Quake expert rattles LAH audience with presentation on 'the big one'

Anne Kiremidjian
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Stanford professor Anne Kiremidjian describes the destructive nature of seismic activity during a May 1 earthquake forum at Los Altos Hills town hall.

Like nearly everyone who lived through it, Anne Kiremidjian remembers exactly where she was during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake: idling on Foothill Expressway as she prepared to turn left onto El Monte Avenue.

She felt a jolt and presumed another car had struck hers. But the next vehicle was far away. She watched the traffic light shake violently. But no breeze blew. Then the six lanes of traffic around Kiremidjian began to dance.

MVHS teacher avoids jail time for inappropriate texts

There will be no felony charge and no jail time for the former Mountain View High School teacher who sent inappropriate text messages to a female student last fall.

Evan Smith
Evan Smith

Evan Smith, 49, was convicted May 3 on a misdemeanor charge of annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18. He was sentenced to three years of probation. The terms of his conviction also include registering as a sex offender, staying away from his victim, resigning from the high school and surrendering his teaching credential.

Fried ride: transient accused of forcing man to drive him to KFC

A 21-year-old transient faces a slew of charges after allegedly hopping into a stranger’s car and forcing the man to ferry him to a Mountain View KFC restaurant.

Alberto Ulloa-Avila

Mountain View Police officers arrested Alberto Ulloa-Avila shortly after Saturday’s incident and charged him with kidnapping, making criminal threats, vehicle theft, violating a protective order and driving on a suspended license.

The carjacking started in downtown San Jose at approximately 3 a.m. According to a Mountain View Police Department report, Ulloa-Avila climbed into a 31-year-old San Jose man’s car as the driver attempted to find a parking spot near the intersection of Santa Clara and 14th streets. Ulloa-Avila allegedly demanded the driver take him wherever he desired under threat of physical harm.

The intended destination, apparently, was the KFC located in the 600 block of West El Camino Real in Mountain View. The report indicates Ulloa-Avila attempted to rob the driver upon their arrival and then commandeered the vehicle when the driver evaded him on foot. He chased the victim across El Camino Real, which is where police officers found the pair when they responded to calls about the crime. They arrested Ulloa-Avila without further incident.

Police Blotter, Week of April 23-30

Auto Burglary

April 28, 10:58 p.m.: 1100 block of North Rengstorff Avenue, Mountain View

April 27, 9:32 a.m.: 300 block of Easy Street, Mountain View

Hills residents accused of Iran sanctions violation

Two Los Altos Hills residents appeared in court last week on charges they had violated an export embargo the U.S. maintains as part of its economic sanctions against Iran.

In the Department of Justice’s indictment, Sadr Emad-Vaez and Pouran Aazad are both described as executives involved in the management of Tehran-based Ghare Sabz Company, a large auto parts manufacturer, and accused of facilitating the illegal export of goods and related financial transactions. U.S. citizens are required to secure a special license before participating in almost any business relationship within Iran. A third executive, described as a resident of Tehran, was named in the same indictment.

Arguments for and against MVLA's Measure E


Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees President Fiona Walters, Mountain View City Councilwoman Margaret Abe-Koga, former Mountain View Chamber of Commerce CEO Carol Olson, Los Altos City Councilwoman Mary Prochnow and Los Altos business owner Larry Chu

Reasons for support

• Accommodate growing student enrollment.

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