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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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Comment

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

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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No nepotism cited in hiring of MV-LA business superintendent

Residents continue to register surprise upon learning that Robyn Phillips, the new assistant superintendent of business services at the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, is the wife of former superintendent Don Phillips.

Phillips, who did not mention that she was Don's wife for a recent Town Crier article, said she would have disclosed the information had she been asked.

"Basically, I have earned my own professional qualifications and reputation. This is a good place and a good opportunity," she said about working in the district.

Board president Judy Hannemann said Phillips' relationship to Don did not play a part in the board's decision to hire her.

"If anything, it caused us to look at her twice as hard," Hannemann said. "We knew (hiring Phillips) would open us up to questions."

Hannemann said the board knew Phillips was interested in the position, but opened up the search and advertised for more candidates.

The board was looking for someone who had experience in working in school finance, managing, accounting, planning and construction operations, as well as someone who could communicate well, she said.

Hannemann said Phillips "had all of those qualifications."

Superintendent Rich Fischer said the district conducted a full-nationwide search for the position, which included advertising in the educational trade magazine, EdCal. He said of the 25 applicants who applied for the position, the top five were screened by two interview teams.

He said a nine-member committee of parents, teachers and administrators interviewed the candidates about their leadership skills. A second committee interviewed the candidates about their technical abilities and their knowledge of things such as budget issues, basic aid districts and construction and bonding.

"It was a fairly long process," Fischer said. "She was the best candidate."

Phillips comes from the Cupertino Union School District where she has served as assistant superintendent of fiscal services for the past 5 1/2 years. She holds a doctorate from Harvard University and has 10 years of experience in education. Phillips has taught finance economics and public policy at Santa Clara University and the University of California, San Diego.

Phillips is filling a vacancy left by Bob Golton, who resigned Oct. 1 to serve as business manager for the Palo Alto Unified School District. He joins Don Phillips, who left earlier this year for the top post in the district.

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