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LASD schedules study session highlighting bond implementation

The Los Altos School District boardroom is the place to be Monday for residents curious about how the district will begin cashing in on its recently passed $150 million bond.

Superintendent Jeff Baier instructed the board of trustees last week to schedule the study session to take an in-depth look at the construction process and available financing options.

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UPDATED: LAH burglary thwarted; one arrested, another apprehended after fleeing

UPDATED at 2:50 p.m. Jan. 21: Los Altos Police apprehended the second suspect Tuesday morning. For more details, see the Jan. 28 edition of the Town Crier.

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A Los Altos Hills resident’s instinct to call the sheriff’s office when two suspicious people knocked on his door may have thwarted a burglary.

The Loyola Drive resident’s report to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Monday night (Jan. 19) led to the arrest of one of the men for auto theft and outstanding warrants; the other suspect escaped.

“There is no doubt in our mind that these guys were out here to commit a burglary,” said Captain Rick Sung, Commander Chief of the West Valley Division.

The resident contacted the sheriff’s Office at approximately 8 p.m. Monday after the two men asked him for gas, according to Sung. Deputies arrived minutes later, located the suspects – described as Hispanic males – and soon discovered they both had multiple warrants for their arrests.

One suspect fled the scene and escaped capture, despite the search perimeter set up by deputies, who dispatched K-9 officers and received air assistance from a San Jose Police Department helicopter.

The second suspect was arrested on warrants for vehicle theft, drug possession and driving without a license. His bail was set at $47,000.

According to Sung, the arrested suspect said that he and his associate were in the area “looking for a party.” Their vehicle – reported as stolen – was found parked along Interstate 280. Sung said that marijuana and methamphetamine pipes were found inside.

Sung said the sheriff’s office and neighboring agencies are on the lookout for the other suspect. In addition to facing warrants for possession of methamphetamine and being under the influence of controlled substances (totaling $110,00 in bail), Sung said the suspect now faces additional charges for fleeing the scene and stealing a vehicle.

Although burglaries in Los Altos Hills dipped in October through December, Sung encouraged residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity – just like the Loyola Drive resident did.

“Don’t wait five minutes or 10 minutes,” he said. “Our deputies will be there in minutes.”

Loyola Bridge renovation schedule pushed back


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Construction work to widen Loyola Bridge has been delayed several weeks.

Renovations to widen Loyola Bridge are slated to kick off this year – albeit slightly later than originally anticipated.

Dan Collen, deputy director of the Santa Clara County Roads and Airports Department, said last week that the county is reviewing contract bids for the project, which calls for the widening of Loyola Bridge by 23 feet on the north side and 15 feet on the south side. Collen said the county is waiting for award approval from Caltrans before proceeding with the project, which is estimated to take one year to complete and is partly funded by the Federal Highway Administration.

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Health-care contract snafu hits PAMF customers


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Palo Alto Medical Foundation, which has offices at 370 Distel Circle in Los Altos, warns patients of upcoming health coverage changes in the wake of a contract dispute between Blue Shield and Sutter Health.

Local residents who are insured by Blue Shield and rely on Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) for medical services may be in for a surprise this year.

Blue Shield has announced that it could not come to terms on a new contract with Sutter Health – PAMF’s parent company – by Dec. 31, according to a Santa Cruz Sentinel report last week.

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Stonebrook Court sells for $25 million


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The founder of a biotech company recently purchased Stonebrook Court in Los Altos Hills. The estate has played host to a number of community events over the years, including a Los Altos Community Foundation fundraiser, above.

After years on the market, the Los Altos Hills historic estate known as Stone- brook Court has a new owner. Sacramento-based biotech executive Norah Lacey recently purchased the 7.5-acre property for $25 million.

Percy Tredegar Morgan, a British capitalist, acquired the l35 acres in l9l0 and built Morgan Manor as a near-replica of Speke Hall, a mansion built in 1598 in Liverpool, England. Morgan and his wife, Daisy, an Oakland native, were the first to add an Italianate influence to the property when they imported a 16th-century Venetian palace’s ceiling for the ballroom.

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Commission Briefs


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Los Altos Parks and Recreation Commissioner Lynette Lee Eng chats with a senior during the grand opening of the Grant Park Senior Center.

The Los Altos and Los Altos Hills Senior Commission took the following actions at its Jan. 5 meeting.

City considers signage along West Edith

The city will examine placing additional signage along West Edith Avenue – near San Antonio Road – that cautions motorists to watch out for crossing pedestrians.

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LAH Council Preview

Los Altos Hills Mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan is scheduled to convene the first city council meeting of the year 6 p.m. Thursday at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road. Following is a summary of several agenda items.

For the full agenda and online video streaming of council meetings, visit losaltoshills.ca.gov/city-government/city-council/reports.

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