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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.

Cannabis conundrum: Will LAH permit medical marijuana deliveries?

Somewhere off a winding road in Los Altos Hills lives an elderly glaucoma patient anxiously awaiting her next joint. But she won’t need to fret about receiving her medical marijuana if the town’s planning commissioners get their way – they believe its delivery should be legal and sanctioned.

“I want a 94-year-old woman at the end of her life, who has legitimate use of medical marijuana, to have it delivered and not have to find a way to pick it up,” said Planning Commissioner Susan Mandle.

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