November ballot includes propositions on drought, insurance and schools

Californians will vote on six propositions that require direct citizen approval in the Nov. 4 election. The Town Crier assembled a rough guide to the ideas behind each measure.


LASD committee continues bond planning

The Los Altos School District’s Facilities Master Plan Advisory Committee met twice this month to craft a plan for spending bond funds, should Measure N pass in the Nov. 4 election.

After two meetings, the advisory committee compiled a prioritized list of proposed improvements for existing campuses, the district’s second priority for bond spending. The group has just begun discussing how to address projected enrollment growth – the district’s No. 1 priority for bond money. If approved by 55 percent of voters, Measure N could generate $150 million for the district.


VOTER GUIDE Regional races on the Nov. 4 ballot

Ballots will be weighty with local candidates this November, with two city council races and two school board races drawing a wealth of contenders in Los Altos and Mountain View. The roles of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and secretary of state attract attention on a statewide level.

But farther down the page, voters will find a long list of regional options that aren’t hashed out with the same intensity in local forums. Town Crier staff put together a guide to state roles worth differentiating from each other and regional races affecting our corner of Silicon Valley.


Police Blotter

Minor injury accidents

Oct. 17, 10:28 a.m., 600 block of Fremont Avenue: Police responded to a report of a bicyclist colliding with a pedestrian in a private parking lot. The pedestrian was treated on scene by paramedics but declined transport to a local hospital.

Oct. 17, 2:53 p.m., Foothill Expressway at Magdalena Avenue: A vehicle struck a juvenile riding his bike home from school while attempting to cross the street in the crosswalk. Police noted that the juvenile was conscious and alert when transported a local hospital for treatment. Police said the matter is currently under investigation.


Number of burglaries falls in LAH

Number of burglaries falls in LAH

From a high of 16 burglaries in July and August to four burglaries over the past eight weeks – one incident related to a domestic scuffle – the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office reported a drop in property crimes in Los Altos Hills.

“The sheriff has increased marked and unmarked patrol units,” said Sheriff’s Capt. Ken Binder of his team’s efforts to curb criminals from breaking and entering. “Our zero-tolerance policy keeps the burglars away.”


Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers

Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Campaign yard signs are just one expenditure for candidates during election season.

Election finance filings are in, and Los Altos appears to be hosting a few financially lopsided races.


City opens pilot program for seniors at Grant Park

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The kitchen and meeting room at Grant Park, above, will host a new drop-in for area seniors 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays from Oct. 29 through the end of January.

Los Altos’ services and programming for seniors won’t be limited to Hillview Community Center, starting this month.

The city is kicking off a pilot program at Grant Park for residents 50 and older that will serve as an extension of the Senior Center at Hillview. The initial program includes drop-in hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 29 with a grand opening and concluding at the end of January.


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