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Street crack-sealing project begins Monday, May 4

The City of Los Altos is beginning a city-wide street crack-sealing project on Monday (May 4).

City officials said the traffic impact for this project will be minimal. No streets will be closed and vehicles can resume normal traffic flow shortly aft...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer app...

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Community

CHAC appoints new leader

CHAC appoints new leader

Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, LCSW, has been named the new executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). A seasoned nonprofit leader, Nakano-Matsumoto is scheduled to assume duties July 1. She takes over for outgoing executive direct...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Comment

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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Motorcyclists advised to ride single file

 

Q: I’m a motorcycle enthusiast and love to ride with a few of my close friends. Is it legal for us to ride side-by-side in one lane?

A: When riding in groups, do not pair up. Riding next to each other gives a person no place to go to avoid a hazard on the road. For safety in groups, the best formation to use is the staggered formation. This keeps ranks close yet maintains an adequate space cushion.

The leader rides in the left portion of the lane while the second rider stays one second behind in the right portion of the lane. A third rider rides in the left portion of the lane two seconds behind the first rider. The fourth rider keeps a two-second distance behind the second rider, and so on. You can see a diagram of the formation in the California Motorcycle handbook online at www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/dl655/dl665mcycle.pdf. It’s located on page 33 of the PDF copy.

 

Q: I’m thinking about buying a new car and would like to know beforehand just how much it will cost me to register the various models I’m considering, so I can budget for the new purchase. Is there a way I can calculate this online?

A: Yes, the DMV Web site has a vehicle registration fee calculator that allows current and new residents of California to calculate an estimate of their vehicle registration fees, determine vehicle license fees for tax purposes and calculate fees for registration renewal for new and used vehicle purchases. It is available at https://mv.dmv.ca.gov/FeeCalculatorWeb/index.jsp.

 

Q: Are all DMV offices able to administer the commercial driving test, or do I have to go to a specific one?

A: Not all DMV offices are equipped to handle the commercial behind-the-wheel driving test. For a list of those that are, visit www.dmv.ca.gov/fo/offices/toc_cdl.htm. Driving test appointments for noncommercial class C and motorcycles are available online at www.dmv.ca.gov, but for all other driving test appointments, call (800) 777-0133.

 

Q: The car I have to take the behind-the-wheel test in is pretty beat up, but it’s the car my parents gave me, and the one I’ll have to drive when I get my license. Are there certain requirements my car must fulfill for me to use it for my test?

A: The vehicle you use for your driving test must be safe to drive. Before the test, the examiner checks for a number of things, including tires with no bald spots, a windshield that allows a full unobstructed field of vision and driver and front passenger doors that open from both the inside and outside.

For a complete checklist and other advice on passing the behind-the-wheel test, visit www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffdl22.htm.

 

Q: What am I supposed to do during a traffic-signal blackout?

A: If a traffic signal is not working, proceed as if the intersection is controlled by a stop sign in all directions. This means that you must make a full stop and proceed when it is safe. Always observe your right-of-way rules. For more information, visit www.dmv.ca.gov or consult page 58 of the 2008 California Driver Handbook at http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/dl600.pdf.

 

Q: A friend of mine got a DUI approximately six years ago. He insists that a recent law makes that DUI stay on his record for 10 years. He said that he called and someone told him that all DUIs become retroactive. Could you clarify this for me?

A: Your friend is correct – his DUI violation will stay in his record for a total of 10 years. The most recent record reporting law was passed by the Legislature and signed into law effective Jan. 1, 2007; as such, the DMV is mandated to enforce it. For complete information on the law, visit the DMV Web site at www.dmv.ca.gov. Look for “New DUI Reportability Requirements.”

 

 

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed George Valverde California Department of Motor Vehicles director in March 2006. Valverde has been in public service for more than 30 years, focusing on operations and budget issues. Prior to his DMV appointment, he served as Undersecretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency (2004-2005) and Deputy Secretary for Fiscal Operations (1995-2003).

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