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New laws raise minimum wage, mandate vaccinations

The California State Senate and Assembly passed several hundred bills that Gov. Jerry Brown signed last year, most of them taking effect this week.

New minimum wage and vaccine rules number among the biggest changes on the statewide level. The senate bill requiring that all children in child care and public and private schools be up-to-date on vaccines took full effect this week. Because vaccination status is only verified at certain points during a student’s school career, the change won’t be sweeping for already-enrolled, unvaccinated children.

2015 Year in Review

We’ll say this for 2015: It’s left us looking forward to 2016.

The city of Los Altos began the year vowing better communication, and followed that pledge with advance notices of city council meetings in the Town Crier. But the abject failure of Measure A in November revealed a huge gulf in understanding between city leaders’ and residents’ expectations.

Los Altan of the Year, Clyde Noel: Embracing life's changes as opportunities

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Man about town Clyde Noel, 93, the Town Crier’s 2015 Los Altan of the Year, is retired but far from retiring – he is an active volunteer, member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos and contributor to the Town Crier.

When Clyde Noel was 17 years old, his grandfather told him he’d spend his days milking cows on the family farm.

“No way did I want that,” recalled the Los Altos Hills resident. “There was more than just milkin’.”

"A Side of Clyde:" Humor, persistence hallmarks of long service

Above Left and Left Photos courtesy of the Noel Family; Above Right Town Crier File Photo
Full of laughter, Clyde Noel has made his mark and kept his humor throughout the years. He stands with Town Crier Publisher Paul Nyberg, above left.

I believe that Clyde Noel is chiefly responsible for the playful use of the word “character.”

If you take life too seriously, you’d better stay away from Clyde. Check that, you could probably stand to benefit from this irreverent, always-smiling, fun-loving guy who doesn’t finish any conversation without throwing a punch line at you.

Living the long life

Photos Courtesy of the Noel Family
Clyde and Lois Noel, above, have been married for 72 years. They met while Clyde was serving in the U.S. Navy.

Editor’s note: Directed to share a bit about himself with the Rotary Club of Los Altos, Los Altan of the Year Clyde Noel delivered the following speech Dec. 10 and received a standing ovation for his good humor.

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