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Police Blotter

Scammers steal thousands from LAH resident

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office detectives are continuing their investigation into an online scam that tricked an elderly Los Altos Hills man into a loss of $10,000, the agency reported last week.

A resident of Byrne Park Lane April 25 responded to an online posting from a group calling itself the “American Cash Award Company,” according to Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office reports. The ad promised $2.5 million and a 2015 Mercedes in exchange for money received.

Too late to skate? Teen dream of downtown skate park may be scrapped soon

Asher Kohn/Town Crier
Jason Strubing, owner of Skateworks on State Street, has posted a proposal on his storefront’s window for a combined skate park/dog park and has a petition skaters can sign inside.

Jason Strubing has been advocating for a skate park in Los Altos since he opened Skateworks on State Street nearly six years ago. A poster depicting a model skate park proposed for Lincoln Park is taped to his storefront’s window.

“Kids end up moving out of town, but I’m here to stay and I’ll keep beating the drum here,” he said.

After long fight, LAH residents gain "public" distinction

Deer Springs Way resident Colin Knight fought for years to have his road officially accepted into Los Altos Hills’ public street system.

He attended nearly every council meeting on the subject and even wrote several letters to the editor of the Town Crier to explain how clerical errors robbed his road and others like it of town-provided maintenance and Comcast internet service.

Expansion of ECH board deemed matter of "survival"

Members of the El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors agreed last week to restructure the El Camino Hospital board to add two new appointed members, retain all five elected district members and strip the hospital CEO of voting power.

The decision, creating an 11-member board, was a compromise balancing the need for experts to address increasingly complex hospital issues with preserving publicly elected representation at the public hospital.

Do you know the way? New wayfinding signs help navigate Los Altos

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
New green wayfinding signs seek to provide a uniform guide to accessing Los Altos’ commercial districts.

What if all of Los Altos spoke with one voice, from Highway 85 to Adobe Creek?

Los Altos residents can begin to see that vision with a new wayfinding program the city rolled out this spring. Produced by VKK Signmakers Inc., the green signs with orange and white details will gradually replace the hodgepodge of older wood signs around the city.

Residents want later hours for downtown shops

An-Li Herring/Town Crier
Planning consultant Dave Javid, left, asks local residents to rate their preferred level of activity downtown by placing blue stickers on a scale from “minimal activity” to “very active.”

Many of the few dozen residents who attended last week’s Downtown Vision project workshops expressed a desire for a more active downtown, in which businesses would stay open later and offer a greater variety of dining and entertainment options.

City officials hosted two pop-up workshops May 17 to continue the yearlong process of engaging the community in crafting a shared vision for downtown Los Altos.

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