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Expansion of ECH board deemed matter of "survival"

Members of the El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors agreed last week to restructure the El Camino Hospital board to add two new appointed members, retain all five elected district members and strip the hospital CEO of voting power.

The decision, creating an 11-member board, was a compromise balancing the need for experts to address increasingly complex hospital issues with preserving publicly elected representation at the public hospital.

Los Altos native's memory endures through tributes

It’s been nearly a year since Laura Suzanne Murphy died in a traffic collision, but she will be on the minds of many of her college classmates this weekend as they honor the former Los Altos resident through donations made in her name.

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The Murphy family on the occasion of Laura Murphy’s 2015 college graduation.

As of last week, 84 of Murphy’s 602 classmates from Mount Holyoke College’s Class of 2015 had donated in her honor to a school fund at the South Hadley, Mass., campus. That number doesn’t include the contributions of this year’s graduating seniors, many of whom learned about Murphy’s legacy and chose to help, or the 2015 classmates expected to donate at the two-year reunion this weekend.

Coyote talk generates affirmation, aggravation

Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
Visiting wildlife ecologist Ashley DeLaup of Denver describes how a “fence roller” can deter wild animals during a “Co-existing with Coyotes” informational session at Los Altos Hills town hall April 27.

To wildlife ecologist Ashley DeLaup of Denver, a coyote is a majestic and intelligent creature deserving of respect but not necessarily fear.

To former veterinarian Dr. Carol Meschter, who lost a cat to a coyote in her Los Altos yard, the canids are invasive pests dangerous to both domestic animals and humans.

Wildlife experts host info sessions on co-existing with critters

Pest-plagued local residents have two upcoming opportunities to learn more about sometimes-troublesome neighbors hailing from nature: a Santa Clara County Vector Control District open house and a Los Altos Hills public information session about co-existing with coyotes.

Wild winds, rains leave 6,000 in the dark

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
City of Los Altos workers clear a redwood tree Friday morning where it fell onto the Lincoln Park fence. Storms with wind gusts up to 70 mph Thursday toppled trees throughout the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills area.

An April 6 storm pummeled the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills area, with rain and wind gusts approaching 70 mph leaving fallen trees and hundreds of residents without power for hours.

PG&E spokeswoman Mayra Tostado said virtually all customers in the Los Altos area were back online Monday after a Thursday-through-Sunday stretch that saw approximately 6,000 households lose power in 30 separate outages across Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

Local coyote problem proves divisive

Jitze Couperus/Special to Town Crier

A coyote at Byrne Preserve in May 2014

It’s coyote pupping season. Do you know where your cat or small dog is?

A handful of recent coyote encounters have once again divided local residents into two camps: those advocating for coyote trapping (and thus euthanasia) and those espousing co-existence.

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