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Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

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 Gary Kremen

Los Altos Hills residents, city councilmembers and even the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board chairman have protested taxes for water the district doesn't deliver.

"We're getting taxed for something we're not receiving, and dagnabbit, it's unfair," said city councilmember Gary Waldeck during the council's specially scheduled April 20 meeting.

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Former LAH resident enters presidential race

CarlyFiorina 0080Former Los Altos Hills resident and former Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Carly Fiorina officially entered the U.S. presidential race Monday. So far, she is the only female Republican candidate.

A video on Fiorina's website, carlyforpresident.com, shows her watching – and shutting off – a video in which Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton announces her own bid for president.

"Our founders never intended us to have a professional political class," Fiorina says in her video. "They believed that citizens and leaders needed to step forward. We know the only way to reimagine our government is to reimagine who is leading it. I'm Carly Fiorina, and I'm running for president."

Political experts consider Fiorina, a Washington outsider, a long shot for the presidency. She has never held elective office, and she lost her 2010 bid for Democrat Barbara Boxer's U.S. Senate seat – Boxer won with 52 percent of the vote to Fiorina's 42 percent.

Thus far, however, Fiorina's campaign seems poised to promote her as a foil to career politicians by emphasizing a self-made career of leadership roles within the private sector. Fiorina worked as a secretary at HP before advancing to top positions at AT&T Inc. and Lucent Technologies Inc. She became HP's chief executive in 1999, making her the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company. HP's revenue doubled under Fiorina's leadership, but her tenure was marred by mass company layoffs and her forced resignation in 2005 after she engineered an unpopular merger with competitor Compaq.

Fiorina earned an undergraduate degree from Stanford University, an MBA from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Science in Business from MIT. She lived in Los Altos Hills until 2011, when she moved to the east coast. Fiorina has two daughters and two granddaughters. She is a breast cancer survivor.

Street crack-sealing project begins Monday, May 4

The City of Los Altos is beginning a city-wide street crack-sealing project on Monday (May 4).

City officials said the traffic impact for this project will be minimal. No streets will be closed and vehicles can resume normal traffic flow shortly after the sealant has been applied. Minor traffic control, including flagmen, will be in place to direct traffic. Work is planned to take place between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Officials expect the project to be completed in 2 months.

The project comprises sealing of minor cracks in the street surface with a petroleum / polymer blend sealant. According to the city's maintenance division, crack-sealing prolongs the life of the street surface by preventing water from seeping into the cracks and causing further pavement deterioration.

Affected locations include the downtown, on West Edith Avenue (between San Antonio Road and Foothill Expressway) and Main Street (between San Antonio Road and First Street). To view a full list of street segments scheduled to receive treatment, visit http://www.losaltosca.gov/publicworks/project/city-wide-street-crack-sealing-project.

Pinewood School graduate killed in Monterey County off-roading accident

A Pinewood School graduate has died following an off-roading accident that severely injured his four companions.

Andrew Joseph Kruep, 24, died instantly April 18 from injuries sustained when the Jeep he rode in rolled off a trail near Lockwood in Monterey County and tumbled 700 feet down an embankment, according to California Highway Patrol reports and his family.

Emergency crews transported the four survivors to area hospitals for treatment. The CHP identified them as Spencer N. Blodgett, 24, of Lafayette; Myles Andrew Franklin, 21, of San Luis Obispo; Sean Ross Mullen, 22, of San Luis Obispo; and Darren Thomas Mullen, 25, of San Luis Obispo.

The accident occurred at approximately 1:40 a.m. as Kruep and his friends drove through Williams Hill Recreation Area, according to the CHP. All five men were ejected from the vehicle. It took rescue crews approximately 8 hours to extricate the victims due to the remote location.

As of April 29, a CHP investigation of the crash continued.

Kruep was born in St. Louis and lived in Denver for a time before moving with his family to Los Altos Hills, where he spent much of his life. He graduated from Pinewood School in 2009 and earned a B.S. degree in Biochemistry from St. Mary's College in May 2014. After college, Kruep worked as a business development manager for an environmental remediation technology firm serving the Bay Area and the Pacific Northwest. He planned to attend business school.

Andrew KruepAn avid sports enthusiast and outdoorsman, Kruep served as the captain of Pinewood's football team, played college football and lacrosse and enjoyed hunting, sailing and Thai kickboxing. He was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Los Altos and volunteered at the Stanford Ronald McDonald House.

Kruep's family described him as "an exceptional snow skier, a voracious reader and an aspiring, self-taught chef and baker."

Kruep "approached life with a great deal of curiosity and gusto," according to his family. "He was a quick study, funny and witty. He never backed down from anything or anyone. His kindness could be seen by the way he played with his puppy, Greta."

Kruep is survived by his parents, Donna and Randall Kruep, and his younger siblings, Julia and Christian.

A celebration of life funeral mass was held April 23 at St. Nicholas Church.

LASD meeting on bond disbursement draws mixed reaction


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Local residents discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the proposed scenarios for solving the Los Altos School District’s enrollment-growth problem.

Opinions on the Los Altos School District’s community outreach meeting last week ran the gamut, with some deeming it a productive first step and others labeling it a fruitless effort.

While the meeting drew a few new faces, primarily familiar players attended to defend their viewpoints and protect their home turf.

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More water restrictions trickling down the pipe

April was a rough month for water resources.

It began dismally April 1 when the Sierra Nevada snowpack measured 5 percent of the historical average – the lowest reading since 1950. In what were considered normal precipitation years, the snowpack supplied approximately 30 percent of California’s water needs as it melted in the spring and summer. Not this year.

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Cyclist strikes, kills Los Altos Hills pedestrian


A longtime Los Altos Hills resident and philanthropist struck by a bicyclist while walking along Page Mill Road April 20 has died from her injuries.

Kathryn Green, 61, died the next day from injuries sustained during the accident, according to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office.

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