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MV council adopts rent dispute ordinance, despite reservations

Despite criticism that it lacked teeth, the Mountain View City Council approved last week a second reading and adoption of a controversial program aimed at resolving rental-housing disputes between tenants and landlords.

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alwa...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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LAH committee revives mission-style town hall

The Los Altos Hills town hall committee Jan. 14 revived the mission-style design left for dead last November.

The 10-member committee, intent on lowering the cost of the design and construction from the original $4.9 million figure, finally agreed on $3.5 million.

Discussion of the rival citizens' style exposed some bitter feelings carried over from the November election.

"When you went through the details, 'half the height and half the cost' rang a little false to the people with the numbers," said Councilman Mike O'Malley, who serves on the committee as a financial advisor.

The committee is composed of an unlikely cast of political players who have all had a role in the decision-making process for the new town hall design. Breene Kerr and Dean Warshawsky said they were opposed to spending more money on the mission-style town hall until more citizen input had been gathered.

Planning Commissioners Bill Kerns and Carl Cotrell, who serve on the committee, voted to approve the mission-style design last July. Kerns lost the city council race last November to the two new councilmen.

The committee agreed that a "rehabilitated" version of the mission-style design, approved by council last August, will be one of four architectural styles presented to residents. Others will reflect rural, Craftsman and sustainable architectural styles. The town has already paid architect John Goldman over $350,000 in design and construction development costs.

Kerr, however, pointed to the fact that the town has $5-$6 million in unallocated reserves.

"We're not a family that wants to build a $5 million house but only has $500,000," he said.

The committee has planned to display the four architectural styles of town hall through the Internet and have residents respond by returning a town-sponsored mailing.

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