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The Santa Clara Valley Water District provides free signs to promote water conservation.

Water district offers free drought signs

The Santa Clara Valley Water District, in collaboration with the city of Los Altos, will provide Los Altos residents with free “Brown Is the New Green” lawn signs and shower buckets for collecting irrigation water.

Supplies are available for pickup 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays at the Municipal Service Center at 707 Fremont Ave., and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hillview Community Center front office, 97 Hillview Ave.


LAHS freshman seeks tech donations

Courtesy of Terence Lee
Terence Lee, an incoming freshman at Los Altos High, is collecting used laptops to refurbish and donate to Sunday Friends, a nonprofit organization that provides STEM education for low-income students.

An incoming freshman at Los Altos High School has discovered ways to reuse old technology to benefit those in need.

Boy Scout Terence Lee recently launched his Triple “R” Eagle Service Project, teaming up with Sunday Friends to redeploy used laptops to support the nonprofit organization’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program.


Police Blotter

Burglary, theft

Aug. 6, 2:13 p.m., 100 block of North El Monte Avenue: An unknown suspect stole an electric motor valued at $120 from a fishing boat in a resident’s carport.

Aug. 6, 2:37 p.m., 1900 block of Alford Avenue: An unknown suspect stole a rifle, ammunition and an iPad from a residence. There was no sign of forced entry.


Residents help police nab burglary suspects

Courtesy of Los Altos Police Department
Police used security-camera footage to identify two burglary suspects.

With assistance from the public, Los Altos Police identified two suspects in a residential burglary earlier this year. Police arrested both suspects last month.

Daron Malik Meacham, 19, of East Palo Alto and Dennis Lamont Miller Jr., 21, of Menlo Park became suspects in a May 15 burglary on Harrington Court after Los Altos Police released a photograph and surveillance footage of two unknown individuals caught on a home security camera.


Local residents boil over botched response from Cal Water

In the aftermath of a potential water contamination last week, California Water Service Co. is in hot water over its emergency notification system.


Council denies Loyola Corners mixed-used project

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council rejected a developer’s Loyola Corners project, opting to update the area’s Specific Plan.

Loyola Corners is about to receive some serious attention.

After denying a high-profile commercial project last week, the Los Altos City Council agreed to consider freezing development while the city updates a 25-year-old plan for the area.


Airplane noise irks residents

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Local residents have turned to U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo to protest Federal Aviation Administration regulations that enable planes to fly at lower altitudes over metropolitan areas – including Los Altos – generating increased noise pollution.

Voicing the concerns of residents throughout the Bay Area – including those in Los Altos – over noise from airplanes flying low overhead, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-18th District) recently released a survey she plans to use in meetings with the Federal Aviation Administration to quiet the skies.

Noise complaints have increased significantly since spring, when San Francisco and Mineta San Jose international airports adopted new flight paths mandated by the FAA as part of an ongoing national program, NextGen. The program is designed to modernize airspace and accommodate increased demand. The regulations established tighter flight paths that save airlines fuel but require that planes fly at lower altitudes over metropolitan areas, such as Los Altos, that previously experienced little airplane noise.


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