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News

‘Brown is the new green,’ says local water district

‘Brown is the new green,’ says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spendi...

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Schools

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an i...

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Community

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice ...

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Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place t...

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Special Sections

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dr. Trang Ly, left, reviews blood sugar readings on a smartphone with Los Altos resident Tia Geri, right, and fellow participant Noa Simon during a closed-loop artificial pancreas study for Type 1 diabetics.
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Business

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and i...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

CARSTEN HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portla...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn


Town Crier file photo
Local actors rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company’s collaborative production of “The Wizard of Oz” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Spiritual Life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


Shaw

Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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LA Council Briefs

The Los Altos City Council took the following actions at its Jan. 22 meeting.

Pavement survey funds approved

The council unanimously approved a $6,600 contribution to partially fund a city pavement condition survey.

According to a city staff report, the city received a Pavement Management Technical Assistance Program grant in December that covers 80 percent of the $33,300 cost of a survey to examine and record the condition of all city street pavements.

The report noted that a consultant under contract with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which funded the $26,640 grant, would conduct the survey.

Funding for the city’s matching portion of the survey will come from the fiscal year 2012-2013 Annual Street Resurfacing budget.

Plastic bag, container ordinances delayed

The council opted to delay discussion of a $30,000 appropriation for city staff to prepare and implement ordinances on the use of single-use plastic bags and polystyrene containers by retailers.

Reached by the Town Crier, Los Altos City Manager Marcia Somers said city staff needs additional time to iron out the finer details in the proposed ordinances before bringing it to the council.

Last year Los Altos – along with neighboring cities – participated in a San Mateo County Environmental Impact Report for implementation of a model ordinance on single-use plastic bags. Because Los Altos’ proposed ordinances would differ in some aspects from the model ordinance, Somers said the city is “looking further into the original” (San Mateo County) EIR before proceeding. She added that city staff anticipates bringing the item back to the council for review in February.

The delay comes after a 4-1 council vote Jan. 8 directing city staff to prepare an ordinance that establishes a ban on single-use plastic bags at retail establishments of 5,000 square feet or more by April 22 – Earth Day. At the time, the council also directed city staff to return with a cost breakdown to implement the ordinances.

A second phase of the ordinance calls for the ban to be expanded to include all retailers in the city by Oct. 13. The proposed ordinance would also institute a nominal charge to shoppers who request single-use plastic bags at local retailers.

Councilwoman Val Carpenter cast the lone dissenting vote on the ban over reservations that it could negatively impact local businesses.

In addition, the council unanimously voted Jan. 8 to direct city staff to collaborate with other Santa Clara County public agencies on a California Environmental Quality Act review that bans Los Altos food vendors from providing food in disposable containers made from polystyrene.

Downtown Parking Forum slated next week

The city of Los Altos has scheduled a community forum on the city’s ongoing downtown parking management plan 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Hillview Community Center, Room 17, 97 Hillview Ave.

City staff will report the results of occupancy counts conducted downtown in September and December. A consultant engaged by the city for the parking management study will present proposed strategies. Input from residents on the recommended parking management options is an important component of the project.

For more information, call Los Altos Economic Development Manager Kathy Kleinbaum at 947-2620 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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