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SJ man arrested for stealing, using ATM card

Los Altos Police last week arrested a 28-year-old man for allegedly stealing and using a Los Altos resident’s debit card.

Detectives arrested San Jose resident Howard Lee Sept. 17 on charges of forgery, theft by access card and burglary after a police investigation revealed that he fraudulently obtained the victim’s debit card. Lee allegedly used the card to make several purchases and cash withdrawals from ATMs throughout the Bay Area.

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Los Altos hosts community center design event

Plans are in the works for Los Altos to host a design charrette addressing Hillview Community Center and Park, according to city officials.

The event is part of the city’s 10-month process to update its 2009 Civic Center Master Plan, according to Los Altos City Manager Marcia Somers. The effort includes a particular focus on replacing Hillview with a multigenerational facility. The process is slated to conclude with a Nov. 25 final report to the Los Altos City Council.

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Box leaving Los Altos?

Los Altos-based Box Inc. recently agreed to a 12-year lease to occupy 334,000 square feet of office space in downtown Redwood City starting in 2015.

Kilroy Realty Corp. announced Sept. 16 that the storage and online file-sharing provider has agreed to lease 100 percent of its new two-building office project, Crossing/900, which is still under construction. The company’s offices are currently located at 4440 El Camino Real in Los Altos.

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Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Two candidates have filed to run for the District 7 seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors in the Nov. 4 election. The water district, established in 1929, oversees and protects water resources in Santa Clara County.

The Town Crier asked the candidates to introduce themselves to readers.

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LAH Council Briefs

Following are highlights from the Sept. 11 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting. The next meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road.

Backlash against bulk

The council introduced an ordinance that will make it more difficult to bend home-design rules.

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Meet the El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors candidates


The El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors, which in 2012 saw newcomers Dennis Chiu and Julia Miller take their elected seats, is in line for more change in 2014. This year, local voters will choose from three candidates to fill two seats on the five-member board. The Town Crier asked the three candidates to answer a few questions to see where they stand on the district’s outstanding issues.

This year’s list of candidates includes Dr. Peter Fung, a vascular neurologist at El Camino Hospital, and Margaret Abe-Koga, a Mountain View City Councilwoman whose term expires in January. Incumbent David Reeder seeks his fifth full term after his initial appointment to the board in 1999.

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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew there were more questions than space to answer them all, so we invited candidates to pick and choose the responses most important to them. To make space for the candidate’s own words, we abbreviate the questions asked after the first use.

Measure N on the 2014 Gubernatorial General Election ballot Nov. 4 authorizes the Los Altos School District to “issue $150 million in bonds at legal rates, with independent citizens’ oversight, annual audits and no money for administrators’ salaries.” It requires a 55 percent affirmative vote for passage.

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