6 express interest in LA council race

As of last week, six residents had expressed interest in running for two open seats on the Los Altos City Council in the Nov. 6 election.

Incumbent Jean Mordo, currently serving as the city’s mayor, leads a full slate of prospective candidates. So far, residents Anita Enander, Pierre Bedard, Nancy Bremeau, Neysa Fligor and Teresa Morris also have pulled papers to run – they have until Aug. 10 to officially file for candidacy.

Bitcoin blackmail letter reaches Los Altos residents -- no losses reported

A scam letter that demands payment in the form of the digital currency Bitcoin in exchange for keeping the recipient’s “secret” has reached Los Altos, according to the city’s police department.

Los Altos Hills council approves advisory committee changes

With a divided vote, the Los Altos Hills City Council Thursday passed resolution amendments limiting volunteers from serving as voting members on multiples of certain town committees.

Council members Courtenay C. Corrigan, John Radford and Gary Waldeck voted for the changes to the Standing Committees Resolution; council members Roger Spreen and Michelle Wu cast votes against it.

Newly hired LA economic development coordinator sets sights on downtown

Ryan Chen/Town Crier
Anthony Carnesecca, Los Altos’ new economic development coordinator, brings six years of government-related experience to the job. Among his goals is “rebranding” the city.

For Anthony Carnesecca, his new job as Los Altos’ economic development coordinator seems like a perfect fit.

“I think Los Altos is definitely in a spot where there’s a lot of growth and transformation,” he said. “And I think that this is an exciting time to be in this area.”

Mtn. View police try out drones at Shoreline

Mountain View Police Department drone
Courtesy of Katie Nelson
Mountain View Police Department and security company Aptonomy test drones near Shoreline Amphitheatre at last weekend’s Audiotistic festival.

The Mountain View Police Department had eyes in the skies over Shoreline Amphitheatre last weekend, employing drones to patrol the Audiotistic festival.

It marked the department’s first foray into using unmanned aerial systems, which were flown by members of the security drone company Aptonomy.

LAH officials remain vigilant a year after Byrne Preserve fire

Mountain Fire
Sarah Robustelli/Special to the Town Crier
Smoke billows into the air from a July 20, 2017, brush fire in Los Altos Hills’ Byrne Preserve. The 5-acre fire, ignited by a lawnmower that struck a rock, is known as the Mountain Fire. Sarah Robustelli took this photo from Westwind Community Barn.

Among the flurry of Mountain Fire updates Sarah Robustelli received en route to the July 20, 2017, blaze was a FaceTime session revealing the problem at hand as a mere cloud of smoke.

“It was incredible because it seemed like nothing at the time, but I knew due to the conditions, ‘nothing’ can be serious quite quickly,” said Robustelli, Los Altos Hills community services supervisor.

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