UPDATED: Foothill instructor steps down from Santa Clara City Council amid sexual harassment allegations

UPDATED May 17:

Capt. Wahid Kazem of the Santa Clara Police Department confirmed Thursday afternoon that the number of police reports filed against Dominic Caserta is now more than nine. However, he would not say how many. 

“As an organization we don’t feel like it’s in the interest of the victims or the investigative process to update the number of reports that we have,” Kazem said. 

Andrew Lucia – the assistant superintendent of the Santa Clara Unified High School District, in which Caserta teaches – was also tight lipped on the matter of whether Caserta was under investigation.

“All allegations that are brought to our attention are investigated and we take them very seriously and we have a process that we follow,” he said.

However, Lucia added that he wouldn’t be able to discuss allegations against any faculty member nor was he able to say whether the Santa Clara Unified High School District Board of Trustees was planning to discuss it at a future meeting.

Part-time Foothill Community College instructor Dominic Caserta resigned from the Santa Clara City Council Tuesday morning after nine reports of alleged sexual harassment were filed against him the last week.

Foothill instructor faces harassment allegations

Nine reports alleging sexual harassment have been filed against part-time Foothill College instructor and Santa Clara City Councilman Dominic Caserta.

Los Altos Planning Commission sets secondary unit rules

The Los Altos Planning Commission took another crack at the accessory structure and accessory dwelling unit ordinances last week, making a few additional recommendations before the revised regulations hit the city council.

At their March 13 meeting, council members were set to adopt the ordinances when they made some last-minute decisions. They voted to approve the accessory structure ordinance but send it back to the Planning Commission with a few questions. The council sent the entire ordinance on accessory dwelling units, commonly referred to as ADUs, back to the commission for review.

Burglars pose as utility workers in distraction scam

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office issued a warning last week about “distraction burglars” that disproportionally target seniors.

Local police departments have been receiving reports about attempted burglars who pose as utility company workers. The scam begins with a knock on the door and a “worker” saying that he or she needs to come inside to assess equipment or discuss a bill. The scammers sometimes approach homeowners offering vehicle repair, roof work or driveway cement repair. In a few instances, they have even posed as animal control officers, claiming that a dangerous animal may be in the backyard.

Reunited at last: Theft victim regains memento thanks to local photographer

Encore purse theft
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Pearl Thomas views photographs of her daughter, Kendra Lynn. A Redwood City man made the prints for Thomas after a thief stole her purse and, with it, the prized image she kept inside.

An elderly store clerk who lost one of her most prized possessions to a purse thief in March regained it last week thanks to the kindness of a complete stranger.

Pearl Thomas, 90, said tears came to her eyes May 1 when she opened an envelope mailed from Redwood City resident Michael Price and found copies of the only photo taken of her daughter, an infant who died in 1957.

Marijuana regulations taking shape in MV, LA

Marijuana regulations are beginning to take shape in Mountain View and Los Altos that will replace the temporary, blanket bans on retail sales that both cities instituted when California began issuing cannabis retail licenses in January.

A report on the legal framework for cannabis regulation is anticipated at Tuesday’s Los Altos City Council meeting. The Mountain View City Council is slated to meet the same night to review recommendations from Mountain View’s Environmental Planning Commission. Its directions to staff provide guidance on a commercial cannabis policy that could begin issuing retail licenses later this year.


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