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Loyola Corners economics, traffic rise to top of planning concerns

Loyola Corners economics, traffic rise to top of planning concerns

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Loyola Bridge construction parallel to the Fremont Avenue frontage may lead officials to alter circulation plans for the area.

Loyola Corners stakeholders last week mulled the issues that will likely shape the area&rsquo...

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Schools

LAHS Green Team commemorates Earth Week

LAHS Green Team commemorates Earth Week


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Los Altos High School Green Team members, above, quiz their classmates about water conservation. The club distributed plants as prizes during the club’s Earth Week activities.

Members of the Los Altos High School Green...

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Community

Local pianist, 11, slated to perform Saturday at statewide competition

Local pianist, 11, slated to perform Saturday at statewide competition


Courtesy of the Cha family
Spencer Cha plays piano at a Santa Clara University recital. The sixth-grader also enjoys soccer, tennis, golf and skiing.

Spencer Cha has come a long way since he first sat down at the piano at age 2.

“I remem...

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Sports

Spartans net second place, eye top prize next season

Spartans net second place, eye top prize next season


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Jeremy Hsu, Mountain View High’s top singles player, competes against Pinewood Thursday. The Spartans won the match 7-0.

With freshmen playing the top three spots in singles, the future of the Mountain View High boy...

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Los Altos at a leadership crossroads: Editorial

Don’t look now, but there could be some major changes ahead regarding how the Los Altos city government is run.

The current city council has the opportunity to hire a new city manager in the wake of Marcia Somers’ recent resignation. Fur...

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Special Sections

How to personalize the wedding bar

How to personalize the wedding bar


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
A seasonal signature cocktail adds interest beyond the standard wedding bar’s spirits and mixers. Focus on one set of fresh ingredients, such as blueberries, blackberries and mint for a dose of budget...

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Business

Farmers prepare to market season's bounty

Farmers prepare to market season's bounty


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Journeyman farmer Jen Friedlander waters Hidden Villa’s greenhouse plants, which will grow stronger in the controlled indoor environment before being transferred to the field outdoors.

Around Hidden Villa, the gree...

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People

BUOL JOANNE DOUGHERTY

BUOL JOANNE DOUGHERTY

1930-2016

Heaven gained a beautiful angel today. Our beloved mother’s blessed life ended in her Los Altos home surrounded by her loving family on April 18, 2016.

Buol Joanne Dougherty was born Sept. 28, 1930 in Chicago. At the age of two, M...

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Stepping Out

'Catch' comes to conclusion LA Stage Co. comedy  ends run this weekend

'Catch' comes to conclusion LA Stage Co. comedy ends run this weekend


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
Bryan Moriarty, left, stars as Yossarian and John Stephen King plays the Psychiatrist in Los Altos Stage Company’s “Catch-22.”

Los Altos Stage Company’s presentation of “Catch...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos studies December flooding, cites wayward debris as major culprit


Photo By: Town Crier File Photo
Photo Town Crier File Photo

Residents of St. Charles Court in Los Altos wade through the nearly knee-deep water after December storms flooded their neighborhood.

Localized flooding hasn’t been a problem since the Dec. 23 storm that dumped more than 4 inches of rain in parts of Los Altos, but city officials are preparing for the next major downpour.

Unretained soil and loose vegetation were primarily to blame for the storm-drain blockage that caused flooding just before Christmas, according to a recent Los Altos Public Works Department report. The report identified problem areas that should be corrected as part of the city’s effort to prevent future incidents.

In assessing storm-response measures, the Public Works analysis concluded that debris was responsible for blocking several storm drains and inlets critical for the proper flow of rainwater into area creeks.

During a Nov. 29 pre-storm inspection of 10 stormwater hot spots – locations with a history of flooding – no problems were detected. The city’s maintenance staff regularly performs debris clearing and pipe obstruction checks to ensure the city’s readiness for flooding, the report noted.

“Our storm preparation activities typically begin in October,” said Los Altos Public Works Director Jim Gustafson. “All of the pipe outfalls that convey stormwater to Adobe, Permanente, Hale and Stevens creeks are inspected and cleared of debris and vegetation as necessary to ensure that they will perform their intended purpose before the first major storm arrives.”

To prevent future flooding incidents, city officials studied the stormwater flowing through manholes and will propose additional capital projects as part of Los Altos’ Storm Drain Master Plan. They also intend to advise residents in flood zones about the availability of sandbags and other measures that can prevent dead vegetation and loose soil from impeding the flow of storm drains.

“All of the above are intended to address conveyance of the 10-year storm event, which is approximately what we had on Dec. 23,” Gustafson said.

The city’s police dispatch team and municipal service center recorded 44 calls from 42 locations across the city during the climax of the Dec. 23 storm. Los Altos received between 1 inch and 4.28 inches of rain in a 24-hour period, resulting in the most significant impact on local streams since 1998, according to the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

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