehicle matching the resident’s description and learned that the driver, a 38-year-old San Jose resident, had taken an item marked “Free” from a front yard. Upon further investigation, officers discovered that he had an outstanding warrant for theft. He was arrested and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.


Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

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 Gary Kremen

Los Altos Hills residents, city councilmembers and even the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board chairman have protested taxes for water the district doesn't deliver.

"We're getting taxed for something we're not receiving, and dagnabbit, it's unfair," said city councilmember Gary Waldeck during the council's specially scheduled April 20 meeting.


Former LAH resident enters presidential race

CarlyFiorina 0080Former Los Altos Hills resident and former Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Carly Fiorina officially entered the U.S. presidential race Monday. So far, she is the only female Republican candidate.

A video on Fiorina's website,, shows her watching – and shutting off – a video in which Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton announces her own bid for president.

"Our founders never intended us to have a professional political class," Fiorina says in her video. "They believed that citizens and leaders needed to step forward. We know the only way to reimagine our government is to reimagine who is leading it. I'm Carly Fiorina, and I'm running for president."

Political experts consider Fiorina, a Washington outsider, a long shot for the presidency. She has never held elective office, and she lost her 2010 bid for Democrat Barbara Boxer's U.S. Senate seat – Boxer won with 52 percent of the vote to Fiorina's 42 percent.

Thus far, however, Fiorina's campaign seems poised to promote her as a foil to career politicians by emphasizing a self-made career of leadership roles within the private sector. Fiorina worked as a secretary at HP before advancing to top positions at AT&T Inc. and Lucent Technologies Inc. She became HP's chief executive in 1999, making her the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company. HP's revenue doubled under Fiorina's leadership, but her tenure was marred by mass company layoffs and her forced resignation in 2005 after she engineered an unpopular merger with competitor Compaq.

Fiorina earned an undergraduate degree from Stanford University, an MBA from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Science in Business from MIT. She lived in Los Altos Hills until 2011, when she moved to the east coast. Fiorina has two daughters and two granddaughters. She is a breast cancer survivor.

Street crack-sealing project begins Monday, May 4

The City of Los Altos is beginning a city-wide street crack-sealing project on Monday (May 4).

City officials said the traffic impact for this project will be minimal. No streets will be closed and vehicles can resume normal traffic flow shortly after the sealant has been applied. Minor traffic control, including flagmen, will be in place to direct traffic. Work is planned to take place between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Officials expect the project to be completed in 2 months.

The project comprises sealing of minor cracks in the street surface with a petroleum / polymer blend sealant. According to the city's maintenance division, crack-sealing prolongs the life of the street surface by preventing water from seeping into the cracks and causing further pavement deterioration.

Affected locations include the downtown, on West Edith Avenue (between San Antonio Road and Foothill Expressway) and Main Street (between San Antonio Road and First Street). To view a full list of street segments scheduled to receive treatment, visit

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