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‘We can’t arrest our way out of this’

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Anne DeGheest speaks at a crowded Los Altos Hills City Council meeting that included a report on the recent spikes in burglaries.

Sheriff's Office, LAH residents collaborate to stop burglaries

It wasn’t the type of surprise Joe Yang wanted to wake up to – the sound of two burglars in his Stirrup Way home in Los Altos Hills.

“I’m either lucky or unlucky,” said Yang, who described thwarting the burglary attempt to town residents who packed Thursday’s Los Altos Hills City Council meeting.

The break-in at Yang’s home brings the number of burglaries in Los Altos Hills to 34 this year – exceeding the 10-year annual average of 28.3. Unlike the other 33, the Yang home was occupied at the time.

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Electrical shutdown scheduled today, tomorrow

PG&E is installing new electrical service to the 400 Main St. development project today, which will require the temporary interruption of electric services to several businesses located on First, Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos. PG&E has mailed notices to impacted customers.

PG&E is scheduled to conduct work beginning at 11:45 p.m. today through 7 a.m. on Friday. A portion of Plaza Central between First and Second streets will also be closed during this time.

Questions about this planned outage can be directed to Angelina Tran, PG&E planned outage coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (408) 299-9516.

Burglary bump in LAH alarms residents and Sheriff's Office

Los Altos Hills has recorded fewer burglaries than the national and state averages over the past decade, but this year the number of breaking-and-entering crimes has spiked.

Since July 1, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office has recorded 14 residential burglaries – twice as many as the Los Altos Police Department logged in the same time period.

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Guy Shoup House modifications headed for public review Monday


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The owners of the Guy Shoup House, designated a historical-landmark home in Los Altos, seek approval to replace the detached garage.

A plan to make modifications to a historical-landmark home in Los Altos is headed for public review, according to city officials.

Los Altos Planning Services Manager David Kornfield told the Town Crier that the owners of the former University Avenue home of Guy Shoup – brother of Los Altos founding father Paul Shoup – are seeking approval to demolish a detached garage on the property and construct a new one in its place. Plans include adding a second-story rear balcony to the home.

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Police Blotter

Police offer safety tips as school starts

With local students set to return to class this week, the Los Altos Police Department is warning residents to prepare for increased pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular traffic on streets.

Police urge residents to follow these safety tips:

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Advocacy group supports building LASD school in Mtn. View

The Los Altos School District may have an unexpected ally in its lobbying of the city of Mountain View to secure a school site in the high-growth areas along San Antonio Road and El Camino Real.

The housing advocacy group Campaign for a Balanced Mountain View promotes a higher housing ratio to address the city’s jobs-to-housing imbalance. The additional housing would increase the need for a new school in the area to accommodate the jump in school-age children new housing may bring.

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