City surveying residents for council priorities

The city of Los Altos is surveying residents to determine what they consider top priorities for the city council to adopt in 2019.

Each year, the council discusses and decides on priorities at its council retreat. A council priority is defined as a topic that will receive particular, unusual and significant attention during the year. Priorities for 2018 included:

Local leaders share their professional and personal goals for 2019

Kavita Tankha, Los Altos Hills City Council member

• Professional goal: I would like for us to build community in our town and find ways by which residents can meet and connect with each other. We are fortunate in that we have large parcels and our residents enjoy a great quality of life in the heart of Silicon Valley, but big lots also make it relatively harder for residents to meet each other, especially in an era of gates and fences. During the course of my campaign for city council, I had the opportunity to meet folks I would never have met otherwise. I would love for our residents to have the same experience. I would therefore like to work with our town committees to find innovative ways of connecting residents with each other and build community-based programs to serve our youth and seniors.

• Personal goal: To improve my game of golf.

MV Police search for hit-and-run driver

The Mountain View Police Department seeks the public’s help in identifying a suspect who hit a pedestrian with his or her car the night of Dec. 13 but fled the scene before police arrived.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., Mountain View police and fire personnel responded to a call of a car-versus-pedestrian collision in the area of Bryant Avenue and Shady Spring Lane.

2018 Los Altan of the Year: Dennis Young

Dennis Young would be the first to tell you he’s shy by nature. But shyness doesn’t stop the mild-mannered accountant from turning into a superhero when it comes to community involvement.

Since the early 1970s, when he first arrived in Los Altos, Young has been a ubiquitous volunteer. He’s been active in everything from the Rotary Club of Los Altos to the Community Health Awareness Council. He’s used his accounting expertise to crunch the numbers for local nonprofit organizations. He’s served as master of ceremonies for the annual awards luncheon honoring other community volunteers. And he’s even played Santa Claus at the Festival of Lights Parade.

2018 Year in Review

Year in Review
Town Crier File Photos
Clockwise from top left: A man rides a motorized scooter along Castro Street in downtown Mountain View, a respirator protecting his lungs from smoke from the Camp Fire in Butte County; Los Altos businessman Mark Feathers is sentenced to 33 months in prison for financial fraud; electric bikes await use in Mountain View after the city adopts a dockless bike program; Enchante Boutique owner Abigail Ahrens, center, accepts awards and proclamations from State Sen. Jerry Hill, left, and Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, right; shoppers stroll in the Kohl’s parking lot after the Los Altos School District reveals its interest in acquiring the Mountain View site for a 10th school campus; a pup sunbathes in Rosita Park after the Los Altos Parks and Recreation Commission’s decision to reject a proposal for a dog park in town.

The ballot box was a focal point locally as well as nationally in mid-term election year 2018.

Los Altos and Mountain View residents passed a $295 million bond measure in June for the local high school district, while giving incumbents the boot in the November Mountain View and Los Altos city council elections.

Farewell: Just a few of those we said goodbye to in 2018

• Ted Laliotis (Oct. 24), former Los Altos City Council member; mayor of Los Altos in 1991

• Lydia Young (Oct. 18), makeup artist and hair stylist for Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell; founder of Men’s Health Club and women’s-only spa Lydia’s in Los Altos


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