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Residents face $900 million in proposed bond measures Tuesday

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Polls are scheduled to open Tuesday to allow voters to cast their ballots for candidates for office and several ballot measures.

Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View residents are poised to vote Tuesday on several candidates and issues.

 Measure AA, the $300 million bond for the Los Altos-based Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, would improve visitor access to local preserves, protect wildlife and reduce fire danger. The measure requires approval from two-thirds of voters to pass.

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Council upholds controversial design appeal – with conditions


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Anand Ganesan’s home design proposal for 1055 Ray Ave. includes a basement and 3,278 square feet of space on the first and second floors.

A proposed home reconstruction project in Los Altos is creating tension among neighbors, the applicant and the city.

Residents in the Ray Avenue neighborhood expressed concerns about a potential “bulking” that could occur if the city approves an application to build a larger home at 1055 Ray Ave.

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New nonprofit aims to elevate schools dialogue

Local residents have launched a nonprofit organization that vows to promote strong leadership, fiscal responsibility and transparency in the Los Altos School District.

Comprising parents and other voting residents in the district, Each Student Counts defines itself as a 501(c)(4) organization – a nonprofit, tax-exempt group formed to promote social welfare causes or local associations. The designation is typically given to civic leagues and political action committees.

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Police Blotter

Suspicious circumstance

May 20, 1:45 p.m., 200 block of Surrey Place: A resident contacted police after discovering that someone tampered with one of the door locks in what he believed was an attempt to break into his home. The resident did not file a police report.

Car stolen, recovered

May 21, 1:06 p.m., 200 block of Live Oak Lane: A resident reported that an unknown suspect stole his 1998 Acura Integra. The car was stripped and later recovered in Los Banos by local police. Investigators are actively pursuing the matter.

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Los Altos City Briefs

City OKs events for State Street Green

The State Street Green pop-up park will reappear for a three-week span starting today – and will play host to a few city-approved events as well.

The park is temporarily returning for a second summer – on the same State Street block between First and Second streets – so that Safeway can complete the construction of three crosswalks at the nearby First and State intersection. The park, according to city officials, will remain open through June 13. Safeway is partially funding the installation of the park so that it can close the intersection and complete the work during that span.

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Downtown hotel opening delayed until fall


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A French-themed observer gazes out from developer Abigail Ahrens’ boutique hotel, Enchanté, which is scheduled to open in the fall.

Downtown Los Altos’ latest resident peeked out of an attic window last week, cocking a quizzing glass to interrogate Main Street.

The monocle-wielding maiden is the first flourish visible on Enchanté, the boutique hotel rising at the intersection of Main Street and San Antonio Road. Inspired by the trompe l’oeil paintings she saw in Avignon, France, developer Abigail Ahrens planned faux-window scenes for the back wall of her 18-room project.

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Timeline: Los Altos School District vs. Bullis Charter School

You've asked for it, and the Town Crier has responded by puttting together an easy-to-follow chronology of the vital events that have framed the local schools debate.

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