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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

MVHS parents say thanks

The Mountain View High School Music Parents Association thanks the community for making their recent Casino Night a huge success. A special thank-you goes to all of the local merchants who generously donated items for our silent auction and raffle. Proceeds from this annual fund-raiser support the award-winning instrumental music groups at MVHS.

Francis M. Beauharnois

Mountain View

Worried drive-thru won't come through

It was very disappointing to learn that the Los Altos City Council is now hesitating in allowing Sanwa Bank to use the existing drive-through facilities at their new location in downtown Los Altos

For people with physical disabilities and for many senior citizens, drive-through banking is more than a convenience, particularly with the lack of convenient, handicapped-designated and general parking spaces available in the downtown area.

It would seem that a bank willing to offer this service would be a most welcome addition to our city.

Ron Essary

Los Altos Hills

EDITOR'S NOTE: To our knowledge, council members have not yet taken a position on the Sanwa Bank drive-through.

Los Altos way of life threatened

The joint cities of Mountain View and Sunnyvale have appointed a Community Advisory Committee on Moffett Field and are now in the process of holding public meetings to obtain public input on the NASA-Ames threat to bring air cargo operations to Moffett.

While the citizens of Mountain View have twice overwhelmingly voted against the use of Moffett for air cargo, Sunnyvale's city council denied its residents the opportunity to vote on the issue.

The advisory committee has been stacked with a disproportionate number of members who are pro air cargo and/or general aviation. Los Altos residents should be alarmed at the prospect of cargo jets flying overhead at low altitudes at all hours of the night to land at Moffett.

An environmental impact report issued by NASA a number of months back was discredited as biased and misrepresenting the effects of the jets on the quality of life in our area. NASA proposes 9,000 flights in the first year (take-off and landing), to be increased to more than 60,000 in five-to-seven years.

The peace and quiet we are enjoying with the departure of the Navy patrols will be broken with the same noises that are driving San Jose residents 10 plus miles away from the San Jose airport to complain about noise, quality of life and reduced property values.

Where our city council stands on this issue I don't know. But they have not made any announcements that I am aware of. Rep. Anna Eshoo has indicated she will vote for or against air cargo depending on citizen input.

Current and future generations of residents of this area need your support to stop NASA and the air cargo companies from ruining our way of life on the pretext of budgetary shortages and faster delivery of packages.

William F. Moniz

Los Altos

Band boosters thank merchants

The Los Altos High School Band Boosters would like to thank Lucky Food Center, De Martini Orchard, Le Boulanger, The Milk Pail Dairy and Smart & Final for donating and giving the band a discount on supplies, soft drinks, fresh produce and food.

Our annual spaghetti dinner fund raiser is a major source of income for the instrumental music program at Los Altos High School, and it is rewarding to have local merchants contribute merchandise so more of the profit can directly benefit the music programs at Los Altos.

We served more than 500 dinners on Feb. 8, and the entertainment for the evening was provided by bands and ensembles from Graham, Egan and Los Altos High School.

Karen de Vos

Los Altos

Town Crier should apologize for editorial

The following comments were presented by me to the Los Altos Council members at the March 25 city council meeting:

I don't know if any of the other council members read the March 12 Town Crier editorial commenting on the Sunkist Lane/Avalon Drive project.

I submit the following comments on the editorial but not as a council member implying any action by this council.

I am speaking as a resident of Los Altos, and reflecting some of the same concerns voiced to me by others.

Here are excerpts from the editorial:

"Granted, the proposal was unusual - one that would have allowed applicants to have the main home facing Avalon Drive and a second unit facing Sunkist Lane, but the venom several residents spewed on both sides of the plan has left hurt feelings that will take a long time to heal. Neighbors had some legitimate concerns - the plan was not conforming to city codes ... We think it's time for neighbors to reach out to neighbors, apologize for rude behavior and get on with the business of being good neighbors."

Throughout the televised Planning Commission hearing, my own personal meetings with parties on both sides of the issue and council public hearings, I witnessed no rude behavior. I did note legitimate concerns clearly expressed, and rightly so.

In my opinion, it would be fitting for the Town Crier to apologize to all Los Altans for its condescending editorial.

Bob Gray

Los Altos City Council member

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