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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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Letters to the Editor

Lack of night games reduces school spirit

I was glad to hear that the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees approved the plan to hold the one night football game at Mountain View High School.

Throughout the past seven years of being a Mountain View High parent, I have been chagrined by the lack of night football, which reduces school spirit and a part of the overall high school experience. Games starting at 3 p.m. make it hard to bring out the enthusiasm of the student body and draw many parents.

Hopefully, three or four hours of light pollution once a year won’t be that off-putting to those neighbors who have elected to live close to a high school.

Craig Johnson

(No address given)

Endorsements diverge from residents’ views

Like Sami A. Ibrahim, whose letter was published Oct. 31 (“TC endorsements disappoint resident”), we are dismayed at the Town Crier’s endorsements, particularly on the local measures and state propositions.

While we recognize that these endorsements are the views of the paper’s management and not necessarily representative of the town’s overall sentiment, we were astonished to find that there was only one opinion we held in common, and were particularly surprised by your lack of support for education.

We can’t recall any previous election where your endorsements and our votes were so divergent.

Recently we’ve noted a number of clearly misinformed letters that are published each week, such as “freeloading” Mountain View students in Los Altos schools, without any comments that correct such obvious misconceptions.

We can only conclude that there has been a dramatic shift in the management of the paper.

Mark and Jennifer Hartney

Los Altos

Water district CEO defends flood plan

Regarding the Town Crier’s story on the modeling of future water flows for the Permanente Creek Flood Protection Project (“Engineers: Local water district projects oversized,” Oct. 31), I want to assure the community that the Santa Clara Valley Water District is using established engineering standards to design a project that will provide the best protection for the community.

Our engineers used standard hydrology procedures for analyzing and predicting potential storm flows. A third-party expert, Multech Engineering Consultants, has reviewed the district’s hydrology procedures and analysis and concluded that the district’s flow rates are valid.

In modeling future water flows, the district looks backward in time, but also forward, to provide flood protection for a future, urbanized condition. Richard Moll notes that historic flows are less than our predicted future flows. That’s because water upstream has escaped the creek banks in the past, so it has never made it to the lower stream gauges. We must take into account the fact that creek sections farther upstream may also be modified to provide flood protection there, so they will carry more water. The lower portions of a creek must be designed to account for future improvements upstream.

It would be irresponsible to ignore these standard hydrology procedures. To do so would result in an unacceptably low standard of protection for the neighborhoods at risk of flooding. FEMA, most certainly, would not revise its flood zone maps, and those who are now required to pay for flood insurance would continue to have that requirement.

With the Permanente Creek project, the water district intends to keep its commitment to provide 100-year flood protection to 2,750 homes, schools and businesses in a cost-effective manner.

Beau Goldie, CEO

Santa Clara Valley Water District

Moll responds: I think my first response is disappointment that Mr. Goldie still regards the Multech report as unquestionable validation of the district’s flow rates, despite my graphical interpretation of the Multech data that I presented at the Oct. 9 board meeting, which challenged their conclusion. No one from the district has yet contacted me to discuss this inconsistency.

Satterlee applauds new councilmembers

Congratulations to the newly elected councilmembers. May they continue to listen with open minds and treat all with respect and civility.

Los Altos was fortunate to have many qualified candidates willing to give of their time and talents. Whatever the results, I look forward to working with everyone in some shape or form in the future.

Megan Satterlee

Los Altos City Councilwoman

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