Interstate 280 closures continue

Nighttime pavement work will intermittently close lanes and ramps on Interstate 280 in the vicinity of Los Altos Hills throughout the spring.

Construction is limited to between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. weekdays and 8 p.m. and noon weekends. Watch for changing closure and detour signs for the next few months as the work progresses. One lane of travel will remain open on 280 at all times in each direction, and exit closures will be staggered to minimize impact.


Police Blotter

Los Altos police, K-9 help nab carjackers

Los Altos Police helped wrangle two carjacking suspects near the Los Altos-Sunnyvale border March 12.

San Jose Police officers responded to a 12:04 a.m. report of a carjacking in San Jose. The victim, who was uninjured, said two men fled in his vehicle. San Jose Police tracked the vehicle using the victim’s cellphone, which was still in his car. The San Jose Police Department requested assistance from Los Altos Police, including K-9 Lord and Lord’s handler Julie Ognoskie, to establish a search perimeter.


Police seek help from residents to foil break-ins

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
A Los Altos resident voices her concerns about the recent rise in residential burglaries at the March 5 community meeting at the Los Altos Youth Center.

On the day Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis met with hundreds of Los Altos residents to address the rising number of residential break-ins, another burglary was reported.


Cellphone tracking technology comes to Los Altos Hills

A little more than a week after securing the purchase of a $500,000 taxpayer-funded cellphone tracking device, Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith and her staff witnessed a demonstration.

The closed-door demonstration of the controversial mobile phone triangulation device took place Thursday, according to officials with the county Board of Supervisors. The system could soon be deployed in Los Altos Hills, which contracts with the county Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement services.


LA Council Roundup

Following is a roundup of items on the Feb. 24 Los Altos City Council agenda.

Council affirms rejection of design appeal

The Los Altos City Council maintained its stance Feb. 24 on a month-old rejection of a house-design appeal filed by two neighbors concerned about their privacy.


Common Core: New student assessment sets baseline for achievement

While Los Altos School District students prepare to take new state standardized tests this spring following implementation of the Common Core curriculum, district administrators are bracing the community for major changes on the horizon.

Third- through eighth-graders are scheduled to take the Smarter Balanced assessments in English/Language Arts and Mathematics at some point during the district’s testing period, April 20 through May 8. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) developed the tests to measure the effectiveness of the new Common Core State Standards.


Tom Hanks surprises Girl Scouts

Courtesy of Archana Appanna
Anushka Srinivasan, from left, Claire Chen and Addyson Andrade, all fifth-graders at Bullis Charter School, sell cookies to movie star Tom Hanks in downtown Los Altos.

Girl Scouts selling cookies on State Street in downtown Los Altos received an unexpected surprise Feb. 28 when a bona fide movie star not only bought cookies, but also tried to help the girls sell more boxes to other passersby.

Tom Hanks, a Hollywood legend – and Bay Area native – who has appeared in some of the biggest blockbusters of the past 25 years, purchased four boxes, donated an additional $20 and offered to have his photo taken with people who recognized him – as long as they bought cookies, too.


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