Resident accuses MV councilman of conflict of interest on LASD site


A local resident leveled a conflict-of-interest complaint against Mountain View City Councilman John McAlister last week, casting doubt on the council’s decisions regarding the Los Altos School District’s acquisition of land for a 10th campus.

Mountain View resident Ellyn Berner wrote in a letter that McAlister’s vote on the district’s 10th site constitutes a conflict of interest because he co-owns Stepping Stones preschool, located on the Covington School campus, which leases land from the district.

Takeover of local animal shelter could manifest in weeks -- or not

Like the hysterical chick that believes the sky is falling after an acorn bops it on the head, Pets In Need Executive Director Al Mollica has conditioned others to question the reality he presents – at least when it comes to his nonprofit organization’s progress with assuming operations of Palo Alto Animal Services.

Palo Alto Animal Services
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Pets In Need hopes to assume operations of Palo Alto Animal Services, above.

“I feel a little like Chicken Little: promising but unable to deliver,” Mollica said.

Downtown Vision preview: Outdoor dining hub

Over the next few weeks, the Town Crier will highlight various aspects of the Downtown Vision plan, which is entering its final stages.

Public outreach conducted by city staff revealed a vision for downtown Los Altos, with increased activity, greater vitality and an expanded variety of restaurants and outdoor dining options ranking high on residents’ wish lists.

Bike-share biz drops Mountain View, but pilot program continues

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An ofo customer pedals out of Centennial Plaza in Mountain View. The Beijing-based startup is leaving a Mountain View bike-share pilot program after less than three months.

Updated at 9:36 p.m. July 31:

Less than three months after the rollout of a yearlong bike-share pilot program in Mountain View, one of the two participating companies has left the market.

Businesses sued by litigious lawyer for not complying with ADA rules

Los Altos Futon Shop
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One of disabled attorney Scott Johnson’s complaints against Los Altos’ The Futon Shop, located on El Camino Real, is that the pull-bar-style handle on its door caused him difficulty. However, customer service manager Burt Bún said the doors of the store are always propped open.

A quadriplegic attorney from Carmichael with a history of suing businesses in the Sacramento area for alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act has moved south, now reaching for the pocketbooks of small-business owners in Los Altos and Mountain View.

Backed by a Southern California law firm, Scott Johnson – a licensed attorney in the state since December 1993 – has recently sued a slew of businesses on El Camino Real, including The Futon Shop and Walther’s Floor and Remodeling in Los Altos, and Wine Press Liquors in Mountain View.

Summer proves peak season for LA burglaries


Statistics reveal that summer is the season most people go on vacation – and get burglarized while they’re away.

This year is no exception, according to Los Altos Police Capt. Scott McCrossin, who recently reported a small uptick in home burglaries but noted that it’s about average or even below average when compared with previous years.

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