Water reductions could squeeze city's green assets

Alicia Castro/town crier
Phil Doetsch predicts that the city’s landmark apricot orchard will survive the drought.

When Phil Doetsch discusses the Los Altos apricot orchard, it’s with both reverence and pragmatism.

“This whole area grew up on apricots,” he said. “With the drought, we just have to learn how to manipulate nature.”


Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge

Photo by Kira Gunderson/Special to the Town Crier
A coyote prowls Rancho San Antonio Preserve earlier this year

 A recent coyote attack in Mountain View that left a neighborhood cat dead has local residents concerned, but animal services officials said pet owners can take simple precautionary measures to avoid such encounters.


LAH residents fight for public road classification

Courtesy of Town of Los Altos Hills
The results of a Los Altos Hills debate over public versus private road ownership could have costly consequences.

It wasn’t until 2008, when residents of Deer Springs Way and Byrne Park Lane sought to bring Comcast into their homes, that they learned they lived along private – not public – roads.


Developer fee would fund public art

The Los Altos Public Arts Commission Thursday recommended amending the city’s zoning code to include a 1 percent development fee to fund public art.

The arts commission approved the proposal with three changes the Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) endorsed at its meeting a week earlier.


Police Blotter

Residential burglaries

June 23, 11:25 a.m., 100 block of Garland Way: An unknown suspect broke through a roll-up garage door and stole two high-end bicycles.

June 26, 10:21 p.m., 1 block of Middlebury Lane: An unknown suspect crawled through a large dog door and stole an undisclosed amount of jewelry.


LAH council approves Page Mill Road expansion

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Los Altos Hills City Council endorsed a plan to widen the congested Page Mill Road to six lanes between the Interstate 280 interchange and Foothill Expressway.

Infamously congested Page Mill Road should be widened to six lanes between the Interstate 280 interchange and Foothill Expressway, the Los Altos Hills City Council decided Thursday night.

It was one of four actions councilmembers approved by a 3-2 vote after the Santa Clara County Transportation Department delivered its latest status report on the ongoing Page Mill Corridor Study. As proposed by Councilman Rich Larsen, the council would also seek to establish communication with Caltrans on the interchange’s contested park-and-ride lot, request that Stanford Research Park accept responsibility for traffic congestion and urge the county to proceed with improvements to the interchange intersection.


Local family finds itself in middle of chaos after Charleston shootings

Courtesy of Toby McDonell
Los Altos resident Toby McDonell described the scene of the Charleston shootings as “scary.”

As a Palo Alto firefighter, Los Altos resident Toby McDonell has handled numerous emergency situations. So he knew when he saw the urgent speed at which police cars were zooming by that something terrible was happening at approximately 9 p.m. June 17 on Calhoun Street in Charleston, S.C.

It was beyond bad. An alleged racist shot and killed nine people at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church during a Wednesday night Bible study. The shooter, one of the 13 attendees, reportedly began firing a .45-caliber pistol after participating in the study for an hour. The nine victims included the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, a state senator.


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