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Bacteria in water supply put Los Altos on high alert


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
In the wake of an E. coli alert, Los Altos resident Lou Dadok stocks up on bottled water at the downtown Safeway.

California Water Service Co. earlier this week enacted emergency response protocol and alerted hundreds of Los Altos customers that their tap water is temporarily unsafe to drink.

Cal Water officials issued a notice July 26 that the company discovered E. coli and total coliform in a portion of the local water supply. The bacteria can make people sick, particularly infants, children, seniors and those with weakened immune systems.

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Drought takes its toll on local golf courses


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos Golf & Country Club enacted water-conservation measures on its golf course to offset drought conditions.

Residents who’ve watched their lawns turn brown during the drought will soon have company on the local links.

Los Altos Golf & Country Club and Shoreline Golf Links in Mountain View recently turned off sprinklers to conserve water in light of statewide mandates and recommendations from the county.

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Q&A with NASA Ames director of science

Before the NASA Ames Research Center Pluto Flyby event July 14, Town Crier reporter Megan Winslow had a few moments to interview Dr. Michael Bicay, director of science for the center, about the historic New Horizons mission.

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In a year of make-do, survey studies the who and why of local homelessness


Courtesy Of SAnta Clara County Office of Supportive Housing
The graphic reveals the combination of factors leading to county residents becoming homeless – and remaining so.

Unsheltered residents proliferated in Los Altos and Mountain View over the past two years.

The narrative of Silicon Valley homelessness most often highlights the tent camps in San Jose, but outdoor spaces in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View also see the homeless in fluctuating numbers year by year. And while countywide homeless rates have declined 14 percent, two local cities saw a spike in numbers.

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Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge


Photo by Kira Gunderson/Special to the Town Crier
A coyote prowls Rancho San Antonio Preserve earlier this year

 A recent coyote attack in Mountain View that left a neighborhood cat dead has local residents concerned, but animal services officials said pet owners can take simple precautionary measures to avoid such encounters.

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Local family finds itself in middle of chaos after Charleston shootings


Courtesy of Toby McDonell
Los Altos resident Toby McDonell described the scene of the Charleston shootings as “scary.”

As a Palo Alto firefighter, Los Altos resident Toby McDonell has handled numerous emergency situations. So he knew when he saw the urgent speed at which police cars were zooming by that something terrible was happening at approximately 9 p.m. June 17 on Calhoun Street in Charleston, S.C.

It was beyond bad. An alleged racist shot and killed nine people at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church during a Wednesday night Bible study. The shooter, one of the 13 attendees, reportedly began firing a .45-caliber pistol after participating in the study for an hour. The nine victims included the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, a state senator.

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LAH preserves historical cupola


Duxbury, left, Los Altos Hills resident Duffy Price and History Committee member Mary Ann Malcolm spearheaded restoration of the town’s landmark cupola.

For a decade it sat behind Los Altos Hills Town Hall, a forgotten relic collecting termites as its neighbors, the skeletons of farm equipment, collected rust.

But thanks to the initiative of town historians, the decorative cupola that once crowned town hall has been rescued from the weeds and restored to a position of prominence outside town hall city council chambers.

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