Residents rally in wake of post office hate incident

post office
Bruce Barton/Town Crier
An incident at the Los Altos post office on Main Street, above, went viral after a customer directed a racial slur toward an employee.

The tension at the Main Street post office in Los Altos was palpable on the afternoon of July 23. A white woman, upset over a trivial matter, was berating an Asian postal clerk.

Friends, colleagues remember late Hills town hall architect

Peter Duxbury
Courtesy of Jitze Couperus
Peter Duxbury, above left, from left, former Los Altos Hills County Fire District President David Bergman and former Hills Mayor Gary Waldeck attend building/planning technician Jeanne Evilsizer’s 2015 retirement party.

Taco Bell. La Quinta. La Quinta Motel, Los Angeles.

Los Altos Hills residents’ descriptions of their town hall’s proposed redesign ran the gamut, but they were anything but complimentary. 

Foothills Park pilot program remains under consideration

Foothills Park
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A ranger checks ID’s at Foothills Park’s Page Mill Road entrance on Father’s Day 2020.

A divided Palo Alto City Council voted Monday (Aug. 3) evening to pursue an ordinance allowing a one-year pilot program opening Foothills Park to nonresidents for a fee. 

Open Streets program enters seventh week, virus concerns linger

Open Streets
Andrew Yee/Special to the Town Crier
The Open Streets Los Altos program, which allows outdoor dining with downtown streets closed to vehicular traffic, has been a godsend for restaurants, but some retailers report negative impacts.

As the Open Streets Los Altos program enters its seventh week, downtown restaurants have settled into a routine of setting up tables outdoors. 

Local senior facilities managing COVID-19 spread

The Terraces
Courtesy of Debby Gonzales
Residents of The Terraces at Los Altos maintain social distancing while out and about, top, in a photo taken prior to mask mandates.

Los Altos senior and long-term care facilities are holding up well so far under the COVID-19 threat, according to representatives and based on the latest numbers.

Still, national experts worry the current summer spike in cases could impact such facilities and their vulnerable populations. 

Citing discrimination, Hills residents & others protest park’s exclusivity

Foothills Park
Benny Villarreal/Special to the Town Crier
A drone captures an image July 11 of the Foothills Park entrance, where protesters wrote “desegregate” in 10-foot-tall, washable chalk paint letters July 5 and then again on July 10. Led by Los Altos Hills resident Anjali Ramanathan, about 50 protesters marched into the park on July 11. They oppose a Palo Alto ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone other than residents of that city and their accompanied guests to enter the 1,400-acre preserve.

Each year, an estimated 2,800 people are turned away at the entrance to Foothills Park. As non-Palo Alto residents, a city ordinance makes it illegal for them to enter the 1,400-acre preserve.

Count Anjali Ramanathan among the rejected.

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