City hosts senior chats


The city of Los Altos is scheduled to host two “Coffee, Cider and Conversation” events, an opportunity for seniors to share with city leaders their interests and concerns.

The events are slated noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 13 in the Grant Park Community Center Multipurpose Room, 1575 Holt Ave., and 11 a.m. to noon Jan. 15 at Hillview Community Center, Room 12, 97 Hillview Ave.


Los Altos Hills elects new mayor, considers choice energy partnership

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New Los Altos Hills Mayor John Harpootlian receives the city gavel from outgoing mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan at a ceremony Dec. 17.

The lure of Chef Chu’s was too great; typically loquacious Los Altos Hills city councilmembers breezed through their agenda in record time Dec. 17 to feast on the local restaurateur’s cuisine at a town hall reception honoring out-going Mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan and in-coming Mayor John Harpootlian.

“Thank you for joining me on this occasion,” Harpootlian said. “While assuming the mayorship is largely ceremonial, the celebration is real. I’m looking forward to sharing a glass of wine and some very special Chinese food from our chef, Larry Chu Sr.”


MV appoints new assistant city manager

After a search that yielded more than 90 applicants, Mountain View hired Audrey Seymour Ramberg as assistant city manager, effective Feb. 8.

Ramberg replaces Melissa Stevenson Diaz, who resigned in September to become city manager in Redwood City.


Caregiver arrested for financial elder abuse, forgery

A bank employee alerting Los Altos Police to suspicious activity on an account belonging to a 95-year-old resident resulted in the arrest of an in-home caregiver Dec. 17.

A1 Care San Bruno employee Mahe Puipui, 36, allegedly stole several personal checks from the victim, wrote them out to herself, and cashed or deposited them, according to police. Police report a total loss of approximately $20,000.


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.


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