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MADD recognizes Los Altos officers

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recently recognized two Los Altos Police officers among a host of law enforcement officials.

The organization honored Los Altos Police Agent Eric Brooks and Officer Jessica Vernon at its 17th California Statewide Law Enforcement & Community Recognition Dinner, held May 31 in Sacramento, for their efforts in combatting drunk driving. MADD is a national nonprofit organization with 2 million members and supporters with a mission to stop drunken driving, prevent underage drinking and assist the victims of drunken-driving crimes.

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LA Council Briefs


Rendering Courtesy of King Lear
Former Los Altos Councilman King Lear last week proposed a theater and parking structure project in Parking Plaza 3.

The Los Altos City Council took the following actions at its June 10 meeting.

Council hears project pitches

The city council heard project proposals during two 10-minute presentations to kick off its June 10 meeting.

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News Briefs

LASD begins bond discussions

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to address the specifics of placing a bond measure on the November ballot 7 p.m. Monday in the district boardroom, 201 Covington Ave.

Trustees will receive reports from the Facilities Advisory Committee, which has been discussing potential projects a bond measure could cover, as well as results of the most recent tracking survey that measured bond support.

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Jurors in bubble wrap trial reject insanity plea

An insanity plea failed for Los Altos resident Laura Jean Wenke this week during the final days of her jury trial.

The 53-year-old Los Altos resident was charged with attempting to murder her husband three years ago. She armored herself in bubble wrap, used a stun gun to incapacitate him and stabbed him multiple times with a knife. Wenke and her husband were in the midst of a divorce and she attacked him at his workplace in Redwood City.

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Giddy grads: Class of 2014 prepares to enter next phase of life


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High students celebrate the milestone at the conclusion of their commencement ceremony Friday, right.

There were speeches with Harry Potter comparisons and references to Chutes and Ladders. There were plenty of selfies and the usual metaphors about journeys, lessons learned and the road ahead. But it was all good for the Class of 2014 as they said goodbye to one phase of their lives and prepared to take on the future. Following are summaries of commencement ceremonies held last week in Los Altos and Mountain View.

To view and purchase Town Crier photographs from local ceremonies, click here.

Los Altos High School

Families, friends and loved ones packed Tom Burt Field at Los Altos High School Friday to celebrate the Class of 2014.

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Boardwalk bids farewell: Los Altos staple closes after 38 years


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Patrons party at The Boardwalk on the Los Altos’ mainstay’s final night in business.

Los Altos’ go-to spot for children’s birthday parties, postgame celebrations and the late-night crowd is no more. After 38 years of operation, The Boardwalk closed its doors June 4.

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Roads and sewers weigh heavy in proposed budget for Los Altos Hills


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos Hills’ 2014-2015 budget focuses on roads and sewers and allocates funds to clean up O’Keefe Preserve, above.

During a four-hour joint meeting of the Los Altos Hills City Council and the Finance and Investment Committee June 4, the council reviewed a tentative budget proposal of approximately $8 million in expenditures.

“Overall, it’s a good-news budget, but the devil is in the details,” City Manager Carl Cahill said.

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