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Measure N virtually assured a win

Victory is at hand for Measure N, the Los Altos School District's proposed $150 million bond measure. The latest totals show Measure N meeting the 55 percent approval mark needed to pass. The current totals are 8,485 "yes" votes, or 57.27 percent, after additional tallies of absentee ballots. "No" votes totaled 6,332 or 42.73 percent.

County libraries – including Los Altos – are free again


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Patrons enjoy the offerings of the Los Altos Library.

The Santa Clara County Library District Joint Powers Authority (JPA) Board voted Thursday to eliminate the $80 annual library-card fee for users who do not live in the library district.

The vote was 8-3 in favor of the motion made by County Supervisor Joe Simitian, serving his second year on the JPA.

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LA City Council approves stricter downtown parking measures


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Former Los Altos Community Services Officer Mark Bennett checks tires in a downtown parking lot a few years ago.

Enhanced parking enforcement is coming to downtown Los Altos.

The Los Altos City Council last week unanimously approved the implementation of graduated parking fines for repeat offenders in the downtown area. The fines would range from $54.50 for a first-time parking offense to $90.80 for a second offense and $151.40 for a third and subsequent violations.

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Theater and parking garage concept gets positive response from council


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The Los Altos City Council expressed support for a downtown theater, left, and parking garage concept, presented by former Mayor King Lear at an Oct. 28 study session. courtesy of city of Los Altos

The Los Altos City Council reacted favorably last week to a downtown parking garage and theater concept proposed by a former mayor.

During a 45-minute study session Oct. 28, some councilmembers voiced interest in exploring former Mayor King Lear’s idea to construct a 400-space parking garage in Downtown Parking Plaza 3 (next to Los Altos Grill), including condominiums on top. Lear’s concept also calls for the construction of an 11,600-square-foot movie and live-performance theater across Third Street in Parking Plaza 2. The theater, he noted, could include a setback, plazalike front.

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Police Blotter

DUI

Nov. 1, 1:24 p.m., Miramonte and Fremont avenues: Police responded to reports of a solo car accident in the area and found a blue compact vehicle located near the Loyola Bridge embankment at Foothill Expressway. Police determined at the scene that the female was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. She was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Commercial burglaries

Oct. 31, 8:33 a.m., 0-100 block of Third Street: An unknown suspect entered a mixed-use project construction site overnight and stole tools and equipment.

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LA City Council OKs additional funds for Redwood Grove


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The Los Altos City Council approved an additional $355,000 for the Redwood Grove Bank Stabilization project.

The Los Altos City Council last week unanimously appropriated an additional $355,000 for the Redwood Grove Bank Stabilization project.

The city is using park-in-lieu dollars to fund the bulk of the project’s new $727,000 price tag. The project also received a $90,000 grant from the Santa Clara Valley Water District. The city originally earmarked $372,000 for the project, according to a staff report.

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Election Night 2014

Results are in after a long night of ballot counting. See if your candidates made the cut.

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