Preliminary results: CUSD parcel tax on track to fail

Preliminary results: CUSD parcel tax on track to fail

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Local grocers weathering COVID despite risks

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Local Little League begins new season after a year away from the game

Local Little League begins new season after a year away from the game

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Schools get influx of COVID-19 funding

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Los Altos CEO joins No Kid Hungry’s leadership council

Los Altos CEO joins No Kid Hungry’s leadership council

Kate Armanini-Town Crier Editorial Intern

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Los Altos CEO Rajat Mishra, center, serves on the leadership council of the nonprofit No Kid Hungry.

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Mariano Antonino Tripiano

Mariano Antonino Tripiano

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Mariano Antonino Tripiano, affectionately known as Mario to friends and family, passed away on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.  Mario was born on Dece...

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Transitional housing project targets area’s homeless

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Transitional housing project targets area’s homeless
LifeMoves Mountain View offers 100 units of transitional housing for homeless residents.

Mountain View is now offering housing – along with help – to the area’s homeless.

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MV to celebrate opening of housing complex for homeless Thursday

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The city of Mountain View and LifeMoves are scheduled to host a grand opening via Zoom for the LifeMoves Mountain View housing project for the homeless 10 a.m. Thursday.

Part of the state’s Project Homekey initiative, the interim housing community is possible through a public-private partnership am...

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MVLA summer school recruitment proves to be challenging

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MVLA summer school recruitment proves to be challenging
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In-person summer school will be held at Mountain View High School, above.

The need for summer school is greater than ever after a year when the pandemic has upended education, but getting students to sign up is proving challenging.

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Blach ‘Lands’ a new principal

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Blach ‘Lands’ a new principal
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Current Santa Rita School principal Greg Land, above, is slated to move to Blach Intermediate School.

After six years at Blach Intermediate School, principal Bhavna Narula is leaving at the end of the school year to take a position as an administrator in the Hillsborough ...

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Museum program explores impact of Mills Act on historical properties

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Museum program explores impact of Mills Act on historical properties
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The Marini estate at 220 University Ave. is one of the local historical properties protected through the Mills Act, the topic of a Los Altos History Museum panel.

The Los Altos History Museum is scheduled to host a panel discussion, “Historic Preservation T...

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Organizers hope to build on success of First Friday

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Organizers hope to build on success of First Friday
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The Spartan Dance Club from Mountain View High School is set to perform a jazz dance and then teach a hip-hop dance lesson to First Friday visitors 6-6:45 p.m. Friday at Veterans Community Plaza in downtown Los Altos.

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Prep Sports Summary: MVHS pitcher Barrett throws no-hitter

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Prep Sports Summary: MVHS pitcher Barrett throws no-hitter
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Brothers Gabe, left, and Liam Barrett of Mountain View High celebrate Gabe’s 17-strikeout no-hitter last week for the Spartans’ baseball team. Liam served as the catcher for older brother Gabe.

In his 15 years coaching high school baseball, Mountain View ...

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Local Little League begins new season after a year away from the game

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Local Little League begins new season after a year away from the game
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Los Altos and Los Altos Hills Little League T-ball players practice for their next game.

After a tumultuous year for youth baseball here and just about everywhere due to the pandemic, Los Altos and Los Hills Little League’s 2021 season is now underway. The first ga...

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Other Voices: Energy Innovation Act will cut pollution, save money

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A few months into the new administration, the federal government is off to a roaring start on climate change. President Joe Biden signed executive orders related to climate change in his early days in office, and the White House recently introduced a proposal that elevates climate solutions alongsid...

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Letters to the Editor: Foothill Exp., Lee Eng-Moos issue

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What’s the benefit of Foothill widening?

Has anyone else pondered what benefit we have experienced in the road changes (on Foothill Expressway between San Antonio Road and El Monte Avenue) compared to the taxpayer cost and many months of construction and traffic inconvenience?

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Lowering the rpms on a VW Vanagon Syncro the hard way

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Auto Review: The Land Rover Defender is back – and it’s better than ever

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The Land Rover Defender has a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that produces 395 horsepower and 406 pounds per foot of torque.

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Los Altos CEO joins No Kid Hungry’s leadership council

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Los Altos CEO joins No Kid Hungry’s leadership council
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Los Altos CEO Rajat Mishra, center, serves on the leadership council of the nonprofit No Kid Hungry.

Rajat Mishra, co-founder and CEO of Los Altos-based Prezentium, recently joined the leadership council of No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit combating child hunger in the Unite...

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Creating an estate plan for your digital assets

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California considers the digital accounts you maintain and access through your computer, smartphone or tablet to be no different from the tangible personal property you own, such as cars and jewelry.

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Mariano Antonino Tripiano

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Mariano Antonino Tripiano

Mariano Antonino Tripiano, affectionately known as Mario to friends and family, passed away on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.  Mario was born on December 31, 1975, and grew up in Los Altos, California.  He attended Los Altos High School, going on to attend Chico State, Foothill Junior College,...

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Andrew Michael Pauli

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Andrew Michael Pauli

Andrew Michael Pauli passed away suddenly on April 8, 2021 in Apple Valley, California.

Andy was born in Palo Alto on May 18, 1953 and attended St William School and Los Altos High School. He graduated from Chico State in biology and had a long and successful career as a state biologist and wildlif...

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Local parishes celebrate indoor services after conflicting court rulings

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Local churches are again breathing a sigh of relief after the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed its position Feb. 26 allowing indoor worship.

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Experiment in syncing lets worshippers sing together from isolation

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David Ing, bottom left, joins other worship leaders from Mountain View and across the region in “The Bay Area Blessing” this month. He’s a worship leader at Mountain View’s Compass Church.

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Bee prepared: Two local Girl Scouts focus on native species for Silver Award project

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Bee prepared: Two local Girl Scouts focus on native species for Silver Award project
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Girl Scouts Dhrithi Vishwa, left, and Izzy Sehnert display wooden homes created for mason bees native to the Bay Area. The girls are working toward earning their Silver Award with the project.

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Stamp of approval: Beloved Hills mailman hangs up his shorts after three decades of service

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Cruz Aragon at Foothills Nature Preserve in Palo Alto, where he’d sometimes stop for a break.

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Police make arrest in Los Altos murder case

Highlands shooting
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Cyclists pass a Los Altos Police Department vehicle on patrol on Highlands Circle Thursday afternoon.

Los Altos Police detectives have arrested a Redwood City man in connection with last week’s murder of Roberto Rivera, a mason who was shot to death while working at a south Los Altos home. 

Officers arrested Edgar Lainez-Portillo, 25, Saturday (May 9) and booked him into the Santa Clara County Main Jail, where he is being held without bail, the police department announced Monday afternoon.

Edgar Geovani Lainez-Portillo
Lainez-Portillo

“Thankfully, there have been few homicides in Los Altos in its history and it is with a sense of pride and purpose that we announce this arrest less than a week after this tragedy,” said Police Chief Andy Galea, according to a press release. “I am filled with pride at the response of our entire police department, from the initial patrol officers on scene, to the investigators that worked tirelessly to bring the suspect to justice.”

Galea said Lainez-Portillo was arrested on a homicide charge. Sean Webby, a spokesman for the District Attorney's Office, indicated the charges are being reviewed.

Reports of a gunshot injury brought law enforcement officials to a home on the 1000 block of Highlands Circle at 10:55 a.m. May 4. In the backyard, they discovered Rivera, a 48-year-old Union City resident, with grave wounds. He died at approximately 11:15 a.m.

The family that lives at the residence was home at the time of the shooting, and a contractor working across the street sheltered them as detectives investigated. He told the Town Crier he heard both the gunshots and the revving sound of a motorcycle.

Mothers Against Murder, a Los Altos nonprofit organization, and the Los Altos Police Department subsequently announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Roberto Rivera
Rivera

“We’re disturbed,” said Margaret Petros, executive director of Mothers Against Murder. “In a safe neighborhood, someone comes and just shoots out, killing somebody. That was very disturbing.”

The day of Rivera’s murder was the first day residential landscaping and construction were permitted to resume since Santa Clara County health officer Dr. Sara Cody issued an order in March limiting activity to essential business so as to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Petros said the knowledge of Rivera’s circumstances convinced her to talk to Mothers Against Murder founders and officers Roger Smith and Judy Kay about doubling the reward amount from $5,000 to $10,000.

“On his first day back at work from the shelter-in-place,” Petros said. “I was just heartbroken. So I talked to Roger and his wife and said, ‘You know, this is just terrible.’ This man clearly had not been working. We can only imagine the financial sufferings his family was having, comes back on the first day of work in a very safe neighborhood and this happens.”

As of Monday afternoon, it was not yet known whether a tipster helped facilitate Lainez-Portillo’s arrest.

Galea thanked the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, the Mountain View Police Department, the Palo Alto Police Department, the San Jose Police Department, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office for assisting with the investigation. He also expressed sympathy to Rivera’s family and friends.

“If there is any assistance that we can provide in the difficult days ahead, please know we will be there to support you,” he said, according to the release.

Anyone with additional information about the case is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Cameron Shearer of the Los Altos Police Department Investigative Services Division at 947-2770. Individuals who wish to remain anonymous may call the police department’s tip line at 947-2774. Anonymous tips may be eligible for a cash reward when submitted to Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at svcrimestoppers.org or via the P3 Tips mobile app, p3tips.com.

Related:

June 25: Memorial fund established for children of man murdered in Los Altos

May 14: Fatal Los Altos shooting possibly motivated by jealousy

May 4: Reward offered in Los Altos homicide case

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