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MV council adopts rent dispute ordinance, despite reservations

Despite criticism that it lacked teeth, the Mountain View City Council approved last week a second reading and adoption of a controversial program aimed at resolving rental-housing disputes between tenants and landlords.

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alwa...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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News Briefs

Bubble Wrap case ends in mistrial

An eleventh-hour insanity plea led to a mistrial in the case of a Los Altos woman accused of attempted murder. Four days into the jury trial, Laura Jean Wenke’s attorney advised San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Stephen Hall that a defense psychiatrist had concluded Wenke was not sane at the time of the crime in September 2011.

Hall declared a mistrial, dismissed the jury and continued the case. Two doctors will evaluate Wenke.

In the midst of an acrimonious divorce, Wenke arrived at her husband’s construction company in Redwood City dressed in a mechanic’s jumpsuit, which covered the Bubble Wrap she had encased herself in. She allegedly discharged a stun gun against her husband’s side before stabbing him in the chest and neck.

The husband, who survived, had a $2 million life insurance policy with Wenke listed as beneficiary. She originally pleaded not guilty and has been held without bail since 2011.

Mtn. View bank robbed

The Mountain View Police Department is investigating a May 22 bank robbery near the city’s border with Los Altos.

According to Mountain View Police Sgt. Sean Thompson, a male suspect armed with a handgun entered Blossom Valley Shopping Center’s Wells Fargo Bank at approximately 3 p.m. and demanded money from a teller.

Thompson said the suspect – described as 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build – exited the bank at 809 Cuesta Drive on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Thompson said the suspect was wearing a dark jacket and ski mask at the time of the robbery. He added that investigators haven’t determined if the suspect in last week’s incident was also responsible for a handful of bank and liquor store robberies earlier this year in Los Altos.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Mountain View Police Department at 903-6344.

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