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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

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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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LAH council sets April 3 hearing for debate over Adobe Creek restoration

The Los Altos Hills City Council will be meeting residents at an April 3 public hearing as it mulls over proposed improvements to Adobe Creek, plans that have proven highly controversial.

At issue is work targeted for a quarter-mile section of the creek near Fremont Road and Edith Avenue. Santa Clara Valley Water District officials want the council to approve two easement transfers so they can rebuild the Edith bridge, add concrete reinforcement and widen the creek bed. The district's goal is to accommodate the possibility of a 100-year flood - a flood of such magnitude that it occurs on the average of once every 100 years.

Most residents in what the district calls the Reach 5 section support the district going forward. They acknowledge the plan is flawed and overblown, but those in favor say a flawed plan is better than no plan.

"What we have is 13 neighbors trying to solve a desperate problem," said Terese Blockus, who lives on the Los Altos side of the creek. "With all the pros and cons, (the project) is the district's best-faith effort."

But resident D.J. Rogez, who stands to lose most of his back yard to the project, vowed to fight the plan every step of the way. He said he is not only fighting for his property but also for West Edith Park, much of which will be affected by the construction work.

Greg Zlotnick, district 5 director for the water district, said Rogez knew about the easement and that he would be building in a flood plain when he bought his Fremont Road property.

Eleven of the 13 residents in the Reach 5 zone favor the project, but many are concerned with the district's planned removal of nearly 140 trees. District officials said they will replant along the creek bank after construction.

Also at issue are district plans to restore the creek channel at Reach 7, which includes rebuilding the Burke Road bridge over the creek. Residents fear if this work is done with nothing done to Reach 5, the risk of flooding will increase.

"We'll going to make a decision on the water district proposal based on work they're going to do in Reach 7 that will affect reaches 5 and 6," said Councilman Mike O'Malley.

For Blockus, the thought of the tree-shaded creek area turning into a construction zone has her concerned. "There still is going to be a change - it might take 5-10 years (for regrowth). But is it better than nothing? Is it going to benefit the majority of people? And can it look the best it can with it being an eyesore?" Blockus said.

She dismissed talk about extensive damage to West Edith Park. Blockus said 24 trees would be felled, including 12 eucalyptus, leaving 70 percent of the park's trees alone. She also noted the district would keep two park trails and the only fencing involved are 2-foot fences to protect plantings.

The Adobe Creek issue also will be discussed during a joint meeting of the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills city councils on March 31 at Los Altos City Hall.

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