LA Council puts off Halsey House repairs to consider more options

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The Los Altos City Council will soon hold a study session on what can be done to repair the shuttered Halsey House.

The shuttered Halsey House, a historic home in Redwood Grove Nature Preserve, will remain as it stands for now – though possibly not for long.

After weighing adaptive reuse versus demolition and reconstruction, the Los Altos City Council Dec. 8 agreed to hold a study session in the coming months to consider variations ranging from minimal repairs to total renovation.


Police arrest pair suspected of burglary while homeowners slept

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Two men who allegedly broke into an occupied Los Altos residence Thanksgiving night were arrested last week, according to a Dec. 21 release from the Los Altos Police Department.

While the residents slept, David Eastwood, 18, of Menlo Park, and Wilson Alejandre, 19, of San Jose, purportedly snuck into their home on the 500 block of Deodara Drive and stole valuables such as cellphones and laptops.

Evidence at the scene led Los Altos Police to identify the suspects. San Jose Police arrested Eastwood Nov. 28 for an unrelated case. Los Altos Police Detectives administratively booked Eastwood at the Santa Clara County Main Jail for the residential burglary. Detectives also obtained an arrest warrant for Alejandre, who was arrested by San Jose Police Dec. 16. Both suspects are in custody at the Elmwood Correctional Facility.

Los Altos Police urge residents to report suspicious activity in their neighborhoods, such as any individuals exhibiting behavior consistent with “casing” their neighborhood, aggressive solicitors and unfamiliar vehicles in the neighborhood. Police ask reporters to articulate specific observations that substantiate their suspicions.

Police further advise residents to secure their homes by installing burglar alarms, locking perimeter gates and access points, and installing exterior motion lights and video surveillance systems. Residents interested in a free home security inspection may contact Community Service Officer Josh Cottrell at 947-264.

FEMA: El Niño to drench area

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FEMA officials urge local residents to stockpile emergency supplies and complimentary sandbags before El Niño hits. A city worker fills sandbags at the Municipal Services Center, above.


Record wet conditions across South Florida. Record warm temperatures across the northern Great Plains. Record late first snow days in Montana.


Deputies catch burglary suspects after car chase

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A passenger in a car driving by the intersection of Page Mill Road and Interstate 280 caught a chase in action Dec. 8. Deputies pursued burglary suspects – seen at right in the photo – up a hillside before their capture.

An unheeded stop sign led to a police chase and subsequent burglary arrests in Los Altos Hills last week after a homeowner, Santa Clara County communications personnel and sheriff’s deputies connected quickly and benefited from a moment of law enforcement serendipity.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspects as Tony Devone Cannon, 20, of Oakland; Malik Haskim Davis, 19, of Concord; and Reginald Jerome Robinson, 20, of San Francisco. They have been charged with burglary, felony evading, committing a felony while out on bail, possession of stolen property and conspiracy. Both Cannon and Robinson are implicated in prior Los Altos Hills burglaries, according to deputies.


"Respect" central to council debate on Senior Commission

A split vote last week divided the Los Altos City Council as councilmembers disagreed on how to address the needs of seniors.

The council was slated Dec. 8 to discuss the structure and charter of the Los Altos/Los Altos Hills Senior Commission and its existing vacancies, but conversation turned to matters of respect and authority.


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Dec. 10, 12:29 a.m., 800 block of Altos Oaks Drive: Officers responded to a neighbor’s report of a domestic dispute. Upon contact, police located allegedly illegal marijuana plants inside the residence. The three male residents, ages 24, 25 and 26, were arrested and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Dec. 11, 3:48 p.m., 200 block of Almond Avenue: A 15-year-old male allegedly made threats to kill another student. Following an investigation, officers arrested the juvenile, who was booked into Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall.


Bruins as mayor to prioritize dialogue, trust, collaboration

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Los Altos City Clerk Jon Maginot, from left, swears in Mayor Jeannie Bruins as her mother, Milu Campbell, and sons Jay Neal and Eric look on.

The Los Altos City Council last week arrived at a new perspective.

During the annual reorganizational meeting Dec. 1, councilmembers swapped seats at the dais after unanimously electing Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins as mayor.


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