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Good morning, its Monday, Mar. 1.

Here are this week’s top stories.

“It could be days”: The state of Los Altos’ emergency preparedness, and what you can do to help

As winter storms ravage much of the United States, many residents in cities like Los Altos lie in wait of “the big earthquake” to come in the next few years. While many envision first responders rushing down their streets with sirens blaring, much of the assistance citizens will need will have to come from individuals and neighbors helping one another out.
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Friday, Feb. 26: Santa Clara County relaxes masking, distancing restrictions

Santa Clara County has relaxed a handful of its COVID-19 safety restrictions, through a combination of amendment and repeal of previous county mandates.
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Chloe Burcell and Justin Emgushov are each other’s fashion consultants and biggest cheerleaders

Cameras flashed as Los Altos High School junior Chloe Burcell turned away from the paparazzi. Sporting a black tank top, black sweatpants and wearing dark sunglasses, Burcell was trying to maintain a low profile.
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County allows all outdoor sports competition, among other activities, starting Friday

Santa Clara County will allow a broader range of outdoor activities — including all outdoor sports competition — starting Feb. 26, in a move that follows relaxed state guidance issued just days ago.
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Los Altos seeks input on hiring city manager

The City of Los Altos, continuing its months-long search for a new, permanent, city manager, has created an online survey for residents and business owners to provide input.
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Tuesday, Feb. 23: San Mateo County falls to red tier, Santa Clara poised to follow suit

San Mateo County has fallen to the red tier of coronavirus restrictions, effective tomorrow, Feb. 24. Santa Clara County — whose adjusted case rate, test positivity rate and health equity quartile qualify for the red tier — will make a similar drop if numbers hold for two consecutive weeks.
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Foothills Park renamed Foothills Nature Preserve, city to implement annual passes

The Palo Alto City Council tonight voted unanimously to rename Foothills Park to Foothills Nature Preserve, implement annual passes and set the attendance cap to 300 visitors at a time, although the city manager may increase the cap up to a maximum of 650 visitors. 
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Local professor presents research on Black people in Santa Clara County

Local author and historian Jan Batiste Adkins will be speaking at the Los Altos History Museum in a Zoom event on Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. to commemorate the contributions of Black visionaries in the Bay Area.
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ICYMI:

Artist of the month: From almonds to album: Palo Alto band connects through music

The stereotypical high school garage band features so-so music and overly baggy cargo shorts, but Metro is no typical high school band.
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Current plans bare, but MVLA set to implement ethnic studies course in 2022

The Mountain View–Los Altos School District has plans to implement an ethnic studies course in the fall of 2022.
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