Pilot program opens door for bachelor's degrees at FHDA

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Under a new state pilot program, students at Foothill College could earn a bachelor’s degree.

By the start of the 2017-2018 school year, students may be able to earn a bachelor’s degree through the Foothill-De Anza Community College District.

At an estimated total of $10,560, the cost of pursuing a four-year degree in the district would be several thousand dollars less than one year’s tuition and fees at the University of California.


Council enacts 45-day freeze on new medical facilities

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The city will re-examine parking requirements for new medical-use applications in areas such as Altos Oaks Drive, above.

The Los Altos City Council unanimously approved a 45-day moratorium on parking requirements for new medical developments Sept 23.

Specifically, the council voted to direct Los Altos City Attorney Jolie Houston to draft an urgency ordinance that essentially freezes new medical development applications from moving forward in the city’s pipeline. Houston noted prior to the council’s vote that any ordinance changes would not affect existing facilities in the city.


Police Blotter

Fire damages LAH home’s garages

A single-alarm fire in Los Altos Hills engulfed a La Cresta Drive home’s detached garage Friday.

According to Santa Clara County Fire Department Battalion Chief Tony Bowden, fire personnel responded shortly before 5 p.m. to reports of a “full first structure fire” at a home on the 13000 block of La Cresta Drive.


MVLA candidates face off in forum

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Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees candidates, from left, Kevin Kramer, Fiona Walter, Dana Bunnett, Sanjay Dave, Doug Moore, Joe Mitchner and Debbie Torok participate in a League of Women Voters forum last week.

Candidates for the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees offered their visions for the district in front of a small crowd and a smattering of empty chairs at forum at Mountain View High School Thursday.

Sponsored by the Los Altos-Mountain View Branch of the League of Women Voters, the forum attracted approximately 25 attendees.


Meet the candidates for Los Altos City Council

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Los Altos City Council Candidates, from left, Karen Berner, Jarrett Fishpaw, Alexander Glew, Jean Mordo and Mary Prochnow, participate in a forum at Los Altos High School Oct. 1.

Five candidates are running for three seats on the Los Altos City Council in the Nov. 4 election.

Incumbent Jarrett Fishpaw, elected in 2010, seeks a second four-year term on the council. Former Los Altos Hills Mayor and Councilman Jean Mordo is mounting a campaign after relocating to the flatlands. Newcomers Karen Berner, Alexander Glew and Mary Prochnow round out the field.


LA Council Brief

Carpenter appointed to service awards committee

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimously Sept. 23 to appoint Councilwoman Val Carpenter to the Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee.

The committee, which annually organizes a luncheon to recognize community volunteers for their service, includes five appointed members of each city. According to a city staff report, Los Altos member May Chen resigned from the committee in September, creating the vacancy.



11.6.2012 MasonicHall 9942-smallThe responsibility for good leadership ultimately lies with voters – so mark this date on your calendar: Nov. 4 is election day across the United States. 

The Town Crier will be doing its part to help Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View residents make informed choices. 


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