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Cal Water says no E. coli in water; limits boiling advisory area

Cal Water says no E. coli in water; limits boiling advisory area

Cal Water officials said today that preliminary water quality test results were negative for E. coli were negative and "only a single hydrant" in the South El Monte area of Los Altos showed the presence of total coliform. They reduced the "boil your ...

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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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Water district grants flow to local restoration projects


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Grant money from the Santa Clara Valley Water District, including ,000 for Redwood Grove and ,000 for OKeefe Preserve, is funding local creek stabilization projects.

Los Altos and Los Altos Hills voters renewed the Clean, Safe Creeks and Natural Flood Protection Plan Parcel Tax in the November 2012 election, and a direct return on investment is on the horizon via two creek restoration grants.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District Board this month approved a $98,000 grant proposal from the town of Los Altos Hills to restore the habitat of Purissima Creek at O’Keefe Preserve and a $90,000 grant proposal from the city of Los Altos to continue the creek-bank stabilization of Adobe Creek at Redwood Grove. The district received 14 grant proposals and awarded six grants for projects that met the objectives of the Clean, Safe Creeks measure.

“It definitely makes us able to do this project,” said Redwood Grove Park Supervisor Damon Cockerham, who noted that funding from the district totals approximately 25 percent of the total capital improvement budget for Phase 2 of the Adobe Creek restoration project.

The city of Los Altos plans to pick up the remainder of the costs from the city’s park in-lieu fees, according to Cockerham.

“The hillside is eroding and we’re going to use a method to stabilize it using toe-wood installation, logs into the base of the stream bank, backfill cobble and brush layering,” said Cockerham of the project.

In addition to creek-bank stabilization efforts, a creek channel will be shifted to slow flowing water and a pedestrian bridge relocated. Restoration is scheduled to begin next spring and conclude by the end of the summer 2014.

Los Altos Hills residents can expect to see improvements to the banks of Purissima Creek at the O’Keefe Preserve, an 8-acre open space located near Interstate 280 and El Monte Road. Members of the town’s Open Space Committee said the grant would fund the removal of invasive plants along the creek bank and surrounding site. The town did not provide a project schedule to the Town Crier.

For the 2013 grant cycle, the Santa Clara Valley Water District also awarded grants for habitat enhancement at San Francisquito Creek, tidal marsh zone restoration at the Palo Alto Baylands, encampment cleanup at Coyote Creek and a trail along Ronan Channel.

According to district officials, 92 projects totaling more than $16.8 million have received funding through the grant program and other joint-funding partnerships since 2000.

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