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News

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues


Graphic courtesy of Don Gardner
Activists claim that a new SFO flight path leaves a “sound shadow” that impacts Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Sky Posse Los Altos Team – more simply known as SPLAT – seeks to squelch the noise...

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Schools

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'


Courtesy of Lia Evard
Water by Youth members gave Egan students a chance to carry a 40-pound Jerry can, to see how difficult it is to obtain water in developing nations.

Water by Youth, a club at Los Altos High School, is making a splash by pla...

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Community

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage


Courtesy of Alicia Madden
Sales of local Girl Scout cookies support service projects, such as funding an orphanage in the village of Mto wa Mbu in Tanzania.

Girl Scout cookies – whether you think of them as a treat, a tradition or a diet comp...

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Sports

Scoreless spells sink LA boys

Scoreless spells sink LA boys


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High point guard Nolan Brennan attempts a shot in Friday’s game versus Palo Alto. He scored eight points in the loss.

There have been several games this season in which the Los Altos High boys basketball t...

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Comment

New 'York' values

New 'York' values


Hughes

 

As we have witnessed California suffer through one of its worst droughts in history over the past few years, all of us, I’m sure, have been keenly aware of our surroundings and have done a small part in trying to conserve wa...

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Special Sections

Getting a charge  out of the Volt

Getting a charge out of the Volt


Courtesy of Chevrolet
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt can be driven up to 50 miles on the power stored in its batteries.

Just five years ago, we wondered in this column what the power supply would be for the car of the future. Gasoline, diesel, electric ba...

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Business

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Ella Roosakos, 11, with her mother, Gail, puzzles over which Gourmet Works sweets to buy as a valentine for Ella’s friend.

The gift-buying rush isn’t exclusive to Christmas. It may jump over...

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People

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

Alan Rodney Mills, PhD, 83, of Los Altos passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30th, 2016. He was born in Rochdale, England in 1933 and came to California in 1962. He was a proud alumni of Manchester Grammar in England, University of Liverpoo...

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Stepping Out

PYT 'Gets Famous'

PYT 'Gets Famous'


Lyn Flaim Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Renee Vetter of Palo Alto, left, and Megan Foreman of Los Altos star in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Judy Moody Gets Famous.” Performances are scheduled Friday and Saturday.

Peninsula...

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Spiritual Life

A time to prepare: Fasting for Lent isn't limited to food

 

Today is Ash Wednesday, which in the Christian calendar marks the beginning of Lent – the 40 days of preparation for Resurrection Sunday, otherwise known as Easter.

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Inside Mountain View

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters


Mountain View Tenants Coalition/Facebook
Residents gather in the fall to protest Mountain View’s rising rents. Rent relief is on the way in the form of a new ordinance.

A controversial Mountain View law requiring landlords to provide lease opt...

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A look at state, county initiatives and DA race

Proposition 81 Library improvements

If passed, Proposition 81 would enable the state to sell $600 million in bonds for the construction and renovation of local libraries. State general fund revenues, primarily personal and corporate income taxes and state sales taxes, would be used to pay the cost. The annual cost to an average California resident would be approximately $2, according to supporters of the measure.

Proposition 82 Publicly funded preschool

Proposition 82 would create a new, publicly funded voluntary preschool program for children. The measure, expected to cost more than $2 billion annually, would be funded by a 1.7 percent tax on incomes of individuals who earn more than $400,000 annually. Proponents say that preschool jump-starts successful learning. Opponents call it an expensive bureaucratic addition to the school system.

Measure B State parks funding

This measure does not increase taxes; rather, it approves the continued use of county general funds for public park development and maintenance. Measure B requests a 12-year extension of the funding availability. Since 1972, .014 of every $100 of assessed value has been available for parks funding. A homeowner with an assessed value of $800,000 pays about $113

annually.

District attorney race

The district attorney is the county public official who directs the government's prosecution of criminals. There are no term limits to the office, and outgoing DA George Kennedy has served 16 years. All four candidates have logged significant time in the DA's office. Three are DA assistants, and one is a Superior Court judge.

Mark Buller, an assistant district attorney, has 20 years of experience as a Santa Clara County prosecutor and lists crime prevention and community partnerships as priorities.

Karyn Sinunu, chief deputy under Kennedy, has been spokeswoman for the DA and lists public safety, technological innovations in prosecution and integrity in the DA's office as priorities.

Deputy DA Jim Shore has served as president of the California Prosecutor's Association and the Santa Clara Country Government Attorney's Association. He prioritized youth intervention, ethical management of the DA's office and passage of Jessica's Law, a sex predator deterrent, in his campaign statements.

Dolores A. Carr worked 15 years as a DA and five years as a private attorney before her election to the Superior Court bench in 2000. The supervising judge of the Family Division, Carr listed as priorities community trust and feedback, and collaboration with law enforcement, the defense bar and the court system.

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