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Residential burglary

June 16, 9:55 a.m., 0-100 block of Angela Drive: An unknown suspect pried open the side door to the garage of a home that was being remodeled. At the time of the police report, the victims were uncertain if any items were stolen from the home.

Disturbance

June 16, 1:44 p.m., 300 block of State Street: A resident called police to report that a group of juveniles skateboarding downtown nearly knocked over an elderly person.

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Rise in infected mosquitoes triggers local fogging


Courtesy of the Santa Clara County Vector Control District
Areas of Los Altos, Mountain View and Sunnyvale, in green, were scheduled to undergo fogging this week to stop the spread of West Nile virus.

The bite of summer’s notorious insect – the mosquito – is potentially packing a bigger punch this year. Mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus have popped up in the area, prompting the Santa Clara County Vector Control District to take steps to prevent the transmission from insect to human.

After responding to the report of a dead crow, a bird prone to West Nile virus, near the intersection of Fremont and Mary avenues in Sunnyvale, district officials confirmed the presence of the virus in mosquitoes at collection sites in Los Altos, Mountain View and Sunnyvale last week. The district authorized an Ultra Low Volume fogging of insecticides Tuesday – after the Town Crier’s deadline – over a 1-mile radius that included parts of Los Altos and Mountain View.

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Symphony to end bumpy season on high note


Town Crier File Photo
Peninsula Symphony closes out its season with a free concert in Los Altos Saturday.

Peninsula Symphony is scheduled to perform its final concert of the season 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday on the Hillview Soccer Field, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. The free performance is part of the city’s annual Summer Concert Series.

Comprising 105 volunteer musicians, the symphony will perform a program with the theme “Way Out West,” featuring popular songs from famous Western productions like Richard Rodgers’ “Oklahoma!” and Aaron Copland’s “Rodeo.” According to organizers, the musicians will sport cowboy hats and bandannas to support the theme and create a fun, family environment. Despite their casual appearance at the laid-back event, interim Executive Director Andrea Temkin said the symphony’s repertoire is “actually one of their more challenging programs.”

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Charity or community engagement: Los Altos Hills grants trigger discussion


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The Los Altos Hills City Council is discussing the benefits of its service grants to nonprofit organizations like Hidden Villa.

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Community center update hits halfway point


Rendering Courtesy of City of Los ALtos
City consultants plan to develop site scenarios for the northwest and southeast quadrants of the civic center.

The Los Altos City Council last week inched past the midpoint of updating the city’s plan to build a new community center.

During a nearly four-hour session June 10, the council approved items to advance the city’s bid to replace Hillview Community Center into a phase that includes exploring site planning and financing scenarios.

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Schools leaders react to landmark teacher tenure ruling


Groves

Last week’s decision from a state judge dismissing teacher tenure statutes drew mixed reaction from local schools officials.

“I believe that this case will likely be appealed, so we won’t know the eventual outcome for many years,” said Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. “For that reason, I do not expect any immediate impact from the decision. Many of the issues in the case are not ones that we deal with.”

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MADD recognizes Los Altos officers

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recently recognized two Los Altos Police officers among a host of law enforcement officials.

The organization honored Los Altos Police Agent Eric Brooks and Officer Jessica Vernon at its 17th California Statewide Law Enforcement & Community Recognition Dinner, held May 31 in Sacramento, for their efforts in combatting drunk driving. MADD is a national nonprofit organization with 2 million members and supporters with a mission to stop drunken driving, prevent underage drinking and assist the victims of drunken-driving crimes.

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