FAA report "a start" in allaying noise onslaught

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Anti-noise advocates exchange informational door hangers to give to neighbors.

A federal report released last week identifies possible solutions to the aircraft noise plaguing South Bay communities.

The Federal Aviation Administration’s feasibility team analyzed variables that may cause noise and assessed fly-ability and operational impacts.


Los Altos Hills residents "go native" with colorful wildflower meadow

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos Hills residents Raj Reddy, left, and Kim Scott survey the meadow of native California species they planted on Reddy’s Viscaino Road property.
The neighbors hope the colorful 1.5-acre parcel will inspire others to “go native.”

Motorists tend to idle when they pass Raj Reddy’s Los Altos Hills home. Some even whip out their smartphones and snap a photo or two.


Police say "YES" to summer safety

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Youth exhibiting safe pedestrian and bicyclist behaviors – such as walking a bike in a crosswalk – may receive tickets for perks around town.

Los Altos police will be out in force this summer to ticket youth. But instead of cracking down on rule breakers, officers will focus on rewarding law-abiding bicyclists and pedestrians.

During the new Youth Exhibiting Safety campaign, officers will distribute YES tickets to young people demonstrating safe behaviors, such as wearing helmets, walking their bikes across crosswalks and riding in bike lanes. Tickets are redeemable for prizes at participating businesses throughout Los Altos.


Sprinklers douse Los Altos art show

Gina Kermode/Special to the Town Crier
Visitors at the Fine Art in the Park event stroll through Lincoln Park. Sprinklers mysteriously activated the night before the show, dousing several pieces of artwork.

Lining up the artists, food vendors and musicians required months of legwork. There were permits to secure, insurance to verify and marketing to manage. But by the time the sun set over Lincoln Park Friday evening, a good many artist tents were already in place and awaiting the Saturday morning crowds expected at the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Fine Art in the Park show.

The security guard’s phone call came at approximately 10 p.m.: Someone or something had activated the park sprinkler system.


Los Altos Hills prepares to entomb town history

Courtesy of Los Altos Hills HIstory Committee
Items donated for the Los Altos Hills time capsule include, from left, a drone, a selfie stick, sports articles, an iPhone 4, locally made wine from Bryan Family Vineyards, glasses from a town wine-tasting event and a copy of the town newsletter.

All of Los Altos Hills’ rich history won’t compress into 6 cubic feet, but Mary Ann Malcolm is determined to cram as much into the town’s time capsule as she physically can.

“I have so much stuff, I think I’m going to have to sit on it,” Malcolm said.


Bike racks roll onto LA sidewalks

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Mayor Jeannie Bruins, left, cut the ribbon to open new artistic bike racks downtown.

Six new bike racks in Los Altos culminate a yearlong effort to integrate artistic elements in the downtown landscape.

The Los Altos Public Arts Commission oversaw the bike rack design competition, which invited artists to submit their designs and local residents to vote for their favorites.


Los Altos seeks Senior Commissioners


Los Altos seniors – and younger people interested in seniors’ issues – may now apply to the re-chartered Los Altos/Los Altos Hills Senior Commission.

The seven-member commission has five openings for two-year terms. Applicants must live in Los Altos and be at least 55 years old, or have special skills or experience that benefits seniors.


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