Mtn. View council gets new mayor, members

Mountain View leaders celebrated city achievements and residents’ perseverance through a trying 2020 as the city council Jan. 12 appointed a new mayor and vice mayor, and welcomed two newly elected council members.

Despite slow start to vaccinations, Santa Clara County aims for herd immunity by August

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Austin De Lozando gives COVID-19 vaccinations to fellow first responders at the county fairgrounds in San Jose on Dec. 31.

Santa Clara County public health officials hope to be able to inoculate 85% of the eligible population with the COVID-19 vaccine by Aug. 1, a timeline that means health-care systems would need to push out 13,000 doses a day into arms.

Prepping for the ‘big one’ with Los Altos’ disaster expert

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Courtesy of Ann Hepenstal
Emergency kits should include provision for every family member, including pets, according to Los Altos emergency preparedness coordinator Ann Hepenstal.

At 8:26 p.m. Dec. 29, a magnitude 2.8 earthquake rattled the Los Altos-Los Altos Hills community. A Loma Prieta-type monster it was not, but the rumbling set some local social media networks atwitter nevertheless.

Los Altos luxury developer remains under fire as lawsuits continue

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Dutchints Development has not made progress at 5150 El Camino Real amid financial and legal troubles.

In January 2019, Ahmad Javid received an email from an escrow officer asking him to reconvey, or release, Dutchints Development LLC from a $2.7 million loan Javid had made toward the development of a home in Los Altos Hills.

Crowds bring new restrictions to Foothills Park

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Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The city of Palo Alto limits entry to Foothills Park over the weekend due to overcrowding after access opened to nonresidents.

Less than a month after Foothills Park in Palo Alto opened to the general public, its Page Mill Road parking lot contained nary a vehicle Saturday afternoon. A long line of orange cones marked and blocked the entrance. A representative from the Palo Alto Police Department turned away every car, van and SUV.

County undersheriff pleads not guilty in pay-to-play scheme

Rick Sung, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office second-in-command, and Capt. James Jensen pleaded not guilty Monday to charges related to an alleged pay-to-play scheme involving the exchange of concealed firearm licenses for Apple iPads and San Jose Sharks hockey tickets.

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