Shooting for a Strawless September: Mtn. View woman aims to reduce plastic waste

Although Bobbi Wilmoth never considered herself an activist, the Mountain View resident is on a one-woman mission to rid her city of plastic straws – one restaurant at a time.

Her Strawless September campaign is just the beginning, said Wilmoth, who is undeterred by critics who question how much of an impact the elimination of straws would have on the amount of plastic contaminating the oceans. She tells naysayers that at least it’s somewhere to start.

Stopping the stink: Los Altos Hills launches annual assault on stinkwort weed


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A cyclist pedals past stinkwort growing along Natoma Road in Los Altos Hills last week. The town has hired a pest control company to spray the invasive weed with an herbicide. The application is scheduled to start Monday and last for a few days.

Kit Gordon wrapped plastic around her prop at last month’s Los Altos Hills City Council meeting.

“If anyone wants to have a closer look – anyone in the audience – of what stinkwort is,” said Gordon, raising the bundle of spindly green vegetation Aug. 16. “I don’t know if you want to pass it around.”

Local libraries encourage residents to check out new electric bookmobile

Go Go Biblio
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Members of the Los Altos Library Endowment Board of Directors, including Bob Simon, left, examine the Go Go Biblio, a new electric-powered bookmobile Aug. 21. The $61,000 vehicle was purchased with funds from LALE.

A new bright blue and green bookmobile will soon be hitting local streets – powered by electricity. Thanks to funds from the Los Altos Library Endowment, the main and Woodland Branch libraries have one of four new electric bookmobiles in the county.

PA City Council approves $3.4M for animal shelter shared by LA, LAH

Pets In Need sign
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A sign created by Pets In Need supporters rests on a Palo Alto City Council chambers bench Aug. 27. The council last week signed off on contractual terms between the city and Pets In Need, the Redwood City-based nonprofit poised to assume operations of the struggling Palo Alto Animal Services shelter.

The audience assembled for the Aug. 27 Palo Alto City Council meeting included a crate of tiny black kittens. Asleep for most of the proceedings, the cats perked up when speaker Winter Dellenbach delivered a warning to council members.

Tide turns on LA residents affected by project aimed at flood prevention


Courtesy of Madelyn Miller
Madelyn Miller and her neighbors on Mountain View Avenue have consistently had their driveways blocked, above, with no notice over the past few months as the Santa Clara Valley Water District completes its Permanente Creek Channel Improvements project.
 

According to the city of Los Altos and the Santa Clara Valley Water District, public outreach on the Permanente Creek Channel Improvements Project has been ongoing for more than 15 years. But longtime resident Madelyn Miller of Mountain View Avenue, whose home sits at the intersection of Hale and Permanente creeks, begs to differ.

Palo Alto council approves $3.4 million for animal shelter update

William Warrior
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Palo Alto Animal Services Animal Control Officer William Warrior, in black, addresses the Palo Alto City Council and members of Pets In Need Monday.

The Palo Alto City Council on Monday (Aug. 27) green lighted $3.4 million for improvements to Palo Alto Animal Services, one of several contractual terms requested by the nonprofit organization poised to assume operations of the shelter, which serves partner cities Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.


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