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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill Road home April 27 and...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

The Dow...

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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State allocations put Foothill-De Anza district budgets in jeopardy

Enrollment of full-time equivalent students (FTES) increased 6 percent during the summer session and 5 percent during the fall quarter at the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. The state was unable to address the rapid growth in numbers of community college students, which resulted in 1,700 unfounded FTES.

"When we deal with unfounded FTES that means the state has not paid for them and we are unable to support them," said Vice Chancellor Mike Brandy, who added that the district had to absorb $1.4 million in support programs. "We had enough money in the ending balance to cover this, but we will have looming problems ahead of us."

The ending balance in the general fund on June 30 was about $19 million. Of that amount, portions were used to meet the 5 percent reserve target, purchase orders and departmental carry-overs. The adopted budget for 2002-03 reflects a forecasted operating deficit of about $5.1 million.

Strategies to address this deficit include an orderly discussion of the target for reduction and actual cuts needed to balance the budget, Brandy said.

Federal changes in visas created a decrease in nonresident students as well as a decrease in funding by about $615,000. Nonresident revenue is not turned over to the state like regular tuition.

Measure E for $248 million in general obligation bonds was approved by voters in November 1999, and the first $100 million was exercised in June 2000. In October 2002, the district refinanced the bonds to take advantage of lower interest rates. This action resulted in additional income to the Measure E bond program. It is expected that the second installment of bonds to be issued will occur in late 2003 or early 2004.

The initial planning phase of Measure E is in full swing. The first major new building (the Science Center at De Anza) is under construction, and the next 24-month period will be the most intense period of planning and construction during the Measure E program.

"The governor's budget in January can revise a lot of things with shortfalls, but there is a lot of uncertainty before the end of the year," Brandy said. "It appears the state will operate at a $21.2 billion deficit next year and for years will be at a $16 million deficit."

Brandy said one large concern about the state budget is that a number of one-time funding sources were used to balance the 2002-03 budgets, leading to speculation about midyear reductions as well as significant reductions in the 2003-04 allocations.

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