Coyote encounters put residents on alert

Courtesy of Andrea Brenholz
Andrea Brenholz shares a cuddle with her dogs, Rory, left, and Romeo. Romeo recently died in a coyote attack.

By the time Andrea Brenholz adopted Romeo from a San Jose rescue organization, the teacup poodle was so traumatized by living on the streets that he wouldn’t allow her to hug him. In the three years that followed, however, Brenholz and her pup developed an incredibly close bond.

“Once he trusted me, he became the most loving and loyal companion that anyone could ask for,” the Los Altos Hills resident said. “He was always by my side when he was alive, and he will continue to be even though he is in heaven.”

County reports season's first flu-related death

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department has reported the first local influenza-related death of the season.

The deceased was an adult between the ages of 40 and 64 who died in late October or early November, the health department reported. The person had existing medical conditions that placed him or her at increased risk for complications from the flu, and had not received the flu vaccine. The health department is intentionally vague about the circumstances of the death due to privacy concerns.

Something to gobble about

Courtesy of Mountain View Police Department

Members of the Mountain View Police Officers’ Association hosted their 21st annual Cops & Gobblers event Sunday in front of the city’s police and fire building at 1000 Villa St. The event is a food drive for families in need. MVPD participants included, above, from left, Sgt. Bryan Albarillo, retired Officer Steve Mello, records specialist and Cops & Gobblers organizer Amber Wilson, Sgt. Armando Espitia, retired Capt. Bruce Barsi, retired Sgt. Mike Ecdao and his grandchildren, and Officer Brian Egan. At right are some of the baskets that the police department handed out to families, which also included a turkey. This year MVPD handed out a record setting 400 baskets.

City staff recommends cutting Hillview budget

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Hillview Community Center

The $35 million budget for the new Hillview Community Center may be rolled back on the recommendation of the city’s administrative services director.

Sharif Etman, presenting the capital improvement plan to the Los Altos City Council last week, proposed cutting $5 million from the budget for overhauling Hillview.

Library expansion among discussion items for LA, LAH

The Los Altos and Los Altos Hills city councils met last week to discuss the possibility of expanding the Los Altos main library and funding for the new Hillview Community Center, among other items.

Los Altos Councilman Jean Mordo led off the Nov. 16 joint meeting with a proposal to conduct a study on expanding or remodeling the library. He estimated the study would cost between $40,000 and $50,000 and hoped the Los Altos Library Endowment would help cover the cost. Mordo said the North County Library Authority also would take part in conducting the study.

Local advocates survey solutions to affordable-housing crisis

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Joe Simitian, from left, Mary Prochnow, Leslye Corsiglia and Julie Mahowald discuss the affordable-housing issue, with a backdrop of the interior of an affordable-housing project.

It’s an undisputed fact: Housing is at a premium in the job-rich, housing-poor Bay Area. Affordable housing? The very idea seems far-fetched, particularly in an affluent community like Los Altos.

Yet last week’s Los Altos Women’s Caucus-sponsored forum on affordable housing solutions indicated that there’s cause for hope.

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