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Resident's anti-idling efforts fueled toward clean air

Courtesy of Cheryl Weiden
Los Altos resident Cheryl Weiden is on a mission to curb air pollution through an educational anti-idling campaign.

Cheryl Weiden has a good reason for wanting to curb air pollution through her anti-idling campaign in Los Altos.

“The reason I did all of this is because I’m a mom,” she said. “I didn’t know when they were little what they were going to be facing if we don’t get control on the climate. (Our) kids are not looking at a very happy future.”

U.S. Reps. release FAA response to airplane noise

Local officials praised the recent federal decision to address the spike in airplane noise that has plagued Los Altos and other local communities since 2015.

LA council art critics reject sculpture as "out of place"

“Reverse Prometheus”

The Los Altos Public Arts Commission will have to find another location for a metallic outdoor sculpture commissioners had originally slated for installation in front of an apricot orchard.

Los Altos City Councilmembers overruled the arts commission at their July 11 meeting by denying placement of the space-age-themed “Reverse Prometheus” at the entrance of a walking path and orchard fronting San Antonio Road, between city hall and the main library.

Los Altos' Third Street goes green for the summer

Los Altos Downtown Green
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Youngsters take advantage of the games and toys offered at the Los Altos Downtown Green as their parents and guardians enjoy the shade Monday. The pop-up park features places to relax, eat and play as well as a weekly movie night. The Downtown Green is scheduled to remain on Third Street between Main and State streets through Aug. 31.

Los Altos city officials Saturday rolled out their Downtown Green – a temporary park space located on Third Street between Main and State streets.

The stretch of streetscape is covered in green synthetic turf and lined with colorful furniture. The pop-up park, now in its fourth iteration, is intended to provide a temporary social gathering space, special-event venue and outdoor dining opportunity during July and August.

Rainy winter heralds a fiery summer

Mountain View fire
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Mountain View firefighters suppress a brush fire along Highway 237 near Central Expressway. The July 11 blaze threw ash and smoke across much of southern Mountain View.

Don’t be fooled by the winter season’s bounty of precipitation. Fire season is underway, and wildfire conditions are more foreboding than in years past, officials warn.

“The rain is fantastic, but what that rain has done is it’s allowed everything to grow and a lot of it to grow,” said Pam Temmermand, fire prevention specialist with CAL FIRE.

Local "Veteran of the Year" brings change to justice system

Courtesy of Duncan MacVicar
MacVicar, right, in Vietnam.

When veterans break the law in the U.S., they enter a court system that may not understand some of their specialized problems – or the resources that exist, if activated, to support them.

Longtime Los Altos resident Duncan MacVicar witnessed the situation up close 10 years ago, in a case that became a calling.

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