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Local family finds itself in middle of chaos after Charleston shootings


Courtesy of Toby McDonell
Los Altos resident Toby McDonell described the scene of the Charleston shootings as “scary.”

As a Palo Alto firefighter, Los Altos resident Toby McDonell has handled numerous emergency situations. So he knew when he saw the urgent speed at which police cars were zooming by that something terrible was happening at approximately 9 p.m. June 17 on Calhoun Street in Charleston, S.C.

It was beyond bad. An alleged racist shot and killed nine people at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church during a Wednesday night Bible study. The shooter, one of the 13 attendees, reportedly began firing a .45-caliber pistol after participating in the study for an hour. The nine victims included the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, a state senator.

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Council to review Stevens Creek Trail alternatives this fall


Courtesy of city of Sunnyvale
An illustration accompanying the Stevens Creek Trail Joint Cities Feasibility Study shows various options for connecting the trail from Mountain View to Cupertino.

Public input is now closed on the Stevens Creek Trail Joint Cities Feasibility Study.

More than 900 residents submitted written feedback, according to city of Sunnyvale representative Jennifer Garnett, and at least 300 people attended the three public input meetings held in May and early June.

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Hwy 85 cities review toll-lane alternatives


Courtesy of Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Silicon Valley Express Lanes Program converts existing carpool lanes to express lanes and includes additional lanes in the median of select portions of the highways.

As the Highway 85 express-lane project moves forward, jurisdictions along the corridor plan to take stock of alternatives.

The Los Altos City Council June 9 supported establishing a working group to explore other options for the corridor.

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Foothill College president named FHDA chancellor


The Foothill-De Anza Community College District last week named Foothill College President Judy C. Miner its new chancellor. Miner succeeds Linda M. Thor, who is set to retire Tuesday.

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LAH Councilman Larsen resigns


Los Altos Hills Councilman Rich Larsen will vacate his post effective Sept. 1, he announced Thursday at the monthly city council meeting.

Larsen, a longtime Los Altos Hills resident who served more than six years in public office, including a stint as mayor, plans to retire and move to Carmel with his wife, Daryl, and their children and grandchildren.

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PTC addresses plans for Loyola Corners

Following are highlights from the Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission’s June 18 meeting.

Loyola Corners building proposal

The PTC undertook a preapplication design review for a potential project at Loyola Corners to provide developers with early design input.

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Shared-lands committee mulls use of civic center


Courtesy of City of Los Altos
The Los Altos City-Schools Public Lands Ad Hoc Committee will discuss the possibility of sharing the city’s 18-acre civic center property, excluding Hillview Park and Community Center, lower right.

There’s a possibility that Los Altos’ next public school will share land with the city’s civic center.

The Los Altos City Council June 9 officially permitted the Los Altos City-Schools Public Lands Ad Hoc Committee to discuss leasing part of the civic center site to the Los Altos School District.

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