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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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Cupertino schools and incumbents win approval in June 5 election

Despite presidential, congressional and state office primaries, numerous statewide initiatives and a Cupertino Union School District bond measure on the ballot, only slightly more than 37 percent of eligible Santa Clara County voters participated in the June 5 Presidential Primary Election.

Numbers specific to the Los Altos area were unavailable as of the Town Crier’s press deadline.

According to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, the majority of those who voted submitted Vote by Mail ballots. Only 6.48 percent of voters cast their ballots at polling locations. Another 6,600 provisional ballots will be added to the vote total by July 5.

A $220 million bond measure for the improvement of school facilities in the Cupertino Union School District won approval from 66.16 percent of voters. Approximately 800 Los Altos students attend Cupertino schools, including Cupertino Junior High School and Montclaire Elementary School, located at 1160 St. Joseph Ave. in Los Altos.

According to district officials, the bond mandates that homeowners pay an additional $29 per $100,000 of assessed valuation the year after the first series of bonds is sold and the year the last series of bonds is sold.

Winning candidates for local office include termed-out state Sen. Joe Simitian, who received 58.3 percent of the votes to capture the District 5 seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. Assemblyman Rich Gordon, a Democrat who represents Los Altos and District 21, retained his seat with 55.39 percent of the vote.

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, won 59.96 percent of the vote, and will face Republican Elizabeth Emken, who won 8.86 percent, in the Nov. 6 general election.

U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, a Democrat who represents Los Altos in the new 18th congressional district, won her primary easily, with 59.86 percent of the vote in Santa Clara County. Eshoo will run against Republican Dave Chapman in the general election.

County Registrar of Voters officials said the elections ran smoothly despite recent redistricting and changes to the collection of ballots. Volunteers from the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos acted as couriers, gathering and delivering ballots to the Registrar of Voters’ office election night after polls closed.

For a full list of election results, visit www.sccgov.org/elections/results/jun2012.

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