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Construction-related traffic impacts

Downtown motorists should prepare to experience traffic impacts related to ongoing downtown construction, according to city officials.

The city will close one lane on First Street between West Edith Avenue and Parking Plaza North through Friday to accommodate gas, water and electrical undergrounding for the Safeway and 100 First St. condominium projects. Traffic controls, including detour signage, will be in place during hours of operation.


LAH Council Preview

The Los Altos Hills City Council is scheduled to meet 5:30 p.m. Thursday at town hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road. In addition to the agenda items below, the Water Conservation and Education committees are slated to give presentations.

Caltrans project update

Los Altos Hills city engineer Richard Chiu Jr. is scheduled to provide the council an update on the proposed Caltrans signalization project for the intersection of Interstate 280 and Page Mill Road.


Local investors begin to recoup assets in Ponzi case

NEWS sbcapitalUpdated: Financials details added below  

Local investors asking "how much I have lost" in the Small Business Capital Corp. investigation now have at least a partial answer. The court-appointed receiver liquidating assets in the Los Altos-based company's two investment funds mailed checks today, returning approximately 43 percent of each investor's original contribution. 


Two alarm fire damages MV home

Mountain View firefighters extinguished an early-morning blaze Sunday at a single-family home. The two-alarm fire caused "significant damage," according to fire officials. The house was unoccupied and no injuries were reported. Investigators believe the blaze was arson-related.


Mtn. View student overdose linked to new drug

A Mountain View student found unresponsive on Steven's Creek Trail yesterday (March 11) is being treated for a possible drug overdose.

Police suspect the student may have overdosed on DOC (2,5-Dimethoxy-ChloroAmphetamine), a relatively new street drug similar to LSD that combines amphetamine and hallucinogenic chemicals. Mountain View Police Sgt. Saul Jaeger described DOC as extremely dangerous with long-lasting effects and noted that it is still viewed as an uncommon drug.


'Project Los Altos' moves on

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
San Francisco residents Kate Haug and Ivan Uranga, with their son, make an artistic statement as they stroll over artist Jessica Stockholder’s “Cross Hatch” on State Street.

As blossoms emerge from buds, a colorful street painting at State and Fourth streets remains nearly unaltered by the change of seasons. The first project unveiled for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “Project Los Altos,” Jessica Stockholder’s vibrant street painting will soon disappear as the community’s rendezvous with modern art comes to an end.

“The exhibit was another thing that brought the town together,” said Los Altos Hills resident Julia Leighton. “It took guts for SFMOMA to leap to little Los Altos to do this.”


Ex-symphony executive arrested for embezzlement


The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office reported last week that police arrested the former head of Peninsula Symphony on a slew of charges that include embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Los Altos-based nonprofit organization.

Stephen Jay Carlton – hired as the symphony’s executive director in 2010 – turned himself in Feb. 27 after the DA’s Office issued a warrant for his arrest on charges that include embezzlement, grand theft and tax evasion, according to Deputy District Attorney Judy Lee. Carlton, 45, was arraigned Feb. 28. The Novato resident remains in custody in lieu of $350,000 bail.


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