Feds initiate aircraft noise studies

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Courtesy of Don Gardner
The chart reveals a marked increase in airplane noise complaints filed by Bay Area residents since implementation of NextGen.

In response to public outcry over aircraft noise above Los Altos and other Bay Area cities, the Federal Aviation Administration last week issued a plan to consider changes to flight traffic.

The FAA in October began analyzing potential modifications to its aircraft paths, including offshore routes, higher-altitude travel and reduced nighttime operations.


Los Altos onlooker in Paris saw resilience, denial as attacks began

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Police respond in the aftermath of the cafe shootings in Paris Nov. 13, just outside the basement Los Altos resident Noah Neiman hid in with co-workers.

Within an hour of hearing gunfire and seeing fleeing survivors in Paris Nov. 13, Los Altos resident Noah Neiman entered the “surreal” world of a witness sought by news organization trying to understand the attacks.

“I felt like I was in an episode of ‘The Newsroom,’” he said, describing the requests that were coming in everywhere from Instagram to his parents’ telephone.


Probable El Niño spurs storm preparedness

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos city employees clear debris out of Adobe Creek in preparation for impending El Niño storms.

Slight drizzles and partly cloudy skies hardly seem foreboding signs of impending floods, downed trees or electrical interruptions, but El Niño is likely coming.


Flu season prep may include a call to insurance

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
A Walgreens pharmacist administers a flu shot last week at the Second Street store. Pharmacies typically offer the shots on a walk-in basis – but it may cost you.

Flu shots serve a private and public good in the community – vaccinated individuals are less likely to get sick themselves and the inoculations help reduce the dangers of exposure for high-risk people such as babies, seniors and pregnant women.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend annual influenza vaccination for everyone, including children 6 months of age and older. Vaccinated co-workers, classmates and family members act as a kind of human shield for those who are particularly vulnerable to the flu.


Survey indicates satisfaction with downtown

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Courtesy of the city of Los Altos 
Residents' satisfaction with downtown has increased over the past few years, according to two surveys conducted by Godbe Research.

The results of a recent survey indicate that Los Altos residents are significantly more satisfied with downtown than they were three years ago.

Godbe Research, which conducted this year’s survey, drew information from telephone interviews with 401 residents. The quantitative survey of a representative sample of residents included data-tracking questions to follow up a 2012 survey, as well as benchmark inquiries that hadn’t yet been asked.


Stanford study highlights threat of tick-borne disease in Bay Area

Western blacklegged tick

Better get that cootie shot: Disease-infected beasties are afoot, and they want your blood.

“It’s easy to remember: The bloodsuckers come out around Halloween,” said Denise Bonilla, Santa Clara County Vector Control District manager.


Series of upcoming events highlights community safety, emergency preparedness

September is the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Preparedness Month. Three upcoming events aim to provide residents with the tools and connections to prepare for emergencies.

Coffee with a Cop

The Los Altos Police Department is scheduled to host its second Coffee with a Cop meet-and-greet event 7:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday at Main Street Bagels at Rancho Shopping Center, 666 Fremont Ave.


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