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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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Mtn. View Council Briefs


Rendering From City of Mountain View staff report
The Mountain View City Council July 2 approved plans for a three-story, 67,772-square-foot office building, above, at 250 Bryant St. downtown.

The Mountain View City Council took the following actions at recent meetings.

• Utilities cost more: Mountain View residents will notice increases in their utility bills. The council voted June 18 to boost electricity, sewer, waste management and water services for fiscal year 2013-2014, effective July 1.

Rate hikes include 9 percent for water, 7 percent for sewer, 6 percent for recycling bins and 9 percent for trash carts. According to city staff, residents can expect their 32-gallon trash-cart service to increase approximately $1.90 a month. Single-family homeowners will note a $9.80 increase for water, or 21.9 percent (based on 10 units of water plus meter charge), and a $1.85 hike for sewer. City officials said the hikes were necessary to offset increases by utility providers.

• Starting from scratch: Following public backlash over their approval of an animal control ordinance that required licensing for cats, councilmembers backtracked on the ordinance at their June 11 meeting.

The new action allows city staff to start from scratch on a proposed law that would allow beekeeping and leave cats alone. Councilmembers vowed to address the matter again in the fall and give ample notice to residents, several of whom complained that they had no advance notice of the June 4 meeting, when the initial ordinance passed.

In the meantime, city staff will review potential ordinance revisions that include microchipping versus tags, clarification on the issue of dogs in city parks and the number of animals allowed.

• Flood basin stays at Mc- Kelvey: Efforts toward a revamped McKelvey Park, complete with flood-detention basin, are moving forward. Following the council’s approval of revised designs in early May, the Santa Clara Valley Water District is set to begin construction on the basin and park improvements next summer. The improvements, including new bleachers, dugouts and bathrooms, are in effect an exchange for district use of the park for digging the 18-foot-deep basin. The estimated cost of the project is $9 million.

The water district board May 28 signed off on the McKelvey basin and one proposed at Rancho San Antonio County Park as part of the Permanente Creek Flood Protection Project. The city and district have proceeded despite relentless criticism from a small cadre of Los Altos and Mountain View residents closely following the project. Critics claim that the district’s calculations and rationale for the basins are flawed and that the basins are not needed. Water district officials conceded in the cases of Cuesta Park Annex and Blach Intermediate School, where plans for basins have since been shelved.

• Latest developments: The council July 2 approved plans for a three-story, 67,772-square-foot office building on 1.13 acres at 250 Bryant St. in downtown Mountain View. The project, by Smith Equities of Palo Alto, includes two levels of underground parking, totaling 153 spaces. Construction on the new building is scheduled to begin next month and wrap up by December 2014.

SummerHill Apartments plans to build a 150-unit project at 865 E. El Camino Real, following council approval and building-permit application. The city anticipates construction beginning in November.

Prometheus Real Estate Group received council approval for a 169-unit apartment project on 2.51 acres at 1720 W. El Camino Real, the site of the former Tropicana Lodge and Western Appliance. The company is expected to apply for a building permit this month, according to city staff, with construction set to start by December.

The city’s zoning administrator earlier this month approved the Sobrato Organization’s application for a 156,900-square-foot, five-story office building on a 10-acre site at 1255 Pear Ave.

A 19-unit rowhouse project at 1958 Rock St. received the council’s greenlight June 18. The Dividend Homes project would, pending building-permit approval in the fall, begin construction next spring. Dividend plans another 18 rowhouses on the 1-acre property at 111 and 123 Fairchild Drive. The council is slated to consider final approval in the fall.

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