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Hill will consider bill ideas from constituents for new legislation or the repeal of outdated laws, according to a press release his office issued Nov. 21.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.

Coyote encounters put residents on alert

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Andrea Brenholz shares a cuddle with her dogs, Rory, left, and Romeo. Romeo recently died in a coyote attack.

By the time Andrea Brenholz adopted Romeo from a San Jose rescue organization, the teacup poodle was so traumatized by living on the streets that he wouldn’t allow her to hug him. In the three years that followed, however, Brenholz and her pup developed an incredibly close bond.

“Once he trusted me, he became the most loving and loyal companion that anyone could ask for,” the Los Altos Hills resident said. “He was always by my side when he was alive, and he will continue to be even though he is in heaven.”

County reports season's first flu-related death

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department has reported the first local influenza-related death of the season.

The deceased was an adult between the ages of 40 and 64 who died in late October or early November, the health department reported. The person had existing medical conditions that placed him or her at increased risk for complications from the flu, and had not received the flu vaccine. The health department is intentionally vague about the circumstances of the death due to privacy concerns.

Something to gobble about

Courtesy of Mountain View Police Department

Members of the Mountain View Police Officers’ Association hosted their 21st annual Cops & Gobblers event Sunday in front of the city’s police and fire building at 1000 Villa St. The event is a food drive for families in need. MVPD participants included, above, from left, Sgt. Bryan Albarillo, retired Officer Steve Mello, records specialist and Cops & Gobblers organizer Amber Wilson, Sgt. Armando Espitia, retired Capt. Bruce Barsi, retired Sgt. Mike Ecdao and his grandchildren, and Officer Brian Egan. At right are some of the baskets that the police department handed out to families, which also included a turkey. This year MVPD handed out a record setting 400 baskets.

City staff recommends cutting Hillview budget

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Hillview Community Center

The $35 million budget for the new Hillview Community Center may be rolled back on the recommendation of the city’s administrative services director.

Sharif Etman, presenting the capital improvement plan to the Los Altos City Council last week, proposed cutting $5 million from the budget for overhauling Hillview.

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