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Police stress need for low speed in school zones

Police stress need for low speed in school zones


Town Crier File Photo
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.

We ...

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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

City vulnerable to speeders

Recently, I read a very favorable article on our police chief retiring at age 56 with a pension of 90 percent of pay.

An accompanying article was entitled, "Radar use out in Los Altos." Tickets are invalid until the city brings speed-limit information up to date. The 2001-2002 speed surveys are out of date and fail to comply with state and federal regulations.

My first reaction to this article is: How did this happen and who is responsible? If our city cannot even be current on traffic rules and regulations, then my safety and the safety of my family living here is impacted.

(Former city manager Phil) Rose, I would like to know who is responsible for this serious breach. Is it the police department or is it within the traffic department of the city?

I have lived here since 1965 with no plans of leaving. But now I am having my doubts. My once safe city is now vulnerable to speeders, while the city employees are taking early retirement at 90 percent pay.

Frank Musso Jr.

Los Altos

Appalled over radar action, secrecy

The negligence of city personnel to maintain valid traffic control reports invalidating the use of radar since February of this year is only exceeded by your decision to increase the amount of money spent, according to the papers, in excess of $40,000 to speed up the process by one month. Is there any indication that since tickets cannot be written on radar, traffic speeds have increased creating a public danger, or worse yet, has any person suffered injury as a result of the police department's inability to write radar tickets?

I am a certified traffic commissioner for the County of Santa Clara as well as a resident of Los Altos. I am appalled that the council would spend this substantial sum of money without any findings of danger to the public. The only thing being lost is the ability of the state to collect revenue for speeding tickets and the council should be much more concerned about spending taxpayer's monies for what clearly is an administrative error that can be rectified without having to incur a $40,000 penalty!

Finally, the fact that the city manager sought to keep this secret is disturbing. What other secrets have been kept from public scrutiny?

Gloria Dralla

Los Altos

How about a better senior center?

I would like to second the letter concerning the mediocre facilities of the Los Altos Senior Center, written by Marv Emerling in the Crier on June 20.

I am reminded of this same situation when in 1957 the Federated Woman's Club of Los Altos noted that the only place the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts had to meet was a structure built in 1922 and condemned in 1956. Consequently, the need for a building to serve the youth in the community became an issue. At that point, the Woman's Club stepped in and initiated a fundrasing drive which was presented to the city council.

As a result of the community's pulling together, $61,404 was raised, the groundbreaking ceremony was held in September 1960, the Youth Center became a reality and was turned over to the City of Los Altos Recreation Department.

Now these ladies are senior citizens and have been contributing to the community for many years but find there is not much for them here in the city they love regarding a Senior Center. However, hopefully, the ad hoc committee of concerned citizens who are getting together to see what might be done with the Civic Center's 22 acres will consider a Senior Center facility to compare with those in the neighboring communities.

Helen Foerster

Los Altos

LASD deserves credit

Since the closing of Bullis-Purissima School, recent years have been marked by conflict between Los Altos Hills and Los Altos School District. Now it is time to step back and give credit where it is due.

LASD committed to returning a neighborhood school to Los Altos Hills, and appears on their way to fulfilling that commitment. While we continue to support the return of Bullis Charter School to Los Altos Hills, LASD deserves credit for their efforts to reopen Bullis-Purissima, with the latest step designating new contiguous boundaries for this school and its projected opening in 2008 with a full K-6.

We continue to encourage the district to address two major, related issues that may be the final steps in a complete solution: a permanent location for the charter, and the need for extra school capacity in the northern end of the district.

Dean Warshawsky

Mayor, Los Altos Hills

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