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Local education leaders announce retirements this week


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Foothill-De Anza Community College Chancellor Linda Thor, left, and Mountain View Los Altos Union High School Superintendent Barry Groves, right, announced their impending retirements this week.

Los Altos will lose two education titans at the end of this school year. This month, Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Superintendent Barry Groves and Foothill-De Anza Community College District Chancellor Linda M. Thor announced their decisions to retire.

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New faces, new mayor take center stage at council


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The Los Altos City Council welcomed new members Jean Mordo, left, and Mary Prochnow.

The Los Altos City Council last week performed its annual changing of the guard – and added two new faces in the process.

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Teens share how alcohol, drugs present obstacles to adulthood


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Social and academic pressure are factors that influence teen drug and alcohol use. In 2013, 12 percent of youth in Santa Clara County reported binge drinking during the past 30 days.

This is the first in a two-part series exploring adolescent substance abuse in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. Part 1 examines the causes and circumstances of substance abuse from the teenage perspective. Part 2 will delve into resources available to youth in the community.

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Carpenter, Fishpaw bid farewell to council

Val Carpenter and Jarrett Fishpaw officially ended their respective tenures on the Los Altos City Council last week during the council’s reorganization ceremony.

Carpenter highlights achievements

For Carpenter, the conclusion of her second term completed a 14-year run of public service that began with stints on the Los Altos Historical Commission and the Planning and Transportation Commission. Carpenter served nine years on the council, beginning in 2005, with two yearlong stints as mayor.

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Former symphony executive guilty of tax fraud


The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office last week reported that former Peninsula Symphony Executive Director Stephen Jay Carlton has been found guilty of tax fraud.

Superior Court Judge Allison Danner ruled Dec. 3 that Carlton was guilty of one misdemeanor and two felony counts for filing false tax returns from 2010 through 2012. The ruling follows a one-day trial Nov. 24.

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VTA extends deadline for bus-plan comment

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority extended the comment period for its draft environmental impact report regarding its proposed Bus Rapid Transit plans for a 17.4-mile stretch of El Camino Real, including Los Altos and Mountain View.

The new deadline for comments is 5 p.m. Jan. 14.

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Los Altos public works director calls it a career


Public Works Director Jim Gustafson plans to retire from public service after a 35-plus year career that began in the U.S. Navy and ends here in Los Altos. Friday is his final day.

Reached by the Town Crier, Gustafson said he opted to retire in part because of the daily demands of the position.

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