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Police stress need for low speed in school zones

Police stress need for low speed in school zones


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After two recent accidents involving cyclists and motorists, police urge caution – on both sides.

After two recent incidents of vehicles striking student bicyclists, Los Altos Police urge residents to exercise caution whe...

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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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

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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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

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

Those interested ...

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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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Letters to the Editor

Hoping LASD promises come true

I was appointed by the Los Altos Hills City Council to work with our school districts to assure the return of neighborhood public education to our town. I have been encouraged that the Los Altos School District appears ready to reopen a public school at the Bullis site.

I am also encouraged by the recent letter written by LASD trustee David Pefley, as long as he and the rest of the LASD board follow through on the commitments he mentions.

More specifically, Pefley states, "It has been announced many times already that Bullis-Purissima is being opened in August 2008 as a neighborhood school, not a districtwide enrollment school."

However, this statement will not be accurate if 100-plus spaces remain taken by the districtwide all-day kindergarten program at the Bullis site, which some board members have advocated keeping in place (even through major construction).

Pefley goes on to say, "The taxpayers in the Bullis neighborhood will enjoy the same facilities and programs enjoyed by other residents of Los Altos." Even though we in Los Altos Hills are not "other residents of Los Altos," I hope this statement finally comes true, meaning that Bullis will be reopened as a K-6 with programs comparable to other district schools. The sample configuration showing a K-3 ramp-up would not fulfill this promise.

I remain optimistic and applaud Pefley's promises. Now is the time for the LASD board to make them come true.

Bart Carey

Planning Commissioner

Los Altos Hills

Sacred courts or private business?

Your article of March 28 regarding the school district's stand on locking out the citizens of Los Altos from one-third of the courts at Los Altos High School quoted Joe White, associate superintendent for business services, as saying, "but school activities get first priority."

On the same day the article came out, I happened to be playing tennis at the school and noticed the sacred courts were being used for tennis lessons for a younger-than-high-school-aged child.

When I asked the instructor if he were giving private lessons, he said yes, indicated he was a Los Altos High School coach and acknowledged he was being paid for giving private lessons.

I can now understand why the school district wants to keep the sacred courts closed to the taxpaying citizens: so the tennis coaches at the school can have a private tennis club using public courts without paying for them.

The argument that these sacred courts must be kept pristine for the high school team doesn't hold water.

I would like Los Altos High School administrators to explain their business operation and the school district to explain just what they consider school activities. Is the school's argument that the public will damage the sacred courts just a ruse to keep a private business venture going?

William F. Moniz

Los Altos

Associate Superintendent Joe White responds: The tennis coach referenced in his letter does not receive free use of the four locked courts. He is required to rent the facilities from the school district, as well as provide a certificate of insurance protecting the school district from liability.

Our current rate for renting the tennis courts ranges from $2-$6 per hour per court. The rental fees help defray the cleaning and maintenance costs for the 12 tennis courts at the school.

Having private lessons assigned to the four locked tennis courts first allows community members to have access to the other eight courts.

The school district does maintain a student-first priority at all times and will rent to organizations outside of those priority times if the organization abides by our use of facility policy.

No auxiliary prompt should be necessary

The recent articles about innovations and recognition for achievement at El Camino Hospital reinforce community pride in our hospital.

As an auxiliary member for over 40 years, I'm keenly aware of the many levels of support by which the volunteers contribute to the fine care given to ECH patients.

There's a hand-and-glove connection between hospital staff and auxilians.

Thus it was disappointing to discover that the auxiliary now is advertising for new members, although I applaud the outreach.

Volunteerism provides major benefits to the giver and the recipient. The "warm glow of service" can enhance healing while enriching the individual who selflessly contributes the small gift of time.

ECH dispenses great medical care - supplemented by caring volunteers. Our hospital has always served our community well.

Our community should come forward to serve ECH by joining our hospital auxiliary.

Jane Seaman

Los Altos

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