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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

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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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