Rotarians lead effort for veterans plaza at Foothill College

Rendering Courtesy of Rotary Club of Los ALtos
Preliminary plans for a new plaza at Foothill include a garden element and an “S” wall.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos is partnering with Foothill College to build a new campus plaza for student veterans, horticulture students and students with disabilities.

The plaza, to be located adjacent to the Veterans Resource Center, will be dedicated in memory of Capt. Matt Manoukian, a U.S. Marine killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan in 2012. Manoukian is the son of Los Altos Hills residents Superior Court Judge Socrates “Pete” Manoukian and state appellate court Associate Justice Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian.


Campus police present assailant training to students, faculty

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James Thurber, an officer with the Foothill- De Anza Community College District Police Department, discusses with students and faculty ways to handle a possible active assailant attack.

Halfway through his presentation, James Thurber had students survey the room in search of makeshift weapons: chairs, desks, a fire extinguisher, a heavy handbag, the pointy finial of a flagpole.


Local districts collaborate on achievement-gap consultation


Three local school districts are scheduled to receive reports this month from contractors that recently audited the districts’ underperforming students.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District began the process last spring after contracting with Principal’s Exchange to conduct and audit the district’s curriculum, practices and procedures.


City manager granted raise, added job security


The Los Altos City Council Oct. 27 unanimously approved a pay raise and job-security measure for City Manager Marcia Somers.

The council selects, appoints and annually evaluates the city manager’s performance. According to a report prepared by Mayor Jan Pepper and Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins, this year’s “favorable overall ratings” earned Somers a new base salary of $209,040, boosting her pay by 3 percent over the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The new salary is retroactive to July 1.


False residential alarms keep police busy

Between Nov. 2 and 9, the Los Altos Police Department responded to 23 residential alarms, none of which was a burglary in progress.

“We treat every call as if it’s a real one,” said Officer Katie Krauss. “It’s a priority call for us.”


Mtn. View residents push for El Monte-Marich safety measures

Courtesy of Google Maps
Mountain View residents want the city to add a traffic signal and other safety measures to the intersection of El Monte Avenue and Marich Way, site of a recent pedestrain death.

The day after a vehicle struck and killed Michelle Louise Montalvo on El Monte Avenue in Mountain View, another vehicle nearly hit Paul Lesti’s wife and daughter as they lay flowers at the accident scene.


Controversial city official resigns


The Los Altos City Council accepted the resignation of the Community Development Director James Walgren Oct. 27, voting 4-1 to approve the settlement and release agreement, with Councilwoman Megan Satterlee dissenting.

The vote came in closed session prior to the public council meeting. The agreement, discussed with legal counsel, grants Walgren $20,000 and paid leave through March 31, unless he is employed elsewhere for more than 24 hours per week.


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