Self-driving car pilot company schedules community forums

Waymo, the self-driving car project once managed by Google Inc. that branched off into an independent startup, has scheduled two community forums in upcoming months to share details on how the program is faring, offer a preview of what’s to come and host a question-and-answer session enabling residents to weigh in with their thoughts on the technology.

Voters face plenty of choices on Nov. 6 ballot

Now that filing deadlines have passed, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View residents will have the opportunity to vote on five local measures and more than 30 candidates in the Nov. 6 general election.

Recent survey leaves residents suspicious

A recent phone and email survey about quality-of-life issues in Los Altos has some residents wondering about its origins and intentions.

LA employee celebrates successful year, accepts clerk position

Sarah Henricks served as the city of Los Altos’ management analyst fellow for a little more than a year before being offered the position of deputy city clerk. She began her new job Aug. 14.

Hills resident attacked during home invasion robbery

An 83-year-old Los Altos Hills woman sustained minor injuries during a robbery of her home Thursday (Aug. 23), according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.

Three male suspects remained at large as of Friday morning, but detectives are actively investigating the case and soliciting tips and home video surveillance footage from neighbors of the targeted residence, located in the 27000 block of Altamont Road near Black Mountain Road, said Captain Rich Urena of the West Valley Division. That intersection is less than 500 feet from Westwind Community Barn.

Los Altos Hills robbery
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The resident’s gardener arrived soon after the suspects fled and called 911 at 11:10 a.m. Thursday, according to Urena, and the first sheriff’s deputy arrived within 4 minutes.

The resident told detectives she was home alone when she heard a noise in her house and went to investigate, according to Urena. She encountered three intruders: a Hispanic male in his 20s and two men she could not describe because they were wearing full face masks. They attacked her and then fled with numerous items ransacked from the home.

“She was a little, as you can imagine, traumatized,” Urena said.

Emergency responders treated the resident for injuries to her face caused when the suspects struck her with their hands, according to Urena.

Anyone who witnessed suspicious activity in area between 8 and 11:15 a.m. is asked call detectives at (408) 808-4500 and reference case number 18-235-0168. Remain anonymous by calling the tip line at (408) 808-4431.

Palo Alto council to review terms for Animal Services takeover

Palo Alto Animal Services
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Palo Alto City Council is slated to discuss terms for Pets In Need’s takeover of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter, above, on Monday.

After years of uncertainty about the future operation of Palo Alto Animal Services, contract provider for Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, the Palo Alto City Council could take action next week to move the process along.

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