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Residential burglary

Jan. 28, 9:23 a.m., 1200 block of Brentwood Street: An unknown suspect entered a home construction site overnight by cutting a lock. Tools and other items were stolen.

Mail thefts

Jan. 28, 3:21 p.m., 100 block of Hawthorne Avenue: A resident contacted police after learning that an unknown suspect stole a mail package containing personal checks she recently ordered from her bank. The resident declined to file a police report.

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Open Space District approves vision plan, considers bond measure


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District selected Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve as one of 25 priority projects in its long-term vision plan.

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District officials propose improvements to Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve in their long-term vision plan.

At the conclusion of a nearly 10-month vision planning process, the district prioritized projects for the next 40 years based on scientific analysis and public input gathered via five public meetings and its online website.

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Council approves funds for civic center update

The Los Altos City Council last week unanimously approved funding of up to $184,000 for the services of a consultant to lead the update of its five-year-old Civic Center Master Plan.

The decision to retain the services of Anderson Brulé Architects – a consultant for the original 2009 master plan – came after the council opted earlier in January to move forward with a 10-month time frame for the revamp design. As previously reported by the Town Crier, the update focuses primarily on replacing the aging Hillview Community Center with a new multiuse, multigenerational facility.

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News Brief

Reeder receives leadership award

David Reeder, member of the El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors, received the 2013 Leadership in Governance Award from the California Hospital Association.

Reeder was appointed to the board in 1999 and has since been re-elected three times. His current term expires in November.

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Sewer work causes traffic snarls


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Traffic backs up on Springer Road, above, due to a sewer repair project.

Local residents traveling along Springer Road and Cuesta Drive experienced traffic backups and detours last week as contractors assembled a sewer bypass pumping station on Springer.

Work on Phase 2 of the three-phase sewer main repair and replacement project coordinated by the city of Los Altos is scheduled through today.

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Stormwater Master Plan in the works

A plan that could cost as much as $25 million for stormwater drainage improvements is winding its way through the city’s approval process.

According to Public Works Director Jim Gustafson, the Stormwater Master Plan essentially outlines the city’s maintenance and capital improvement needs over a 20-year period to address various drainage system problems and conform to federal regulatory requirements such as the Clean Water Act of 1972. An initial draft, which took approximately two years to complete, was presented last week during a Los Altos City Council session.

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Magic in the air

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Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mark Carpenter helps his son, Dean, pick his first Christmas tree from the Los Altos Kiwanis Tree Lot.

Merry Christmas, Los Altos!
It’s that time of year.
The shopping is over.
The presents are here.
Best wishes for all.
From seniors to teens.
Hope you enjoy these
Holiday Scenes!

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