Palo Alto council approves $3.4 million for animal shelter update

William Warrior
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Palo Alto Animal Services Animal Control Officer William Warrior, in black, addresses the Palo Alto City Council and members of Pets In Need Monday.

The Palo Alto City Council on Monday (Aug. 27) green lighted $3.4 million for improvements to Palo Alto Animal Services, one of several contractual terms requested by the nonprofit organization poised to assume operations of the shelter, which serves partner cities Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Designated bikeway to bridge Peninsula cities

California Street cyclist
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Cyclists travel along California Street near the Mariposa Avenue intersection in Mountain View Aug. 22. California Street is included in the temporary Peninsula Bikeway route.

The Danish government credits backlash from traffic congestion, accidents, pollution and development as catalysts for gradually reverting the Copenhagen of the 1960s back to its cycling roots. Today, Denmark’s capital city boasts more than 242 miles of designated bike lanes, and an estimated 37 percent of residents cycle to work.

Palo Alto council to review terms for Animal Services takeover

Palo Alto Animal Services
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Palo Alto City Council is slated to discuss terms for Pets In Need’s takeover of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter, above, on Monday.

After years of uncertainty about the future operation of Palo Alto Animal Services, contract provider for Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, the Palo Alto City Council could take action next week to move the process along.

'Crazy Rich Asians' director returns to familiar place to promote new movie

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“Crazy Rich Asians” actors Henry Golding, left, and Constance Wu, second from right, join film director Jon Chu, right, and his father, Larry Chu Sr., second from left, at Chef Chu’s restaurant Thursday in Los Altos.

Hollywood director-producer Jon Chu held a press gathering last week at his father Larry’s iconic Chef Chu’s restaurant in Los Altos to discuss his new film, which some reviewers are calling a potential game changer for Asians in the mainstream movie industry.

Appellate court rules defunding of sanctuary cities 'unconstitutional'

In a rebuke to the Trump administration, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Aug. 1 ruled that President Donald Trump’s attempt to strip funding from so-called sanctuary jurisdictions violates the U.S. Constitution.

Grants help fund Mtn. View homeless resource consortium

Courtesy of Sanjay Dave
Local leaders gather to celebrate the Hope’s Corner donations. Pictured from left are: Maddie Pascua, Community Health Awareness Council; Mountain View Mayor Lenny Siegel; Kathi McShane, pastor, Los Altos United Methodist Church; Siteri Maravou, Trinity United Methodist Church; Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian; Mountain View City Council members John McAlister and Margaret Abe-Koga; Javier Gonzalez of Google; and Leslie Carmichael, president of Hope’s Corner.

Local leaders announced a $1 million grant from Google Inc., last week, money that allows for a consortium of homeless resources housed at Trinity United Methodist Church in Mountain View to move forward. The grant will supplement another $1 million in funding from the county and other sources.

The money will fund services that include a shelter, a kitchen and onsite case management.

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