First candidate declares for fall LASD board race

Los Altos resident Martha McClatchie, mother of three Bullis Charter School students, is the first candidate to declare her intent to run for a seat on the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees in the November election.

Three seats will be up for grabs – the terms of Trustees Tammy Logan, Doug Smith and Mark Goines expire this year.


Local cities flex muscles to promote saving water

It might seem like a drop in the bucket now, but subtle pushes by local governments to implement systemic change in how residents use water are growing.

Joining 37 counties, cities, tribes and districts across California that have already enacted emergency proclamations during the ongoing drought, the Mountain View City Council April 1 activated Stage 1 of a four-stage Urban Water Management Plan. On the same day, state snowpack measurements registered 32 percent of normal. Although the ordinance does not mandate cutbacks, residents are asked to reduce water consumption by 10 percent voluntarily.


Open space bond labeled Measure AA

A coalition of community leaders and volunteers has rallied behind a bond measure to provide public access and preserve open land throughout the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, which covers 550 square miles and 17 cities from Los Gatos to north of Half Moon Bay.

The $300 million bond – Measure AA on the June 3 ballot – championed by the Yes for Open Space campaign would improve and enhance 25 open-space areas throughout the district, including four in the region encompassing Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale.


Al the barber bids farewell : Downtown icon spent 67 years cutting hair, trading jokes

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Al Galedrige is retiring from Al’s Barber Shop after more than six decades in Los Altos.

The business Al Galedrige built is older than Los Altos itself. He opened Al’s Barber Shop in 1948 – four years before Los Altos was incorporated.

But no one can claim that Galedrige cut his career short by retiring last week at age 88.


A library for the people, by the people

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New Los Altos librarian Judith Gregg, appointed to the position March 17, invites residents to play a role in the city’s library programming.

Los Altos’ new head librarian not only wants residents to view the city’s two libraries as valued local resources, but also as places for them to share their passions with others.

Judith Gregg, appointed community librarian of the main library and Woodland Branch March 17, said she aims to bring an open-door approach to her new position. She wants Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents to have a hand in determining local programming. Part of her plan includes scheduling more poetry readings and book talks by local authors promoting their work.


Local police, IRS issue tax-scam warnings

By Diego Abeloos

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If not history, then baseball: Author Doris Kearns Goodwin draws a crowd at book signing

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Los Altos resident Jackie Wallace, left, engages in a conversation with author Doris Kearns Goodwin, right, at Main Street Cafe & Books. Dozens of guests waited in line to get books signed by the famous author.

Author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin passed through Los Altos last week, speaking at the Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series and signing books at Main Street Cafe & Books.

Goodwin described pausing amid sprees of presidential writing to pay ardent attention to her other great love, the Boston Red Sox. Baseball fans dotted the crowd waiting for a word and an autograph last week. But presidents still proved the primary draw.


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