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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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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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There’s no quick fix for removing points from driving record

Q: Is it possible to remove points from your DMV driving record?

A: Points assigned as a result of collisions or traffic tickets are not something you want on your driving record. Generally, the DMV assigns one point for collisions where you are at fault and one or two points for tickets.

The only way to remove points from a driving record is to wait. Most points stay on your record for three years. Depending on severity, points may stay on your record for up to 10 years. If you receive a traffic citation, some courts will allow you to attend traffic school to keep a point from being added to your record.

To avoid accruing points, follow the traffic laws and don’t engage in reckless behavior. Drive defensively and avoid distractions while on the road. Keep this advice in mind, and you will be able to keep points off of your driving record.

For more information on points on your driving record, visit www.DMV.ca.gov.

Q: I recently took my behind-the-wheel driving test and failed. I immediately realized my error and asked if I could take the test again that day. The examiner said that I couldn’t and that I would need to schedule another appointment. I am over 18, so why couldn’t I take another test the same day?

A: Driving tests are scheduled by appointment only so that offices can effectively manage their workload and resources. Additionally, this gives you more time to practice until your next appointment.

Q: I’m not operating my vehicle, though the registration fees are current and I’ve canceled the insurance. Now I am getting notices of “Intent to Suspend.” What should I do?

A: When your registration fees are current and you are not operating your vehicle, you must submit an “Affidavit of Non-Use,” REG. 5090 form. This notification will stop the insurance suspension action. If your vehicle is still not being operated when you receive a billing notice for your next renewal period, file a “Planned Non-Operational” status on the vehicle and pay the appropriate fee.

For more information on vehicle registration insurance requirements, visit www.DMV.ca.gov/vr/insurance.htm.

Q: What is the proper way to handle an aggressive driver on the road?

A: When confronted with aggressive drivers, make every attempt to get out of their way. If that is impossible, here are some suggestions to keep you safe: Wear your seatbelt; avoid eye contact with the aggressor; put your pride aside and do not challenge the aggressor by speeding up or attempting to hold your own in your travel lane; ignore gestures and refuse to return them. You or a passenger can call the police and report aggressive driving. But if you use a cellphone and it’s not hands-free, first pull over to a safe location.

Q: I’m in the process of purchasing a used vehicle and I want to ensure that the seller is the legal owner. I’m having trouble finding this information – does the DMV have tools to aid my search?

A: The most effective way to determine that the seller is the owner of record is to review the Ownership Certificate and be careful about purchasing a vehicle from a private party if he or she does not have the Ownership Certificate or is not the registered owner. If you purchase a vehicle and the seller cannot provide releases from the registered or legal owner of record, you will need to locate the owner yourself to obtain releases. This can be difficult, especially with finance companies that have been sold or no longer exist. Because privacy concerns prevent you from easily obtaining vehicle history information from the DMV, you may want to request that the seller meet you at a DMV field office to transfer the vehicle into your name.

George Valverde was appointed California Department of Motor Vehicles Director in 2006 and has worked in public service for more than 30 years.

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