Guide: Mtn View Arts & Wine Festival

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The 44th Annual Mountain View Art & Wine Festival is scheduled 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 12-13) along Castro Street.


California releases new state testing results

The California Department of Education released the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress today. The Town Crier has compiled a graph of all local public schools showing the percentages for each grade and school of students scoring Standard Met and Standard Exceeded in the English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics tests. The graph also shows how many students at each school were tested and the percentages of English Language Learners (ELL) and Economically Disadvantaged students. 

These new online assessments were administered to local students last spring to gauge their progress in learning new, more rigorous academic Common Core standards designed to prepare them for college and careers in the 21st century.

Because 2015 is the first year of the new tests and because they are substantially different from their predecessors and serve as a baseline from which to measure future progress, state officials said they should not be compared to results from the state’s previous assessments, the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program.

To enlarge and read the full graph, please click on the image. For Mountain View Whisman School District results, click forward to the second image. 

For the full listing of state data, visit


Enchanté plaza remains open to the public

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Alicia Castro/Town Crier
The plaza area at Enchanté Boutique Hotel now serves drinks and small plates.

The Los Altos City Council Aug. 25 voted unanimously in favor of Enchanté Boutique Hotel serving beverages and small plates to the public on the community plaza.


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 Service Co., asked residents in the affected area to stop drinking tap water and began tracking down the source of contamination.


Cal Water says no E. coli in water; limits boiling advisory area

Cal Water officials said today that preliminary water quality test results were negative for E. coli were negative and "only a single hydrant" in the South El Monte area of Los Altos showed the presence of total coliform. They reduced the "boil your water" advisory to an area of a few streets Tues evening (July 28), see map below. 

Officials stopped short of lifting their boiling water advisory entirely and is conducting additional testing. 

Following a repair to a broken water main, Cal Water advised customers July 26 in the South El Monte area of Los Altos to boil water for one minute or use bottled water for drinking and other uses after water samples taken following a main repair tested positive for the contaminants. Crews flushed water lines in the area and began taking follow-up water quality samples in accordance with state Division of Drinking Water protocol.

“We are committed to returning the water system back to normal service as soon as possible; however, we want to ensure it is safe for customers to use for drinking and cooking before we do so,” said Chris Wilson, customer service manager. “We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.”

Residents who opt for using bottled water during this advisory can bring their receipts for reimbursement to the Cal Water Customer Center at 949 B St., Los Altos, 94024, or mail them to the same address to the attention of Chris Wilson. For questions, call the Cal Water Customer Center at 917-0152.

Cal Water serves about 67,940 people through 18,800 service connections in Los Altos and portions of Cupertino, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and Sunnyvale. For more information, visit


Pedestrian injured by hit-and-run driver in Mtn. View

Mountain View Police seek a hit-and-run suspect who struck a pedestrian at the intersection of Castro Street and El Camino Real last week.

The pedestrian suffered minor abrasions to the foot and hand, according to police.


Brush fire contained at Foothill and 280

Courtesy of Saema Adeeb
Fire races up a hillside towards eucalyptus trees in Los Altos Hills Monday (June 15).

Dry grass spread a late-afternoon fire from the edge of Interstate 280 up toward Arboretum Drive in Los Altos last week, but responders halted the blaze before it reached the homes and eucalyptus trees at the top of the hill.


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