Bullis crosswalk to remain as task force considers safety improvements

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Gardner Bullis third-grader Claire Pettit addresses the Los Altos Hills City Council Dec. 16 in defense of preserving the crosswalk in front of her school.

With parents, students and an impassioned school principal testifying on its behalf, the Fremont Road crosswalk in front of Gardner Bullis School received a reprieve Dec. 16.

“I think it’s unsafe, but I certainly don’t want to fight the school district and the principal, whom I have a tremendous amount of respect for, and the parents,” said Los Altos Hills City Councilman John Radford, expressing an opinion echoed by fellow councilmembers.


Living the long life

Photos Courtesy of the Noel Family
Clyde and Lois Noel, above, have been married for 72 years. They met while Clyde was serving in the U.S. Navy.

Editor’s note: Directed to share a bit about himself with the Rotary Club of Los Altos, Los Altan of the Year Clyde Noel delivered the following speech Dec. 10 and received a standing ovation for his good humor.


LA Council puts off Halsey House repairs to consider more options

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The Los Altos City Council will soon hold a study session on what can be done to repair the shuttered Halsey House.

The shuttered Halsey House, a historic home in Redwood Grove Nature Preserve, will remain as it stands for now – though possibly not for long.

After weighing adaptive reuse versus demolition and reconstruction, the Los Altos City Council Dec. 8 agreed to hold a study session in the coming months to consider variations ranging from minimal repairs to total renovation.


Police arrest pair suspected of burglary while homeowners slept

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Courtesy of Los Altos Police

Two men who allegedly broke into an occupied Los Altos residence Thanksgiving night were arrested last week, according to a Dec. 21 release from the Los Altos Police Department.

While the residents slept, David Eastwood, 18, of Menlo Park, and Wilson Alejandre, 19, of San Jose, purportedly snuck into their home on the 500 block of Deodara Drive and stole valuables such as cellphones and laptops.

Evidence at the scene led Los Altos Police to identify the suspects. San Jose Police arrested Eastwood Nov. 28 for an unrelated case. Los Altos Police Detectives administratively booked Eastwood at the Santa Clara County Main Jail for the residential burglary. Detectives also obtained an arrest warrant for Alejandre, who was arrested by San Jose Police Dec. 16. Both suspects are in custody at the Elmwood Correctional Facility.

Los Altos Police urge residents to report suspicious activity in their neighborhoods, such as any individuals exhibiting behavior consistent with “casing” their neighborhood, aggressive solicitors and unfamiliar vehicles in the neighborhood. Police ask reporters to articulate specific observations that substantiate their suspicions.

Police further advise residents to secure their homes by installing burglar alarms, locking perimeter gates and access points, and installing exterior motion lights and video surveillance systems. Residents interested in a free home security inspection may contact Community Service Officer Josh Cottrell at 947-264.

FEMA: El Niño to drench area

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FEMA officials urge local residents to stockpile emergency supplies and complimentary sandbags before El Niño hits. A city worker fills sandbags at the Municipal Services Center, above.


Record wet conditions across South Florida. Record warm temperatures across the northern Great Plains. Record late first snow days in Montana.


Deputies catch burglary suspects after car chase

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A passenger in a car driving by the intersection of Page Mill Road and Interstate 280 caught a chase in action Dec. 8. Deputies pursued burglary suspects – seen at right in the photo – up a hillside before their capture.

An unheeded stop sign led to a police chase and subsequent burglary arrests in Los Altos Hills last week after a homeowner, Santa Clara County communications personnel and sheriff’s deputies connected quickly and benefited from a moment of law enforcement serendipity.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspects as Tony Devone Cannon, 20, of Oakland; Malik Haskim Davis, 19, of Concord; and Reginald Jerome Robinson, 20, of San Francisco. They have been charged with burglary, felony evading, committing a felony while out on bail, possession of stolen property and conspiracy. Both Cannon and Robinson are implicated in prior Los Altos Hills burglaries, according to deputies.


"Respect" central to council debate on Senior Commission

A split vote last week divided the Los Altos City Council as councilmembers disagreed on how to address the needs of seniors.

The council was slated Dec. 8 to discuss the structure and charter of the Los Altos/Los Altos Hills Senior Commission and its existing vacancies, but conversation turned to matters of respect and authority.


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