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Paws-itively  ready for  disaster

Paws-itively ready for disaster


Dozens of local residents participated in the Pet Ready! program, which included first-aid tips for animals from Adobe Animal Hospital veterinarian Dr. Cristi Blackwolf, above right. Girl Scouts Rachel Torgunrud, above left, in purple of Sunnyv...

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Schools

Local students earn honors at Tech Challenge

Local students earn honors at Tech Challenge


Courtesy of Ann Hepenstal
Gardner Bullis School’s Tech Challenge Team “Fantastic V,” above, recently showed their project at the school’s STEM Expo. Teammates, from left, Brandon Son, Will Hooper, George Weale, Tripp Crissma...

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Community

Merchants, maypoles, music: Farmers' Market season launches May 1

Merchants, maypoles, music: Farmers' Market season launches May 1


Town Crier File Photo
Visitors examine the fresh produce on display at last year’s Downtown Los Altos Farmers’ Market.

It wouldn’t be spring without the return of the Downtown Los Altos Farmers’ Market May 1. The Los Altos Village Association sp...

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Sports

LA tops MV behind Beutter's big day

LA tops MV behind Beutter's big day


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High pitcher Lizzie Beutter went the distance to earn the win against Mountain View.

The number of Los Altos High hits and Mountain View High errors may be in dispute, but there’s no debating which softball ...

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Enlightened California: No Shoes, Please

I recently read a newspaper article about the newly adopted sex-education curriculum in the state of Mississippi. In the city of Oxford, the following exercise is included: Students pass around a Peppermint Patty chocolate and observe how spoiled it ...

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Business

Cobblery makes short move next door: Longtime business relocating to State Street in May

Cobblery makes short move next door: Longtime business relocating to State Street in May


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
European Cobblery owner Paul Roth is relocating his business from 201 First St., above, to 385 State St. in May.

The European Cobblery, a family-owned and -operated shoe store, is relocating to a new home just a f...

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Books

Local Author Spotlight

In an effort to support authors from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, many self-published, Book Buzz periodically spotlights their books and offers information on where to purchase them. Local authors are encouraged to submit brief summa...

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People

'Champions for Youth' announced

Challenge Team will honor Mountain View Police Chief Scott Vermeer as “Champion for Youth” at the nonprofit organization’s annual fundraising breakfast, scheduled 7 a.m. May 7 at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

Lauren ...

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Stepping Out

Last go-round for 'Hound'

Last go-round for 'Hound'


Tracy Martin/Special to the Town Crier
The actors in “The Hound of the Baskervilles” – from left, Darren Bridgett, Ron Campbell and Michael Gene Sullivan – take on dozens of roles.

TheatreWorks is slated to present “The Hound of the Baskervilles...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

A yoga class a day keeps the stress away

A yoga class a day keeps the stress away


Van Houtte/Town Crier Yoga of Los Altos hosts a variety of classes, including Strong Flow Vinyasa, above, taught by Doron Hanoch. Yin Yoga instructor Janya Wongsopa guides a student in the practice, below.

It’s nearly 9 a.m. on a Monday mornin...

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City of Los Altos debuts new website


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The city of Los Altos introduced a revamped website Friday that includes a plethora of additional features and capabilities.

The city of Los Altos unveiled a new website Friday that city officials say will boost their ability to disseminate information to the public.

The new website’s debut comes after nearly a year of research and development that involved every department in the city, according to City Manager Marcia Somers.

Somers noted that the new site includes an emphasis on user-friendly features – such as the ability for users to more easily access content and keep abreast of city events. She added that the website, initially unveiled in beta form at an Aug. 13 Los Altos City Council study session, “provides the flavor and feel of what Los Altos is all about.”

The city’s process in developing the new site included the use of focus groups to gather specific feedback on the website’s aesthetics – including the home-page design – as well as various other aspects. Somers said the city also examined several other municipalities’ websites to gain a better understanding of the content and features needed for the new Los Altos site.

“We probably looked at over 100 websites from other cities to see what worked for them,” said Somers, who added that the new site now allows each city department to manage its own content, versus the centralized internal process previously required.

“It’s one of those things you want to get right the first time,” she continued.

Among a host of new features on the website is an interactive map that pinpoints the locations of current city projects and outlines various details, such as project descriptions, costs and timelines. The site also includes another new feature – a directory that lists the email address and direct phone number of each city staff member.

In addition, Somers noted that residents would be able to submit maintenance service requests and police reports as well as file traffic complaints online. Residents can stay informed about city events by signing up for email notifications – which Somers called “essential” in the city’s ability to communicate about upcoming events “in a more timely manner.”

“It also reduces the staff’s time in terms of, ‘Who needed this, and who needed that?’” Somers said. “That’s something we were doing manually before.”

Somers said the site will continue other features, such as posting the agendas, minutes and audio and video recordings of city council and some commission meetings.

To access the new site, visit losaltosca.gov.

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