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News

LASD opens registration for online strategy sessions

As the Los Altos School District plans how to spend its $150 million in Measure N bond funds, its initial goal is to broaden community input.

Following an April 22 meeting, the district is casting a wider net in the hopes of soliciting feedback from...

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Schools

Students discuss academic, social pressure in CHAC forum

Students discuss academic, social pressure in CHAC forum


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Community Health Awareness Council hosted a forum earlier this month where local students discussed the varied pressures they face.

Local students face enormous pressures in their lives, ranging from academic to social, but s...

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Community

Alan Alda discusses career, family and science at the Celebrity Forum

Alan Alda discusses career, family and science at the Celebrity Forum


Alda

Those who laughed along with Hawkeye Pierce on the long-running TV program “M*A*S*H*” would have enjoyed the recent Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series featuring actor Alan Alda.

Alda appeared May 13-15 at the Flint Center for...

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Sports

Eagles, Spartans advance

Eagles, Spartans advance


Town Crier file photo
Los Altos High’s Lizzy Beutter registered three hits in last week’s playoff win over Watsonville. She was also the winning pitcher.

Led by Lizzy Beutter, host Los Altos High whipped Watsonville 9-0 in the opening ro...

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Comment

Giving the thumb to what's done: Editorial

In the wake of recent Los Altos-area news events, we’re all thumbs.

Thumbs-down: To the Los Altos City Council’s decision to put the Walter Singer bust in storage. This is wrong on so many levels – even worse than the initial council decision to tra...

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Special Sections

Planting is possible despite drought

Planting is possible despite drought


Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Wash the soilless mix off the root ball into the same container in which you have placed the clay soil from the planting hole. Remove at least an inch from the top and sides of the plant.

In this continuing dro...

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Business

Los Altos-based startup eyes digital makeup color-matching

Los Altos-based startup eyes digital makeup color-matching


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Kokko Inc. Makeup Director Meli Pennington, standing, tests different shades of foundation on Los Altos resident Karen Melchior.

Meli Pennington knows cosmetics.

She has painted faces for the pages of Vogue and Glamour,...

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Books

Horan's 'Loving Frank' offers fictionalized account of famed architect's illicit affair

Horan's 'Loving Frank' offers fictionalized account of famed architect's illicit affair


In the 1920s, two married people fall in love, leave their spouses and children and set about living and traveling together. Affairs of this sort were considered shocking at the time. But the scandal was heightened given that the man was Frank Lloy...

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People

GUY WILSON SHOUP

Guy Wilson Shoup, 80, died on April 28, 2015, at his Palo Alto apartment, after a long period of ill health. Born on November 22, 1934, to Margaret Owen Shoup and to Jack Wilson Shoup (the second son of Paul Shoup, widely considered the founder of Lo...

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Travel

Flying south for the winter: Antarctica trips are not just for the birds

Flying south for the winter: Antarctica trips are not just for the birds


Photos Courtesy of Dave Hadden
Los Altos residents Dave and Joan Hadden watched the scenery from the large boat and a smaller Zodiac.

Standing on the beach with hundreds of thousands of penguins is “the experience of a lifetime,” according to Ga...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Co. goes to 'town'

LA Stage Co. goes to 'town'


courtesy of Los Altos Stage Company
The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Urinetown: The Musical” opens this weekend.

The Los Altos Stage Company caps its 19th season with the musical comedy “Urinetown: The Musical,” scheduled to preview Th...

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Spiritual Life

Mercifully in His grip: Exploring our true position in Christ

I recently read a wonderful analogy about our true position in Christ. It was shockingly contrary to the messages impressed upon me in church, but deeply rooted in the Bible. The analogy is that of child and a parent. If you have ever taken a small ...

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Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Excited about the local election season: Editorial

We’re encouraged to see the level of participation in this year’s general election. Only one race is uncontested.

One only need look at what’s going on to understand why the candidates have chosen to run. For instance, the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees is still embroiled in a fight over Bullis Charter School facilities, and the Los Altos City Council faces the high-profile impacts of building and renovating downtown.

Here’s our tentative election-coverage schedule:

Santa Clara County Board of Education, Area 1: See this week’s election preview on page 6 on the race between incumbent Grace Mah and challenger David Cortright, a Los Altos resident.

Los Altos Hills City Council: Three candidates announced their intention to run for three seats, so no election is necessary. Read the first in a series of profiles of the candidates this week on page 6.

Mountain View City Council: Six candidates are vying for four seats. Look for coverage in the Sept. 19 issue.

Los Altos School District Board of Trustees: Four candidates are competing for two seats. Expect coverage and candidate endorsements in the Sept. 19 issue.

Foothill-De Anza Board of Directors: Four candidates are battling for three seats. Coverage will appear Sept. 26.

County ballot measures A (one-eighth-of-a-cent sales tax) and B (Santa Clara Valley Water District funding): You’ll find a rundown and endorsements in the Sept. 26 issue.

El Camino Hospital District Board of Directors: Five candidates are running for three seats. Coverage and candidate endorsements are scheduled for the Oct. 3 issue.

Measure M (proposing a cap on top-tier executives at El Camino): Read the story and editorial Oct. 3.

Purissima Hills Water District Board of Directors: Four candidates are contending for three seats. Look for coverage Oct. 3.

Los Altos City Council: Six candidates are facing off for three seats. Coverage and candidate endorsements are slated for Oct. 10.

State propositions: Endorsements set for the Oct. 17 issue.

Congressional, state senate, assembly: Coverage scheduled in the Oct. 24 issue.

The voter registration deadline is Oct. 22. If you are not registered, we encourage you to make it a priority. See you at the polls.

You can read a full listing of Town Crier election coverage here.

 

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