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

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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.


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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