County officials nix plans for cellphone surveillance technology

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office’s plans to acquire a controversial, taxpayer-funded mobile phone triangulation system are dead – but not as a result of privacy advocates’ protests.

County executives abandoned the purchase of the $500,000 system earlier this month after negotiations between staff and representatives from the manufacturer, Harris Corp., fell through.


Fremont Bridge to be replaced, closed to motorists beginning next month

Loyola Corners residents can anticipate two bridge projects to coincide beginning late June.

As the Loyola Bridge widening project continues, the nearby $2.9 million Fremont Bridge replacement project is slated to begin in June.


Theft suspect arrested after swiping stolen credit cards

Los Altos Police arrested a 50-year-old San Jose man May 13 suspected of stealing a Los Altos resident’s wallet.

The resident reported to police in March that her wallet was missing and had possibly been stolen from her unlocked vehicle. Shortly after, she noticed through online banking that her credit cards were being used at several retail locations in the South Bay.


MV Council's dedicated bus-lane support draws calls to reconsider

Mountain View City Councilmembers received an earful last week from opponents of the Valley Transportation Authority’s plan for a dedicated bus-only lane on either side of El Camino Real. They urged the council to reconsider its recent action supporting it.

Speaking during the public comment portion of the May 19 council meeting, residents predicted a traffic “disaster” if lanes were blocked off from cars and limited to bus-only traffic.


Foothill College president among four finalists for FHDA chancellor

The Foothill De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees announced four finalists for the position of chancellor to succeed Linda Thor, who retires June 30.

The four finalists, revealed Friday, are Deborah Budd, president of Berkeley City College; Patricia Hsieh, president of San Diego Miramar College; Jowel C. Laguerre, superintendent-president of Solano Community College District; and Judy C. Miner, president of Foothill College.


LAH council schedules meeting on substandard lots

In response to Los Altos Hills’ heated “substandard” lot debate, the City Council has called a special June 3 meeting to discuss a potential moratorium on Conditional Development Permit (CDP) applications, required filings for developing such lots.

The meeting is scheduled 9 a.m. in city council chambers.


Police Blotter

Residential burglaries

May 19, 7:08 a.m., 900 block of Berry Avenue: Sometime overnight, an unknown suspect broke through a garage window and stole a $3,000 bicycle.

May 19, 4:31 p.m., 1 block of South El Monte Avenue: Sometime during the workday, an unknown suspect pried open a first-story master bedroom window and stole a safe carrying undisclosed amounts of cash and various documents.


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