Police Blotter


Dec. 10, 12:29 a.m., 800 block of Altos Oaks Drive: Officers responded to a neighbor’s report of a domestic dispute. Upon contact, police located allegedly illegal marijuana plants inside the residence. The three male residents, ages 24, 25 and 26, were arrested and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Dec. 11, 3:48 p.m., 200 block of Almond Avenue: A 15-year-old male allegedly made threats to kill another student. Following an investigation, officers arrested the juvenile, who was booked into Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall.


Bruins as mayor to prioritize dialogue, trust, collaboration

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Los Altos City Clerk Jon Maginot, from left, swears in Mayor Jeannie Bruins as her mother, Milu Campbell, and sons Jay Neal and Eric look on.

The Los Altos City Council last week arrived at a new perspective.

During the annual reorganizational meeting Dec. 1, councilmembers swapped seats at the dais after unanimously electing Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins as mayor.


LAH takes step to restrict substandard lots

It required some wrangling, but the Los Altos Hills Planning Commission finally settled on recommended municipal code amendments restricting the development of substandard lots, a topic of much local debate in the past year.

With a 4-1 vote, Commissioner Jim Abraham dissenting in favor of stricter restrictions, commissioners Thursday advised the Los Altos Hills City Council to add to existing setback variance requirements and to reduce the allowable floor area of homes built on substandard lots, those smaller than the town’s 1-acre standard. City councilmembers will consider the recommendations at a future council meeting.


Los Altos Hills Planning Commission approves Google CEO's home design

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Anjali Pichai, left, owner of a proposed Westwind Way estate, confers with her architectural team of Robert Swatt and Phoebe Wong-Oliveros at Thursday’s Planning Commission meeting. Here

Google Inc. CEO Sundar Pichai’s new 9,717-square-foot estate will include an infinity pool, an 840-square-foot garage, underground nanny quarters and a whole lot of glass, according to plans reviewed by the Los Altos Hills Planning Commission last week.

“While it’s a contemporary building, it’s been designed to echo the contours of the land,” said Robert Swatt, partner of Swatt Miers Architects, the Emeryville firm behind the design. “So it works, in our opinion, very well with nature, even though it’s in a contemporary language.”


Los Altos school-site talks to resume in January

After a four-month break, the Los Altos City-Schools Public Lands Subcommittee plans to reconvene in January to review site layouts for a potential 10th school in Los Altos.

The subcommittee – comprising two Los Altos councilmembers and two Los Altos School District trustees – has identified three workable sites: Covington School, Egan Junior High School and the northern portion of the Los Altos Civic Center. The Covington and Egan options would involve operating two schools on the same site.


County fire district honored

Courtesy of Santa Clara County Fire Department
Members of the Santa Clara County Fire Department pose with their third accreditation award during a ceremony in August.

Fire engines responding to emergencies typically pass traffic in a blur of flashing red lights, but Santa Clara County motorists with keen eyesight might just notice new images adhered to local engines’ windows: the Commission on Fire Accreditation International’s seal.

The seal represents the third accreditation the Santa Clara County Fire Department (SCCFD) has earned, an honor recognizing commitment to professional excellence and efficiency. The agency is now one of only 17 such accredited agencies in California.


Trail to bypass Los Altos

The Los Altos City Council has voted unanimously to support the findings of the Stevens Creek Trail alignment identified by the Joint Cities Working Team, effectively precluding Fallen Leaf Lane and other Los Altos streets from trail designation.

“This was a huge issue for south Los Altos, where 800 people signed a petition against any trail designation in their neighborhood,” said Councilwoman Jan Pepper.


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