Santa Clara County disposes of reusable cup survey

Countywide Retail Habit Survey
Ishaan Parmar/Special to the Town Crier
Paper cups used at coffee shops such as Philz are cited as one of the biggest contributors to single-use waste. Philz offers a substantial discount for those who bring a reusable cup.

An online survey seeking to gauge Santa Clara County residents’ thoughts on reusable cups has been prematurely suspended due to concerns it implied officials intend to impose fees upon or ban the sale of disposable beverage containers.

The Countywide Retail Habit Survey originated with the Public Education Subcommittee, a group under the county Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission’s Technical Advisory Committee that consists of officials from various cities who develop community outreach campaigns. Subcommittee members published the survey June 1 and intended to accept responses through June 17, but they discontinued it days before. Subcommittee chairwoman Karin Hickey, environmental program manager for the city of Santa Clara, explained its abrupt end in an email sent to the Town Crier.

Weeds by Miramonte Avenue USPS leave 'mulch' to be desired

Miramonte Post Office
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Weeds at the post office on Miramonte Avenue in Los Altos, above, before they were mowed down last week.

As it turns out, the power is still with the people.

Just days after the Town Crier looked into complaints from multiple residents about unkempt landscaping in front of the United States Postal Service building on Miramonte Avenue in Los Altos, the weeds disappeared.

LAH leaders, residents surprised by 'richest' ranking

La Vida Real mansion
Courtesy of DeLeon Realty
Los Altos Hills’ current real estate sales inventory includes this 20,982-square-foot La Vida Real manse on 8 acres recently listed at $55 million.

Take that, Atherton.

A new survey of U.S. Census data ranks Los Altos Hills as the “richest” town in California, making it also the most affluent town in the country.

Summer events begin with a 'Song'

Election 2018
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Singer-songwriter Charlie Hope entertains families Tuesday on the Mountain View Public Library’s Park Stage during the first “Sing a Summer Song” performance of the season.

After a week of wacky weather, the first in a series of family events officially inaugurated a summer season of outdoor movie nights, street parties and free concerts.

The Mountain View Public Library’s “Sing a Summer Song” began Tuesday with a 10 a.m. performance by children’s musician Charlie Hope, the first in a nine-week series for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and music-loving companions of all ages. The Park Stage adjacent to the library, which hosts the Tuesday-morning performances, transforms into a proscenium on Friday nights for 6:30 p.m. Peninsula Youth Theatre performances. The plays, performed by local youth, are also free and welcoming of picnics and blankets. The playbill this year ranges from classic fairy tales to revisionist children’s fantasies, beginning with “The King Who Loved His Lollipops” June 15.

The bloodsuckers are back: Local officials warn of mosquito, tick activity

James Gathany/CDC
A female Aedes aegypti (yellow fever) mosquito acquires a blood meal from her host. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which are capable of transmitting Zika, the birth-defect-causing virus, are not currently active in the Bay Area but have been found locally in recent years.

Recent temperature fluctuations notwithstanding, warm weather has returned to the Bay Area, and with it comes the annual onslaught of disease carriers like mosquitoes and ticks, county officials warned last week.

Locally, May and June are considered the start of the active West Nile virus season, and Lyme disease peaks in ticks in July, according to Russell Parman, Santa Clara County Vector Control District assistant manager.

'Mystery' album of photos sparks search for owner's kin

Courtesy of Town of Los Altos Hills
Los Altos HIlls City Clerk Deborah Padovan and History Committee member Jitze Couperus have been searching for the descendants of Augusto Leonida Galdieri, above right. Galdieri’s photos, and many others, were found in a scrapbook in a Los Altos Hills Town Hall closet earlier this month.

Over the years, Los Altos Hills Town Hall storage facilities have accumulated an impressive array of historical miscellanea: scrapbooks filled with yellowed newspaper clippings, assorted cutlery and dishes – even a glass box containing a mannequin dressed as 18th-century Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza. While many of the items originated from residents who donated them for posterity, deciphering the origins of a family photo album found in a town hall closet earlier this month has left City Clerk Deborah Padovan stumped.

“There must have been some significance in their mind why they donated it,” she said. “So I wasn’t going to throw it away. You don’t throw stuff like this away.”

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