Air district proposal seeks to ban wood-burning fireplaces

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Gas-fueled or electric options may replace wood-burning fireplaces.

Santa Claus may soon need to rethink his traditionally dramatic entrance into homes – at least on the Bay Area leg of his annual journey.

In a move to prevent health ailments caused and exacerbated by wood smoke, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has proposed amending Winter Spare the Air regulations to include rules banning the sale or rental of homes with uncertified indoor wood-burning fireplaces until such devices are decommissioned or replaced with gas-fueled or electric alternatives.


It's not the taxman – it's a phone scam

It’s tax season – and that means scam season.

Los Altos and Mountain View police have been inundated with calls from local residents in the wake of today’s tax deadline, reporting phony messages from callers claiming to be IRS enforcement agents.


Tributes pour in for Bob Grimm; memorial event scheduled

Tributes from all over the South Bay and beyond flooded the Town Crier last week as news surfaced of Robert Grimm’s death.

The longtime Los Altos resident, whose community contributions were many and legendary, died March 21 in Tanzania, Africa, from complications suffered during a camping accident at Serengeti National Park.


Tom Hanks surprises Girl Scouts

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Anushka Srinivasan, from left, Claire Chen and Addyson Andrade, all fifth-graders at Bullis Charter School, sell cookies to movie star Tom Hanks in downtown Los Altos.

Girl Scouts selling cookies on State Street in downtown Los Altos received an unexpected surprise Feb. 28 when a bona fide movie star not only bought cookies, but also tried to help the girls sell more boxes to other passersby.

Tom Hanks, a Hollywood legend – and Bay Area native – who has appeared in some of the biggest blockbusters of the past 25 years, purchased four boxes, donated an additional $20 and offered to have his photo taken with people who recognized him – as long as they bought cookies, too.


Pesky perennial creeps into LAH

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It may look pretty, but the proliferation of the perennial oxalis in Los Altos Hills prompted the city council to issue an “Invasive Plant Alert.”

It’s green. It’s mean. And it’s likely invading a garden near you.

Oxalis, that ubiquitous roadside, cloverlike weed with the bright-yellow flowers, has long been a formidable foe for Bay Area green thumbs, but it wasn’t until recently that the pesky perennial crept into Los Altos Hills lawns, meadows and ornamental flowerbeds. 


A conversation with new Los Altos Hills mayor

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Los Altos Hills Mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan presides over a recent city council meeting.

Courtenay C. Corrigan became mayor of Los Altos Hills in December and will serve through 2015. The Town Crier recently sat down with Corrigan to learn more about her first months on the job and her goals for the year ahead.


Year elected to council: 2012


Los Altos returns to the big screen in latest Jobs movie

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A “Steve Jobs” crew filmed at De Anza College last week, re-creating an Apple product launch.

Town Crier readers who watch the upcoming movie about the late Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs – part of which was filmed in and around Los Altos in recent weeks – might want to keep an eye out for a familiar bell ringer.

The filmmakers recently contacted the Town Crier for help with their plans to re-create editions of the paper from 1976 and 1984 as background for scenes in the movie.


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