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Residents explore downtown of future

Los Altos residents had another opportunity last week to weigh in on what the future of their downtown could look like.

Residents offered input on four planning scenarios Nov. 29, during the second of two Downtown Vision workshops.

Under new management, animal shelter to get upgrades, potential new facility

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Pets In Need Executive Director Al Mollica poses with terrier Melanie outside the nonprofit’s Redwood City shelter last week.

Following years of financial uncertainty, Palo Alto Animal Services may soon secure the monetary and managerial stability stakeholders seek to upgrade the existing shelter or to even build a new one.

Next week board members of Pets In Need, the Redwood City-based nonprofit organization selected to assume operations of the Palo Alto shelter, will consider a management agreement containing a $1.86 million funding request for addressing deficiencies there. PAAS is the contracted provider of animal services for Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Police reunite vintage photo album with owner

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Mountain View Police Department officers Mike Taber, from left, and Wahed Magee speak to Los Gatos resident Janice Anne Duncan and her sister, Nancy Rose, after presenting the women with Duncan’s once-lost World War II-era photo album.

She remembered most of the faces and could recite the names: friends, boyfriends and even casual acquaintances who floated into her life and out again. There’s the portrait of her father and hammy stills of her sisters playing mirrored images on opposite sides of an ornate frame. She saw her 20-year-old self playing tennis and serving waffles to GI’s during World War II.

Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade photos

Senator welcomes entries for 'Oughta Be a Law...Or Not' contest

State Sen. Jerry Hill, a Democrat who represents Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, is soliciting entries from Peninsula and Silicon Valley residents for the 10th annual “Oughta Be a Law ... Or Not” contest.

Hill will consider bill ideas from constituents for new legislation or the repeal of outdated laws, according to a press release his office issued Nov. 21. The senator selects a bill idea and introduces legislation based on it. But the contest isn’t limited to a single winning idea.

History Museum marks 40 years

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Los Altos History Museum supporters attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new museum building in March 2001.

The Los Altos History museum celebrates its 40th anniversary Friday.

To commemorate the milestone, museum officials have scheduled a “Keep the Lights Twinkling” event, 5-7 p.m. Friday on the porch of J. Gilbert Smith House, 51 S. San Antonio Road. The special event is for museum members, Los Altos residents and couples who have been married at the venue.

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