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Driver arrested for fatal DUI crash in Los Altos

Los Altos Police arrested a Mountain View resident March 27 on multiple charges after a solo drunk driving crash killed a passenger in his car.

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Local youths arrested in connection to arson case

NEWS youtharrestsTwo young adult males and 12 juveniles have been arrested in connection with a March 16 arson fire that destroyed a single-family home on the 1700 block of Fordham Way in Mountain View.

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Solution or snafu?: Residents, council rebuff traffic lights at Page Mill Road and Interstate 280


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A Caltrans proposal to install traffic lights at the north- and southbound I-280 off ramps onto Page Mill drew protest.

When Caltrans introduced a project that would add traffic signals at the exit ramps from Interstate 280 onto Page Mill Road to the Los Altos Hills City Council last April, a city planning commissioner predicted the arrival of residents with “pitchforks and torches.” Metaphorically speaking, the mob arrived at Thursday’s council meeting.

Councilmembers quelled the fears of anxious residents by emphasizing that they also had reservations with the proposal.

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SB Capital investors get partial relief


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Members of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) collect documents from SB Capital’s office last July.

For local investors in limbo over the past two years, money – at least some of it – flowed last week. The court-appointed receiver liquidating assets for Los Altos-based Small Business Capital Corp. mailed checks returning approximately 43 percent of each investor’s original contribution.

For residents desperate for access to their investments, that ends a two-year asset freeze but doesn’t answer the bigger question – how much, ultimately, will they recoup? In an interview with the Town Crier, Thomas Seaman, the receiver, said that more money should be on the way later in the year. He filed a motion last week to sell the loan portfolios for SB Capital’s two investment funds, as well as its lending license and other assets, for eventual distribution to investors. The unpaid principal in the investment portfolio had a value of approximately $15 million, and most loans are “good and performing.”

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Police Blotter

Dog bite

March 18, 11:47 a.m., 1600 block of Austin Avenue: A pit bull escaped from a home on Austin Avenue and attacked a resident walking her small dog. Police reported that the small dog sustained major injuries as a result of the attack and was taken to a veterinary hospital in Campbell for treatment. The owner also sustained multiple bites on her hands while attempting to fend off the pit bull and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Animal Control officers from Palo Alto Animal Services took custody of the pit bull.

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Group reiterates requests for community center

A city-sponsored user-group meeting last week resulted in familiar feedback when it listed the public’s suggestions for inclusion in a new Los Altos community center.

Thursday’s meeting at Hillview Community Center, which the city aims to include in the update of its 2009 Civic Center Master Plan, featured a mix of Los Altos residents. Current users, nonusers and potential users of community-center services and facilities attended to contribute to the discussion. City officials have scheduled a public workshop on the community center Tuesday.

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Longtime First Street auto shop closing in April

A First Street business familiar to longtime Los Altos residents will soon be closing its doors for good.

California Automotive Service owners Alan and Amanda Pickett told the Town Crier that they’re closing their business after calling 139 First St. home for more than 20 years. The auto shop is tentatively scheduled to close at the end of April. Alan, who began working as a mechanic at the shop 25 years ago before taking over as its owner 10 years later, noted that he and his wife chose to close the longtime business after “some opportunities presented themselves.”

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