LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics

The Town Crier chronicled the first election of Los Altos City Council incumbent Jarrett Fishpaw in 2010 and documented the Los Altos candidacy of Jean Mordo, who volunteered as a longtime public servant in Los Altos Hills before moving to the flatlands. But three names new to local politics have joined Fishpaw and Mordo in the race for the two open seats on the council.

Before publishing the candidates’ official responses to the Town Crier’s election Q&A next week, an introduction follows to Karen Berner, Alexander Glew and Mary Prochnow.


City council OKs framework budget for new community center

Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council approved a preliminary budget of $60 million to $70 million to replace the aging Hillview Community Center.

The Los Altos City Council last week unanimously voted for a preliminary budget of $60 million to $70 million to replace the aging Hillview Community Center with a new 55,600-square-foot facility.

The decision is the latest step in the city’s bid to update its 2009 Civic Center Master Plan. The council also voted 5-0 in favor of a scheduling plan that calls for the potential placement of a bond measure on a 2015 mail-in ballot.


Meet the candidates for the MVLA Board of Trustees

It has been many years since the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District (MVLA) Board of Trustees held a contested election.

This year, three seats on the five-member MVLA board are up for grabs in the Nov. 4 election, with two incumbents and a slew of newcomers running for a four-year term.


Police Blotter

Police suspect suicide in MV deaths

Mountain View Police investigators suspect suicide in the death of at least one of two residents found in a California Street apartment last week.

Emergency responders discovered the bodies of 53-year-old Lian Liu, as well as a juvenile, Sept. 24 during an apartment evacuation for a suspected natural-gas leak. In an update posted on the Mountain View Police blog, investigators now report that the dead bodies were “the result of a suicide along with one accidental death.”


Los Altos police officers promote school-zone safety

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Los Altos Police Sgt. Scott Bunch readies his radar gun to nab speeders near Los Altos High.

An increased police presence stood guard last week near Los Altos schools – and with good reason.

The Los Altos Police Department took part in Operation Safe Passage, an awareness campaign Sept. 15-19 conducted by all Santa Clara County law enforcement agencies to educate pedestrians, cyclists and motorists about traffic safety in designated school zones.


Burglaries down in LAH

Just as the weather is cooling down, so is the number of burglaries in Los Altos Hills.

According to Capt. Kenneth Binder of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, two burglaries have occurred in the past month, compared with 14 incidents from July 1 through mid-August.


Le Boulanger seeks building facelift

Rendering Courtesy of City of Los Altos
A remodeling plan for Le Boulanger calls for a collapsible storefront. The downtown bakery and cafe, below, was last remodeled in 1992.

A new look may be in store for downtown bakery and cafe Le Boulanger.

According to a staff report by Los Altos Senior Planner Zach Dahl, Le Boulanger owner Dan Brunello is planning an interior and exterior remodel at 301 Main St., which served as the original home of Los Altos Pharmacy.


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