Officials: Los Altos carjacking suspect may have committed slew of other crimes

Santa Cruz carjacking
Courtesy of the Santa Cruz Police Department
Law enforcement officials and rescue personnel assist with the rescue of John Kenyanjui, a Portland, Ore., resident suspected of a carjacking in Santa Cruz – and possibly one in Los Altos – Tuesday afternoon. Pursued by police officers, Kenyanjui drove a stolen car off a cliff into the Pacific Ocean but survived the fall without sustaining injuries.

Updated 2:53 p.m. July 1: A man responsible for a Los Altos carjacking Tuesday (June 30) could be the same suspect who led Santa Cruz law enforcement officials on a high-speed chase later the same day before ultimately plummeting off a cliff into the Pacific Ocean, according to the Los Altos Police Department. 

Bam! Boom! Pow! Amateur-hour fireworks spark July 4 weekend

Blame quarantine-induced ennui. Or civil disobedience ignited by anger over police brutality. But no, you’re not imagining those nocturnal cracks, pops and whistles. Amateur pyrotechnic displays are bombarding communities across the country – including in the Bay Area – leading up to the July 4 holiday weekend. 

Memorial fund established for children of man murdered in Los Altos

Roberto Rivera didn’t live with his two children, but he would make a point of spending Father’s Day with them each year. They often went out to dinner together. On Sunday (June 21), however, his 15-year-old son and 17-year-old daughter spent the day alone with their mother.

Purissima Hills Water District defends LAH county fire agency amid scathing audit

Updated, 9:55 a.m. June 25: In advance of a Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors review of allegations against the Los Altos Hills County Fire District, a partner agency has publicly professed support of the district. 

Outdoor dining gets a boost with closed downtown streets

Eric He/Town Crier
Restaurants in downtown Los Altos set up tables on Main Street during the first day of street closures on Thursday.

The streets of downtown Los Altos looked different last weekend, with a trial run of the city’s plans to close vehicular traffic to help local businesses in place. The closure drew mixed reactions, with restaurant owners generally seeing an increase in business while retailers noted a decline in foot traffic and sales.

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