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Leagues of Women Voters endorses affordable housing bond measure

The Leagues of Women Voters of Santa Clara County has endorsed the county’s affordable housing bond measure that will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.

“This measure is a significant step in addressing the most pressing issue facing thousands of residents across our county – the lack of affordable housing options,” said Roberta Hollimon, chairwoman of the County Council of the Leagues of Women Voters, which represents all cities in the county. “The League supports the affordable housing bond for its ability to drive immediate and long-term positive outcomes and benefits for many individuals and families of Santa Clara County, from our homeless communities to our working families.”

Taking a bite out of a big oleander


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier

Santa Clara County road maintenance crews are making short work of the blooming oleander shrubs along the Foothill Expressway median in Los Altos. According to a crew foreman, the oleanders were growing to the point where they encroached on the fast lanes of the roadway. The county employs Elmwood Correctional Facility residents to do the pruning. Some questioned the timing of cutting the oleanders in full bloom. The foreman, who did not want his name used, said oleanders are “among the heartiest plants around” – they’re drought tolerant and grow back quickly.

Hidden Villa guide combines love of children, environment

Laurie Aubuchon/ Special to the Town Crier
Bob Fisher introduces schoolchildren to the organic farm at Hidden Villa nature preserve.

Retired pediatric dentist Bob Fisher, 71, finds volunteering as a farm and nature guide at Hidden Villa a perfect fit because it combines children and the environment.

As a guide, Fisher introduces schoolchildren to the organic farm and hikes with them on the trails at Hidden Villa, the nonprofit, 1,600-acre organic farm and preserve in Los Altos Hills.

Cal Water eases water restrictions, suspends surcharges

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Cal Water’s easing of water restrictions could mean less brown and more green.

California Water Service customers in the Los Altos District now have a water conservation target of 20 percent in the wake of an interim water-use reduction requirement implemented last month.

The Los Altos District aligned with its wholesale water supplier and other regional suppliers to set the target. The district previously had a 32 percent reduction requirement established by the state Water Resources Control Board.

Block Action Team schedules leader training

Block Action Team leader training is scheduled 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at Neutra House, 183 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Block Action Team leaders receive training and information on how to improve their neighborhood’s emergency preparedness skills, participate in the Emergency Information and Reporting System, implement crime prevention and safety techniques and promote social interaction through block parties and other activities.

Acclaimed young pianist to perform in Los Altos to benefit Salvation Army

John Baeg

Pianist John Baeg is scheduled to perform a benefit concert for the Women’s Auxiliary of the Korean Salvation Army Church 2 p.m. Aug. 27 at Bridges Community Church, 625 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos.

Baeg, 14, studies with Yoheved Kaplinsky at the Juilliard Pre-College Division in New York City. He previously studied with Heidi Hau at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has won many competitions, including the Chopin Foundation in San Francisco. He made his concerto debut with the El Camino Youth Symphony in 2012. In 2015, he was invited to perform with the Little Orchestra Society in New York City and appeared with the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony as winner of the concerto competition.

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