Simitian visits Los Altos to relate findings from visits to areas that supported Trump


Economic challenges and cultural differences in battleground states played a major role in some Democrats’ decisions to make a hard-right turn and vote for Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

An overflow crowd at the Los Altos main library Nov. 14 gathered to hear Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian offer his observations based on trips he took from February through May this year to Robeson County in North Carolina, Cambria County in Pennsylvania and Macomb County in Michigan.

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Fire crew rescues man from garbage truck

The Santa Clara County Fire Department last week rescued a man from inside a garbage truck in Los Altos, according to a report issued by the department.

Crews were dispatched at 9:31 a.m. Nov. 15 after they were alerted to the incident on Nightingale Court. The man was not pinned by the machinery but was unable to remove himself from the trash compactor.

Council OKs kitchen upgrade for Grant Park center

The kitchen at the Grant Park Community Center will soon be operational again after the Los Altos City Council voted last week to allocate funds for a much-needed upgrade.

The kitchen has been closed since the beginning of October, when the Santa Clara County Health Department determined that it was not up to code. Before the closure, it was largely used to serve lunches for the city-run senior program.

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Local American Legion posts hosted a Veterans Day event Saturday at Eagle Park, site of the Mountain View Veterans Memorial. From left, French Legion of Honor medal winner Alfonso A. Barreras, 93, with the 79th Infantry (1943-1945) and Sgt. Christopher Ogaz, 101, with the Army Corps of Engineers (1940-1945) unveil new commemorative plaques at the ceremony. Ogaz’s daughter, Liz Ogaz-Lanuza, is pictured at right.

Community center plan taking shape after task force direction

Rendering Courtesy of Noll & Tam Architects
The majority of members on the Hillview Community Center Project Task Force favor an architectural style that features a peaked roof.

Members of the Hillview Community Center Project Task Force last week agreed on a general floor plan and architectural design for rebuilding the center.

Presented with three options by the Berkeley-based Noll & Tam Architects, the task force Nov. 7 selected the “Concept C” floor plan, described as having a triangular layout, basically in the same location as the current dilapidated center. Members also chose a peaked-roof architectural style.

LAH continues battle against 'zombie' weed

Courtesy of Kit Gordon
Construction sites, like this one in Los Altos Hills, are prime locations for stinkwort infestations. The plant is the green foliage near the center of the image.

It’s been approximately six weeks since stinkwort got the squirt in Los Altos Hills, and the highly invasive weed is showing signs of its herbicidal dousing; once-green limbs sprouting from roadway cracks and crevices have shriveled up and turned brown and crunchy.

“The spraying was successful,” said Kit Gordon, co-chairwoman of the town’s Open Space Committee. “We’ve substantially reduced the roadside stinkwort population. (But) there’s more to be done.”

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