Despite rains, water district keeps reduction target

The Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors voted Jan. 24 to continue its call for water-use reductions of 20 percent compared with 2013 water-consumption levels.

In 2016, Santa Clara County used 28 percent less water than in 2013. While statewide and local conditions have improved significantly, the board members emphasized that dry conditions could return, and the community’s water savings achievements should be continued.

Wicked wet weather keeps officials wary

Alex Glanville/Special to the Town Crier
A man walks in the rain at Hillview Community Center Jan. 7.

Recent rainy weather has meant green grass, rainbows and some drought relief, but it’s also kept local emergency officials on their toes.

“The storm definitely created an uptick in calls and the number of trees down, the number of branches down,” said Capt. Scott McCrossin of the Los Altos Police Department.

Los Altos Library expands hours of operation

Megan V. WInslow/Town Crier
Claire Lee, 4, of Mountain View explores the magical world of Dr. Seuss at the Los Altos main library on a rainy day last week. Thanks to funding from the North County Library Authority, the San Antonio Road branch is now open an extra five hours per week – meaning ample time for curling up with a favorite read.

The Los Altos main library is scheduled to be open an extra five hours each week beginning this month.

The expanded hours are a result of an additional $85,300 in funding from the North County Library Authority and the collaborative effort of Santa Clara County Library District staff in staffing and scheduling the new hours.

Active Rancho puma population prompts Midpen panther primer

Courtesy of Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
A Midpeninsula Regional Open Space trail cam shows a passing mountain lion along a Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve path in September. Midpen biologists believe at least one mountain lion calls Rancho home.

American lion. Catamount. Fire cat. Panther. Puma.

An impressive geographic range spanning from Southern Canada to the southernmost portions of Argentina and Chile has earned the mountain lion countless monikers throughout history. Regardless of name, however, local wildlife officials want Bay Area residents to respect this graceful predator and remain cognizant of the cats living within Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, which borders Los Altos.

Region prepares for a wet January

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Umbrellas were the order of the day on Castro Street in downtown Mountain View Jan. 4, below. The National Weather Service announced a flood advisory for coastal communities and the greater Bay Area through noon Thursday. Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier

A major rainstorm finally hit Los Altos and surrounding areas last week, replenishing water supplies after years of drought that led to dead grass and conservation mandates.

The storm, which the National Weather Service called a “once-in-10-year event,” drenched the Peninsula. Santa Clara Valley Water District officials, however, said they were prepared.

Claudia Coleman: Volunteer, philanthropist takes the 'LEAD'

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier

When Claudia Coleman left Hewlett-Packard Co. in 1991, she was a highly successful sales and marketing executive. Her 20 years at HP included lots of strategic planning. But the Los Altos resident, ironically, had no plans for how to spend life after HP.

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