Los Altos council indicates support for citizen task force on policing reform

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The Los Altos City Council indicated support for creating a citizen task force to explore policing issues.

The Los Altos City Council at a meeting Tuesday (Sept. 8) indicated support for creating a citizen task force to explore, discuss and make recommendations on the school resource officer program and a process for handling complaints against officers.

Los Altos, Mountain View police departments assist in fire efforts

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Courtesy of the MVPD
A Mountain View Police Department cruiser pauses approximately 8 feet from flames at a CZU Lightning Complex Fire.

Although the recent barrage of Bay Area wildfires hasn’t directly threatened Los Altos or Mountain View, city officials are actively dispatching personnel to help neighboring communities.

House catches fire after gas meter leaks

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A Grant Park Lane home sustained exterior fire damage early Monday morning (Aug. 31) after a gas meter leaked.

A home on the 1800 block of Grant Park Lane in Los Altos sustained exterior fire damage early Monday morning (Aug. 31) after a gas meter leaked.

SCU Lightning Complex Fire: ‘We’re going to be here for a long time’

SCU Lightning Complex fire evacuation area
Courtesy of Cal Fire
Cal Fire's map of the SCU Lightning Complex perimeter and areas under evacuation order and warning as of 8:55 a.m. Friday (Aug. 28). (Click to view the most updated version.) Closely consult Cal Fire’s text description of affected areas to discern whether orders or warnings pertain to you.

Updated 8:55 a.m. Friday: The western flank of the SCU Lightning Complex Fire, where populated eastern Santa Clara County is threatened, continues to be the No. 1 priority for emergency personnel fighting the blaze, officials said Tuesday (Aug. 25) afternoon during a Cal Fire press conference.

Police make arrest in 2019 Mountain View kidnapping case

After nearly a year of investigation, police officers have arrested a San Jose man in connection to the kidnapping and robbery of a teenager in Mountain View.

Guilty plea entered in Los Altos murder case

Updated 12:09 p.m. Aug. 11: A Redwood City man has pleaded guilty to the murder of Roberto Rivera, the laborer shot to death while working in a south Los Altos backyard in May.

Los Altos Hills leaders scrutinize policing

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office data requested by Los Altos Hills Vice Mayor Kavita Tankha and sent to City Manager Carl Cahill for council dissemination last week indicate a disproportionate number of traffic citations given to Hispanics in the past year.

Policing town hall draws large turnout, passionate discussion about reform

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Los Altos city leaders participated in a virtual town hall on policing on Tuesday. The discussion was moderated by former Superior Court of California Judge LaDoris Cordell.

Approximately 160 attendees participated in a virtual town hall on policing in Los Altos Tuesday (July 28), pressing the police chief, city council and city manager on a variety of issues surrounding police reform.


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