Experts give takes on pandemic during county’s virtual town hall

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian held the first of three scheduled “telephone town halls” April 5, fielding questions from among the thousands of listeners from Los Altos to Los Gatos about local and national response to the coronavirus crisis. 

Mountain View ramps up efforts to help its homeless amid virus outbreak

Mountain View leaders are stepping up in a big way to help the city’s homeless.

Local police, the faith community and others are ramping up efforts to provide basic needs as an increasing number of residents find themselves out of work in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and tanking economy. Mountain View officials counted more than 400 homeless or unstably housed residents, most of them vehicle dwellers, even before the pandemic began. 

Los Altos Hills adapts as virus disrupts some services, spurs others

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Town of Los Altos Hills employees Roberto Martinez, with weed wacker, and Oswaldo Arellano, on mower, widen a path off Purissima Road Friday morning so those who use it can stay 6 feet away from strangers. “I’ve been with the town of Los Altos Hills for 12 years. I’ve never seen that many people use the pathways before,” said Jacob Asfour, the men’s boss.

Nearly a month after Santa Clara County imposed a shelter-in-place order to stem the spread of the coronavirus, Los Altos Hills leaders and residents are still adapting to what provisions of that order – and its subsequent amendments – mean for their town. 

Los Altos police chief on COVID rules: ‘We could still do better’

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Landscapers trim and clear the Mountain View train station on Evelyn Avenue Friday afternoon amid pandemic restrictions.

While Los Altos residents are generally doing a good job of complying with the shelter-in-place order, the Los Altos Police Department is receiving calls daily reporting those who aren’t abiding by it, Chief Andy Galea said during the city’s first virtual town hall April 7. 

On the hunt to fight the coronavirus blues

 Stonehaven Drive
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A stuffed bear peers out of a window of a Stonehaven Drive home in Los Altos Friday. Spotting the toys is part of a new viral pastime.

The coronavirus may have killed large-scale community Easter egg hunts this year, but Silicon Valley residents are preoccupying themselves with plenty of worthy alternatives still possible in a socially distanced world.

Scavenger hunts, in particular, have emerged as the perfect complement to the sudden flood of families embarking on daily afternoon strolls, and perhaps none are as popular right now as the teddy bear variety. 

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