Los Altos City Council candidates display contrasting philosophies during lively forum

Los Altos mayor and city council candidate Jean Mordo found himself defending the actions of the current council at a Sept. 17 candidates forum.

Fellow candidate and city Planning Commissioner Anita Enander chided the mayor and council for being fiscally irresponsible. Mordo led the charge for a $34.7 million rebuild of the city’s community center – nearly $10 million more than the initial budget.

Election 2018: Meet the candidates for Mountain View City Council

Alison Hicks

Alison Hicks

Provide a brief bio.

I have a Master of City Planning from UC Berkeley. My urban planning career includes work on affordable housing, greening schoolyards, homeless transitional housing, planning walkable streets and downtown revitalization. I have lived in Mountain View for almost 20 years, raised my two children here and sent them to our public schools.

Assemblyman Berman comes to LA and MV for community coffees

Marc Berman
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Assemblyman Marc Berman, right, addresses a crowd in Los Altos that includes, from left, Los Altos council candidate Nancy Bremeau, Mayor Jean Mordo and Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins.

Assemblyman Marc Berman, D-24th District, apologized if he repeated points during last week’s “Keeping Up with the Community” event at Enchanté Boutique Hotel in downtown Los Altos.

By the time he arrived Sept. 18, Berman had already appeared at the Clocktower Coffee Roasting Company in Mountain View for another community coffee and attended a meeting that day.

Sign of the times? Heated election season brings campaign poster vandalism, 'theft'

John Inks election sign
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During the last week of August, unknown suspects vandalized several John Inks for Mountain View City Council election signs, including this one on Cuesta Drive near the Montalto Drive intersection.

The recent vandalism and theft – or perceived theft – of local election signs has some residents questioning the rules governing such advertising and the penalties associated with tampering with it.

League of Women Voters forums spotlight candidates, issues

The League of Women Voters of the Los Altos-Mountain View Area has scheduled the following candidate forums in the run-up to the Nov. 6 general election.

• Mountain View City Council: 4-5:15 p.m. Sept. 26 at Google Inc. headquarters, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View

Car theft: Recent crimes and how to prevent them

Although the vast majority of stolen vehicles recovered in Los Altos were taken from surrounding cities, the city’s police department is still stressing how important it is for residents to lock their cars and hide any valuables inside.

LAPD Sgt. Ryan Burke said CrimeReports shows a handful of stolen vehicles and thefts from vehicles in Los Altos in recent months. However, incidents such as a vehicle discovered Aug. 1 on Second Street (stolen from San Jose) and another found Aug. 11 at the intersection of Grant Road and Foothill Expressway (stolen from the Salinas area) are proof of a crime local law enforcement continuously sees: vehicle stops that lead to identifying and apprehending a suspect occupying someone else’s car after officers run the license plate.

The police department released its latest Crime Prevention News Sept. 11 with “Prevent Car Break-Ins” topping the newsletter. The first tip? “Always lock your doors and close your windows.”

Burke said many incidents of theft of or from vehicles result from leaving the doors unlocked. Locking doors and making sure the alarm is operational, if the car has one, are the first steps in preventing what the department calls “a crime of opportunity.” That’s how a theft that occurred on Marvin Avenue Sept. 2 could have been prevented, Burke added.

The Crime Prevention News also reminds residents to hide valuables such as wallets, cellphones, purses and shopping bags. If valuables must remain in the car, stash them in a hidden area like the trunk. Hide the valuables before arriving at your destination in case thieves are watching you and your car.

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