Rotarians want shade for downtown plaza


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People attended the dedication of Veterans Community Plaza in downtown Los Altos on Sept. 19, 2017, above.

Members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos have been instrumental in the development of the downtown Community Plaza. Twenty-five years ago, they funded reconstruction of the plaza, located at the intersection of Main and State streets. A year ago, the club’s Veterans Committee, led by Ron Labetich, successfully lobbied the city council to rename the spot Veterans Community Plaza.

Animal shelter overhaul inches forward

Pets In Need
Courtesy of Pets In Need
Pets In Need playgroup coordinator Alex Onitsuka plays with adoptable dog Daisy.

With a unanimous vote of approval, the Palo Alto City Council last week signed off on a five-year, $3.7 million operating agreement with Pets In Need, the organization selected to take control of Palo Alto Animal Services. In addition to Palo Alto, the Bayshore Road facility provides animal control and sheltering services to Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents.

Pets In Need queries community about future Animal Services needs


Mollica

In anticipation of assuming operations of Palo Alto Animal Services, the contract provider for Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, Redwood City-based nonprofit Pets In Need recently published a community survey to gauge residents’ interest in potential programs and services that could be available after the takeover, expected in early 2019.

Pets In Need Executive Director Al Mollica spoke with the Town Crier last week about the ongoing survey, his hopes for a Palo Alto City Council meeting tentatively scheduled Monday and the steps his organization is taking to help humans and animals displaced by the California wildfires.

Erosion-damaged section of Stevens Creek Trail reopens


Courtesy of Santa Clara Valley Water District
Part of the Stevens Creek Trail near El Camino Real in Mountain View, damaged during storms last year, has reopened to the public.

Cyclists, joggers and walkers can now use the portion of the Stevens Creek Trail near El Camino Real in Mountain View that washed out during the heavy storms of 2017.

A temporary detour has been in place for nearly a year, and the repairs are now permanent.

The Town Crier's Holiday Fund turns 18

The Los Altos Town Crier Holiday Fund is launching its 18th year supporting local organizations that directly serve those with the most pressing needs in the community.

Since its inception, the Holiday Fund has raised more than $3 million. This year, the fund aims to collect $250,000 to donate to 20 nonprofit organizations.

Los Altos ranks high on national survey of best small cities in U.S.

A national survey recently ranked Los Altos as the seventh best small city in America.


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