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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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A look at state, county initiatives and DA race

Proposition 81 Library improvements

If passed, Proposition 81 would enable the state to sell $600 million in bonds for the construction and renovation of local libraries. State general fund revenues, primarily personal and corporate income taxes and state sales taxes, would be used to pay the cost. The annual cost to an average California resident would be approximately $2, according to supporters of the measure.

Proposition 82 Publicly funded preschool

Proposition 82 would create a new, publicly funded voluntary preschool program for children. The measure, expected to cost more than $2 billion annually, would be funded by a 1.7 percent tax on incomes of individuals who earn more than $400,000 annually. Proponents say that preschool jump-starts successful learning. Opponents call it an expensive bureaucratic addition to the school system.

Measure B State parks funding

This measure does not increase taxes; rather, it approves the continued use of county general funds for public park development and maintenance. Measure B requests a 12-year extension of the funding availability. Since 1972, .014 of every $100 of assessed value has been available for parks funding. A homeowner with an assessed value of $800,000 pays about $113

annually.

District attorney race

The district attorney is the county public official who directs the government's prosecution of criminals. There are no term limits to the office, and outgoing DA George Kennedy has served 16 years. All four candidates have logged significant time in the DA's office. Three are DA assistants, and one is a Superior Court judge.

Mark Buller, an assistant district attorney, has 20 years of experience as a Santa Clara County prosecutor and lists crime prevention and community partnerships as priorities.

Karyn Sinunu, chief deputy under Kennedy, has been spokeswoman for the DA and lists public safety, technological innovations in prosecution and integrity in the DA's office as priorities.

Deputy DA Jim Shore has served as president of the California Prosecutor's Association and the Santa Clara Country Government Attorney's Association. He prioritized youth intervention, ethical management of the DA's office and passage of Jessica's Law, a sex predator deterrent, in his campaign statements.

Dolores A. Carr worked 15 years as a DA and five years as a private attorney before her election to the Superior Court bench in 2000. The supervising judge of the Family Division, Carr listed as priorities community trust and feedback, and collaboration with law enforcement, the defense bar and the court system.

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