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Council, LASD, hospital board candidates surface

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Three additional local candidates last week declared their intent to run in the Nov. 4 election.

Incumbents Tammy Logan of the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees and Dave Reeder of the El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors said they plan to run for re-election. Former Los Altos Hills City Councilman Jean Mordo, now a Los Altos resident, plans to run for a seat on the Los Altos City Council.

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Grant Road sewer work set to start Monday

The city of Los Altos is slated to begin sewer-main replacements Monday on a small stretch of Grant Road.

According to Los Altos Public Works Director Jim Gustafson, the project will replace and upgrade approximately 400 linear feet of 50- to 55-year-old 15-inch pipes with new 18-inch piping to increase capacity. The work – between Portland and Miravalle avenues – is scheduled to take approximately three weeks to complete. The project is identical to work completed by the city earlier this year on segments along El Monte Avenue.

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Investors sue over lack of progress on proposed office building for 40 Main St.

Two of Ted and Jerry Sorensen’s investors have run out of patience with the brothers’ protracted efforts to build a three-story office building at 40 Main St. in downtown Los Altos.

Sean and Erik Corrigan of the Los Altos-based Old Trace Partners LP filed a lawsuit June 19 seeking the return of their $284,000 investment in the Sorensens’ project.

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LASD discusses possible facilities upgrades

Although the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees agreed that mitigating enrollment growth topped its priority list for bond funds, trustees spent most of their July 7 meeting discussing potential facilities upgrades.

During earlier meetings, Randy Kenyon, assistant superintendent for business services, said the district could generate an estimated $200 million with passage of a November bond measure.

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Q&A with Anne Wojcicki: 23andMe founder, local resident discusses Los Altos investments


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For the past several years, Anne Wojcicki (Wo-JIT-skee) has been quietly involved in efforts to spruce up downtown Los Altos. She and her husband, Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin, helped form Passerelle Investment Co., which owns and leases numerous properties along First and State streets and sponsors various activities and events downtown.

Wojcicki also partnered with longtime friend and entrepreneur Mary Heffernan of H&H Co. to start several new creative businesses in the revamped spaces. The businesses, including Bumble and Red Racer Hobby Shop, filled a need by catering to young families.

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Police pinch pungent perp

smokes robberAn alleged Mountain View bank robber notorious for his peculiar odor has been caught after police connected him to another crime.

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LASD, BCS announce five-year peace treaty


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A five-year agreement keeps Bullis Charter School facilities split between Egan Junior High and Blach Intermediate, left, schools.

Bullis Charter School and the Los Altos School District forged a five-year peace treaty last week, the first step in resolving their decade-long facilities battle.

Culminating in what was described as a series of eight-hour mediation sessions, subcommittees representing the charter school and district boards hammered out the details of the agreement, which includes dropping all facilities litigation.

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