Cyclist killed on Page Mill Road

A 52-year-old male cyclist from Palo Alto died Nov. 3 after a collision with a vehicle on Page Mill Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The accident between cyclist Jeffrey Donnelly and the driver of a black Volkswagen Golf occurred at approximately 6:50 a.m. near the intersection of Page Mill Road and Christopher Lane, the CHP reported.


Public meeting addresses residents' concerns about Lehigh cement facility

The Lehigh Southwest Cement Co., located south of Los Altos, is surrounded by residential neighborhoods.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian last week hosted a public information meeting in Cupertino to share developments related to the Lehigh Southwest Cement Co. facility, now under fierce local, state and federal scrutiny due to environmental violations.

During the meeting, staff members from oversight agencies including the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health answered questions posed by Simitian and members of the public.


Rotarians lead effort for veterans plaza at Foothill College

Rendering Courtesy of Rotary Club of Los ALtos
Preliminary plans for a new plaza at Foothill include a garden element and an “S” wall.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos is partnering with Foothill College to build a new campus plaza for student veterans, horticulture students and students with disabilities.

The plaza, to be located adjacent to the Veterans Resource Center, will be dedicated in memory of Capt. Matt Manoukian, a U.S. Marine killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan in 2012. Manoukian is the son of Los Altos Hills residents Superior Court Judge Socrates “Pete” Manoukian and state appellate court Associate Justice Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian.


Campus police present assailant training to students, faculty

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James Thurber, an officer with the Foothill- De Anza Community College District Police Department, discusses with students and faculty ways to handle a possible active assailant attack.

Halfway through his presentation, James Thurber had students survey the room in search of makeshift weapons: chairs, desks, a fire extinguisher, a heavy handbag, the pointy finial of a flagpole.


Local districts collaborate on achievement-gap consultation


Three local school districts are scheduled to receive reports this month from contractors that recently audited the districts’ underperforming students.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District began the process last spring after contracting with Principal’s Exchange to conduct and audit the district’s curriculum, practices and procedures.


City manager granted raise, added job security


The Los Altos City Council Oct. 27 unanimously approved a pay raise and job-security measure for City Manager Marcia Somers.

The council selects, appoints and annually evaluates the city manager’s performance. According to a report prepared by Mayor Jan Pepper and Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins, this year’s “favorable overall ratings” earned Somers a new base salary of $209,040, boosting her pay by 3 percent over the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The new salary is retroactive to July 1.


False residential alarms keep police busy

Between Nov. 2 and 9, the Los Altos Police Department responded to 23 residential alarms, none of which was a burglary in progress.

“We treat every call as if it’s a real one,” said Officer Katie Krauss. “It’s a priority call for us.”


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