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Detectives seek to identify bank robber

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office detectives have released images of a man robbing a local bank earlier this week.

Bank Robbery

The suspect

At approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday (July 19), a man wearing a black baseball cap, glasses and a black coat entered the Wells Fargo at the intersection of Foothill Expressway and Homestead Road and demanded cash in a note he handed to a bank employee.

The note indicated he was armed, according to Sgt. James Jensen.
The suspect is described as a Caucasian man in his late 30s or early 40s. He is approximately 6 feet tall and has a medium to heavy-set build.

Anyone with information about the crime or the suspect is asked to call Detective Justin Harper at (408) 808-4631.

The bank is located in Cupertino but is in a shopping center that borders south Los Altos. Businesses there include Trader Joe’s market, Foothill Produce and Chain Reaction Bicycles.

Mtn. View council considers competing rent control ballot initiative

Members of the Mountain View Tenants Coalition make themselves heard – and noticed – prior to the July 14 city council meeting at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Courtesy of the Mountain View tenants coalition

Backers of a charter amendment proposal for rent control are unhappy with the Mountain View City Council’s July 14 vote to proceed with a competing rent control ballot measure on the Nov. 8 ballot.

“What a message to be sending to their people,” said Juliet Brodie, an attorney representing the Mountain View Tenants Coalition. The group, comprising tenants struggling with rising rents, introduced a Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act in April. The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters validated the necessary signatures required to put the act on the ballot – on the same day the council elected to push a dueling measure.

Pines in peril

Photos Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Arborists with S.P. McClenahan of Portola Valley cut down a Monterey pine tree behind Los Altos Hills Town Hall, above. The tree, located in a resident’s backyard, was dying due to bark beetle and drought. A pitch tube, right, upon a Monterey pine tree’s bark indicates where bark beetles have bored into the tree.

It seemed like a good idea at the time: offer free Monterey pine seedlings to Los Altos Hills residents who promised to plant them. Heck, Tree-Planting Committee Chairman Bill George would even dig the holes for free.

“If the homeowner would rather buy his own trees, that’s jake with George, too, just as long as they’re not larger than 1-gallon size,” read a Jan. 8, 1969, Town Crier article. “Bigger than that, dig your own hole.”

Short-term rental debate could change Hills muni code

Los Altos Hills’ municipal code does not, in fact, permit short-term rentals like those offered through Airbnb and VRBO. But residents tonight have an opportunity to advocate for – or against – an ordinance change as city councilmembers debate the subject at their specially scheduled meeting.

“We think it’s important that the council hears both sides of the issue because ultimately, they’re going to be making a decision about whether to move forward,” said Suzanne Avila, city planning/building director.

Los Altos council officially renames corner Veterans Community Plaza

At the urging of supporters, Los Altos City Council decided 3-2 at its July 12 meeting to rename the downtown Community Plaza in honor of U.S. veterans.

The mostly concrete plaza, located at the intersection of Main and State streets, will be called Veterans Community Plaza.

Poll shows voters receptive to LASD parcel tax raise

Los Altos School District trustees received some good news last week on the prospects of passing an increased parcel tax in the November election.

Professional polling in late June from survey experts TBWB Strategies showed “support for a $223 parcel tax measure to maintain excellent educational programming exceeds the two-thirds threshold necessary for passage.” School board members reviewed the findings at their July 14 meeting.

Police explain arrest for disrupting festival

Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis provided details on the July 10 arrest at the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival.

Sunday morning, a festivalgoer complained to the police about a man being “much more invasive” as he handed out religious material at the festival, according to Younis.

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