LA council reviews 2009 Civic Center Master Plan

The Los Altos City Council last week took the initial step in a 10-month effort to update the city’s 2009 Civic Center Master Plan by hosting a public review of the document.

The nearly three-hour session was a standing-room-only affair that included a 45-minute presentation of the plan by Anderson Brulé Architects, hired to conduct the 2009 master plan process and the city’s current update. The review included a question-and-answer session with the public that addressed the motivations and processes behind the city’s plan.


Los Altos files charges against serial auto burglar

A 22-year-old man already in jail facing 27 counts of auto burglary in Palo Alto is now contending with four additional charges related to crimes committed in Los Altos.

According to Los Altos Police Agent Mark Thompson, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office Feb. 5 filed six additional counts – four for burglary, two for grand theft – against Vernon Rayshaun Evans-Carmichael for a series of Los Altos auto burglaries allegedly committed at approximately 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 in the parking area behind Chef Chu’s and Armadillo Willy’s restaurants.


Los Altos faces lawsuit over police-car crash

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Los Altos resident Lisa Shaanan is suing the city for damages that resulted when a police car rear-ended her Volvo in 2012.

A Los Altos woman injured after a Los Altos Police vehicle rear-ended her car has filed a lawsuit against the city, Police Chief Tuck Younis and the police officer who crashed into her.

Lisa Shaanan and her husband, Gideon, filed a civil lawsuit Jan. 28 in Santa Clara County Superior Court claiming that she incurred lost wages and a diminished quality of life as a result of injuries sustained Aug. 20, 2012, when Los Altos Police Officer John Korges rear-ended her 1995 Volvo station wagon with his patrol car. The suit alleges that Korges crashed into Shaanan’s car at 44-45 mph “up until less than two-tenths of a second prior to impact with no effort to brake or reduce speed.”


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Los Altos man arrested for arson

Mountain View police last week arrested a Los Altos man and his female acquaintance for causing an auto shop fire in January.

Police arrested Los Altos resident Paul Schonhardt, 28, and San Jose resident Angela Rutledge, 28, on charges that include arson of property and possession of controlled substances, specifically methamphetamines.


New manager assumes control of Westwind Community Barn

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Torie Dye, new Westwind Community Barn manager, plans to start slowly and build a solid base at the facility.

 The Town Crier spoke with Torie Dye, recently selected by the Los Altos Hills City Council to manage riding operations and programs at Westwind Community Barn. In the following interview, Dye shares her passion for horses, her management style and an update on the barn’s new lower arena.


MVPD arrests man for soliciting minor for sex

Mountain View Police last week arrested a San Francisco man for allegedly soliciting sex from an undercover detective posing as a minor.

Mountain View Police detectives and the Santa Clara County Specialized Enforcement Team arrested 52-year-old Harlan Edelman Feb. 4 for distribution of sexually explicit electronic communications to a minor and for communicating with a minor with the intent of committing a sex crime.


Teacher charged with sexual advances to minor

Mountain View police Feb. 5 arrested a 52-year-old San Francisco man in Cuesta Park for alleged sexual behavior with a minor over the Internet.

Detectives, along with the assistance of the Santa Clara County Specialized Enforcement Team, arrested Harlan Edelman for distribution of electronic, sexually explicit communications to a minor, as well as communicating with a known minor with the intent to commit a sex crime.

According to police, Edelman contacted, unsolicited, an undercover Mountain View Police Department detective, posing as a 17-year-old male on a social network. This resulted in an investigation of Edelman who allegedly sent sexually explicit material to the undercover detective ultimately agreeing to meet with him in Mountain View.

"The Mountain View Police Department takes all crimes seriously especially those involving sexual predators," said detective Sgt. Mike Canfield. "This investigation in particular is a great example of the dedication and hard work of our detectives and the commitment of our department to proactively fight crime.

Edelman is a high school teacher at The Academy of Arts and Sciences in San Francisco and is currently on a leave of absence.

If you believe you have been a victim of a crime involving Edelman, contact the Mountain View Police Department at (650) 903-6344 and reference case number 14-0649.

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