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Hills council tables community center, considers other town improvements


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Tepid support for a potential community center – to host town activities and replace the Heritage House, above, as an emergency operations center – prompted town officials to table plans.

The proposal for a new Los Altos Hills community center has lost momentum, but the town survey it triggered has revealed facts expected to shape future city council priorities.

City councilmembers and staff reviewed the results of the survey – and highlights from the 1,100 pages of detailed cross tabs it generated – during a special meeting last week.

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Two burglars sentenced; one suspect awaits trial

Two San Francisco men who committed a residential burglary in Los Altos last year were recently sentenced to prison.

San Francisco residents Delancey Huff, 35, and Robert Mandigo, 19, received sentences of 15 years and 11 years, respectively, for their roles in the July 13 burglary.

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Officials prep for talks on substandard lots in LAH

From Planning Commissioners’ perspectives, last month’s Los Altos Hills City Council meeting generated more questions than answers regarding the town’s ongoing substandard-lot issue.

“What I took away from the city council discussion was that they had forgotten what the root cause of the problem is,” Planning Commissioner Jim Abraham said at Thursday’s commission meeting.

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Loyola Bridge work prompts expressway detour

Motorists exiting southbound Foothill Expressway at Loyola Corners can anticipate a detour from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Thursday as part of the ongoing Loyola Bridge widening project.

Traffic will be rerouted to Grant Road to return from the northbound direction while crews pave various intersections.

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Concerns grow over future of heritage apricot orchard


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Los Altos native Cindy Riordan paints apricot trees in the Los Altos heritage orchard with members of the Peninsula Outdoor Painters. The orchard’s future remains up in the air.

As Cindy Riordan painted a landscape of apricot trees last week, she recalled her childhood spent playing amid their branches.

“There aren’t a lot of places like this,” the Los Altos native said of the city’s heritage orchard. “There’s plenty of development, but we need to have these kinds of places, too.”

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Peninsula Symphony seeks restitution


The Los Altos-based Peninsula Symphony is going after disgraced former Executive Director Stephen Carlton and his wife, Karen, to recoup nearly $700,000 in funds he embezzled from the nonprofit group’s endowment fund.

The Carltons are named as defendants in a civil suit, filed Feb. 18 in Santa Clara County Superior Court. A restitution order was filed last September to reclaim the full amount.

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City: Parking committee efforts could be stalled another month

An investigation into possible violations of the open-meetings law by the Los Altos Citywide Parking Committee could take at least a month to complete, according to City Manager Marcia Somers.

“The city is taking the allegations made by the Friends of Los Altos on February 9, 2016, very seriously and proceeding with an independent investigation,” Somers wrote in a Feb. 25 email to the Town Crier. “Once the city receives findings from the investigation, the city attorney (Jolie Houston) and city manager will make recommendations to the council on next steps.”

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