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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Officials continue to mull animal shelter decision


A PAAS volunteer cuddles with a furry feline friend 

Recent meetings between Palo Alto officials and the nonprofit organization hoping to assume operations of the city’s animal shelter seem to indicate positive progress for the facility.

Seven city representatives toured Pets In Need’s Redwood City facility April 26, said Al Mollica, executive director of the no-kill animal shelter and adoption agency.

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Lord of Los Altos has his day Downtown meet-and-greet fundraises for police K-9s


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Lord, the Los Altos Police Department’s K-9, is scheduled to meet the public May 21 to fundraise for the Police & Working K-9 Foundation.

Lord is equipped.

The Los Altos Police Department’s K-9 has a bulletproof vest, car heat-alert system and trauma kit. His handler, Officer Julie Tannock, said the equipment protects them both – as well as the public. She’s used the K-9 trauma kit, for instance, on people requiring immediate medical attention.

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Los Altos Hills family honors son by helping others


Andrew’s room is colorful with geometric prints and woodland-themed pillows invitingly stacked on the bed. An orange armchair occupies one corner and boxy green lamps stand sentry on the night tables. Although Andrew never entered the room, his presence lingers.

“I could really see him in there, and I could see him with the kids,” said Randall Kruep, Andrew’s father. “It was something really positive, what he did.”

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