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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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Local candidates in place as ballot deadline expires

The filing deadline for the Nov. 6 election expired last week, with a variety of incumbents and newcomers on the local ballot.

Following is a rundown of the candidates.

Los Altos

Six Los Altos residents have filed nomination papers to run for three open seats on the Los Altos City Council.

According to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, the final list of candidates includes Jon Baer, Jeannie Bruins, Anabel Pelham, Jan Pepper, Megan Satterlee and Jerry Sorensen.

Baer and Bruins are both former Los Altos Planning Commissioners, with Baer serving as the volunteer body’s chairman until its dissolution earlier this year. Baer currently serves on the recently formed Planning and Transportation Commission.

Pelham, a university professor, is currently on the city’s Senior Commission.

Pepper was the 2011-2012 president of the League of Women Voters of the Los Altos-Mountain View Area. She serves in a communications role for the organization.

Satterlee, the field’s lone incumbent, is seeking a second consecutive term. Prior to her election to the council in 2007, she served on the Planning Commission, the Architecture and Site Review Committee and the Board of Adjustments.

Sorensen is a downtown property owner and management consultant. Among other commitments, he served as a member of Los Altos 2025, a community group focused on the revitalization of the downtown triangle.

Los Altos Hills

As of Aug. 10, three candidates had submitted nomination papers for the Los Altos Hills City Council race, but incumbent Councilwoman Ginger Summit was not among them. Because Summit did not file papers, the filing deadline for the council race has been extended until 5 p.m. today to allow additional candidates to file.

Incumbent Mayor Rich Larsen, retired business owner Courtenay Corrigan and retired software engineer John Harpootlian filed papers to run for the three open council seats. If no additional candidates file by today, residents of Los Altos Hills can expect a quiet campaign season, with much less election activity than past contested races.

Los Altos School District

In the race for two open seats on the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees, four candidates have thrown their hats in the ring.

Steve Taglio, an incumbent, has served on the board for a year following his appointment to complete a former board member’s term. He has two children, former Covington School students who now attend Egan Junior High and Los Altos High schools.

Vladimir Ivanovic has served on a number of district committees and the Citizens Advisory Committee for Finance. His two daughters attend Gardner Bullis School.

Amanda Burke-Aaronson is the mother of three daughters who attend Bullis Charter School. Burke-Aaronson said she is running to help the community heal and grow, and to encourage parent input during the “good times as well as the contentious ones.”

Pablo Luther is a local financial executive who currently serves as chairman of the district’s Citizens Advisory Committee for Finance.

Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District

Two Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District incumbents, Susan Sweeley and Phil Faillace are running without opposition in the race for two open seats on the board of trustees.

Foothill-De Anza

Community College District

Incumbents Joan Barram, Betsy Bechtel and Laura Casas Frier are running for re-election. Small-business owner and De Anza student Geby Espinosa, a Mountain View resident, has also filed to run for one of three open seats.

El Camino Hospital District

According to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, it’s a field of five candidates for three seats on the El Camino Hospital District Board of Directors.

The final field consists of Wesley Alles, Dennis Chiu, Bill James, Julia E. Miller and John Zoglin. A sixth candidate, Mountain View resident Catherine Vonnegut, did not file nomination papers by the Aug. 10 deadline.

Among the candidates are incumbents Alles and Zoglin. Alles, a Mountain View resident, was first appointed to the board in 2003 and is seeking his third full term. Zoglin, a Los Altos resident, currently serves as district board chairman and is seeking his second full term.

Chiu, a Sunnyvale resident, is an attorney at Prodigy Law. He currently serves as vice chairman of the Santa Clara County Planning Commission and was appointed to Sunnyvale’s Housing and Human Services Commission earlier this year.

James is a Los Altos resident and partner at the law firm Van Pelt, Yi & James LLP in Cupertino. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served from 1986-1991.

Miller is a Sunnyvale resident. She was a city councilwoman and mayor from 1997-2005 and currently serves as an administrator at the Chamber of Commerce Coalition of Santa Clara County.

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