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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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LAH Council Preview

The Los Altos Hills City Council is scheduled to meet 6 p.m. Thursday at town hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road. Following is a roundup of items on the agenda.

Private roads deemed public

Following recent council discussion of the town’s responsibility for 138 private roads in Los Altos Hills, town staff have determined that at least 16 streets previously labeled private roads are actually public roads. An additional three streets were deemed partially public, and eight others require further research from the county to determine their status.

Although Los Altos Hills is not liable for failure to maintain private roads now considered public roads until they are officially accepted into the town’s city street system, if approved for inclusion by the council, the town will become responsible for maintenance.

Private streets now considered public include: Beatrice Lane, Briones Court, Christophers Lane, Country Way, Laurel Lane, Moody Springs Court, Normandy Lane, Olive Tree Court, Olive Tree Lane, Oneonta Drive, Rhoda Drive, Robleda Court, Templeton Place, Todd Lane, Tripoli Court and Willow Pond Lane. Private streets now considered partially public include Adobe Lane, Almaden Court and Miraloma Way.

If the council passes a resolution making the streets public, town staff will assess their current conditions and propose a five-year budget plan for capital improvements.

Upgrades proposed for Westwind arena

The council will review a proposal that calls for up to $57,000 in repairs to Westwind Community Barn’s lower arena, which has gone without any major maintenance since 2008.

Town staff noted that the base of the 20,000-square-foot riding arena has degraded to sandy material, and users are submitting complaints about the facility’s condition. If new base footing is installed, it is expected to last 10 years if properly maintained.

Funding for the project is available in the 2013-2014 town budget, according to the staff report.

Council to review investment report

Following the close of the fiscal year June 30, Los Altos Hills City Manager Carl Cahill asked the council to review and accept the town’s quarterly investment report. Cahill is responsible for investing town funds in accordance with rules set by the California Government Code for municipal governments.

According to the report, the town currently holds an investment portfolio of approximately $9.66 million, divided among the State Treasurer’s Local Agency Investment Fund, the California Asset Management Program and the Comerica Securities CD Program. The report noted that the town pursues a passive investment strategy that allows sufficient liquidity to provide for 10 months of town expenditures.

The town invested approximately 96 percent of its portfolio in U.S. Treasuries last year, yielding an overall return rate of 0.19 percent.

– Ellie Van Houtte

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