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LAH dog park receives green light


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A 0.3-acre stretch of land near Purissima and Elena roads in Los Altos Hills is on track for a dog park. The city council recently approved up to $33,000 in funding for the project.

Los Altos Hills residents should soon be able to let their canines run leash-free in the town’s first dog park.

With a 5-0 vote, the Los Altos Hills City Council approved a budget of up to $33,000 for the fencing and plumbing work needed to construct the park. Funding for the project will come from the town’s Parks and Recreation In-Lieu Fee Fund. To minimize project costs, the town is soliciting donors for additional amenities, including benches, a water fountain, a waste-bag dispenser and garbage cans.

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Football season off and running


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Football players from Los Altos (above) and Mountain View high schools prepare for the season, scheduled to kick off later this week.

Both teams are practicing on new turf fields installed over the summer. Season previews for the Eagles and Spartans appear on page 26 of this week's paper and online here.

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Foothill College expands resource center for veterans

A popular destination for military veterans attending Foothill College will soon have a new address.

In early September, the Foothill College Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is slated to relocate to an on-campus office more than double the size of its current surroundings. The center will move from a 400-square-foot office within the campus center to an estimated 880-square-foot space in Building 5400, located near the library. The move is on schedule for completion before school begins Sept. 22.

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Entrepreneur's story turns into film


Photo Courtesy of Lisa Belcher
Lisa Belcher and Steve Wayneturned Wayne’s 10-year-old story, “The Gift,” into a 25-minute film, shot on location in Hong Kong, left. courtesy of Lisa Belcher

A Los Altos businessman has teamed up with his sister to turn a coming-of-age story he wrote a decade ago into a film.

Steve Wayne and his sister, Lisa Belcher, are in the midst of completing work on “The Gift,” a 25-minute film adaptation of a fictional tale Belcher described as a “coming-of-age, adventure story.”

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"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearly $1 million to show that it’s getting serious about water conservation and enforcement. The district last week announced that it plans to hire 10 water enforcement personnel to investigate complaints of water waste.

In the wake of mandatory 20 percent cutbacks statewide over 2013 consumption, the state’s Water Resources Control Board reported July 15 that it will levy $500 daily fines on individuals and businesses overwatering in such activities as landscaping and washing cars. The fines stem from a discovery earlier this month that water use has increased 1 percent statewide over last year, despite the worst drought in recent memory.

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County DA warns of IRS scammers

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office issued an alert last week warning residents of scammers posing as IRS and court officials.

Deputy District Attorney Janet Berry told the Town Crier that some county residents recently received emails and phone calls from people claiming that the IRS has filed criminal charges against them for unpaid taxes. Another scam moving through the area, she noted, involves people posing as jury commissioners who threaten victims with arrest warrants for failure to appear for jury duty.

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Downtown green park pops up again in August


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Third Street Green debuts Aug. 3 on the 300 block of State Street in downtown Los Altos.

Another temporary park is poised to pop up in downtown Los Altos this summer.

According to Brooke Ray Smith, community development director for Passerelle Investment Co., the Third Street Green is slated to open Aug. 3 and will remain in place through the end of the month. Located on Third Street between State Street and Plaza North, the pop-up park is the second of its kind to appear in the downtown triangle this summer.

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