A look at new state laws that take effect in 2019

Several California Senate and Assembly bills wended through the State Legislature and became law Jan. 1. Over the next few weeks, the Town Crier will explain their ramifications.

Assembly Bill 1793

Cannabis convictions: Resentencing

Conflicting operations brought to light in Los Altos

Mark and Pam Gooman
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Mark and Pam Goodman, above with their dog, Max, live along Los Altos Avenue, near the site of the imminent installation of flashing stop signs. The Goodmans spearheaded a Change.org petition that drew more than 200 signatures from neighbors opposed to the project. Residents listed several concerns with the project, including their belief that flashing stop signs will not improve safety for children going to and from school.

Although holes have been dug, cement poured and bolts posted in preparation to erect four flashing stop signs at the intersection of Los Altos and West Portola avenues, Los Altos City Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins promised neighborhood residents that construction would halt until their concerns are heard. City Manager Chris Jordan, however, vowed the project would proceed.

Jekyll found hyde-ing in Mountain View home

A Mountain View couple returning home to their apartment on Christmas day discovered an unwelcome visitor in their apartment: a 54-year-old homeless man who had barricaded himself inside, police reported Thursday (Jan. 3). 

Samek pleads not guilty to DUI

Los Altos Planning Commission Chairman Alexander Samek pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor charges related to his nationally publicized DUI arrest, according to a paper arraignment filed by his attorney Wednesday (Jan. 2.)

City surveying residents for council priorities

The city of Los Altos is surveying residents to determine what they consider top priorities for the city council to adopt in 2019.

Each year, the council discusses and decides on priorities at its council retreat. A council priority is defined as a topic that will receive particular, unusual and significant attention during the year. Priorities for 2018 included:

Local leaders share their professional and personal goals for 2019

Kavita Tankha, Los Altos Hills City Council member

• Professional goal: I would like for us to build community in our town and find ways by which residents can meet and connect with each other. We are fortunate in that we have large parcels and our residents enjoy a great quality of life in the heart of Silicon Valley, but big lots also make it relatively harder for residents to meet each other, especially in an era of gates and fences. During the course of my campaign for city council, I had the opportunity to meet folks I would never have met otherwise. I would love for our residents to have the same experience. I would therefore like to work with our town committees to find innovative ways of connecting residents with each other and build community-based programs to serve our youth and seniors.

• Personal goal: To improve my game of golf.

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