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Fractured LA council strains to pick up pieces

Following a mudslinging Los Altos City Council meeting last week, councilmembers are mulling ways to maintain civility from all seats in the chamber.

Mayor Jeannie Bruins suggested that the council create a pact among themselves.

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Schools

Tech Challenge competitors design gliders for air-drop relief

Tech Challenge competitors design gliders for air-drop relief


Courtesy of Annie Nijhawan
Blach Intermediate’s “Time Flies” team, right, notched a second-place finish at this year’s Tech Challenge. Pictured, are, from left, front row: Noelle Crawford, Kayla Blalack, Vikki Xu, Olivia Byu...

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Community

Costume Bank sponsors vintage sale, open house

The Costume Bank has scheduled an Open House and Vintage Sale noon to 4 p.m. Saturday on its patio, 169 State St., Los Altos.

According to organizers, shoppers can find dresses, wedding dresses, gloves, hats and purses for special occasions at low p...

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Sports

Eagles peak as playoffs approach

Eagles peak as playoffs approach


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High senior Lizzy Beutter pitches against Saratoga in last week’s regular-season finale. The Eagles won the game 1-0.

The Los Altos High softball team has suffered a long list of injuries – broken bo...

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Comment

Apology from the Town Crier

We are truly sorry that readers have taken offense at Frank Hughes’ May 18 op-ed column, titled "Housewives oif LA." We did not anticipate the rancor it would generate.

Satire is a risky form of humor that can be hurtful if not taken in the pr...

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Special Sections

Los Altos toddler discovers sound through cochlear implants

Los Altos toddler discovers sound through cochlear implants


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Two-year-old Natalie Su and her mother, Charlene, practice speaking and listening at Play! Los Altos.

Two-year-old Natalie Su last week toddled among her peers – exploring, talking and listening to the lively cacoph...

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Business

LA native makes beer, removes gluten

LA native makes beer, removes gluten


Courtesy of Caitlin Landesberg
Los Altos native Caitlin Landesberg, above, started her own brewing company to craft gluten-removed beer.

As a tennis player and then a competitive distance runner, Los Altos Hills native Caitlin Landesberg lived e...

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People

H. RICHARD HOLLOW

H. RICHARD HOLLOW

1930-2016

Humphrey Richard Hollow (Richard) was born in the UK on November 27, 1930. He worked in the oil fields of Iraq after graduating from college as an engineer. That’s where he lost part of his right hand in a blasting accident.

After...

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Stepping Out

Sayonara, 'Seussical'

Sayonara, 'Seussical'


Lyn Flaim Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
The cast of “Seussical” includes, from left, Lena Wessel (of Mountain View) as Thing 2, Quincy Shaindlin (San Mateo) as Cat in the Hat and Megan Branstad (Los Altos) as Thing 1.

The Penin...

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Spiritual Life

St. Simon Catholic Parish celebrates 60th anniversary

St. Simon Catholic Parish celebrates 60th anniversary


Joe Schram/ Special to the Town Crier
Commemorating St. Simon Catholic Parish’s 60th anniversary are, from left, Father V. Warwick James, Joan Mibach, Monsignor Stephen Perata, Judy Howard, Father Tony Mancuso, Marian Marren and Art and Jean C...

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Residents behaving badly: Editorial

It's a given that if you do not like what your local government is proposing, you have the right to attend a public meeting and speak your mind. Los Altos residents, more than most communities, take full advantage of that opportunity.


That said, speaking one's mind with courtesy and respect for others is also appropriate. Unfortunately, that was not the case for a few residents attending a June 18 meeting to discuss Stevens Creek Trail proposals in Los Altos.
 

By and large, most residents did conduct themselves appropriately. We understood that a majority of the residents in attendance were homeowners who did not want any part of the trail in their Fallen Leaf Lane neighborhood. That message was conveyed loud and clear.

But perhaps tarnishing that message were some out-of-line comments that included clear intimidation of those speaking who were in favor of the trail. When one Fallen Leaf area resident remarked she would enjoy exercising on a trail through her neighborhood, someone snarled, "Get a treadmill!" Others were booed as they tried to speak their opinions. Another yelled out, "How much did they pay you to say that?"

The anger and xenophobia (frequent references to "outsiders") showed by some opposing residents did little to shore up their arguments.

Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins, who sits on the trail committee, was seen as a traitor to south Los Altos, where she lives, and a few opined that she should be recalled. Hyperbole was used liberally, i.e. one comment, “It really frightens me to think we're going to open (the neighborhood) up to the rest of the world." Really?


Folks, and you know who you are: You have the right to tell your city what you think – you don't have the right to be rude to others who differ with you.


The discussion over the trail is far from over. Let's hope all of our residents can conduct themselves appropriately at future meetings on the matter.

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