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Don McDonald: Los Altos loses historian, gentleman


Donald C. McDonald never stopped learning. Los Altos’ unofficial town historian was a true Renaissance man, equally conversant in the sciences and the arts. Buoyed by an insatiable curiosity, he inhaled information with boundless enthusiasm.

Mr. McDonald, named the Town Crier’s 2010 Los Altan of the Year, died June 23, surrounded by family and friends. Mr. McDonald was 98, one month short of his 99th birthday.

El Camino Healthcare District board member Chiu resigns

Dennis Chiu resigned from his positions on the five-member, publicly elected El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors and the El Camino Hospital Board of Directors, effective June 30.

According to Chiu, other responsibilities prevent him from being able to devote time to the district and hospital boards.

Trump is talk of Eshoo town hall at Foothill

Courtesy of Emma Crisci
U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo speaks at a town hall Saturday at Foothill College. Approximately 200 people attended the event.

Fresh off a tumultuous week in Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo spoke Saturday morning at a town hall meeting at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, where President Donald Trump was the main topic of conversation.

Eshoo (D-18th District), who represents Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, charged that Trump interfered in the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election.

A pirate's life for thee? Relocating LAH family seeks new owner for ship

pirate ship
Premika Ratnam/Special to the Town Crier

They’ve hung fliers around downtown Los Altos. Posted on social media networks. Even phoned Disneyland and one celebrity pirate.

“We have a call into Johnny Depp’s office: ‘Does he want a ship in his backyard?’” said Los Altos realtor Grail Nitsch.

Experts share tips for keeping West Nile, Zika viruses at bay

Bay Area weather conditions have proven anything but predictable lately, but as summer inches closer and temperatures inevitably rise, local experts are closely monitoring mosquito activity to prevent an onslaught of disease.

Sentinel Chickens
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Members of one of Santa Clara County’s seven Sentinel Chicken flocks are shown in their enclosure at the Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant earlier this month. The chickens help the county Vector Control District fight the spread of West Nile virus, as the presence of antibodies in their bodies serves as an indication that West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes are in the area.

“We don’t recommend ever worrying – we just like people to be aware,” said Russell Parman, Santa Clara County Vector Control assistant manager. “May is the month when activity starts to ramp up.”

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.

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