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Q&A: Meet Los Altos' new recreation director


The city of Los Altos has hired three new department directors in the past eight months. The Town Crier will profile each of the new hires over the next few weeks to find out more about their backgrounds, goals for the year and visions for the future.

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News Briefs

LASD new hire announces resignation

Los Altos School District Assistant Superintendent Edsel Clark intends to leave the district at the end of the school year. He has served in the position for nine months.

“Sometimes you find yourself navigating and adapting to the changes from one organization to another, and in the end have to assess whether it is the best fit for the individual as well as for the organization,” Edsel wrote in an email to colleagues announcing his departure.

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Police Blotter

Car thief arrested

The San Mateo County Vehicle Theft Task Force arrested an East Palo Alto man traced to Los Altos in a stolen vehicle March 30.

Matthew Garcia, 29, was stopped just after midnight in the stolen vehicle and booked into the San Mateo County Jail, according to Los Altos Police Department officers, who assisted with the arrest. Officers said Garcia is also suspected of breaking into a Los Altos resident’s vehicle and stealing property.

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Safeway escalator elicits safety concerns from customers


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The escalator at the Safeway on First Street poses a safety hazard, some customers allege.

A Safeway shopper who accidentally placed his cart last month on the customer escalator instead of the shopping cart track next to it has at least one Los Altos mother openly wondering whether the First Street market will address what she deems a safety hazard.

Maia Marken related the early February experience that frightened her three young children so much that they do not want to step anywhere near the market’s down escalator.

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Water district brings tax debate to Los Altos Hills

Among the agenda items the Los Altos Hills City Council will mull over during their specially scheduled March meeting is a water tax some property owners have paid the Santa Clara Valley Water District for more than three decades without receiving water from the district.

The meeting, scheduled both Monday and Tuesday, will include a brief presentation by Purissima Hills Water District Board of Directors member Steve Jordan on what he deemed the “inherent unfairness” of the State Water Project tax.

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Loyola Bridge construction to commence April


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Construction on Loyola Bridge, scheduled to begin next month, calls for widening and the addition of bike lanes and sidewalks.

Motorists on Foothill Expressway can anticipate 10-minute delays during peak commute hours for a few months beginning April 13 as contractors lay the groundwork for the Loyola Bridge renovation.

The construction project – which the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors awarded Feb. 10 to Granite Construction Co. – calls for the widening of Loyola Bridge by 23 feet on the north side and 15 feet on the south side. New construction will provide a bike lane and sidewalk in each direction, a through lane and a left-turn lane.

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Multicounty car chase concludes in Los Altos Hills

A multicounty vehicle pursuit that blocked traffic on Interstate 280 for more than an hour ended in Los Altos Hills last week when the driver’s SUV overturned on the freeway, according to California Highway Patrol reports.

No injuries were reported during the March 17 incident, but suspect Ramon Bernal of Davis was transported to Stanford Medical Center as a precautionary measure. The 24-year-old was later booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on charges of felony evasion of a peace officer and driving under the influence of drugs, according to CHP Officer Ross Lee.

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