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.


Bullis crosswalk to remain as task force considers safety improvements

Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
Gardner Bullis third-grader Claire Pettit addresses the Los Altos Hills City Council Dec. 16 in defense of preserving the crosswalk in front of her school.

With parents, students and an impassioned school principal testifying on its behalf, the Fremont Road crosswalk in front of Gardner Bullis School received a reprieve Dec. 16.

“I think it’s unsafe, but I certainly don’t want to fight the school district and the principal, whom I have a tremendous amount of respect for, and the parents,” said Los Altos Hills City Councilman John Radford, expressing an opinion echoed by fellow councilmembers.


Living the long life

Photos Courtesy of the Noel Family
Clyde and Lois Noel, above, have been married for 72 years. They met while Clyde was serving in the U.S. Navy.

Editor’s note: Directed to share a bit about himself with the Rotary Club of Los Altos, Los Altan of the Year Clyde Noel delivered the following speech Dec. 10 and received a standing ovation for his good humor.


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