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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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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?

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Lately there have been many posts on Nextdoor about rat poison and the effects it has on our pets, families and wild animals.

You may have heard that Los Altos is required to build approximately 2,000 new homes in the next 10 years. You may have been hearing about the state-mandated Regional Housing Needs Allocation, or RHNA. What the heck is all this? It sounds like a lot.

A few months into the new administration, the federal government is off to a roaring start on climate change. President Joe Biden signed executive orders related to climate change in his early days in office, and the White House recently introduced a proposal that elevates climate solutions …

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A few months into the new administration, the federal government is off to a roaring start on climate change. President Joe Biden signed executive orders related to climate change in his early days in office, and the White House recently introduced a proposal that elevates climate solutions …

The unfortunate conflict between Kenan Moos, a young Black man, and Lynette Lee Eng, the Asian-American Los Altos City Council member, laid bare the need to broaden our discourse around race as being more than just between the “white” or the “system” against racial minorities. In an increasi…

The din surrounding the mention of the names of Kenan Moos and Los Altos City Councilmember Lynette Lee Eng is fueled by many individuals who are not willing to confront their own (gendered) racism.

Two bills currently moving toward passage in the California State Legislature could change the character of neighborhoods across the state. If passed, Senate bills 9 and 10 will remove local control of zoning regulations and allow multifamily units everywhere. Residents should oppose both pr…

My two teenagers, though faced with all the disappointments, cancellations and restrictions of our COVID times, have individual passions that have sustained and motivated them – a saving grace this past year. My Los Altos High School sophomore son, combining his love of art, music and histor…

When the next Housing Element cycle ends, I’ll be 35 and most of my friends will be married, looking for a home to settle down in. Los Altos’ next Housing Element will decide whether any of us can settle down in our hometown.

After growing up in Los Altos from 1956 to 1973, I have gone back on occasion to see a small group of old friends. On some of those visits, spaced years apart, I visited the ghosts of my past. One such visit last week prompted these recollections.

What is the level of professionalism, and do local police do things the right way? Answering these questions is what motivated me to serve on the Citizens’ Police Task Force appointed by the Los Altos City Council.

Los Altos resident Sri Jagannathan wrote the following poem last month, inspired by the 2020 election. He said he based it on the spirit of Walt Whitman’s “O Captain! My Captain!” poem, written in 1865 as an extended metaphor on the death of Abraham Lincoln.

Los Altos resident Anitha Rajesh wrote this reflection on a feeling to share with her family and is sharing it here, too. How is your own household taking a moment to do something that feels different this Thanksgiving? Let us know on Facebook or email elizar@latc.com.

It seems incredible how the COVID pandemic has changed the way people go about their daily routine. Our lives have all been turned upside down. Many people have lost jobs, while the lucky ones work from home and manage to juggle professional responsibilities and family, monitoring children a…

When I was 30, I was invited on a ride-along by a San Francisco police officer who was a boyhood friend. Chris was part of something called the “S-Squad,” newly formed to “saturate” with police presence the highest crime areas in the city. Unmarked cars, each with two officers in plain cloth…