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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.

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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.

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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

Extend library parcel tax

On June 8, voters in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills will be asked to vote on whether or not to extend the library parcel tax. This tax has allowed our libraries to remain open maximum hours and in other ways enhanced our use and enjoyment of the libraries.

Our libraries are consistently at the top of Santa Clara County’s library system in usage. They fulfill a valuable role as our civic, cultural and arts centers – an important institution of community life. They serve populations of all ages, from small children to senior citizens. Without them, we would be a community without a center. They deserve our support.

Penny Lave

Los Altos

Medical building too big for area

The first mandate in the Los Altos city zoning municipal codes for the Altos Oaks area is to “Ensure the retention of design and scale compatible with the surrounding residential properties.” This rule is first because it is the most important. Yet the Los Altos Planning Commission has approved in principle the plans for the two-story, 8,545-square-foot cosmetic surgery facility that the Palo Alto Medical Foundation has requested for the corner of Fremont Avenue and Altos Oaks Drive.

A building of that size is not in keeping with the area. Not only is there no other two-story medical building on that street, but the height of the proposed building exceeds the maximum limit defined by statute.

The issue is the scale of the structure. The proposed building is not appropriate for that particular location. It is just too big. It could set a precedent for converting the entire street.

Have other options been considered to keep this facility closer to the ground, more in line with the look and feel of the neighborhood?

Please send these plans back. We need a more suitable design that keeps the “scale compatible with the surrounding residential properties.”

Linda and Duard Slattery

Los Altos

Downtown fixes bad for business

The May 12 cover story on construction scheduled for downtown Los Altos raises many concerns about the impact this 18-month project will have on the already struggling businesses in the downtown triangle, particularly those on the 300 block of State and Main streets.

I disagree strongly with the city that this is the optimum time to do these projects. How many more businesses on the cliff’s edge will fail with the additional difficulties posed by this project?

Special Projects Manager Dave Brees states he has communicated the plans to “every” business owner and has received strong support for the project. I’m not sure this is the case. Prior to reading the Town Crier article, I and at least two other business owners on Main and State streets knew little to nothing about the project, its schedule and its potential impact on our businesses.

A meeting with Brees and the business and property owners to answer questions directly is called for ASAP.

Fred Sischka

FastFrame of Los Altos

Ban barriers at Covington School

As a local high school student who enjoys outdoor activities, I am disappointed that the city of Los Altos restricts access to the excellent athletic facilities near Covington School. Months ago, barriers were installed by the city to prohibit vehicle access and parking near the tennis courts and the Covington baseball and soccer fields.

In an era of widespread childhood obesity, I can’t comprehend why the city council would spend city resources on limiting access to public tennis courts and fields. Instead of spending money to encourage youth athletics, the council is spending money to impede outdoor recreation in our community.

I urge those inconvenienced by the council’s imprudent decision to demand a legitimate reason as to why the barriers are necessary.

George Cooper

Mountain View

Olympic athletes bartend to fight cancer

Please join us and meet two world-class athletes, Christine Thorburn, a road cyclist with appearances in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, and her husband, Ted Huang, who represented Taiwan as a windsurfer at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic games.

We are fortunate to have them as guest bartenders 5-8 p.m. June 10 at Maltby’s (Fourth and State streets). All tips are donated to the seventh annual Los Altos Relay For Life in the fight against cancer. For more information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Ron Labetich

Los Altos

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