Sentencing of former symphony director continues this week

Former Peninsula Symphony Executive Director Stephen Jay Carlton is scheduled to return to court this week as sentencing continues for his embezzlement conviction.

Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Judy Lee told the Town Crier that she anticipates a motion from the defense to dismiss a previous strike that would add time to Carlton’s sentence.


Mobile food vendors to operate 24/7 in Mtn. View

The city of Mountain View is in the process of amending portions of its 2013 ordinance that regulates food trucks and other mobile vendors that sell outdoors on public and private properties.

The Mountain View City Council was scheduled to review a second reading of the revised ordinance Tuesday, after the Town Crier’s press deadline.


City council mulls fee to fund public art in Los Altos

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Los Altos is exploring ways to finance public art like “Musical Gambol,” now in Lincoln Park.

A new fee to help fund public art in Los Altos is in the works.

The Los Altos City Council last week held a study session to discuss the possibility of establishing the new fee – which would be levied against developers to provide a funding source for public art.


LAH residents seek road rights, improved Internet access

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Residents of Byrne Park Lane in Los Altos Hills are lobbying town officials to reclassify their street from private to public. Comcast Corp., the city’s cable provider, is not required to service private roads, hampering Internet access.

Although Los Altos Hills sits in the heart of Silicon Valley, it feels like the dark ages for 29 homeowners living on private roads like Byrne Park Lane and Deer Springs Way.

Comcast Corp. isn’t required to provide cable and Internet service to those living on private roads – and won’t do so without charging residents thousands of dollars.


LAH council urges petition to push I-280 repaving

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In an effort to reduce noise during rush hour, Los Altos Hills residents are promoting a plan to install rubberized asphalt along the Interstate 280 corridor.

Interstate 280 can be loud and dirty – particularly at rush hour – but members of the Los Altos Hills City Council don’t think the stretch of highway that borders town has to be.

Neither do the more than 800 residents from Los Altos Hills and surrounding communities who have signed an online petition lobbying Caltrans to prioritize the repaving of a 5-mile expanse of I-280 between Page Mill Road and Foothill Expressway with rubberized asphalt. Rubberized asphalt reduced sound by 5.3 decibels on average when Caltrans installed the material during long-term studies on test highways in California.


Sutter, Blue Shield reach terms on two-year agreement

Sutter Health forged a new two-year contract with Blue Shield of California that preserves patient access to the doctors and care centers Blue Shield sold to patients during the fall open-enrollment period.

The contract applies to all Blue Shield plans in which Sutter Health providers historically participated, including HMO, PPO and those offered through Covered California. The agreement, which comes after a two-month standoff, means no lapse in coverage for Sutter Health patients.


LASD continues to prep for bond-fund spending

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When the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District built its newest classrooms, it used the Lease-Leaseback for construction delivery, a method trustees are considering for new projects.

Los Altos School District trustees are doing their homework before beginning to spend $150 million from a bond measure voters approved in November.

At a special meeting Jan. 26, the trustees heard a presentation from construction delivery and bond issuance experts.


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