Meet the candidates for the Mtn. View City Council

Eight candidates are running for four seats on the seven-member Mountain View City Council. Incumbents Chris Clark and John McAlister are running for re-election, and former Councilwoman Margaret Abe-Koga seeks a return to the council after a two-year absence. Joining them on the Nov. 8 ballot are Ken “Kacey” Carpenter, Greg Coladonato, Thida Cornes, Lisa Matichak and Lucas Ramirez.

The Town Crier asked the candidates to discuss some of the issues pertinent to Mountain View residents.

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VTA seeks citizen input via I-280 survey

Silicon Valley residents are invited to share their two cents about the infamously congested Interstate 280 corridor via an online Valley Transportation Authority survey.

The survey, available at, is designed to help VTA officials develop a strategic plan and prioritize future projects along the 22-mile stretch of highway within Santa Clara County. By selecting “points of concern,” including the Page Mill Road, El Monte Road, Magdalena Avenue and Foothill Expressway interchanges, participants can document their concerns and read those expressed by other participants. VTA encourages comments about proposed bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements, interchange modifications and carpool lane expansion.

Santa Clara County Sheriff warns of gift-card telephone scams

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office is cautioning residents of Los Altos Hills and surrounding areas about phone calls from individuals threatening legal action unless fines are paid – with gift cards.

“The Sheriff’s Office would never accept payment over the phone,” said Detective Sgt. Mark Roggia of the West Valley Substation.

Police investigation of fatal Foothill crash ongoing

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A memorial with flowers and balloons sprung up at the site of the fatal crash. Burn marks are still visible on the tree, left.

The Los Altos Police Department continues to investigate the Aug. 30 one-vehicle accident on Foothill Expressway that resulted in a fatality.

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 58-year-old Los Altos resident Matthew Maki, who was pronounced dead at the scene after the car he was driving hit a tree.

Incumbent, MVHS parent join MVLA board

Town Crier Staff Report

Incumbent, newcomer face no challengers for LASD board

Incumbent Steve Taglio and newcomer Jessica Speiser were the only two candidates to run for the two open four-year seats on the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees. Because they are running unopposed, their names will not appear on the November ballot and they will begin their terms in December.

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