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E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk


Courtesy of Microbe World
Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


courtesy of
Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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Comment

The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Magazine

Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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Candidates pursue state and national offices

Although the Los Altos City Council and the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees races are at the center of the Town Crier’s news coverage, following is an introduction to local candidates running for State Assembly, State Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 election.

During the 2010 redistricting process, many districts were consolidated or modified. For updated information, visit California Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s Board of Elections website at www.sos.ca.gov/elections.

Assembly District 24 (previously the 21st and 22nd districts)

• Richard Gordon (D), incumbent

Legislative experience: State Assembly (2010-present), San Mateo County Board of Supervisors (1997-2010), San Mateo County Board of Education (1992-1997).

Legislative highlights: Protected seniors from fraud by creating safeguards for conservator trusts (AB 1288), secured additional funding for Plastic Market Development Program that created approximately 4,000 jobs (AB 1149), required for-profit colleges to disclose unaccredited degrees (AB 611).

Website: richgordon2012.com

• Chengzhi “George” Yang (R)

Legislative experience: None.

Platform: According to his webpage, Yang’s priorities would include economic measures such as a pension cap, improving the quality of education, creating incentives for entrepreneurs and stopping taxpayer projects, including the High-Speed Rail Project.

Website: gcyang.com

State of the race: Based on the demographics of registered voters in the district and the strength of his record, Gordon appears a shoo-in for re-election.

Gordon has earned a reputation for getting things done in Sacramento. In the past two years, he has authored more than 19 bills, with nearly 75 percent passed into law.

Senate District 13 (previously the 11th and 13th districts)

• Jerry Hill (D), incumbent

Legislative experience: State Assembly (2008-present), San Mateo City Council (1991-1998), San Mateo County Board of Supervisors (1998-2008).

Legislative highlights: Improved gas pipeline safety by requiring remote-controlled shut off valves in urban areas (AB 56), made medicines more accessible for Parkinson’s disease patients (AB 1414), increased subsidy for low-income drivers to take vehicles with high levels of smog off roads (AB 787).

Website: jerryhillforsenate.com

• Sally Lieber (D), incumbent

Legislative experience: State Assembly (2002-2008), Mountain View city councilmember, Mountain View mayor.

Legislative highlights: Increased minimum wage in California from $6.75 to $8 (AB 2683), safeguarded services for special education by securing $2.3 billion in federal funding (AB 1662), created San Francisco Bay Preservation Authority to protect Bay’s ecosystems (AB 2954).

Website: sallylieber.org

State of the race: After State Senate districts 11 and 13 merged after redistricting in 2010, the two incumbents were forced to compete for the seat. Hill and Lieber won the June primary, with 51.1 percent and 22.5 percent of the vote, respectively. The state’s new primary system allows the top two vote-getters to advance to the November ballot.

Now, two seasoned politicians with much in common – both are Democrats, have records of achievement in the State Senate and share similar views on many issues, including the environment – are battling for the office.

With more than twice as much cash on hand as Lieber and a long list of endorsements, Hill appears to be ahead, according to many campaign metrics.

U.S. House of Representatives, 18th District (previously the 14th district)

• Anna Eshoo (D), incumbent

Legislative experience: U.S. House of Representatives (1993- present), San Mateo County Board of Supervisors (1982-1992).

Legislative highlights: Promoted legislation on renewable resources (HR 6), helped make electronic signatures a mainstream tool (HR 1320 IH), supported cancer services for low-income women (HR 3161).

Website: annaeshooforcongress.com

• David Chapman (R)

Legislative experience: None.

Platform: According to Chapman’s website, he plans to focus on job creation. His proposals include repealing guest worker programs, encouraging the Federal Reserve to issue inflation and unemployment targets and to pay taxes and stopping currency manipulation and trade barriers that reduce U.S. jobs.

Website: davechapmanforcongress.org

State of the race: Eshoo has received at least 60 percent of the vote in every election since 1994. A member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, she has sponsored legislation on issues ranging from immigration to alternative energy, new technology and women’s health care.

Despite Eshoo’s incumbency and financial advantage, Chapman challenged her previously in 2010, receiving 27.9 percent of the vote – an outcome that strengthens but in no way guarantees his chances for election this year.

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