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LAH Council Preview

Los Altos Hills Mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan is scheduled to convene the first city council meeting of the year 6 p.m. Thursday at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road. Following is a summary of several agenda items.

For the full agenda and online video streaming of council meetings, visit losaltoshills.ca.gov/city-government/city-council/reports.

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News Briefs

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• First Street between West Edith Avenue and Shasta Street is scheduled to close Friday to allow a large crane to hoist materials to the rooftop of the 100 First St. condominium development.

The closure is permitted between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., but contractors anticipate that the closure will be needed only 9 a.m. through 3 p.m.

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Police Blotter News

Holiday DUI campaign results in 422 arrests

A joint law enforcement effort to crack down on drunken drivers during the holiday season resulted in 422 arrests throughout the county, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.

The figure represents a drop when compared with last year’s holiday campaign, when 468 individuals were arrested throughout the county for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

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New laws influence everything from football practice to college degrees

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed 930 new laws into effect for the new year, an increase over last year’s 800. Los Altos was ahead of the curve in some cases – a bag ban set to take effect statewide July 1 started locally in 2013. And though parking a pooch on a restaurant patio was technically illegal before this year, many of Los Altos’ eateries already looked the other way.

Local impacts

Foothill College is in the thick of one new law, a pilot program set to offer four-year degrees at select California community colleges. Foothill nominated its dental hygiene program as a candidate for the first round of new degrees under SB 850, and the college will find out Jan. 21 whether its program wins approval.

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Los Altan of the Year: Kathryn Hanson – ALearn founder leads less-fortunate students to better future

1.2.2015 LAOTY KathrynHanson-5413Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Kathryn Hanson launched a nonprofit from her Los Altos home that has grown to serve thousands. The Town Crier has named Hanson its 2014 Los Altan of the Year.

Several years back, Kathryn Hanson reviewed local high school statistics and noticed very few low-income students enrolling in Advanced Placement classes and a wide achievement gap versus the rest of the student body.

“This is unacceptable,” Kathryn told educators. “What are we doing about this?”

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New Year's 5K run draws crowd despite frigid weather

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Clyde Noel/Special to the Town Crier
Residents of all ages jog down Main Street Jan. 1 during the Los Altos Recreation Department’s annual New Year’s Day Fun Run.

With the temperature at 34 degrees at 9 a.m. Jan. 1, local residents huddled in their cars waiting for the start of the Los Altos Recreation Department’s 2015 New Year’s Day Fun Run.

When Los Altos Mayor Jan Pepper rang the bell for the 13th annual 5K run, approximately 1,000 eager runners and walkers assembled at the Community Plaza starting line to kick off the event.

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Mtn. View Community Shuttle offers inaugural rides in January


Courtesy of City of Mountain View
Mountain View’s Community Shuttle officially launches Jan. 9 with routes from Shoreline Boulevard and Pear Avenue to El Camino Hospital and from San Antonio Center to Sylvan Park.

While residents may begin using the Mountain View Community Shuttle as early as Monday, an inaugural ride event is scheduled 11 a.m. Jan. 9 at the Mountain View Transit Center to officially launch the service.

In addition to the shuttle, attendees will get a preview of the new Mountain View Transportation Management Association’s MVGo commuter shuttle, which will begin service Jan. 12.

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