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Despite delays, LASD moves forward with acquisition process for 10th site

Despite its best efforts, the Los Altos School District was unable to announce a specific location for a 10th campus at its Nov. 13 board meeting as previously anticipated.

With negotiations with buyers of transfer of development rights (TDRs) ongoing, the district extended its timeline while maintaining course.

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Local American Legion posts hosted a Veterans Day event Saturday at Eagle Park, site of the Mountain View Veterans Memorial. From left, French Legion of Honor medal winner Alfonso A. Barreras, 93, with the 79th Infantry (1943-1945) and Sgt. Christopher Ogaz, 101, with the Army Corps of Engineers (1940-1945) unveil new commemorative plaques at the ceremony. Ogaz’s daughter, Liz Ogaz-Lanuza, is pictured at right.

Community center plan taking shape after task force direction

Rendering Courtesy of Noll & Tam Architects
The majority of members on the Hillview Community Center Project Task Force favor an architectural style that features a peaked roof.

Members of the Hillview Community Center Project Task Force last week agreed on a general floor plan and architectural design for rebuilding the center.

Presented with three options by the Berkeley-based Noll & Tam Architects, the task force Nov. 7 selected the “Concept C” floor plan, described as having a triangular layout, basically in the same location as the current dilapidated center. Members also chose a peaked-roof architectural style.

LAH continues battle against 'zombie' weed

Courtesy of Kit Gordon
Construction sites, like this one in Los Altos Hills, are prime locations for stinkwort infestations. The plant is the green foliage near the center of the image.

It’s been approximately six weeks since stinkwort got the squirt in Los Altos Hills, and the highly invasive weed is showing signs of its herbicidal dousing; once-green limbs sprouting from roadway cracks and crevices have shriveled up and turned brown and crunchy.

“The spraying was successful,” said Kit Gordon, co-chairwoman of the town’s Open Space Committee. “We’ve substantially reduced the roadside stinkwort population. (But) there’s more to be done.”

MVHS teacher arrested for 'harmful' texts


Mountain View High School math teacher Evan Smith was arrested last week and charged with one count of sending harmful content to a minor.

The case was turned over to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office Nov. 8. Smith was released on $25,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 8.

New details emerge in Mtn. View murder case


A Marin County man accused of killing another man in downtown Mountain View earlier this month used a bicycle, a chair and a table to commit the crime, the first murder in the city in three years, according to officials.

Jan Neal, 43, is charged with murder, resisting an officer and attempting to remove a firearm from an officer. He is being held without bail at the Santa Clara County Main Jail. As of the Town Crier’s Monday press deadline, Santa Clara County Medical-Examiner Coroner’s Office employees were still working to establish a positive identification of the deceased and to notify his family; a Mountain View Police Department report refers to the victim as a “55-year-old man,” and a Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office statement of facts refers to him as “John Doe.”

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