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Dog supporters continue barking for park

The push for a Los Altos dog park just won’t go away.

Supporters of a dog park plan to make yet another pitch at today’s Los Altos Parks and Recreation Commission meeting. This time, they are armed with the results of their own online survey – one they conducted after growing impatient with city officials who were in the process of developing their own survey.

Know thy neighbor: LAH residents explore community building

When Scott Vanderlip moved to Los Altos Hills two decades ago, he was surprised by how few of his new neighbors knew their existing neighbors.

By some accounts, Los Altos Hills is even less friendly than it was 20 years ago; the Silicon Valley rat race means less time for casual socialization. The insatiable demand for Bay Area land – particularly acreage located on the fringes of the hubbub – has motivated members of the old guard to cash out and new families to take their place. Conditioned by periodic waves of targeted burglary activity and anecdotes about unsavory short-term rental customers, residents are wary of strangers, and more and more choose to cordon off their property with formidable gates and fences.

Commission reviews new First St. project


Taken from city of Los Altos staff report
A new application for a mixed-use office and housing development on First Street drew mixed reaction from the Los Altos Planning Commission last week.

While the First Street Green project may be out, there’s a possible new development just down the street.

The Los Altos Planning Commission held a Nov. 2 study session with the applicant, Steve Johnson with 1st Place Village LLC, for a new project at 389 First St.

LA therapist finds a calling in disaster relief efforts


 

The 1994 Northridge earthquake in Southern California was Judith Boore’s first disaster. Twenty-three years later, the Los Altos resident has taken part in 52 disaster relief missions throughout the country, including those in Houston and Puerto Rico this year. "

Boore’s interest in disasters and disaster relief first sparked in 1971 while assisting her husband, a seismologist, with recording aftershocks of the San Fernando earthquake.

MVHS math teacher arrested for alleged inappropriate texts to student

Evan SmithPolice arrested a Mountain View High School math teacher this morning (Nov. 7) after investigating allegations that he had sent inappropriate text messages to a student. The Mountain View Los Altos High School District (MVLA) confirmed that the teacher, Evan Smith, has been at the school for 15 years and will be on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

Downtown Mountain View fight ends in murder charges

A fight in downtown Mountain View over the weekend led to the stabbing death of a 55-year-old man, police reported.

MV stabbing
Courtesy of MVPD
Murder suspect Jan Neal

Mountain View Police Department detectives arrested Marin County resident Jan Neal, 43, and charged him with murder after the stabbing victim succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital. Officials had not released the name or city of residence of the other man by Monday (Nov. 6) when the Town Crier went to press.

The incident took place at approximately 6:30 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 4) in a courtyard adjacent to Mountain View City Hall and the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, both located in the 500 block of Castro Street, according to police reports.

Responding officers discovered Neal attacking the other man and attempted to stop him, they reported. One officer deployed a Taser, yet Neal would not stop stabbing. Eventually, the officers restrained Neal, and one of them used an Individual First Aid Kit, or IFAK, to treat the stabbing victim.

Emergency responders transported both men to area hospitals for treatment, according to police. Neal was medically cleared and booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on attempted murder charges. The 55-year-old man’s condition was initially described as serious but stable, but he later died, and Neal’s charges were enhanced to reflect that.

As of the Town Crier’s deadline, the police department had not released information about whether the two men knew each other or what might have caused the fight.

A showing of “The Prince of Egypt,” scheduled 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, was temporarily disrupted by the crime scene investigation, and the police department apologized for the inconvenience.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detective Dan Garcia at 903-6624.


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