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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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Comment

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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Climate plan outlines greenhouse gas reduction measures

The city has released for public review a Draft Climate Action Plan that proposes a strategy for reducing Los Altos’ greenhouse gas emissions by at least 15 percent by 2020.

The draft results from the Los Altos City Council’s March approval of a minimum provisional greenhouse gas reduction target of 15 percent below the city’s 2005 level of 182,830 metric tons of carbon-dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e). The 45-day public review period closes Friday.

Reached by the Town Crier, Los Altos Senior Planner Zach Dahl said the action plan aims to fall in line with State Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. The bill, passed in 2006, establishes a statewide goal of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 to 1990 emission levels. Dahl added that while compliance with AB 32 is not a requirement for local jurisdictions like Los Altos, it’s important for the city to remain ahead of the curve. He noted that one-fourth to one-third of all California cities already have a Climate Action Plan in place.

“There are a lot of jurisdictions around the state doing this, so while we’re not necessarily leading the pack, we’re being proactive,” Dahl said, adding that the city could essentially achieve that goal with a 15 percent reduction of its 2005 level. “That is roughly equivalent to the 1990 level (of 155,410 MTCO2e).”

The report outlines reduction measures in five subcategories – transportation, energy, resource conservation, green community and municipal operations – and could actually achieve as much as a 17 percent deduction if approved in full by the Los Altos City Council.

“Some of these (measures) obviously have a bigger impact than others,” Dahl said, pointing specifically to traffic-calming measures, as well as developing and implementing the city’s Pedestrian Master Plan and Bicycle Transportation Plan. “Those three will be the bulk of how we’ll reduce emissions.”

Dahl views the Climate Action Plan as more than just a guiding document to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. If implemented, he said, it could also enable Los Altos residents to enjoy “a better overall living experience.”

Certification of the action plan opens the door for the city to receive state grant dollars, which could potentially offset a significant portion of the $2.2 million estimated for projects outlined in the city’s Bicycle Transportation Plan. Future construction projects will be subject to a more “streamlined” environmental review process.

The Draft Climate Action Plan is available on the city’s website, and residents can submit written comments until 5 p.m. Friday.

The Environmental Commission reviewed the plan at its Aug. 12 meeting. It will also be the topic of a follow-up public meeting slated 7 p.m. Sept. 9 in the council chambers, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

The city council has tentatively scheduled a public meeting to consider the plan 7 p.m. Sept. 24 in the council chambers.

For more information, visit ci.los-altos.ca.us.

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