Los Altos' 'Downtown Abby' gets OK to open Enchanté plaza

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After a green light from the Planning and Transportation Commission, the plaza area at Enchanté Boutique Hotel now bustles with patrons enjoying drinks and small plates.

Local gourmands take note: Enchanté Boutique Hotel now serves beverages and small plates to the general public.

The Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission Thursday unanimously approved a use-permit amendment allowing the French-inspired bistro plaza to open at 1 Main St. for public service.


Library users reject new online catalog – old one returning

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After public outcry, the Los Altos library and other branches of the Santa Clara County Library District are reinstating their old online catalog system.

Avid Los Altos main library user Cindy Anderson was definitely not impressed with the library’s new online catalog system.

“Short of the rollout of Obamacare, I have never seen such a lousy IT system cutover for the public to use,” she said. “It definitely was not ready for primetime.”


Police view Blach's 'disgusting' graffiti as hate crime

It may have been a thoughtless juvenile act of vandalism, but the graffiti images – a phallic symbol accompanied by a swastika – were beyond offensive to Neil Tuch.

Tuch came across the image July 30, spray-painted prominently on the wooden wall outside the entrance to the Chorus/Drama room at Blach Intermediate School in Los Altos.


Police chief lays out parking limits, fines

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A Los Altos police officer issues a ticket for an illegally parked vehicle downtown.

It’s summertime, and while the livin’ may be easy, that’s not always the case for motorists seeking a parking space in downtown Los Altos.

With popular seasonal events such as the weekly Los Altos Farmers’ Market comes the inevitable pinch on the area’s 1,400 free parking spots.


News Briefs

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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.


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