Foothill President named next FHDA Chancellor

Miner mugThe Foothill De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees announced the selection of Judy C. Miner as district’s seventh permanent chancellor Monday (June 15). She succeeds Linda M. Thor, who retires June 30 as the district’s top executive.


Hills residents robbed on golf course

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Scene of the robbery

One Los Altos Hills resident suffered a minor injury and another had a $350 golf-range finder stolen by armed robbers on a Pebble Beach golf course June 6.


LAH council strikes down proposed development moratorium

With a divided vote, the Los Altos Hills City Council last week struck down a proposed moratorium that opponents claimed could lead to months-long delays on some housing projects.

Mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan and Councilman John Radford cast dissenting votes, opposing a pause on the approval of conditional development permits (CDP) – required filings when a residential lot is “substandard” or under a half-acre in size. At least four of the five councilmembers needed to vote in favor of the interim urgency ordinance for it to pass.


Case of the forged memo: Allegations deemed 'baseless'

An investigation into an allegedly forged city document concluded that the claims were “baseless,” according to a press release from the city of Los Altos.

The investigation centered on a memorandum Community Development Director James Walgren distributed March 16 to the Citywide Parking Committee. Committee member and downtown property owner Kim Cranston alleged that the memo was a forgery intended to mislead the committee about the history of downtown parking.


Ex-Peninsula Symphony director sentenced to nine years for embezzlement, fraud

Disgraced Executive Director Steve Carlton has been sentenced to nine years in state prison for a host of crimes – embezzlement, fraud, tax evasion and forgery – that nearly brought down the Los Altos-based Peninsula Symphony.

Carlton, convicted in December, was sentenced Thursday in Santa Clara County Superior Court with approximately 30 onlookers in attendance – most of them longtime supporters of the 64-year-old symphony.


City considers mixed-use Loyola Corners project

Rendering Courtesy of Silicon Valley Property Management Group
Los Altos is mulling a Loyola Corners retail and condominium development, shown above in a photo rendering.

A proposed three-story, mixed-use building in Loyola Corners has drawn mixed reaction.

The Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) Thursday recommended that the city council reject the project. City planning staff, however, urged approval. City Clerk Jon Maginot said the city council plans to review the project at a date to be scheduled.


'Vibrancy' sets tone for Downtown Plan

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Downtown development has generated a wide range of opinion, prompting the city council to seek public feedback.

The public’s vision for downtown Los Altos primarily hinges on one factor – vibrancy.

“It kind of translates into economic development,” said Mayor Jan Pepper.


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