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CPUC approves rate increases for Cal Water's Los Altos customers

The California Public Utilities Commission recently set water utility rates for customers of California Water Service Co. through 2016, marking the end of the mandatory review process that began in 2012. The new rates take effect Friday.

For the typical residential customer using 14,212 gallons of water per month, water bills will increase $2.63 per month, or 9 cents per day, to $79.90 in 2014, with smaller, inflationary increases in 2015 and 2016.

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Summer Writing Project seeks next great author

The Santa Clara County Library District, which includes the Los Altos main and Woodland libraries, joined forces with JukePop Inc. and Black Hill Press to promote writing and reading through the Summer Writing Project.

A collaborative effort to identify up-and-coming literary talent, the Summer Writing Project provides aspiring authors the opportunity to create novellas (fictional narratives normally longer than a short story but shorter than a novel) and submit them one chapter at a time for immediate quantitative and qualitative feedback from readers.

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AAUW looking for new members


Courtesy of Allyson Johnson
The local American Association of University Women’s Tech Trek scholarship recipients include, from left, Karenna Olson from Egan Junior High, Idalia Martinez from Crittenden Middle School, Sarah Haslem from Blach Intermediate School, Michele Yuan from Crittenden, Tori Hausch from Egan, Katherine Shok from Blach and Katherine Houston from Blach.

The Los Altos-Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women is scheduled to launch its membership year 10:30 a.m. Sept. 13 in the Hillview Community Center Social Hall, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Members, prospective members, friends and interested women and men are invited to attend, particularly parents of school-age daughters.

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Scouting News


Kevin Tang and Max Louis Simpson

Troop 37 honors new Eagle Scouts

Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 37 recently awarded the rank of Eagle Scout to Max Louis Simpson and Kevin Tang, both seniors at Mountain View High School.

Simpson, who also earned the Bronze and Gold Eagle Palms, joined Troop 37 in 2008 and has served in various leadership positions. For his Eagle project, he refurbished the Festival of Lights Parade’s Jack-in-the-Box float.

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War veteran to visit D.C. memorial on Honor Flight


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos resident and World War II vet Earl Pampeyan is preparing for an Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C., next month.

Los Altos resident Earl Pampeyan is scheduled to fly to Washington, D.C., next month to visit the memorial that commemorates his World War II service.

The 89-year-old Pampeyan will travel – all expenses paid – with 25 other Bay Area veterans on a trip hosted by the national nonprofit Honor Flight Network. Founded in 2005, Honor Flight Network flies America’s war heroes to the nation’s capital for tours of the monuments that commemorate their bravery.

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From Los Altos to the sea: Local Boy Scouts trek 55 miles over Santa Cruz Mountains


Chris Webb/Special to the Town Crier
Boy Scout Troop 33 arrives at the gateway to Waddell State Beach to end their 55-mile hike. Participants include, from left, Scott Ottoes, John Cummins, Gian Coolen, Bryan Webb, Cole Cummins, Zachary Ottoes, Nathaniel Wipfler, Rohan Suresh, William Stanley and Scoutmaster Chris Webb.

When a group of local teens from Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 33 wanted to go to the beach, they chose the scenic route to get there, backpacking 55 miles in five days over the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Their Los Altos-to-the-Sea journey began on the drizzly morning of Aug. 6. Starting from the corner of El Monte Avenue and Springer Road, seven boys – ranging in age from 13 to 16 – and three adult scout leaders hiked up Springer to Magdalena Road, and then progressed through Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve to Black Mountain.

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