Palo Alto cyclist dies following MV collision with car

Courtesy of MVPD
A bicyclist died after sustaining injuries from a collision with a car at the intersection of San Antonio Road and El Camino Real.

A bicyclist struck by a car near the intersection of San Antonio Road and El Camino Real has died, Mountain View Police reported Thursday.

Palo Alto resident Eric Palmquist, 63, collided with a Honda Civic July 10 and succumbed to his injuries July 15, according to police and the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office.


Drought takes its toll on local golf courses

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos Golf & Country Club enacted water-conservation measures on its golf course to offset drought conditions.

Residents who’ve watched their lawns turn brown during the drought will soon have company on the local links.

Los Altos Golf & Country Club and Shoreline Golf Links in Mountain View recently turned off sprinklers to conserve water in light of statewide mandates and recommendations from the county.


Purissima Hills, fire district partner on Neary Tank seismic upgrade

Neary Tank upgrades enable Los Altos Hills to expand its water-storage capabilities.

Come earthquake or wildfire, Los Altos Hills is in fighting shape, thanks to a $3 million seismic upgrade to district water tanks and pipes.

Over the course of approximately two years of design and construction, the Neary Tank Utilization Project extended district pipes by 6,000 linear feet and seismically retrofitted the district’s chief water storage tank, a 3-million-gallon behemoth. In the process, the effort garnered recognition from the American Public Works Association by claiming the Silicon Valley chapter’s Project of the Year Award for 2015.


City hires facilitator to address Senior Commission 'dysfunction'

Division among members of the Los Altos Senior Commission prompted the city to hire a facilitator to “help set the stage for respectful interactions,” according to City Manager Marcia Somers.

During the Los Altos City Council’s mid-year update last week, discussion turned to what some councilmembers described as “dysfunction” on the Senior Commission.


Committee organizes LAH vintners' event

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Tom Smith of Los Altos Hills grows grapes on his property. The town plans to host a wine event featuring local vintners Oct. 25.

There are plenty of topics Los Altos Hills City Councilmembers don’t agree on. An appreciation for wine, however, doesn’t seem to be among them.

With a unanimous vote July 16, all five councilmembers gave their blessing to the Vines and Wine Committee’s plans to bring a tasting event featuring local wineries to town hall Oct. 25.


Police Blotter

Police make arrest in LA burglary

July 13, 3:44 p.m., 1400 block of Richardson Avenue: Residents reported that they left their home for two hours and returned to find it ransacked. Burglars stole jewelry and firearms. During a canvas for witnesses, Los Altos police obtained video surveillance footage showing a suspect exiting a vehicle and approaching the victims’ residence. The video enabled police to identify three suspects, all from San Francisco – Delancey Huff, 35; Robert Mandigo, 19; and Khalida Peterson, 20.

Officers sent an alert to surrounding law enforcement agencies, and San Francisco Police located and detained the three suspects, who were in possession of the stolen items. Los Altos detectives recovered additional stolen property at a San Francisco pawnshop.


Q&A with NASA Ames director of science

Before the NASA Ames Research Center Pluto Flyby event July 14, Town Crier reporter Megan Winslow had a few moments to interview Dr. Michael Bicay, director of science for the center, about the historic New Horizons mission.


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