County pursues federal National Heritage designation

With the number of audience members equaling the representatives behind the dais, Rod Diridon was reluctant to let a potential speaker slip away – even if he happened to be attending the wrong meeting Thursday night.

“That’s the Human Relations Commission, but you’re welcome to make a comment here before you leave,” Diridon said to the confused man behind the lectern. “How do you feel about the heritage in the area?”

Andy Galea: Getting to know the new Los Altos police chief

Los Altos Police Capt. Andy Galea is not a new face around Los Altos. The St. Francis High School alumnus joined the city’s force seven years ago. With Police Chief Tuck Younis’ imminent retirement, Galea will become the new chief of the Los Altos Police Department effective Dec. 17.

The Town Crier asked Galea a few questions to get better acquainted with him and to understand his plans for the department going forward. The conversation has been edited for conciseness and clarity.

6 stories rise on San Antonio, with theater to follow

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Dogs play in the foreground of construction at The Village at San Antonio Center. The center is currently in its second phase of building.

The latest phase of development at The Village at San Antonio Center is beginning to show its shape. The stretch of San Antonio Road once occupied by a vast parking lot, Ross and BevMo has given way to cranes, construction pits and – most recently – the skeletons of six-story buildings.

The two six-story office buildings facing San Antonio are contracted to house commercial retail tenants on the ground floor and LinkedIn offices above.

Holiday shoppers warned about 'package plundering'

Carolyn Griffen got mad the first time a thief stole a delivery from her porch. The second time, she got even.

“I thought it was so smart of me after I did it,” Griffen said.

Congressional reps fully support airplane noise recommendations

Three local congressional representatives last week agreed with their appointed airplane noise committee to support moving a controversial flight path that has generated thousands of noise complaints from South San Francisco to Los Altos and Capitola since its implementation 18 months ago.

U.S. Reps. Anna Eshoo, representing the Los Altos-Palo Alto region; Sam Farr, the Santa Cruz area; and Jackie Speier, the upper Peninsula, approved recommendations developed by the 12-member Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals – chiefly addressing flights arriving at San Francisco International Airport.

Despite recounts, Registrar plans to call races

Despite an ongoing hand recount, clarity is about to arrive for the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills City Councils – and current top vote-getters Lynette Lee Eng and Roger Spreen are expected to be named winners tomorrow, according to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters.

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