Los Altos Hills seeks citizen scientists to save local oaks

Los Altos Hills seeks citizen scientists to save local oaks

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Transitional housing project targets area’s homeless

Transitional housing project targets area’s homeless

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Through a p...
County warns Bullis Charter School over enrollment disparities

County warns Bullis Charter School over enrollment disparities

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Bullis Charter School, ab...

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Nora Evans Buys left 'this veil of tears', as she used to say, on April 11, 2021. She spent her final months in the Sequoias Health 

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Police Blotter, May 6 - 8, 2021

3 DAYS AGO

Battery

May 6, 1:49 p.m.: 0-100 block of West El Camino Real, Mountain View
May 6, 3:46 p.m.: 500 block of Castro Street, Mountain View

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Housing project can go forward without troubled developer

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Housing project can go forward without troubled developer
Zoe Morgan/Town Crier
A sign for Dutchints Development LLC is still on display outside 5150 El Camino Real, site of a proposed housing complex.

The 196-unit, high-density housing project at 5150 El Camino Real, approved by the Los Altos City Council in 2019, can move ahead even if the original...

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County warns Bullis Charter School over enrollment disparities

3 DAYS AGO
County warns Bullis Charter School over enrollment disparities
Zoe Morgan/Town Crier
Bullis Charter School, above, isn't enrolling enough students from certain underrepresented groups, county official contend.

Bullis Charter School is failing to adequately enroll certain underrepresented student groups, the Santa Clara County Board of Education warned las...

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Los Altos High earns national Green Ribbon for sustainability

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Los Altos High earns national Green Ribbon for sustainability
Zoe Morgan/Town Crier File Photo
A student parks his bike at Los Altos High last month, a sustainable practice Green Team encourages.

Los Altos High School students and staff have long worked to make the campus more environmentally friendly, and last month the federal government recognized the...

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Fire alarm tests planned Friday, Monday at Community Center

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Contractors with the city of Los Altos are scheduled to install new fire alarms at the Los Altos Community Center on Hillview Avenue Friday (May 14) and run tests Monday (May 17).

Residents can expect to hear some fire-alarm noises during the day Friday and at 9 a.m. Monday.

“This will be loud to ...

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Simitian telephone town hall fields COVID-19 questions

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With vaccination rates on the rise and questions remaining, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian – whose District 5 includes Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View – has scheduled a telephone town hall devoted to answering residents’ questions about COVID-19.

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Eagles get defensive: Undefeated LA girls limit last 4 foes to under 30 points

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Eagles get defensive: Undefeated LA girls limit last 4 foes to under 30 points

The Los Altos High girls basketball team is off to its best start of the millennium. With three wins last week, the Eagles improved to 7-0.

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Spartans rally late to edge Pioneers in boys hoops

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Spartans rally late to edge Pioneers in boys hoops

The Mountain View High boys basketball team overcame a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat host Cupertino 38-33 Friday night.

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Other Voices: What’s all this about RHNA?

2 DAYS AGO

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.

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Letters to the Editor: Help for council conflict, renewable energy

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Group offers to help with council conflict

On behalf of Los Altos Community Voices, the statements of the Los Altos City Council members at the April 27 meeting convince us that it is past time for the council to accept responsibility and act with a sense of urgency to take concrete steps to resolv...

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Nutrient-rich dandelion greens hark back to grandmother’s kitchen

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Nutrient-rich dandelion greens  hark back to grandmother’s kitchen
Courtesy of Blanche Shaheen
Parboil dandelion greens, or other local alternatives, before sautéing with onions.

While health food enthusiasts sing the praises of kale, transforming the plant into smoothies and chips or adding the greens to casseroles and burgers, there is one medicinal plant t...

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Eats on State Street

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Eats on State Street
Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Ocean View Brew Works co-owner Vonnie Davidson pours pints.

When the Downtown Los Altos Farmers’ Market returned Thursday, familiar vendors reappeared, a few were missed in their absence and a few new faces debuted.

Menlo Park-based newcomer Little Sky Bakery’s reput...

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Before going on vacation, be sure to protect your home

3 DAYS AGO

As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease, many people are turning their thoughts to a long-awaited trip away from home, where they have been sheltering, Zooming, studying, working and playing for more than a year now.
If you are considering a trip away from home, here are some answers to questions yo...

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FTB pushes the extension to claim refund for tax year 2016 to Monday

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The California Franchise Tax Board has pushed the extension to Monday for individual state taxpayers to claim a refund for tax year 2016.

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Nora Evans Buys

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Nora Evans Buys

Nora Evans Buys left 'this veil of tears', as she used to say, on April 11, 2021. She spent her final months in the Sequoias Health 

Center in Portola Valley. After almost 10 years at the Sequoias, making friends, hosting family visitors, and serving as the Vespers coordinator, 

Nor...

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Donald “Duane” Ellison

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Donald “Duane” Ellison

Donald “Duane” Ellison, 90, passed away on April 27, 2021 at Sunrise Senior Living in Burlingame, a Loving & Caring community.


Born in San Francisco, beloved son of Earl Ellison Sr. (deceased) & Maxine Ellison (deceased), brother of Earl Ellison Jr. (deceased) & Pauline Peck (deceased)...

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TheatreWorks livestreams Felder’s ‘Anna & Sergei’ Sunday from Italy

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TheatreWorks livestreams Felder’s ‘Anna & Sergei’ Sunday from Italy
Courtesy of Eighty Eight Entertainment
TheatreWorks is offering streaming access to the world premiere of Hershey Felder’s “Anna and Sergei” this weekend.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will offer viewers the world premiere livestream of Hershey Felder as Sergei Rachmaninoff in “Anna & Sergei...

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PA Players presents first in-person show of year

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Palo Alto Players returns to in-person theater for the first time since being shuttered in March 2020 with an outdoor staged production of “Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty,” scheduled to run today through May 23.

The play offers a look at life in the White House for three first ladies: La...

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Local parishes celebrate indoor services after conflicting court rulings

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Local churches are again breathing a sigh of relief after the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed its position Feb. 26 allowing indoor worship.

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Experiment in syncing lets worshippers sing together from isolation

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Experiment in syncing lets worshippers sing together from isolation
Courtesy of Bay Area Blessing
David Ing, bottom left, joins other worship leaders from Mountain View and across the region in “The Bay Area Blessing” this month. He’s a worship leader at Mountain View’s Compass Church.

In the annals of holiday Zoom events, the 60-church “The Bay Area Blessing”...

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The ABCs of ADUs: Homeowners share tales of downsized but luxurious living spaces

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The ABCs of ADUs: Homeowners share tales of downsized but luxurious living spaces
Eric Davidove/Special to the Town Crier
Laurie and Larry Moore have a glass of wine in the accessory dwelling unit they built.

With apologies to Charles Dickens, this is “A Tale of Two ADUs” – accessory dwelling units – one built from the ground up, the other dropped from the sky.

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Relaxing retreat: Create a peaceful refuge in your own backyard

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Relaxing retreat: Create a peaceful refuge in your own backyard
Lauren Edith Andersen/Special to the Town Crier
An outdoor space can be transformed into a peaceful oasis, ideal for relaxing with family and friends.

With the weather warming up, you don’t need to go far from home to create your own outdoor oasis. Spring is the perfect time to ready your porc...

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Fatal Los Altos shooting possibly motivated by jealousy

Days after the fatal shooting of construction worker Roberto Rivera in a Los Altos backyard, his suspected killer attended a party where he allegedly confessed the crime to a friend, according to court documents released this week. 

Suspect Edgar Geovani Lainez-Portillo of Redwood City told the woman “he had ‘done something bad,’” reported a statement of facts written by Los Altos Police Sgt. Cameron Shearer. “She asked him what he had done, and he replied that he had killed someone.”

Lainez-Portillo, 25, appeared in a San Jose courtroom Wednesday (May 13) and was arraigned on a murder charge with a firearm enhancement, a crime punishable by between 25 years and life imprisonment. Detectives believe he shot Rivera as the 48-year-old Union City resident performed masonry work at a home on the 1000 block of Highlands Circle May 4.

A sport motorcycle and a shared former girlfriend helped police connect Lainez-Portillo and Rivera. The home where the murder took place features a security camera, and surveillance footage captured video of a blue Kawasaki Ninja Zx-69 with gold rims approaching the scene just before the shooting, Shearer wrote. The driver is shown wearing a black jacket, black gloves, a black full-face helmet, black boots and a gray zip-up jacket, and he pulls a handgun out of the jacket just before he leaves the camera’s view.

“The suspect can be heard racking the action back on the handgun as he enters the side yard,” Shearer wrote. “Shortly after, four gunshots are heard.”

Police officers responding to the scene at approximately 10:49 a.m. found Rivera slumped on his knees with gunshot wounds to his back and the head, according to the statement of facts. He died at approximately 11:15 a.m.

In a search of Rivera’s home, detectives discovered a domestic violence report describing an incident between Rivera and an ex-girlfriend, the court documents stated. The ex-girlfriend subsequently led them to Lainez-Portillo, whom she broke up with just days before the shooting. She confirmed he owns a 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle, which police found at his home, along with clothing matching that worn by the suspect in the video surveillance.

The ex-girlfriend told police that although Lainez-Portillo “exhibited jealousy about another boyfriend, he had never expressed any serious jealousy towards victim Rivera,” Shearer wrote.

Lainez-Portillo’s plea hearing is scheduled June 23 in Palo Alto. He is being held without bail at the Santa Clara County Jail.

Related:

June 25: Memorial fund established for children of man murdered in Los Altos

May 11Police make arrest in Los Altos murder case

May 4: Reward offered in Los Altos homicide case

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