In a year of make-do, survey studies the who and why of local homelessness

Courtesy Of SAnta Clara County Office of Supportive Housing
The graphic reveals the combination of factors leading to county residents becoming homeless – and remaining so.

Unsheltered residents proliferated in Los Altos and Mountain View over the past two years.

The narrative of Silicon Valley homelessness most often highlights the tent camps in San Jose, but outdoor spaces in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View also see the homeless in fluctuating numbers year by year. And while countywide homeless rates have declined 14 percent, two local cities saw a spike in numbers.


Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge

Photo by Kira Gunderson/Special to the Town Crier
A coyote prowls Rancho San Antonio Preserve earlier this year

 A recent coyote attack in Mountain View that left a neighborhood cat dead has local residents concerned, but animal services officials said pet owners can take simple precautionary measures to avoid such encounters.


Local family finds itself in middle of chaos after Charleston shootings

Courtesy of Toby McDonell
Los Altos resident Toby McDonell described the scene of the Charleston shootings as “scary.”

As a Palo Alto firefighter, Los Altos resident Toby McDonell has handled numerous emergency situations. So he knew when he saw the urgent speed at which police cars were zooming by that something terrible was happening at approximately 9 p.m. June 17 on Calhoun Street in Charleston, S.C.

It was beyond bad. An alleged racist shot and killed nine people at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church during a Wednesday night Bible study. The shooter, one of the 13 attendees, reportedly began firing a .45-caliber pistol after participating in the study for an hour. The nine victims included the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, a state senator.


LAH preserves historical cupola

Duxbury, left, Los Altos Hills resident Duffy Price and History Committee member Mary Ann Malcolm spearheaded restoration of the town’s landmark cupola.

For a decade it sat behind Los Altos Hills Town Hall, a forgotten relic collecting termites as its neighbors, the skeletons of farm equipment, collected rust.

But thanks to the initiative of town historians, the decorative cupola that once crowned town hall has been rescued from the weeds and restored to a position of prominence outside town hall city council chambers.


Trail study available for review

Residents can review the results of the Stevens Creek Trail Joint Cities Feasibility Study – a combined effort for Los Altos, Mountain View, Cupertino and Sunnyvale – and provide feedback in three upcoming public input meetings.

The study sought to determine feasible and preferred alternatives to complete a multiuse trail in the Stevens Creek corridor running from Mountain View to Cupertino. Sunnyvale is the lead agency on the study.


Lehigh settles with EPA over toxic water discharge

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
After violating the federal Clean Water Act, Lehigh Southwest Cement Co., which operates the quarry in the foothills near Los Altos, must enhance wastewater treatment processes and pay millions in civil penalities.

A $7.5 million settlement concerning toxic discharge into Permanente Creek could be the first in a series of federal penalties the area’s largest producer of cement will shoulder.

Lehigh Southwest Cement Co., operator of the Lehigh cement plant on Stevens Creek Boulevard in Cupertino, and Hanson Permanent Cement Inc., owner of the facility, violated the federal Clean Water Act, the California Water Code and pollutant discharge permits by releasing process water and stormwater tainted with elevated levels of harmful elements into Permanente Creek and, ultimately, the San Francisco Bay, according to a federal consent decree filed April 28. The companies will pay more than $5 million to install and enhance wastewater treatment operations and $2.55 million in civil penalties.


Los Altos physician assists with relief efforts in Nepal

Longtime Los Altos resident Paul Auerbach, M.D., received a phone call the night of April 25 alerting him to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal. The next day, the emergency medicine physician from the Stanford University School of Medicine and member of the International Medical Corps was on his way to Kathmandu.

Auerbach, who traveled to Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, wasn’t able to land in Kathmandu immediately, as the airport’s single runway was crowded with planes shipping supplies to the devastated area.


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