New Los Altos mayor faces heat from state senator for housing bill comments

Nancy SKinner

District 9 State Sen. Nancy Skinner used the social media platform Twitter to “fact check” Los Altos Mayor Lynette Lee Eng, who last week said a bill Skinner helped draft forces small cities to become urban centers comparable to New York City’s Manhattan borough.

Pets In Need approves animal shelter agreement

 Pets In Need
Courtesy of Pets In Need
Pets In Need Animal Care Manager Anamarie Johnson plays with adoptable dog Ambrosia. The Redwood City nonprofit organization expects to assume operations of Palo Alto Animal Services by mid- to late-February.

Pets In Need officials believe they could begin operating Palo Alto Animal Services by mid-February following the nonprofit’s official sign-off of an operating agreement with the city.

New Los Altos City Council addresses old divisions at swearing-in ceremony

Lynette Lee Eng
Melissa Hartman/Town Crier
Supporters cheer and wave signs at the swearing-in ceremony of Los Altos’ new mayor, Lynette Lee Eng, pictured at right with Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman.

The two new members of the Los Altos City Council took their seats on the dais Dec. 4, and the council promptly elected Lynette Eng mayor and Jan Pepper vice mayor.

Los Altos construction site burglaries spike

 construction site burglaries
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
In a two-week period in November, police received 10 reports of burglaries at Los Altos construction sites, according to police Sgt. Brian Jeffrey. A city ordinance specifies permitted construction hours, so police urge residents to keep watch and call police if they observe suspicious activity.

Los Altos Police Department detectives are investigating 10 construction-site burglaries that occurred Nov. 13-27, confirming a spike in such crimes.

Sgt. Brian Jeffrey said the police department is working with neighboring law enforcement agencies “in an effort to collaborate on identifying related crimes and developing crime patterns” for the burglaries.

Minimum-wage increases set for LA, MV

Mountain View will raise its minimum wage to $15.65 per hour Jan. 1, while Los Altos will increase its minimum wage to $15.

Both cities have ordinances that mandate incremental hikes over a period of years. Mountain View’s, adopted in 2014, raised wages from $10.30 per hour to $15 effective Jan. 1 of this year. Its ordinance stipulates further increases based on Consumer Price Index inflation adjustments, which accounts for the 2019 increase.

MV resident arrested for mail-carrier attack

Mountain View police officers arrested a 69-year-old resident Dec. 1 after he allegedly attacked a female postal worker over what police believe stemmed from an argument over how the man’s mail was being delivered.

Mountain View Police spokeswoman Katie Nelson said officers responded at 1:20 p.m. to a home on the 700 block of San Lucas Avenue after receiving a call reporting an assault. When officers arrived, the 45-year-old victim said the resident, identified as Denzil Burkhead, squeezed her throat and pushed her to the ground.

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