New equipment to fortify county emergency communications

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Santa Clara County Supervisors Susan Ellenberg and Dave Cortese, above, from left, Santa Clara County Fire Department Chief Tony Bowden, Assemblyman Evan Low and county firefighters pose with a check representing funds used to buy two satellite emergency units.

Eighty-five people died in the November 2018 Camp Fire, a staggering death toll partly attributed to the destruction of cellphone towers unable to deliver evacuation orders to residents of the Butte County area. By the end of this year, Santa Clara County will possess emergency communications equipment that could help ensure such critical alerts reach civilians despite infrastructure compromised by fire, earthquake or even terrorism.

Last week, State Assemblyman Evan Low, Santa Clara County Fire Department Chief Tony Bowden and County Board of Supervisors members Dave Cortese and Susan Ellenberg announced the approval of $4 million in the 2019-2020 California state budget for the purchase of two Mobile Operating Satellite Emergency Systems for the county.

Los Altos police arrest pair for residential burglaries

Jose Mora-Villalobos

The Los Altos Police Department reported this week that it had arrested two San Jose residents in connection with an early-morning burglary.

At approximately 4:54 a.m. July 16, officers responded to a report of a burglary on the 500 block of Lassen Street. The caller had witnessed the crime and immediately called police, providing descriptions of the suspects and their vehicle.

Mountain View Police nab burglary suspect

Forget red handed. Mountain View Police officers caught a home burglar in full prowler attire – mask, gloves and a backpack full of stolen goods – as he strolled out his target’s front door early Friday morning (July 26).

Louis Lozano

The owners of a home in the 1000 block of Carlos Privada called the Mountain View Police Department at approximately 1:15 a.m. Friday to report an intruder inside, according to a department press release. The owners were not present, but their security cameras alerted them of the crime.

Officers approaching the scene observed a flashlight beacon moving around the home’s interior, and Milpitas resident Louis Lozano, 21, emerged just seconds later with the booty: electronics and jewelry, according to the release. Lozano attempted to run, but the officers caught him and charged him with residential burglary, resisting arrest and wearing a mask to avoid being detected by police. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail and is being held without bail.

Detectives believe Lozano gained entry into the home by shattering a back door, according to the release.

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Former Peru president, a Los Altos resident, fights extradition

A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered a former president of Peru remanded to custody following his recent arrest on an extradition request from that country. 

Man struck by Caltrain in Mountain View Monday identified

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A southbound Caltrain crosses Castro Street Tuesday evening (July 23) as it approaches the Mountain View Caltrain Station. On Monday evening (July 22) a southbound train struck and killed a man near the Castro Street Crossing.

The man struck by a southbound train in Mountain View on Monday evening (July 22) has been identified as 30-year-old Jordan Koger, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner’s Office verified today. (July 24). 

Los Altos commissioner's trial delayed

Los Altos Planning Commission chairman Alexander Samek was scheduled to appear in court last week regarding his 2018 DUI arrest, but a judge postponed the conference to the fall after the prosecution and defense both requested additional information from Tesla Motors.

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