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LAH Council Briefs

Following are highlights from the Oct. 16 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting. The next meeting is scheduled 4 p.m. Nov. 10 at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road.

Council approves grants

After reducing the town’s budget for nonprofit grants and boosting program accessibility by inviting new groups to submit proposals, the council allocated $30,000 in grants to a dozen nonprofits.

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Election flier mimics newspaper coverage

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A flier being distributed across Los Altos looks like it is from the Los Altos Town Crier but was neither created nor distributed by the community’s weekly newspaper. The flier, pictured at right, is being distributed by workers from Pyramid Advertising of Sacramento. 

Someone reproduced and modified a Town Crier opinion piece and paid to distribute it door-to-door in Los Altos without identifying himself or herself. Some Town Crier readers contacted the newspaper asking if it had commissioned the flier, which it did not.  

California’s Political Reform Act requires that individuals or committees put “paid for by” disclaimers on campaign advertising, including campaign mailers, if they receive contributions from others for political purposes of $1,000 or more, or make independent expenditures on California candidates or ballot measures of $1,000 or more per year. This flier lacked any disclaimer or identifying information.  

Associate publisher Howard Bischoff said that the newspaper is investigating who created and paid for the flier. Read the Town Crier's original endorsement here or in the Oct 15 print edition of the paper. 

If you have information about the flyer, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council continues to explore options to address parking constraints in the downtown triangle.

The Los Altos City Council last week held the first of two study sessions to discuss the potential construction of a parking garage in the downtown triangle.

The session came after a Los Altos Chamber of Commerce subcommittee completed its own report on downtown parking solutions – including potential design and funding scenarios for a garage – and sought further discussions with the city on the matter.

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Former symphony executive pleads no contest


Former Peninsula Symphony Executive Director Stephen Jay Carlton recently pleaded no contest to six felony counts, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.

According to Deputy DA Judy Lee, Carlton entered a no-contest plea Sept. 23 to single counts of grand theft, identity theft and embezzlement and three counts of forgery.

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November ballot includes propositions on drought, insurance and schools


Californians will vote on six propositions that require direct citizen approval in the Nov. 4 election. The Town Crier assembled a rough guide to the ideas behind each measure.

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LASD committee continues bond planning

The Los Altos School District’s Facilities Master Plan Advisory Committee met twice this month to craft a plan for spending bond funds, should Measure N pass in the Nov. 4 election.

After two meetings, the advisory committee compiled a prioritized list of proposed improvements for existing campuses, the district’s second priority for bond spending. The group has just begun discussing how to address projected enrollment growth – the district’s No. 1 priority for bond money. If approved by 55 percent of voters, Measure N could generate $150 million for the district.

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VOTER GUIDE Regional races on the Nov. 4 ballot

Ballots will be weighty with local candidates this November, with two city council races and two school board races drawing a wealth of contenders in Los Altos and Mountain View. The roles of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and secretary of state attract attention on a statewide level.

But farther down the page, voters will find a long list of regional options that aren’t hashed out with the same intensity in local forums. Town Crier staff put together a guide to state roles worth differentiating from each other and regional races affecting our corner of Silicon Valley.

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