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Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage

Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council continues to explore options to address parking constraints in the downtown triangle.

The Los Altos City Council last week held the first of two study sessions to discuss the potential construct...

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Schools

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Los Altos High School student learns how to use robotic surgical equipment at the school’s Science and Technology Week event last year. Students can also attend hands-on presentations at this year’s event, w...

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Community

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display


Town Crier File Photo
Pirate Manor is once again scheduled to arrive in the front yard of Dane and Jill Glasgow’s home on Manor Way in Los Altos, just in time for Halloween.

Although not the Walking Dead, pirate skeletons have been brought to li...

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Sports

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Eric Reitmeir launches the ball over Mountain View High driver David Niehaus (2) and goalie Kenny Tang. The host Lancers won Friday’s non-league game 9-3.

There wasn’t a lot on the line Friday when ...

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Reeder, Fung for El Camino HCD: Editorial

The good news for the El Camino Healthcare District (formerly the El Camino Hospital District, for those still getting used to the new name) is that there is a contested election Nov. 4 for the district’s board of directors. Three candidates are runn...

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Special Sections

Plant-based diet offers benefits

Plant-based diet offers benefits


Photo by Ramya Krishna
Los Altos resident Nandini Krishna prepares a meat-free dish According to author Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D., a plant-based diet can help prevent cancer.

Shirley Okita of Los Altos has found that adhering to a mostly plant...

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Business

New shop offers haute couture for girls

New shop offers haute couture for girls


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Girls @ Los Altos at 239 State St. offers clothing lines such as Nellystella as well as toys and other items for girls.

Cecilia Chen opened The Girls @ Los Altos as a tribute to the party dress. Whether it’s for...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn



Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s classic story, is set to run through Nov. 2 at Bus Barn Theater. The cast comprises 27 young actors, directed by Cindy Powell. Courtesy o...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Twelve residents take out papers for city council race in November

Mountain View

Eleven potential candidates have collected nomination papers for the city of Mountain View 2002 General Municipal Election. They must be filed by Thursday to appear on the November ballot.

Those who successfully file papers will vy for four positions: three city council offices with four-year terms, and one with a two-year term.

The candidate elected for the two-year term will take the place of Mario Ambra, who was thrown out of office for misconduct in May when he was deemed to have used his public position allegedly to influence city decisions from which he might have benefited financially.

As yet, none of those who have shown interest in the positions have filed their candidacy.

Among the seven potential nominees so far for the four-year seat, current Vice-Mayor Mike Kasperzak, nearing the end of his first term in office, will be the only incumbent elective officer in the race. Kasperzak said he would be filing his candidacy papers by the end of the week.

"It's going to be a challenging race, and hopefully the work I have done in the past four years will give me an edge," he said. "But there have been incumbents who ran in the past and were defeated, so I cannot be overly confident."

Also potentially running for the four-year seat is two-time former Mayor Patricia Figueroa, who served as a council member for 16 years.

Figueroa has spent most of her time over the last three years helping various non-profit community service organizations in Mountain View. She now hopes to redirect her efforts and time toward the city, she said.

The election may also see some new yet not unfamiliar faces taking council seats.

Local businesswoman and community activist Rosiland Bivings, who ran for office in 1992 but lost by 74 votes, said she would be filing her candidacy papers at the end of the week.

"I feel like the community needs a more diverse representation and that what I will bring to this council will appeal to a lot of people," she said.

Additionally, there are four candidates who may be running for the two-year seat, including Bruce Karney, chairman of the Oldhen Mountain View Neighborhood Association and one of the key figures in the push to defeat Measure N, which would have allowed Home Depot to build a warehouse in a residential area of Mountain View.

Karney hopes that applying for the two-year seat will increase his chances of election.

"There are some really great people looking to run for the four-year seats that I admire greatly and am glad I won't have to compete with," he said. "I feel that with the two-year seat I have a really good shot."

The 2002 General Municipal Election for the city of Mountain View is scheduled to take place Nov. 4. All new elected officials will begin their terms in January 2003.

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