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LA council reviews smoking ban, El Camino project

A proposal for an outdoor dining smoking ban and the approval of a height increase to accommodate an elevator tower on the 4880 El Camino Real project were among the agenda items discussed at last week’s Los Altos City Council meeting.

The city originally placed the smoking-ban proposal on the consent calendar at the Oct. 24 meeting. However, during a public comment section at the beginning of the meeting, Los Altos resident Roberta Phillips requested that the item be pulled for discussion.

Could the North Bay fires happen here?

Courtesy of the Los Altos History Museum
Smoldering ruin is all that remains of a home destroyed by fire in Los Altos Hills on July 1, 1985.

Tom Turner’s daughter was married that Saturday. On Monday, he had just arrived back at his Liddicoat Drive home in Los Altos Hills after returning the tuxedos when he noticed the flames eating through the adjacent Pearson-Arastradero Preserve.

“I saw the flames come up, and they were probably 200 yards away, but then we saw the top of a eucalyptus tree explode,” Turner said.

17th Town Crier Holiday Fund campaign begins


The Los Altos Town Crier Holiday Fund is kicking off its 17th year supporting local nonprofit organizations that directly serve those in the region with the most pressing needs.

Since its inception, the Holiday Fund has raised more than $2.8 million. This year, the fund aims to collect $250,000 to donate to 20 nonprofit organizations.

School district unveils timeline for securing 10th site

It’s been a long time coming, but it shouldn’t be much longer before the Los Altos School District reveals concrete details instead of vague aspirations regarding its search for a 10th school site.

Randy Kenyon, assistant superintendent for business services, updated district trustees on the search for a new site at their Oct. 24 board meeting.

Local firefighter on the frontline

Los Altos resident and Palo Alto Fire Department Capt. Toby McDonell has spent 33 years of his life fighting fires. Last month’s devastating wildfires in the North Bay, which destroyed thousands of homes and killed 43 people, were the worst he has seen in his decades on the job.

Courtesy of Toby McDonell
Capt. Toby McDonell was deployed to the Tubbs Fire, one of many North Bay fires.

“(I’ve fought other wildland fires before) and larger ones, too, but never with this amount of destruction in neighborhoods and loss of life,” the veteran firefighter said.

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Oct. 19, 2:46 p.m.: 1600 block of Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View

Oct. 18, 8:52 a.m.: 800 block of Fremont Avenue, Los Altos

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