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Pines in peril

Photos Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Arborists with S.P. McClenahan of Portola Valley cut down a Monterey pine tree behind Los Altos Hills Town Hall, above. The tree, located in a resident’s backyard, was dying due to bark beetle and drought. A pitch tube, right, upon a Monterey pine tree’s bark indicates where bark beetles have bored into the tree.

It seemed like a good idea at the time: offer free Monterey pine seedlings to Los Altos Hills residents who promised to plant them. Heck, Tree-Planting Committee Chairman Bill George would even dig the holes for free.

“If the homeowner would rather buy his own trees, that’s jake with George, too, just as long as they’re not larger than 1-gallon size,” read a Jan. 8, 1969, Town Crier article. “Bigger than that, dig your own hole.”

MV enacts rental dispute resolution program

Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
Joan MacDonald, center, marvels over the boxes of petitions she and other volunteers helped gather. The petitions call for a rent control measure on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Mountain View renters and landlords now have an additional resource to handle disputes.

The city’s mandatory Rental Housing Dispute Resolution Program ordinance is in effect for any rental property with three or more units in a single structure.

LA council OKs sculptures after question over 'Goose'

"Archimedes’ Goose”

Call it the goose that nearly got cooked.

Los Altos City Councilwoman Megan Satterlee had some reservations last week about the proposed installation of an outdoor sculpture titled “Archimedes’ Goose.”

Bob Mabe: Classic-car enthusiast was also a class act

The spectacle of vintage vehicles seen every year at local parades, picnics and festivals provides stark contrast to the quiet, unassuming gentleman responsible for arranging them. For Bob Mabe, the car shows were a natural extension of a passion that arguably began with his 1958 Thunderbird.

Mr. Mabe, who died at age 78 June 1 after a long bout with cancer, was as meticulous in planning his car shows as he was during his 32-year career as an electrical engineer at IBM.

Local banks protecting seniors from financial scams

t left, branch manager at the Bank of the West in Los Altos, is vigilant in protecting clients from financial abuse. She is pictured with staff members, clockwise from back left, Elidel Damper, Karianne Tran and Carmelita Carney. Rhonda Mak/ Town Crier

An estimated 5 million cases of elder financial exploitation occur in the U.S. annually, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse, and Los Altos – with nearly 20 percent of its population at least 65 years old – is not immune to the problem.

The schemes include calls from fake grandchildren asking for money, requests for bank account information from people pretending to work for the FBI, phony IRS agents seeking additional tax payments and, of course, the classic scam involving a so-called Nigerian prince needing help transferring millions of dollars.

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