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LASD opens real estate negotiations


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees directed its real estate broker to launch negotiations for a parcel of land at 201 San Antonio Circle in Mountain View for a potential 10th school.

The search for the Los Altos School District’s 10th school site took a step forward last week after trustees approved a motion to begin negotiations on a parcel of land in Mountain View.

In a closed session March 23, trustees authorized the district’s real estate broker to open negotiations to purchase land at 201 San Antonio Circle.

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Tributes pour in for Bob Grimm; memorial event scheduled


Tributes from all over the South Bay and beyond flooded the Town Crier last week as news surfaced of Robert Grimm’s death.

The longtime Los Altos resident, whose community contributions were many and legendary, died March 21 in Tanzania, Africa, from complications suffered during a camping accident at Serengeti National Park.

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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


MEGAN V. WINSLOW/Town Crier
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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