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"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearl...

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Schools

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an i...

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Community

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice ...

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Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place t...

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Business

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and i...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

DR. ALFRED HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portla...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn


Town Crier file photo
Local actors rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company’s collaborative production of “The Wizard of Oz” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Spiritual Life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


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Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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Bike and pedestrian committee to stay - for now

During a special joint meeting of the Los Altos City Council, the traffic commission and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) Jan. 11, bicycle advocates questioned why the future of BPAC appears in doubt.

BPAC members, who report directly to the traffic commission, have heard rumors that their committee could be disbanded.

Early last year, councilmembers directed the Los Altos Personnel Committee to realign the terms and membership of certain committees, according to Councilwoman Val Carpenter.

BPAC came under scrutiny after a seat on the board remained vacant for months and because the city is scheduled to hire a transportation manager this spring to oversee issues related to city traffic, including motor vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. Councilmembers are weighing whether the transportation manager’s work would overlap with BPAC’s charter.

“I’d like to hear a clear definition of what the problem is,” said Suzanne Ambiel, BPAC vice chairwoman.

BPAC members are involved with several citywide bicycle and pedestrian-related initiatives, and “our work output has not diminished,” Ambiel said.

Preston Tollinger, traffic commission chairman, agreed. In addition to updating the city’s pedestrian and bicycle master plans, BPAC members work on other matters, including safe and convenient ways for children to travel to and from schools, he said.

“We haven’t heard the problem yet,” said Michael Gallagher, traffic commissioner, of the possibility of BPAC’s demise.

Councilwoman Megan Satterlee clarified that BPAC is not the problem, but membership and voting rights do raise concerns.

“I do see an overlap between the traffic commission and BPAC,” Satterlee said. “I’d like to minimize overlap and maximize efficiency. Ultimately, information should be flowing, and we want to have the best pedestrian, bicycle and automobile safety.”

Gallagher said members of the traffic commission and BPAC should talk among themselves about a plan and find a solution.

At the Dec. 14 council meeting, several residents urged councilmembers to continue allowing BPAC to offer its expertise directly to the traffic commission. They pointed out that large groups of bicyclists use Los Altos roadways, and not having a citizens’ committee to deal with their problems wouldn’t make sense.

Councilman David Casas suggested another meeting with BPAC to hear directly from the members who have complained about their roles.

“I’ve been with BPAC for more than five years, and it’s sad that we’re not able to accomplish anything,” member Randy Rhody said.

Councilmembers agreed to wait until after city officials hire a transportation manager to make a decision on BPAC’s future. Options include consolidating the committee’s responsibilities into the traffic commission, disbanding BPAC, maintaining the status quo or elevating BPAC to a commission.

Contact Jana Seshadri at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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