It’s become a cliche to compare living in the year of COVID-19 lockdown to the movie “Groundhog Day,” in which Bill Murray’s character is doomed to relive the same day over and over until he gets it right. I’ve certainly had that feeling, as Laundry Day seems to come around faster and faster…

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You’ll notice comments on our online news stories look different these days – we’re experimenting with the Facebook Comments Plugin, which has led to a dramatic increase in people using real names. But it also offends some readers who don’t want us to require Facebook credentials to comment.…

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The Los Altos Town Crier is your local source for all news and advertising in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. But we are also a struggling business, like many coming out of this pandemic. We need your support.

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I saw the Los Altos City Council discussion of the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) appeal, and heard public comments that were described in the June 30 article in the Town Crier. The article made me think further on the discussion. The RHNA appeal is a good idea, but I’d like to see…

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As you may have heard or read, on July 9, 2021, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency for Santa Clara County. The Santa Clara Valley Water Board of Directors has also declared a water shortage emergency for the county and called for a mandatory 15% reduction in water use from 2019 w…

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Los Altos has adopted Ursus americanus californiensis as its official town animal for the next few months. The theme for the paws project is “Celebrate Coming Out of Pandemic Hibernation.”

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We’re all breathing a little easier now, figuratively and literally, following the easing of mask requirements last week and the end of the tiered COVID framework. There’s a sense of greater freedom – and relief. Things are looking up.

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Athos, Porthos and Aramis are completely confused, and so is d’Artagnan. They have followed COVID protocols but are now having a really hard time differentiating the New Normal from the New Different. Is that light at the end of the woods, or are they working their way out of the tunnel?