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E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk


Courtesy of Microbe World
Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


courtesy of
Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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Comment

The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Magazine

Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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Letters to the Editor

Make village friendlier to patrons

I was glad to see the Town Crier addressing the subject of the business climate in town. Tom Harrington mentioned the difficulty new businesses have in going through the permit process.

I’ve heard from multiple sources that Los Altos is developing a reputation of being unfriendly to new shops because there are so many hoops to jump through, causing many delays that end up costing the fledgling businesses more time and money than expected. This does not encourage new business development.

Also, the $50 parking fine discourages shoppers. We have many beauty shops and nail botiques. Out-of-towners come here for those services.

Instead of lingering to shop after an appointment they leave rather than move their cars or risk getting one of those $50 tickets.

We need to make sure our town is friendly to business and friendly to patrons!

Sylvia G. Johnson

Los Altos

Loss of Oak School staff hurts

I was deeply saddened to read Oak School Principal Dave McNulty's final note to members of the Oak School community, in the last issue of the school's weekly newsletter before the summer break.

Dave shared the news that a number of longtime instructional assistants have received layoff notices and likely will not be working in our classrooms next year. Every grade level is affected.

Like many families, we moved to Los Altos in part due to the exceptional results our schools consistently achieve, as demonstrated by the kids' performances on standardized tests. Oak ranked fourth in Santa Clara County and 13th among the many hundreds of elementary schools across California in the most recent API test results.

But it's hard as a parent not to regret how greatly the loss of our talented and caring instructional aides will affect our kids' experience in the coming years. We haven't yet had the heart to tell our daughter, for example, that Mrs. Ann Packard, a neighbor who has been an aide in the Kindergarten and first grade classes at Oak for 18 years, won't be working at the school next year.

We'll also miss Mrs. Lori Fuller, who helped in the office when she wasn't working with first- and second-graders in the Read, Write and Type program.

Pretty much the same is happening at every school in the district. I hope that our school district leaders will find a way to rally district residents to provide more local funding so that we can continue to benefit as a community from having schools of the very highest quality possible.

Bill James

Los Altos

Parking ticket fear driving shoppers away

I would like to thank the Town Crier for doing their part in recognizing how much the businesses of Los Altos are struggling. The Passport Program, as well as the roundtable, are steps in the right direction.

However, I was disappointed in the number and types of individuals participating in the roundtable. Many more merchants/store owners should have been invited to participate. Perhaps a monthly roundtable could continue for the next few months so that more voices can be heard.

Each time a client comes into our center, I always encourage them to go downtown and have lunch or walk around. A large amount of my clients have told me they won't do that due to fear of getting a ticket. They have told me, "If I have to get in the car to move it to avoid a ticket, I might as well keep on driving to the mall to do shopping and have lunch." Therefore, most of my clients will spend 60-90 minutes at the center and then leave.

This dilemma corresponds with what was mentioned in the article – lots of parking but no foot traffic. And why people come into town, do their business and then get out of town. The city should consider trading in the Segway budget to support our local businesses and shop Los Altos campaign. 

Debbie Sera, owner

DownTime Healing Arts Center,

Los Altos

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