Police Blotter


Nov. 16, 2:53 a.m., Grant and Covington roads: Police arrested a male motorist for driving under the influence of alcohol after he failed a field sobriety test. The suspect was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.


Nov. 15, 4:33 p.m., 900 block of North San Antonio Road: Police admonished a homeless man for panhandling near the restroom area of the ARCO gas station. The transient left the property without incident, police reported.


LAH Council Briefs

Following are highlights from the Nov. 10 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting. The next meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. Dec. 11 at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road.

New policy bolsters ability to collect donations

In a unanimous vote, councilmembers approved a new town policy for accepting donations.


News Brief

Federal grand jury indicts Feathers

Los Altos resident Mark Feathers was arrested last week and released on bond after being charged by a federal grand jury with 29 counts of fraud.

The securities and mail fraud charges relate to Feathers’ Small Business Capital Corp., which the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission brought to court more than two years ago for misusing investor funds and overstating its financial stability. S.B. Capital had collected approximately $50 million in investments.


LAHS 20-year reunion set for Nov. 29

Los Altos High School Class of 1994 tickets are on sale for the 20-year reunion, scheduled 7 p.m. next Saturday (Nov. 29) at First and Main Bar & Grill in downtown Los Altos. Tickets are $60 each and are sold on
For more information, visit the reunion Facebook page:

Bark beetles targeting drought-weakened trees in Los Altos

Courtesy of City of Los Altos
Red turpentine beetles leave a pink substance when tunneling into pine trees.

A little pest has been wreaking havoc on pine trees in Los Altos, according to city officials.

Rangel Reynoso, the city’s interim maintenance supervisor, told the Town Crier that an infestation of bark beetles – specifically red turpentine beetles – has caused more than a dozen Monterey pine trees on city property to die in recent weeks.


Tight LASD races had supporters on edge of seats

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Measure N election consultant Chris Callaway, from left, Los Altos School District Superintendent Jeff Baier and candidate Vladimir Ivanovic check results online as the polls close on election night.

Election Day turned into Election Week for local residents tracking the results of Measure N and the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees race.

After a weeklong topsy-turvy ride, Measure N, the district’s $150 million bond, ultimately reached its 55 percent threshold for passage and voters elected incumbent Tamara Logan and newcomers Sangeeth Peruri and Vladimir Ivanovic to the board.


Mordo, Prochnow elected to Los Altos City Council

Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Los Altos City Council candidates Jean Mordo, left in green, and Mary Prochnow, below left, gathered with supporters on election night.

The Los Altos City Council will feature two new faces next month.

Los Altos residents Nov. 4 elected realtor Mary Prochnow and retiree Jean Mordo to fill two open seats on the council. Prochnow finished at the top of the field of five candidates with 28.67 percent of the 17,565 votes cast in the race. Mordo, a former two-term Los Altos Hills councilman, scored 25.48 percent of the vote. Overall, 62 percent of registered residents cast votes in the council race.


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