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Arson suspected in Mountain View fire

A home on Fordham Way in Mountain View was rendered uninhabitable after a two-alarm fire Sunday morning that investigators believe was intentionally set.

A joint investigation by the Mountain View Fire, Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives determined that the fire was caused by arson and originated inside the home. Officials also believe that the fire may be connected to a light-blue 2003 Audi A4 that was stolen from the residence.

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LAH researches ways to reduce water bills


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The Little League Fields at Purissima Park in Los Altos Hills require copious amounts of water to maintain. The town is pursuing ways to reduce water consumption and save money.

Keeping the town’s baseball fields green is costing more green than the Los Altos Hills City Council wants to spend.

Taken aback by water bills for the town-owned Purissima Park that totaled an estimated $110,000 cumulatively over the past six years, the council is reviewing its options to conserve water – and money.

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LASD requests additional enrollment data from charter school

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Los Altos School District trustees said they need additional enrollment information from Bullis Charter School officials before they are willing to allocate expanded facilities for the next school year.

The discrepancy between the facilities charter school officials requested and what the school district is willing to provide boils down to a gap in their respective enrollment projections. In its request for facilities, the charter school estimated 678 students – and now reports a total of 698 students registered for the 2014-2015 school year. The school district, on the other hand, developed its offer with a projection of 605 in-district charter school students, based on its historical projections.

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News Briefs

Construction-related traffic impacts

Downtown motorists should prepare to experience traffic impacts related to ongoing downtown construction, according to city officials.

The city will close one lane on First Street between West Edith Avenue and Parking Plaza North through Friday to accommodate gas, water and electrical undergrounding for the Safeway and 100 First St. condominium projects. Traffic controls, including detour signage, will be in place during hours of operation.

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LAH Council Preview

The Los Altos Hills City Council is scheduled to meet 5:30 p.m. Thursday at town hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road. In addition to the agenda items below, the Water Conservation and Education committees are slated to give presentations.

Caltrans project update

Los Altos Hills city engineer Richard Chiu Jr. is scheduled to provide the council an update on the proposed Caltrans signalization project for the intersection of Interstate 280 and Page Mill Road.

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Local investors begin to recoup assets in Ponzi case

NEWS sbcapitalUpdated: Financials details added below  

Local investors asking "how much I have lost" in the Small Business Capital Corp. investigation now have at least a partial answer. The court-appointed receiver liquidating assets in the Los Altos-based company's two investment funds mailed checks today, returning approximately 43 percent of each investor's original contribution. 

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Two alarm fire damages MV home

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Mountain View firefighters extinguished an early-morning blaze Sunday at a single-family home. The two-alarm fire caused "significant damage," according to fire officials. The house was unoccupied and no injuries were reported. Investigators believe the blaze was arson-related.

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