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One-car crash injures 1, damages 2 parked vehicles

A Ford Explorer plowed into two parked vehicles at a residence on Fallen Leaf Lane Dec. 5.

Accordinaccidentg to Los Altos police, the driver was traveling southbound on Fallen Leaf just after 10 a.m., when the vehicle veered off the road. The SUV hit one vehicle before hitting a decorative post in the front yard of a home near the corner of Alexander Way, then hit a second vehicle.

The driver, a Mountain View resident, was treated at the scene and transported to Stanford Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police have yet to determine the cause of the collision. Photo courtesy of Angela Horine.

City officials: Prepare for the upcoming storm

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook indicating that heavy rains and wind will return to the Los Altos area beginning Wednesday night, Dec. 10. High winds and flash flood watches have been issued for all Bay Area Counties for Thursday, Dec. 11.

The city of Los Altos provides a complimentary sandbag station to help residents protect property from flooding during the rainy season. Residents can get bags at the city's Municipal Services Center, located in the McKenzie Park parking lot, 707 Fremont Ave. In Los Altos Hills, sandbags are available at the town's Corporation Yard located at 27400 Purissima Road, Los Altos Hills.

City officials recommend residents get battery-operated flashlights and a radio with fresh batteries ready. Listen for updates on storm conditions and power outages.

If you have a home telephone that requires electricity to work (such as a cordless phone or answering machine), plan for alternate communication. Have a standard plug-in-the-wall telephone handset or cellular telephone ready as a back-up.

Freeze plastic containers filled with water to make blocks of ice that can be placed in your refrigerator/freezer during an outage to prevent foods from spoiling.

When you are out and about driving in the rain, allow for extra travel time and use caution.

Important phone numbers

  • Downed Power Lines and Emergencies 9-1-1
  • Non-Emergencies (downed trees, street flooding, etc.)
    • Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office (408) 299-3233
    • Los AltosPolice Department 947-2770
  • Power Outage (PG&E)1-800-743-5000

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Former symphony executive guilty of tax fraud

carltonThe Santa Clara County District Attorney’s (DA) Office today (Dec. 4) reported that former Peninsula Symphony Executive Director Stephen Jay Carlton has been found guilty of tax fraud.

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City out to mitigate storm damage

The recent rains in Los Altos have not presented any major problems so far, city officials indicated, but public works crews have been working hard to limit damage.

"The maintenance crews have been on storm patrol since the rains started," said City Manager Marcia Somers.  "This includes doing rotational reviews throughout town checking any 'hotspots' that have caused problems in previous storms and generally keeping an eye on what’s happening throughout the city."  

Somers said crews did preparatory work making sure storm drains were clear prior to the start of the rainy weather which helps to keep the storm water flowing.  With the late leaf drop and recent higher winds, crews continue to work on clearing drain inlets.  "This activity will be conducted on an ongoing basis while the rains continue," Somers said.

The city of Los Altos provides a complimentary sandbag station to help residents protect property from flooding during the rainy season. The self-serve station is located in the parking lot of McKenzie Park. The station is accessible daily and will remain open through the end of the season.

Bags, sand and shovels are provided. For more information, call (650) 947-2785 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Local retailers see holiday sales surge along with staffing pressure


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Shops like Cover Story received an early Christmas gift with the news that business is booming in downtown Los Altos.

The annual Holiday Stroll shopping event downtown Nov. 14 inspired unusually packed streets as local shoppers turned out in greater numbers than previous years, possibly spurred by the event falling later in the year this year, the mild weather and – some merchants hazarded – publicity in advance of the event.

“The only thing we did differently was a postcard,” said Ellen Biolsi, owner of Cranberry Scoop on State Street, of how organically the Los Altos Village Association-sponsored event has grown.

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LA council approves installation of two new sculptures


Photos Courtesy of City of Los Altos
The Los Altos City Council approved the installation of “Dancing Moon Rollers,” left, at the corner of West Edith and Los Altos avenues. It also green-lighted the installation of “Jazzy” in front of 127 First St. Both sculptures are slated for installation in early 2015.

The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new sculptures in the downtown triangle.

The council voted 4-1 Nov. 25 for the installation of “Jazzy” by artist Marie-Pierre Philippe-Lohezic in front of 127 First St. As part of its vote, the council also approved the installation of “Dancing Moon Rollers” by artist Reven Marie Swanson at the northwest corner of Los Altos and West Edith avenues.

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