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Street crack-sealing project begins Monday, May 4

The City of Los Altos is beginning a city-wide street crack-sealing project on Monday (May 4).

City officials said the traffic impact for this project will be minimal. No streets will be closed and vehicles can resume normal traffic flow shortly aft...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer app...

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Community

CHAC appoints new leader

CHAC appoints new leader

Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, LCSW, has been named the new executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). A seasoned nonprofit leader, Nakano-Matsumoto is scheduled to assume duties July 1. She takes over for outgoing executive direct...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Comment

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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Los Altos Briefs

City offers live stream of council meetings on mobile devices

Los Altos officials announced last week that the city’s new website, launched in August, is now fully compatible with smartphones and tablets.

The announcement came after some residents noted their inability to view live-streaming city council meetings on certain devices since the debut of the city’s new website (losaltosca.gov). Specifically, they said they were unable to download a necessary plug-in onto their devices.

Granicus Inc. – contracted by the city to record, stream and archive council and Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) meetings – previously required users to download a Microsoft Silverlight plug-in to watch streaming videos.

The Granicus system, according to city officials, was recently updated at no cost and now allows live streaming video using HTML 5. In addition to viewing archived and live online video on desktop and mobile devices, residents can view council and PTC meetings live on Comcast Channel 26.

Artistic bike rack policy approved

The city’s bicycle racks may be in for a new look after the Los Altos City Council last week approved a new artistic bike rack policy.

According to a city staff report, the council originally directed city staff to craft the policy in May following a recommendation by the city’s Public Arts Commission (PAC). The recommendation, according to the report, was intended “to encourage the installation of unique artistic bicycle racks” and is similar to a policy adopted by the city of Portland, Ore.

All artistic racks, the report noted, must be approved at the discretion of the city’s Public Works department through a revocable permit process. Anyone interested in pursuing the installation of an artistic bike rack may contact the city’s Public Works department via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 947-2780.

City Manager gets raise

The Los Altos City Council last week unanimously approved a $2,000 annual pay increase for City Manager Marcia Somers.

According to a staff report, the $2,000 increase will bump Somers’ annual base salary to $198,000.

Somers took over as city manager in April 2012, replacing the retiring Doug Schmitz. Prior to being hired, Somers spent 19 years in Danville – first serving as community services director and then assistant town manager from 2006.

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