Grant Park undergoes makeover

The Los Altos City Council received an update on the Grant Park Community Center Improvement Project – a $475,000 plan to replace the building’s roof and upgrade the center overall. Of the total fund, $175,000 went to roof replacement.


Los Altos High student balances high school and entrepreneur work

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Los Altos High School student Sienna Pagett sells socks through her apparel line at Impact Design Co. The senior spends her free time involved in a host of entrepreneurial pursuits.

Most high school students remain busy juggling college applications, attending club meetings, playing sports and carrying a full class load. But for one Los Altos High senior, student life is not enough.

Sienna Pagett, a self-proclaimed multitasker, oversees public relations for the nonprofit organization LyfeCycle, which provides bicycles to youths in impoverished countries; co-founded Lemona Software, a startup that builds websites and apps; and runs her own fashion blog and apparel company, Impact Design Co.


Council transfers funds for retiree benefits

The Los Altos City Council has approved transfers of $2.2 million of unrestricted fund balance to high-priority needs, including reserves for operating, technology and post-employment health benefits. The transfers leave $5 million remaining in unrestricted funds for other council priorities.

The highest transfer of $1.15 million went to the city’s reserve for retiree health care benefits.


Police Blotter


Dec. 1, 9:40 a.m., 1600 block of Kensington Avenue: An unknown suspect stole a $3,000 shotgun, which the owner couldn’t recall whether was left in a parked vehicle or in the driveway.

Dec. 1, 1:28 p.m., 1900 block of Noel Drive: An unknown suspect stole a package containing $45 worth of goods. Based on home surveillance video, the suspect fled in a gray vehicle.


Deputies catch LAH burglars after car chase

Los Altos Hills Burglary
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Suspects, from left, Cannon, Davis and Robinson.

An unheeded stop sign led to a police chase and subsequent burglary arrest in Los Altos Hills Tuesday after a homeowner, Santa Clara County communications and sheriff’s deputies connected quickly and benefited from a moment of law enforcement serendipity.


Fatally stabbed Los Altos native remembered as 'friend to everyone'

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Family remembers Los Altos native Colleen Straw as an artistic, friendly individual.

Loved ones mourning Colleen Straw will remember her beautiful smile, sparkly eyes and endearing personality.

The Los Altos native, 34, died Saturday at her San Mateo residence after calling police to report that she had been stabbed. Police have apprehended the suspect, ex-boyfriend Anthony Kirincic, 22.


LAH urges Page Mill bicycle safety improvements

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The Page Mill/I-280 on- and off-ramps have proven hazardous for cyclists.

A Page Mill Road traffic collision that claimed the life of a cyclist has prompted the city of Los Altos Hills to issue a letter urging county officials to implement bicycle safety improvements.

At approximately 6:50 a.m. Nov. 3, cyclist Jeffrey Donnelly, a 52-year-old Palo Alto resident and Silicon Valley executive, and a black Volkswagen Golf driven by a 19-year-old Palo Alto resident collided near the intersection of Page Mill Road and Christopher Lane. Donnelly died from his injuries, but the car’s driver was uninjured. The CHP is still investigating the circumstances that caused the crash.


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