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West Nile fogging commences today

West Nile fogging commences today


Courtesy of the Santa Clara County Vector Control District
Fogging commences Wednesday within the highlighted area.

The detection of West Nile Virus-infected mosquitos means that Santa Clara County officials will begin mosquito fogging operations...

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Schools

LASD trustees reopen negotiations with Los Altos Teachers Association

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees last week directed staff to reopen negotiations with the Los Altos Teachers Association, a move intended to shore up the district’s financial picture.

According to the district’s current co...

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Community

LA teenager crowned Miss Golden State, advances to national pageant in Florida

LA teenager crowned Miss Golden State, advances to national pageant in Florida


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Alexandra McCarthy, crowned Miss Golden State Teen in July, earned “Ms. Personality” honors from her peers.

Alexandra McCarthy has a ways to go before reaching her coveted role as a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Bu...

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Sports

After rough year, Eagles aim to soar once more

After rough year, Eagles aim to soar once more


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High senior running back Patrick Vargas snares a pass in practice last week.

Don’t dismiss the Eagles. Coach Trevor Pruitt is adamant that his Los Altos High football team will be better than expected.

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Car spotting 2015: A Piece of My Mind

When I was a kid, September was exciting, almost like Christmas, because that was when the Big Three automakers would reveal the new models for the upcoming year.

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Loving on the Edge

Loving on the Edge


Courtesy of Ford
The Ford Edge has been redesigned for 2015. Ford lengthened the wheel base and added cargo space, among other things. The Titanium model sells for approximately $42,000.

Once in a while, a vehicle we test-drive is just right for our...

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Business

Wine bar aims for October opening

Wine bar aims for October opening


Rendering courtesy of Honcho
Honcho, the wine and beer lounge on First Street, expects an October launch. A rendering of the space reveals the interior layout, which includes bar and lounge-style seating.

A downtown libations lounge that anticip...

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People

LOIS CAROLINE WALLES

LOIS CAROLINE WALLES

November, 1928

Lois lost a long and courageous battle with a prolonged illness on July 14th, 2015. She passed away knowing how well she was loved. She was always the life of the party and loved bringing everyone to her home for dinner or an event,...

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Travel

Carmel Valley Ranch unveils upgrades

Carmel Valley Ranch unveils upgrades


Courtesy of Carmel Valley Ranch
Carmel Valley Ranch recently upgraded its Vineyard Oak suites, which feature sweeping views, rocking chairs and private outdoor tubs for soaking under the stars.

Things are heating up at Carmel Valley Ranch, with 30 n...

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Stepping Out

'Dead Man' comes alive at Bus Barn

'Dead Man' comes alive at Bus Barn


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” includes, from left, Marjorie Hazeltine (as Hermia), Kristin Walter (Jean) and Adrienne Walters (Carlotta).

Los Altos Stage Company opens its ...

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Spiritual Life

Inside Mountain View

MV actress/playwright Garvin wins NY festival award for

MV actress/playwright Garvin wins NY festival award for "Corners Grove"


Courtesy of Undiscovered Countries
Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin received a New York arts festival award for a featured role in “Corners Grove,” a play she wrote.

New York recognized that one of Mountain View’s own can “make it there” when the Planet C...

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A win-win for local law firm: Fenwick & West conserves energy - and earns award


Photo By: Elliott Burr/Town Crier
Photo Elliott Burr/Town Crier Fenwick & West’s Julie O’Loughlin, right, and Director of Information Technology Kevin Moore show off their green data center.

Adopting environmentally friendly practices in a business setting is generally considered a good thing. Being recognized for it, however, is a bonus, according to Fenwick & West LLP’s Julie O’Loughlin.

Her law firm’s Mountain View office last month was named a winner of Acterra’s 2012 Business Environmental Awards for its green data center, which houses Fenwick & West’s computer systems and components. The firm earned the Sustainable Built Environment Award from Acterra, a Palo Alto-based non-profit agency. An awards reception is scheduled May 31 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto.

O’Loughlin, the firm’s senior director of operations and facilities emergency management, said the award serves as recognition of Fenwick & West’s innovative approach to greening its year-old, 3,500-square-foot data center.

“It just gives us another validation,” she said, adding that the firm has seen a 74 percent overall reduction in energy consumption.

The on-site data center was constructed inside an existing leased building at 801 California St., home of Fenwick & West’s offices. The firm recently received LEED platinum certification for its innovative data center from the U.S. Green Building Council, according to Director of Information Technology Kevin Moore.

The data center took eight months to design and construct. It features several customized systems, including a custom-built HVAC unit designed to minimize the center’s carbon footprint and a custom-designed chiller. In addition, the center uses a high-efficiency uninterruptible power system with static bypass and an intelligent light control system with “follow-me” lights to reduce energy consumption, among other features.

O’Loughlin said the center’s innovative custom-built systems made the process of attaining LEED platinum certification particularly challenging, “because some of the technology we use is so unique that there was no way to really benchmark it.”

She noted that the center’s construction included repurposing several existing materials, such as the space’s ductwork and doors. The center’s flooring was remade from recycled materials, she added.

“We really looked at every piece of material and thought, ‘Does this have a purpose?’” she said.

In addition to its data center, Fenwick & West has implemented other green initiatives. They include a rideshare program that boasts a 60 percent employee participation rate, the installation of six on-site electric-vehicle charging stations, enlarging its employee bike storage area and subsidizing Caltrain tickets for its employees.

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