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News

"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 spending nearl...

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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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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

DR. ALFRED 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


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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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MV unleashes new ordinance requiring licensing for cats


Photo By: Courtesy of Miramonte Veterinary Hospital
Photo Courtesy Of Miramonte Veterinary Hospital

Kittens, like these from Miramonte Veterinary Hospital in Mountain View, will need licenses just like the dogs.

Licensing has been going to the dogs. But a new animal welfare and control ordinance passed by Mountain View extends to cats, too.

At the request of the city’s animal services agency, the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA), the Mountain View City Council June 4 approved a law that would “modernize” regulations “to include spay and neuter requirements for at-large animals, and the use of humane animal traps,” according to a city staff report.

Staff said adopting the ordinance would streamline services for Mountain View, with SVACA assuming responsibility for administrative tasks and enforcement previously provided by police officers and other city staff.

While tailored to specific Mountain View needs, such as prohibition of animals in food establishments, the law expands on requirements for appropriate food, shelter, immunizations and licensing. It requires licenses for cats and dogs four months and older. Rabies vaccinations are also mandated as part of the licensing process.

In particular, the law includes wording specific to beekeeping where none existed before. New rules allow for beekeeping as long as bees are housed at least 10 feet from a property line and 20 feet from a street.

“The setbacks are reasonable,” said Mountain View beekeeper Bruce Karney, who spoke at the council meeting.

“Up until this, bees were only allowed in (agricultural) zoning,” said Councilman Mike Kasperzak.

Some councilmembers objected to license requirements for cats.

“I don’t know what we’re trying to solve,” said Councilman Jac Siegel.

“If cats are in the system,” countered Dan Soszynski, executive director of SVACA, “there’s a chance of reuniting them with their owner.”

Kasperzak noted that licensing cats was a matter of consistency.

“If we’re going to license dogs, I don’t know why cats get a free ride,” he said.

Councilman John McAlister, however, countered that “this is not going to be an ordinance that is enforced or adhered to.”

Nonetheless, councilmembers, including McAlister, voted 6-1, to proceed with the ordinance as proposed. Mayor John Inks cast the lone dissenting vote, citingwhat he felt was unnecessary regulation.

A second reading of the law was scheduled at Tuesday’s council meeting, after the Town Crier’s press deadline.

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