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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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Lattes, law enforcement paired Tuesday

The Los Altos Police Department invites residents to share “Coffee with a Cop” 7:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Main Street Cafe & Books, 134 Main St., Los Altos. The informal event will offer the opportunity to chat, ask questions and voice concerns.

For more information, call 947-2770 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Could Hilltop and Taaffe robberies be related?


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An artist’s rendition of the Taaffe Road robbery suspects

The arrest of three suspects connected to Monday's (May 11) home invasion robbery in Los Altos Hills has some locals questioning whether the men might be responsible for a similar incident in town last year that may have contributed to the victim's death.

Oakland Police Department officers arrested the trio in Oakland Monday afternoon, but they have not released their names or cities of residence because investigations are ongoing. One of the open investigations relates to Monday's robbery in the 12000 block of Hilltop Drive.

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Suspected Los Altos ID thief served arrest warrant

NEWS Arrest Evelyn Hernandez
Evelyn Hernandez

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

Bautista reported May 6 that Evelyn Hernandez, 44, was recently served an arrest warrant at Elmwood Correctional Facility for a crime committed in February.

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LASD, city move toward land discussions

The ice may be thawing a bit as the Los Altos School District and the city of Los Altos consider resurrecting discussions on the potential use of public land as a school site.

The city voted to discontinue conversations about civic land with the school district last September after a proposal to use parkland for a school site drew public ire.

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Lehigh settles with EPA over toxic water discharge


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After violating the federal Clean Water Act, Lehigh Southwest Cement Co., which operates the quarry in the foothills near Los Altos, must enhance wastewater treatment processes and pay millions in civil penalities.

A $7.5 million settlement concerning toxic discharge into Permanente Creek could be the first in a series of federal penalties the area’s largest producer of cement will shoulder.

Lehigh Southwest Cement Co., operator of the Lehigh cement plant on Stevens Creek Boulevard in Cupertino, and Hanson Permanent Cement Inc., owner of the facility, violated the federal Clean Water Act, the California Water Code and pollutant discharge permits by releasing process water and stormwater tainted with elevated levels of harmful elements into Permanente Creek and, ultimately, the San Francisco Bay, according to a federal consent decree filed April 28. The companies will pay more than $5 million to install and enhance wastewater treatment operations and $2.55 million in civil penalties.

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Los Altos physician assists with relief efforts in Nepal


Longtime Los Altos resident Paul Auerbach, M.D., received a phone call the night of April 25 alerting him to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal. The next day, the emergency medicine physician from the Stanford University School of Medicine and member of the International Medical Corps was on his way to Kathmandu.

Auerbach, who traveled to Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, wasn’t able to land in Kathmandu immediately, as the airport’s single runway was crowded with planes shipping supplies to the devastated area.

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