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Residents furious in aftermath of big party

Rosita Avenue neighbors are looking to the city of Los Altos for answers after suffering from an April 11 party overrun with an estimated 200-250 guests.

In what was described as a “mob scene,” the party-goers, mostly teens, lined cars up and down the street and beyond, cranked up the music, smashed beer bottles, threw eggs, and allegedly hopped over fences into neighboring properties. Los Altos police confirmed it was the largest party in recent memory.

According to Rosita neighbors, the house was rented for an 18-year-old's birthday party through the online service, Airbnb. The homeowner, living off site, had been regularly renting out the unfurnished house using the service. Prices for use of entire Los Altos homes go for between $295 and $800 a night.

Police reported no arrests and no injuries as the crowd scattered when officers arrived. Despite relatively minor physical damage, the incident left some residents furious and looking for ways to avoid a repeat occurrence.

One neighborhood representative brought the incident to the attention of the Los Altos City Council at its April 14 meeting. 

Rosita resident Pilar Parducci thinks the city should add restrictions.

“The police presently have no tools to address the underlying circumstances (a vacant house being rented on a daily basis),” Parducci said in an email. “Imposition of legal restrictions on this activity is a matter for the city council through its administration of zoning restrictions generally and the municipal code in particular.  The police can only enforce laws that exist.”

Expect more coverage on this Web site and in the April 22 Los Altos Town Crier print edition.

LASD plans community meeting on bond spending

As the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees decides how to spend the $150 million in bond funds from Measure N, district officials have scheduled an April 22 community forum on enrollment growth and facility plans.

The goal of the forum, according to the district, is to “collect new ideas and answer questions as (the board) narrows down options and finalizes solutions to address enrollment growth in our schools.”

News of the forum was sent to the community via an advertisement in the April 15 edition of the Town Crier and an email sent to parents Monday (April 13).

“With regard to facilities and Measure N, we have been hard at work identifying the best solution for the continued growth of our school district,” Superintendent Jeff Baier said in his email to parents. “This includes the hiring of a real estate broker to engage in potential property acquisition.”
The meeting is slated 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 22 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road. The district asks those who plan to attend to RSVP via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For information on Measure N and the progress the board has made in determining what to do with the funds – including reports and minutes – visit lasdschools.org and click on the big blue “Facilities Master Plan Information” button.

And then there was 1: MVLA narrows superintendent search to single candidate

SCH HardingMugJeff Harding is the lead candidate for the position of superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos High School District, according to a press release issued by the district Tuesday (April 14), and he could be appointed as soon as May 11.

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City investigates allegation of memo forgery

Los Altos City Manager Marcia Somers said she will conduct an investigation into claims that someone tampered with a city document to misrepresent the history of downtown parking.

At the April 1 meeting of the new Citywide Parking Committee, committee member Kim Cranston voiced concern over a memorandum titled “History and Documentation of Downtown Parking.”

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'Substandard' lot development rankles LAH residents


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Los Altos Hills Lot Nos. 25608 and 25520 Deerfield Drive, highlighted, are shown in relation to nearby lots in the Deerfield neighborhood.

Concerned that Los Altos Hills could be subjected to an influx of high-density residential developments, neighbors of two proposed single-family housing projects are carefully following – and vehemently protesting – their progress through the city approval process.

“The neighbors want to preserve the rural aspect of the town, which is part of the general plan,” said Los Altos Hills resident Enrique Klein.

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Police urge motorists to 'Silence the Distractions'


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State law enforcement agencies are partnering to discourage motorists from driving while distracted.

Los Altos Police are upping traffic enforcement April 15 to discourage distracted driving.

“If your eyes are off the road, you don’t know what is in front of you,” said Los Altos Traffic Sgt. Scott Bunch. “And when you’re not paying attention to your surroundings, the likelihood of a collision increases.”

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New standard mandates story poles for larger developments


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Story poles, like those erected in Los Altos Hills, above, will enable Los Altos residents to size up a project’s mass and scale during the design review process.

Los Altos residents have a new way to size up development projects.

The Los Altos City Council March 24 voted 3-2 in favor of requiring story poles for all commercial, multifamily and mixed-use projects.

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