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Theft suspect arrested after swiping stolen credit cards

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Demetre Hopkins

Los Altos Police arrested last week a 50-year-old San Jose man suspected of stealing a Los Altos resident’s wallet.

The resident reported to police in March that her wallet was missing and had possibly been taken from her unlocked vehicle. Shortly after, she noticed through online banking that her credit cards were being used at several retail locations in the South Bay.

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Road work updates

Drivers and parkers in Los Altos will want to watch for work at Cuesta and El Monte, and in a downtown parking plaza this week:

• Through Friday (May 22): Trench work is planned in Parking Plaza North, located between Third and Fourth Streets, in order for PG&E electrical undergrounding to be completed as part of the 86 Third St. development project.

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Council gauges public interest in Hillview bond


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The Civic Center Master Plan’s core site design concept showcases, lower right, the first phase of the overall project – the redo of Hillview Park and Community Center to include an aquatic center, sports fields, a larger community center building and underground parking.

Eyeing a November bond election, the Los Altos City Council plans to roll out a renewed effort to gauge public interest in the proposed Hillview Park and Community Center renovation.

“In essence, what we’re evaluating is our residents’ appetite to move forward with something,” said Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins at the council’s April 28 meeting. “In order for the residents to determine that appetite, they need a good enough understanding, a consistent understanding, of what it is we’re asking for funding on via a bond measure.”

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Minimum wage increase subject of Los Altos forum

To ensure enough workers within their boundaries, local city councils aren’t waiting for the state and federal governments to raise the minimum wage – they are doing it themselves.

Five speakers discussed raising the state minimum wage from the current $9 per hour at a community forum, “Raise the Wage Los Altos,” May 4 at Los Altos United Methodist Church.

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Suspected ID thief served arrest warrant


Police recently found a San Jose woman suspected of stealing the identity of a Los Altos resident already behind bars, according to Los Altos Police Sgt. Mark Bautista.

Bautista reported May 6 that Evelyn Hernandez, 44, was served an arrest warrant at Elmwood Correctional Facility for the crime.

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Substandard lots vex LAH homeowners, commission

Cognizant of the potential to set precedents for substandard lot allowances, a divided Los Altos Hills Planning Commission sent proposals for two such lots back to the design table Thursday.

A proposed addition to a cottage at 25531 W. Fremont Road must be set back at least 9 feet from the property line, and the floor area of a proposed new home at 25608 Deerfield Drive is limited to 3,000 square feet. Three of the five planning commissioners backed each decision.

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Council approves analysis of green energy option

The city of Los Altos is considering a new way to cut greenhouse gas emissions – and potentially residents’ electric bills.

“We believe there’s an opportunity for our community to buy greener power at a lower cost than we buy conventional power off the grid today,” Environmental Commissioner Don Bray told the Los Altos City Council April 28.

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