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Neighbors unite to protect park


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A modern-art sculpture graces McKenzie Park in Los Altos, the subject of recent discussion as a possible school site.

A group of residents recently launched a petition effort to prevent McKenzie Park from being considered as a future school site.

Clinton Road resident John Snedigar told the Town Crier via email that he’s among a group of nearby residents and business owners who established a Change.org petition website and created a Facebook page, Save McKenzie Park, to preserve the park and prevent it from being designated a school site.

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Police Blotter


Police arrest woman on fraud charges

Los Altos Police last week arrested a 20-year-old Daly City woman for fraudulently using one victim’s bank account to cash the forged check of a second victim.

According to Los Altos Police Sgt. Scott McCrossin, officers arrested Yolanda Beltran July 7 as she was crossing San Antonio Road in the downtown area shortly after noon.

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Council, LASD, hospital board candidates surface

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Three additional local candidates last week declared their intent to run in the Nov. 4 election.

Incumbents Tammy Logan of the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees and Dave Reeder of the El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors said they plan to run for re-election. Former Los Altos Hills City Councilman Jean Mordo, now a Los Altos resident, plans to run for a seat on the Los Altos City Council.

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Grant Road sewer work set to start Monday

The city of Los Altos is slated to begin sewer-main replacements Monday on a small stretch of Grant Road.

According to Los Altos Public Works Director Jim Gustafson, the project will replace and upgrade approximately 400 linear feet of 50- to 55-year-old 15-inch pipes with new 18-inch piping to increase capacity. The work – between Portland and Miravalle avenues – is scheduled to take approximately three weeks to complete. The project is identical to work completed by the city earlier this year on segments along El Monte Avenue.

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Investors sue over lack of progress on proposed office building for 40 Main St.

Two of Ted and Jerry Sorensen’s investors have run out of patience with the brothers’ protracted efforts to build a three-story office building at 40 Main St. in downtown Los Altos.

Sean and Erik Corrigan of the Los Altos-based Old Trace Partners LP filed a lawsuit June 19 seeking the return of their $284,000 investment in the Sorensens’ project.

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LASD discusses possible facilities upgrades

Although the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees agreed that mitigating enrollment growth topped its priority list for bond funds, trustees spent most of their July 7 meeting discussing potential facilities upgrades.

During earlier meetings, Randy Kenyon, assistant superintendent for business services, said the district could generate an estimated $200 million with passage of a November bond measure.

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Q&A with Anne Wojcicki: 23andMe founder, local resident discusses Los Altos investments


Anne Wojcicki

For the past several years, Anne Wojcicki (Wo-JIT-skee) has been quietly involved in efforts to spruce up downtown Los Altos. She and her husband, Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin, helped form Passerelle Investment Co., which owns and leases numerous properties along First and State streets and sponsors various activities and events downtown.

Wojcicki also partnered with longtime friend and entrepreneur Mary Heffernan of H&H Co. to start several new creative businesses in the revamped spaces. The businesses, including Bumble and Red Racer Hobby Shop, filled a need by catering to young families.

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