Tue01272015

Schools

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on a proposal to exempt ninth-grade student-athletes from taking PE. Students take part in a physical education class at Mount...

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Community

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF


From Midnight Express Instagram
A group of millennial-aged Santas celebrating a night on the town prepare for a safe ride from San Francisco to their South Bay homes, courtesy of Cory Althoff’s new Midnight Express shuttle.

It’s no understatemen...

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Comment

More open than ever: Editorial

One of the Los Altos City Council’s objectives for 2015 is implementing an open-government policy. The title of the policy may be somewhat misleading, because it’s not as if the city has had a closed-government policy. But the new proposal goes beyon...

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Business

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Cassidy Turley, which has offices at 339 S. San Antonio Road, is combining with DTZ following its recent acquisition.

Commercial real estate services companies DTZ and Cassidy Turley have joined forces to operate as a sin...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

JUDY HOFFMANN

JUDY HOFFMANN

Judy Hoffmann passed away unexpectedly October 17, 2014 in New York City. It was only fitting Judy would be traveling and enjoying special adventures in so many different places until the very end.

Judy has lived since 1969 in Los Altos with her h...

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Travel

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill


Courtesy of Raúl Cañibano
Cuban photographer Raúl Cañibano is set to appear at Foothill College tonight. His work – including the image “Series: Guajira’s Land, Viñales, 2007,” right – is on display at the KCI Gallery t...

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View


Suellen Fitzsimmons/Special to the Town Crier
Christopher Tocco stars in TheatreWorks’ “2 Pianos 4 Hands,” which opened last week.

TheatreWorks’ production of “2 Pianos 4 Hands” is scheduled to run through Feb. 15 at the Mountain View Center fo...

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Spiritual Life

Start something great by ringing in the new year with prayer

There is a tradition, which I’m told originates in the Midwest, that calls for people to pray in the new year. A few years ago, I was invited to a friend’s house and a number of people stayed up until midnight (approximately two hours pa...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Simitian bill to curb minors' DXM abuse signed into law

Simitian

Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed Senate Bill 514 into law, prohibiting the sale of over-the-counter cold and cough medicines that contain dextromethorphan (DXM) to minors without a prescription.

State Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) introduced the bill, effective Jan. 1.

According to WebMD and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, one in 10 teenagers admitted to using DXM to get high. The California Poison Control System reports that DXM abuse calls for children have increased 850 percent in the past 10 years, the most commonly reported type of abuse in the age group.

DXM is a safe and effective ingredient in over-the-counter cold and cough medicines. Taken in large quantities, however, it produces intoxication and hallucinations. DXM has become popular as a recreational drug, known by the street names Robo, Skittles, Triple C, Vitamin C, Dex or Tussin.

“Since 2003, dextromethorphan has been the most commonly abused substance by teenagers reported to the California Poison Control System. More than 80 percent of these calls involve teenagers being treated in a hospital for significant health effects,” said Ilene Anderson, senior toxicologist for the California Poison Control System, San Francisco Division. “It is important for parents, teachers and health-care professionals to be aware of this issue in order to educate and to prevent dangerous health consequences.”

Restricting the sale of DXM was a winning submission in Simitian’s 2004 “There Oughta Be A Law” contest. Wayne Benitez and Ron Lawrence, both with the Palo Alto Police Department at the time, submitted the idea.

For more information, visit www. senatorsimitian.com/legislation.

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