LAH councilmen get early jump, declare quest for re-election

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When Gary Waldeck and John Radford first ran for Los Altos Hills City Council in 2010, they were political adversaries, each seeking a seat. Four years later, they not only get along well, Waldeck and Radford intend to run for re-election as a slate.

Waldeck and Radford announced their candidacies for the two open seats last week, well before the Aug. 8 filing deadline. The election is scheduled Nov. 4. They decided to run together to cut campaign costs and, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, suggested that it would burden residents with fewer election materials.


Suspects arrested for local mail theft

The recent arrest of a San Jose duo suspected of local mail theft and other crimes proved a matter of timing – good timing for a Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputy and bad timing for the two suspects.

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Capt. Ken Binder told the Town Crier that a sheriff’s deputy arrested the suspects Feb. 6 at a Sears Auto Center in San Jose, just one day after they allegedly stole mail from a resident in an unincorporated part of Los Altos and fraudulently used a credit card.


LA Council Briefs

The Los Altos City Council took the following actions at its Feb. 11 meeting.

Midyear budget report shows positive signs

The city council’s midyear budget review last week revealed that the city remains well within its budget during the 2013-2014 fiscal year.


Left in the dark, residents question power outages

As the season’s first major rainstorms swept through the area earlier this month, some Los Altos residents expressed frustration with interruptions in their residential power service.

“Neighbors had various experiences with flashes of electricity going on, then off over a few minutes,” wrote one resident of Fallen Leaf Lane of a power outage Feb. 9. “My house on Fallen Leaf was dark for at least 20 minutes before we gave up trying to finish cooking dinner in the dark and went out to a restaurant to eat instead.”


Valentine's special: sewer work and other traffic constrictions

fremont bridgeTwo municipal projects will slow traffic in parts of Los Altos this weekend.

The Fremont Avenue bridge closes to vehicles for one day Saturday (Feb. 15), with the 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. closure stretching from Hazelaar Way to Miramonte Avenue.


LAHS gymnasium named for legendary 'Dude'

The Board of Trustees of the Mountain View Los Altos High School District voted unanimously Jan. 28 to name the Los Altos High School (LAHS) Gymnasium in honor ofdude Dushan (Dude) Angius, Jr.

The board's action caps an effort by a committee of Angius backers who presented a petition of more than 1,000 signatures in support. The committee also plans to establish a scholarship fund in Dude Angius’ name to support deserving LAHS graduates.

The District and Naming Committee will host a ceremony May 3 to commemorate the gymnasium.

Angius was the first athletic director and coach at LAHS when the school opened in 1955. During his tenure at LAHS, Angius served as chairman of the physical education department, director of athletics, director of student activities, a counselor, and was the principal from 1965 to 1975.

For more on the story, watch for the Town Crier's Feb. 19 print edition.

Despite drought, LAH still swimming with pools

From Google Maps
Pools dot the landscape in Los Altos Hills, as demonstrated in this aerial view. The town has issued 241 pool permits over the past 15 years.

California may be experiencing chronic drought conditions, but local homeowners continue to build and use their swimming pools with no signs of stopping.

A quick glance at last week’s Los Altos Hills Planning Commission agenda revealed that each of the five development permit applicants request swimming pools onsite. If the permits are approved, the applicants will join 241 other homeowners in Los Altos Hills granted swimming-pool permits over the past 15 years, according to town records.


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