Feds require safety improvements after boat fire that killed Los Altos residents

The boat fire that caused the deaths of a local father and daughter during a Southern California scuba diving trip last year is influencing mandatory changes to small passenger vessels across the country.


Lawsuit pressures Palo Alto to abandon Foothills Park restrictions

Foothills Park
Courtesy of Benny Villarreal Photography
A sandwich board notifies Foothills Park visitors of the park’s admission policies.

The threat of litigation may end up opening Foothills Park to all – even without the implementation of a pilot program to test the waters first.

Reinventing Halloween: Local residents search for safe alternatives during the pandemic

Pandemic Halloween
Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
A sign in a Sunnyvale front yard alerts neighbors to a revamped form of trick-or-treating.

Full moon. No rain forecast. No school the next day.

Mailers, FPPC complaint shade Mtn. View council race

The Mountain View City Council race has been tarnished by hit-piece mailers in the final weeks before the election, with former state assemblywoman and current council candidate Sally Lieber the chief target.

County planning pressed on Stevens Creek Quarry

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Oct. 20 voted unanimously to direct county staff to develop and implement a plan for better monitoring and enforcement of use-permit conditions at Stevens Creek Quarry.


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