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E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk


Courtesy of Microbe World
Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


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Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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LA Council gives final approval to climate plan


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The Los Altos Climate Action Plan, approved last week, includes bicycle and pedestrian measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
LA Council gives final approval to climate plan

The Los Altos City Council last week voted unanimously to adopt the city’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) – a policy that outlines reductions in Los Altos’ greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

In addition, the council voted 5-0 in favor of certifying a negative declaration of environmental impact for the plan.

The move comes after a unanimous vote in September to initiate an environmental review of the CAP, which aims to reduce the city’s emissions to at least its 1990 levels. The CAP specifically calls for a reduction of as much as 17 percent below the city’s 2005 level of 182,830 metric tons of carbon-dioxide equivalent.

Los Altos resident Gary Hedden, a member of the city’s Environmental Commission speaking on his own behalf, urged the council to move forward, noting that the CAP “makes sense” by including reduction measures such as pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure improvements.

“We all realize that Los Altos cannot solve the greenhouse gas emissions problem on its own – no city can,” he said. “Nevertheless, we can do something. We can approve this plan.”

According to a city staff report, the Los Altos plan falls in line with the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act, passed in 2006, which outlines a statewide goal of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

The city council took the following additional actions at its Dec. 10 meeting.

Agreement allows ‘double badging’

The council voted unanimously to direct Los Altos City Manager Marcia Somers to develop an agreement that would allow some of the city’s police officers to work in a similar role at the new 49ers football stadium.

According to a staff report, the indemnity agreement among Los Altos, the city of Santa Clara and the Santa Clara Stadium Authority would allow the Santa Clara Police Department to officially hire – or “double badge” – off-duty Los Altos officers as reserve police. The purpose behind the practice, the report stated, is to allow some Los Altos officers – as well as those from other agencies – to serve as peace officers at Levi’s Stadium, the home of the San Francisco 49ers beginning in 2014.

The indemnity agreement essentially releases Los Altos from liability from actions taken by officers working under the Santa Clara Police Department’s double-badging system.

New commissioners fill vacancies

The council voted unanimously to appoint five new Los Altos residents to fill seats on the city’s Design Review, Financial and Senior commissions.

The council appointed residents Ray Ahshordi, Amy Pearl and Ritu Varma to serve on the Financial Commission, which had two vacancies with terms expiring in February 2018 and an unexpired seat that ends in February 2016.

Paul Gonella will fill an unexpired term through February 2015 on the city’s Senior Commission, and Tracey Moison a term that expires in February 2018 on the Design Review Commission.

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