Charles Geschke, Adobe Systems co-founder, dies

Chuck Geschke
Mr. Geschke

Charles “Chuck” Geschke of Los Altos, one of the most prominent and respected figures in Silicon Valley as co-founder of Adobe Systems, died after an ongoing illness. His death was announced Friday morning.

Questions arise on status of idle cement plant and quarry

Located in the foothills just south of Los Altos, Lehigh Southwest Cement Co. – formerly Permanente Cement Co. and historically the Bay Area’s foremost cement producer – has been quiet over the past year. But discussions of the current status and future of the high-polluting plant and quarry have been anything but.

Housing shortage costs billions annually, expert tells chamber

Big metropolitan areas like New York City built up when they couldn’t grow out, while the Bay Area has steadfastly resisted doing so, a San Jose State University professor told a Los Altos Chamber of Commerce gathering last week. That stubbornness, he said, has contributed to a statewide housing shortage costing California billions in lost revenue.

Rancho San Antonio parking draws ire

Rancho San Antonio
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Hikers enter Rancho San Antonio from Mora Drive in Los Altos Hills.

From across the Bay Area, nature lovers are attracted to Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve for all manner of reasons, including the views, the wildlife and the idyllic atmosphere of Deer Hollow Farm.

Vaccine appointments now open to all 16 and over

Vaccination mobile unit
Courtesy of the Mountain View Fire Department
Firefighters started assisting distribute vaccines to people unable to leave their homes last week.

Updated 2 p.m. April 13: The long wait for COVID-19 vaccine eligibility ended this week for all but our region’s youngest members. Santa Clara County quietly revised its online vaccination information Monday night, allowing all residents ages 16 and over to start booking appointments. The county announced Tuesday afternoon that anyone can start receiving the vaccine without waiting until Thursday, the previous deadline for expanded eligibility.

‘One-size-fits-all’ housing bills don’t fit Los Altos Hills, town leaders say

Once again, Los Altos Hills leaders and other residents have made a case against proposed housing bills under consideration within the State Legislature, the latest round of protests taking place last week during a town hall forum.

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