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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.

Los Altos Hills residents 'go native' with colorful wildflower meadow

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos Hills residents Raj Reddy, left, and Kim Scott survey the meadow of native California species they planted on Reddy’s Viscaino Road property. The neighbors hope the colorful 1.5-acre parcel will inspire others to “go native.”

Motorists tend to idle when they pass Raj Reddy’s Los Altos Hills home. Some even whip out their smartphones and snap a photo or two.

“I’m happy for them to take photos,” said Kim Scott, Reddy’s neighbor. “I want more people to do it.”

Sprinklers douse Los Altos art show

Gina Kermode/Special to the Town Crier
Visitors at the Fine Art in the Park event stroll through Lincoln Park. Sprinklers mysteriously activated the night before the show, dousing several pieces of artwork.

Lining up the artists, food vendors and musicians required months of legwork. There were permits to secure, insurance to verify and marketing to manage. But by the time the sun set over Lincoln Park Friday evening, a good many artist tents were already in place and awaiting the Saturday morning crowds expected at the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Fine Art in the Park show.

The security guard’s phone call came at approximately 10 p.m.: Someone or something had activated the park sprinkler system.

Los Altos Hills prepares to entomb town history

Courtesy of Los Altos Hills HIstory Committee
Items donated for the Los Altos Hills time capsule include, from left, a drone, a selfie stick, sports articles, an iPhone 4, locally made wine from Bryan Family Vineyards, glasses from a town wine-tasting event and a copy of the town newsletter.

All of Los Altos Hills’ rich history won’t compress into 6 cubic feet, but Mary Ann Malcolm is determined to cram as much into the town’s time capsule as she physically can.

“I have so much stuff, I think I’m going to have to sit on it,” Malcolm said.

Bike racks roll onto LA sidewalks

Alicia CAstro/Town Crier
Los Altos Mayor Jeannie Bruins, above left and at right, cut the ribbons to open new artistic bike racks downtown.

Six new bike racks in Los Altos culminate a yearlong effort to integrate artistic elements in the downtown landscape.

The Los Altos Public Arts Commission oversaw the bike rack design competition, which invited artists to submit their designs and local residents to vote for their favorites.

Officials continue to mull animal shelter decision

A PAAS volunteer cuddles with a furry feline friend 

Recent meetings between Palo Alto officials and the nonprofit organization hoping to assume operations of the city’s animal shelter seem to indicate positive progress for the facility.

Seven city representatives toured Pets In Need’s Redwood City facility April 26, said Al Mollica, executive director of the no-kill animal shelter and adoption agency.

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