Police Blotter, May 6 - 8, 2021


May 6, 1:49 p.m.: 0-100 block of West El Camino Real, Mountain View
May 6, 3:46 p.m.: 500 block of Castro Street, Mountain View

Housing project can go forward without troubled developer

Zoe Morgan/Town Crier
A sign for Dutchints Development LLC is still on display outside 5150 El Camino Real, site of a proposed housing complex.

The 196-unit, high-density housing project at 5150 El Camino Real, approved by the Los Altos City Council in 2019, can move ahead even if the original developer is no longer involved.

New operator & vendors, fewer hot meals at this year’s Los Altos farmers’ market

Farmers Market
Zoe Morgan/Town Crier
The Los Altos Downtown Farmers’ Market debuted for the season last week.

New faces were hard to identify behind the masks that filled State Street for a second straight year of pandemic marketing, but the new vendors were easier to pick out as Los Altos’ Downtown Farmers’ Market debuted Thursday afternoon.

Los Altos Hills seeks citizen scientists to save local oaks

SOD Blitz
Courtesy of Matteo Garbelotto
Citizen scientists jot down the GPS coordinates of a tree featuring signs of Sudden Oak Death. UC Berkeley’s annual SOD Blitz is underway through June in California.

Los Altos Hills resident Sue Welch’s Edgerton Road property is surrounded by dense foliage and perched above a steep ravine cradling a creek. It’s an idyllic spot, but the cool, shaded habitat is prime territory for Sudden Oak Death, or SOD; in the past decade, the disease has claimed six of Welch’s majestic oak trees.

Cal Water promotes conservation amid drought

The North American Drought Monitor map divides regions throughout the country into six color-coded categories ranging from white (no drought) to maroon (exceptional drought).

Los Altos resident’s camera offers a peek into the secret lives of coyotes

Courtesy of Vivek Garud
A still from Los Altos resident Vivek Garud’s Nest camera shows a mother coyote and her pup leaving their makeshift den under Garud’s deck. Click image to play on YouTube.

There are several moments during the footage when she appears to look directly at the camera lens, a wary gaze within her mismatched eyes. Her teeth, so adept at puncturing the hide of rodents and rabbits, gently grasp Akdu, who lies limp in her mouth. She steps forward and backward before doubling back to complete a circle, and then she’s off, passing the camera with her pup and exiting the frame.

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