Los Altos resident in custody following felony vandalism, battery arrest Friday

A 26-year-old Los Altos resident is in custody after being arrested in Cupertino early Friday (April 12) morning for allegedly assaulting the driver of a street sweeper, whose truck window shattered after an argument ensued, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. 

Mountain View community rallies around beekeeper who lost hives

Beekeeping, apiarist Pepe Coria will tell you, is all about “chasing the bloom,” the constant relocation of hives so their winged residents have access to fresh pollen. In December, following years of performing this labor-intensive work by hand, the Mountain View Farmers’ Market honey vendor traveled from his home in Riverbank to North Dakota to purchase the forklift that would spare his back and his time. There was significantly less work to complete, however, when Coria returned to California with his new tool.

Pepe Coria
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Pepe Coria pictured with two of his children. The Mountain View Farmers’ Market honey seller recently lost approximately 340 hives.

LA council holds hearing on $1.1M plan for storm drainage

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Rainwater pools along Foothill Expressway at Loyola Corners in this December 2014 photo. Los Altos City Council members will hear from residents Tuesday on an initiative designed to address maintenance and repairs to the city’s 55 miles of storm drains to prevent such flooding.

Update: The original version of this story gave an erroneous location for next Tuesday's scheduled Los Altos City Council public hearing to discuss the Clean Water and Sustainable Storm Drainage Initiative. The meeting is set to take place 7 p.m. at Los Altos Youth Center, not City Hall. The youth center also is located on the civic center campus, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Los Altos City Council members will hear directly from residents Tuesday on the city’s proposed Clean Water and Sustainable Storm Drainage Initiative, a plan that could cost property owners $1.1 million annually over 30 years.

A public hearing on the initiative, which addresses maintenance and repairs to the city’s 55 miles of storm drains, is scheduled for the next council meeting.

New season, new crime: Police offer prevention tips

In addition to sunny skies, the season’s warming weather has a habit of enticing some arguably careless habits from those enjoying it. Local law enforcement agencies – including the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and the Mountain View Police Department – published a series of tips last week to remind residents how to safeguard themselves against criminals who might seek to exploit their mistakes.

• Always keep home doors and windows closed and locked when away or asleep. Likewise, ensure vehicle windows and doors are secured and never leave valuables behind – even for a short time or while vehicles are parked at home.

Residents warn council multistory buildings will be the end of Los Altos as they know it

Rendering Courtesy of William Maston Architects & Associates
City staff in December denied Ted and Jerry Sorensen’s proposal for a five-story, multiuse complex, above, at their 40 Main St. property in downtown Los Altos. The brothers appealed the decision, which the Los Altos City Council upheld at last week’s meeting, due in part to potential traffic impacts.

A familiar tone ruled the Los Altos City Council’s April 9 meeting, as local residents maintained that they are not anti-development but rather pro-privacy and support preserving the city’s “village feel.”

Such sentiments were expressed during the appeal of Ted and Jerry Sorensen’s proposed five-story building at 40 Main St. through Senate Bill 35 – legislation signed into law in 2018 that aims to streamline the standards to approve affordable housing – and a study session on housing codes.

Accident flips SUV beside Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park Lexus flip
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Emergency responders speak with a woman who flipped her SUV on University Avenue in Los Altos Tuesday. The driver, the only occupant of the vehicle, seemed alert and responsive after the accident. She struck an unoccupied BMW sedan parked near the Lincoln Park gazebo.

Updated: April 17, 2:11 p.m.

A Los Altos driver’s sunroof became an escape hatch Tuesday morning (April 16) when emergency responders used the opening to extract the woman from her flipped Lexus SUV.

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