Detectives make headway in Hills attempted carjacking case

Updated 12:34 p.m. Jan. 28

Video surveillance from a Los Altos Hills resident’s home may be the key to helping Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office detectives uncover the identity of the two individuals who tried to carjack the victim in her driveway earlier this month. 

Cause of Los Altos High grad's death remains a mystery

Updated 12:41 p.m. Jan. 28 

Authorities don't expect to receive autopsy results for another three to four weeks in the Jan. 17 death of a Los Altos High School graduate, an employee from the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner's office said Monday. 

I'm Just a Bill: Local legislators introduce protections for sexual assault victims, rape kit processing

Several California Senate and Assembly bills traveled through the State Legislature and became law Jan. 1. In recent weeks, the Town Crier has highlighted new legislation and its ramifications, categorized by topic. Part 1 centered on housing, part 2 addressed workplace standards and in part 3 this week, the focus is on sexual assault.

Mountain View program emphasizes community building

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Residents of Orme Street in Palo Alto meet at a neighbor’s house in early 2019 to discuss community building and sustainability as part of the Cool Block program.

As part of a continuing effort to live more sustainably, Palo Alto resident Sandra Slater began cooking with an induction hot plate and traveling by public transportation.

She was riding the train to Mountain View one day recently when she suddenly feared she had left her new appliance on. Slater’s go-to friends were unavailable, but she managed to reach a new acquaintance, a neighbor who checked Slater’s home and assured her all was well.

I'm Just a Bill: 2020 laws intended to regulate employers

Several California Senate and Assembly bills traveled through the State Legislature and became law Jan. 1. The Town Crier is highlighting new legislation and its ramifications, categorized by topic. Part 1, which ran last week, focused on housing. Part 2 centers on workplace standards.

New 2020 laws: The housing crisis takes center stage

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A public notice board depicts a project recently passed by the Los Altos City Council to renovate 5150 El Camino Real into a multi-building housing complex. The development will provide 28 affordable units, a major accomplishment in the city’s recent history.

Several Senate and Assembly bills traveled through the California State Legislature and became law Jan. 1. In the coming weeks, the Town Crier will revive a series from last year, “I’m Just a Bill,” to highlight new legislation and its ramifications categorized by topic. Part 1 in the series focuses on housing.


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