2018 Los Altan of the Year: Dennis Young

Dennis Young
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Dennis Young is the Town Crier’s 2018 Los Altan of the Year. The honor recognizes Young’s volunteerism, which spans more than four decades across a wide range of activities and organizations.

Dennis Young would be the first to tell you he’s shy by nature. But shyness doesn’t stop the mild-mannered accountant from turning into a superhero when it comes to community involvement.

Since the early 1970s, when he first arrived in Los Altos, Young has been a ubiquitous volunteer. He’s been active in everything from the Rotary Club of Los Altos to the Community Health Awareness Council. He’s used his accounting expertise to crunch the numbers for local nonprofit organizations. He’s served as master of ceremonies for the annual awards luncheon honoring other community volunteers. And he’s even played Santa Claus at the Festival of Lights Parade.

2018 Year in Review

Year in Review
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Clockwise from top left: A man rides a motorized scooter along Castro Street in downtown Mountain View, a respirator protecting his lungs from smoke from the Camp Fire in Butte County; Los Altos businessman Mark Feathers is sentenced to 33 months in prison for financial fraud; electric bikes await use in Mountain View after the city adopts a dockless bike program; Enchante Boutique owner Abigail Ahrens, center, accepts awards and proclamations from State Sen. Jerry Hill, left, and Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, right; shoppers stroll in the Kohl’s parking lot after the Los Altos School District reveals its interest in acquiring the Mountain View site for a 10th school campus; a pup sunbathes in Rosita Park after the Los Altos Parks and Recreation Commission’s decision to reject a proposal for a dog park in town.

The ballot box was a focal point locally as well as nationally in mid-term election year 2018.

Los Altos and Mountain View residents passed a $295 million bond measure in June for the local high school district, while giving incumbents the boot in the November Mountain View and Los Altos city council elections.

Farewell: Just a few of those we said goodbye to in 2018

• Ted Laliotis (Oct. 24), former Los Altos City Council member; mayor of Los Altos in 1991

• Lydia Young (Oct. 18), makeup artist and hair stylist for Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell; founder of Men’s Health Club and women’s-only spa Lydia’s in Los Altos

Los Altos Hills changing-of-the-guard ceremony fraught with friction

George and Stephanie Tyson
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Newly elected Los Altos Hills City Councilman George Tyson, left, takes the oath of office Dec. 13 as his wife of 39 years, Stephanie, beams.

Los Altos Hills’ final city council meeting of the year – at first a jovial parade of presents and proclamations for outgoing members John Radford and Gary Waldeck – took an awkward turn Dec. 13 as two remaining figures on the dais scrapped for the vice mayorship.

Councilwoman Michelle Wu ultimately secured the title with four of five votes, including one from challenger Courtenay C. Corrigan, but the conflict exposed a rift between the two council members.

Cities brace for proposed housing legislation

Los Altos and Los Altos Hills leaders are publicly expressing fears over the way the CASA Housing Compact, a proposal presented at the Dec. 3 Metropolitan Transportation Commission meeting, could negatively impact city government decisions.

Convened by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments, the CASA committee’s Housing Compact aims to urge leaders from diverse communities to reach consensus and provide solutions to the jobs-housing imbalance.

Man found dead in car worked at downtown Los Altos Safeway

Los Altos Safeway
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A man discovered dead in a car parked in Mountain View last week worked for the Safeway in downtown Los Altos, above.

A man found dead in his car outside the McDonald’s on El Monte Avenue in Mountain View Dec. 14 has been identified as an employee of the Safeway in downtown Los Altos. 

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