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Council approves new crosswalk for West Portola


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Installation of a crosswalk on West Portola Avenue, circled in red, is designed to improve safety for students traveling to and from Santa Rita, Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools.

The Los Altos City Council Sept. 14 voted 3-2 in favor of moving forward with a new crosswalk installation on West Portola Avenue. The crosswalk would be installed as part of the city’s annual street restriping project, slated to kick off Monday.

According to the city staff report, the crosswalk was a late addition to the West Portola Avenue sidewalk construction project this summer in response to the more than 20 school parents who expressed safety concerns for students walking to and from nearby Egan Junior High, Bullis Charter and Santa Rita schools.

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Election Day resources: Where to find what you need


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Voters can vote in person or deliver their mail-in-ballot to Santa Clara County polling locations between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Whether you’re voting in person or dropping off a mail-in ballot over the next few days, you have options as to where and how you vote Tuesday.

On Election Day, Los Altos residents can vote in person at their assigned polling places. To find your polling place, visit eservices.sccgov.org/rov or check the sample ballot you received in the mail.

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Police Blotter


Solo accident

Oct. 23, 10:37 a.m., 1100 block of Riverside Drive: The driver of a white Tesla mistook the car’s gas pedal for the brake while parking. The car subsequently hopped the curb and crashed into a vacant storefront, above, taking out a plate-glass window and two support beams. The driver was not injured.

Residential burglaries

Oct. 21, 1:03 p.m., 100 block of Pepper Court: An unknown suspect removed a window screen and pried open a kitchen window to enter the home. The victims reported approximately $2,200 worth of electronics missing.

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LAH Council Briefs

Following are highlights from the Oct. 16 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting. The next meeting is scheduled 4 p.m. Nov. 10 at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road.

Council approves grants

After reducing the town’s budget for nonprofit grants and boosting program accessibility by inviting new groups to submit proposals, the council allocated $30,000 in grants to a dozen nonprofits.

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Election flier mimics newspaper coverage

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A flier being distributed across Los Altos looks like it is from the Los Altos Town Crier but was neither created nor distributed by the community’s weekly newspaper. The flier, pictured at right, is being distributed by workers from Pyramid Advertising of Sacramento. 

Someone reproduced and modified a Town Crier opinion piece and paid to distribute it door-to-door in Los Altos without identifying himself or herself. Some Town Crier readers contacted the newspaper asking if it had commissioned the flier, which it did not.  

California’s Political Reform Act requires that individuals or committees put “paid for by” disclaimers on campaign advertising, including campaign mailers, if they receive contributions from others for political purposes of $1,000 or more, or make independent expenditures on California candidates or ballot measures of $1,000 or more per year. This flier lacked any disclaimer or identifying information.  

Associate publisher Howard Bischoff said that the newspaper is investigating who created and paid for the flier. Read the Town Crier's original endorsement here or in the Oct 15 print edition of the paper. 

If you have information about the flyer, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage


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The Los Altos City Council continues to explore options to address parking constraints in the downtown triangle.

The Los Altos City Council last week held the first of two study sessions to discuss the potential construction of a parking garage in the downtown triangle.

The session came after a Los Altos Chamber of Commerce subcommittee completed its own report on downtown parking solutions – including potential design and funding scenarios for a garage – and sought further discussions with the city on the matter.

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Former symphony executive pleads no contest


Former Peninsula Symphony Executive Director Stephen Jay Carlton recently pleaded no contest to six felony counts, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.

According to Deputy DA Judy Lee, Carlton entered a no-contest plea Sept. 23 to single counts of grand theft, identity theft and embezzlement and three counts of forgery.

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