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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.

Lord of Los Altos has his day Downtown meet-and-greet fundraises for police K-9s

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Lord, the Los Altos Police Department’s K-9, is scheduled to meet the public May 21 to fundraise for the Police & Working K-9 Foundation.

Lord is equipped.

The Los Altos Police Department’s K-9 has a bulletproof vest, car heat-alert system and trauma kit. His handler, Officer Julie Tannock, said the equipment protects them both – as well as the public. She’s used the K-9 trauma kit, for instance, on people requiring immediate medical attention.

Los Altos Hills family honors son by helping others

Andrew’s room is colorful with geometric prints and woodland-themed pillows invitingly stacked on the bed. An orange armchair occupies one corner and boxy green lamps stand sentry on the night tables. Although Andrew never entered the room, his presence lingers.

“I could really see him in there, and I could see him with the kids,” said Randall Kruep, Andrew’s father. “It was something really positive, what he did.”

Second animal shelter bid search concludes with little response

Stephanie Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Rosie Chen tends to one of the dogs at Palo Alto Animal Services.

It’s round No. 2 for Palo Alto Animal Services.

After attracting only a single agency interested in assuming operations of the financially troubled facility, the city launched a second solicitation period in January. The new results, however, are not much better: A mere three registered vendors responded, and representatives of one – Humane Society Silicon Valley – have indicated that they do not intend to actually bid.

Gardner Bullis crosswalk could soon feature guard

Courtesy of Lauren Weingram
After a spate of accidents at the Fremont Road crosswalk near Gardner Bullis School, Boy Scout Isaac Weingram took matters into his own hands and implemented a flag system for safe passage.

The Gardner Bullis School community could see a crossing guard directing pedestrians across the Fremont Road crosswalk as soon as this week, school principal Katie Kinnaman said.

That’s news Los Altos Hills City Councilmembers should welcome after frustration with delays led to some ultimatums at the last council meeting.

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