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'Query a Cop': Mysterious white lines on El Monte

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A local resident wonders about the appearance of a second white line on El Monte Avenue, as seen above.

“Query a Cop” features readers’ questions fielded by Los Altos police officers.


No gas leak detected after odor downtown causes concern

The alarming odor of gas left some residents scrunching their noses in downtown Los Altos last week.

The Santa Clara County Fire Department – joined by PG&E – responded to reports of the smell after receiving multiple calls beginning at approximately 8:32 a.m., according to department spokeswoman Luisa Rapport.

Mountain View PD searches for shooting suspect

The Mountain View Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying a man who fired gunshots into the air during a recent incident downtown.

No one was injured in the shooting, which occurred at approximately 2 a.m. Nov. 26 near the intersection of Villa and Bryant streets, according to police reports.

Group organizes LA vigil to protest gun bill

The gun control group of the Silicon Valley Courageous Resistance has scheduled candlelight vigils in Los Altos and Mountain View Thursday to protest a proposed federal law enabling residents of states that allow concealed weapons to enter into other states, like California, that don’t have such laws.

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 passed the U.S. House of Representatives Dec. 6. Backed by the National Rifle Association, the bill heads to the U.S. Senate for a vote. Several state attorneys general have vowed to challenge the law in court should the bill be signed into law.

MV police receive grant to tackle traffic safety

As Silicon Valley’s population swells and a growing number of vehicles clog local streets, more and more residents are turning to two-wheel and two-leg alternatives.

With additional bicycle and pedestrian commuters, however, comes an increase in the number of bicycle- and pedestrian-related traffic collisions. It’s an unfortunate correlation, but one Mountain View Police Department’s leadership hopes to address with a $115,000 grant recently awarded to the agency by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).

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