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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


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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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LAH Council Briefs

Following is a roundup of issues discussed at the Feb. 28 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting.

The next meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. March 21 in the Los Altos Hills Town Hall Council Chambers, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

Town explores path to net-zero-energy homes

In its annual report to the council, members of the Environmental Initiatives Committee summarized recent accomplishments and their goals for 2013. Among the committee’s current initiatives are growing enrollment in the High Energy Homes Assessment program, updating the town’s greenhouse gas reduction plan, making recommendations for revisions to Fast Track Sustainability Guidelines and planning a path to net-zero-energy residences by 2020.

The 11-member committee advises the council on ways to meet strategic environmental goals and spearheads initiatives to encourage residents to become more environmentally responsible. Committee meetings, scheduled 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month at the Parks and Recreation Center, are open to the public.

Emergency preparedness classes now enrolling

The Los Altos Hills County Fire District has scheduled Personal Emergency Preparedness and Community Emergency Response Team training. To register or for more information, visit lahcfd.org/calendar/categories.

Private roads study session rescheduled

Due to a scheduling conflict, the town postponed its public study session on private roads from Thursday to 3:30 p.m. March 21 at town hall.

The council organized the study session to determine the best solutions for residents struggling to find the resources and neighborhood cooperation necessary to resurface or upgrade their aging private streets.

Residents unable to attend the meeting may email comments and letters to City Clerk Deborah Padovan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sheriff’s Office monitors motorists on Page Mill

In response to two accidents near the intersection of Page Mill and Arastradero roads, as well as a number of complaints about speeding from local residents, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office plans to watch for irresponsible drivers.

“We plan to do some focus enforcement … to remind people that they need to drive the speed limit, come to complete stops at stop signs and overall be courteous and appropriate when driving through the roads of Los Altos Hills,” said Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Capt. Ken Binder of the West Valley Division.

New sewer agreement in the works

Malfunctioning flow meters that have proven stubborn to fix since the town installed them in 2009 prompted Los Altos Hills to request that the city of Los Altos amend their sewer agreement.

Since 2007, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills have operated under an agreement that charges Los Altos Hills residents for sewage waste based on the amount of flow measured at several locations in town.

Los Altos Hills City Engineer Richard Chiu said that because the town doesn’t expect the flow meters ever to function properly, the town would like to return to its previous payment system.

If the Los Altos City Council approves an amendment to the sewer agreement, rates would be calculated at 300 gallons per day per connection – approximately the amount of flow measured currently, according to Chiu’s estimation.

In addition to pursuing the sewer agreement amendment in the next several months, Chiu said Los Altos Hills plans to initiate a sewer rate study to examine current and future costs.

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