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Street crack-sealing project begins Monday, May 4

The City of Los Altos is beginning a city-wide street crack-sealing project on Monday (May 4).

City officials said the traffic impact for this project will be minimal. No streets will be closed and vehicles can resume normal traffic flow shortly aft...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer app...

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Community

CHAC appoints new leader

CHAC appoints new leader

Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, LCSW, has been named the new executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). A seasoned nonprofit leader, Nakano-Matsumoto is scheduled to assume duties July 1. She takes over for outgoing executive direct...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Comment

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

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

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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Candidates pursue state and national offices

Although the Los Altos City Council and the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees races are at the center of the Town Crier’s news coverage, following is an introduction to local candidates running for State Assembly, State Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 election.

During the 2010 redistricting process, many districts were consolidated or modified. For updated information, visit California Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s Board of Elections website at www.sos.ca.gov/elections.

Assembly District 24 (previously the 21st and 22nd districts)

• Richard Gordon (D), incumbent

Legislative experience: State Assembly (2010-present), San Mateo County Board of Supervisors (1997-2010), San Mateo County Board of Education (1992-1997).

Legislative highlights: Protected seniors from fraud by creating safeguards for conservator trusts (AB 1288), secured additional funding for Plastic Market Development Program that created approximately 4,000 jobs (AB 1149), required for-profit colleges to disclose unaccredited degrees (AB 611).

Website: richgordon2012.com

• Chengzhi “George” Yang (R)

Legislative experience: None.

Platform: According to his webpage, Yang’s priorities would include economic measures such as a pension cap, improving the quality of education, creating incentives for entrepreneurs and stopping taxpayer projects, including the High-Speed Rail Project.

Website: gcyang.com

State of the race: Based on the demographics of registered voters in the district and the strength of his record, Gordon appears a shoo-in for re-election.

Gordon has earned a reputation for getting things done in Sacramento. In the past two years, he has authored more than 19 bills, with nearly 75 percent passed into law.

Senate District 13 (previously the 11th and 13th districts)

• Jerry Hill (D), incumbent

Legislative experience: State Assembly (2008-present), San Mateo City Council (1991-1998), San Mateo County Board of Supervisors (1998-2008).

Legislative highlights: Improved gas pipeline safety by requiring remote-controlled shut off valves in urban areas (AB 56), made medicines more accessible for Parkinson’s disease patients (AB 1414), increased subsidy for low-income drivers to take vehicles with high levels of smog off roads (AB 787).

Website: jerryhillforsenate.com

• Sally Lieber (D), incumbent

Legislative experience: State Assembly (2002-2008), Mountain View city councilmember, Mountain View mayor.

Legislative highlights: Increased minimum wage in California from $6.75 to $8 (AB 2683), safeguarded services for special education by securing $2.3 billion in federal funding (AB 1662), created San Francisco Bay Preservation Authority to protect Bay’s ecosystems (AB 2954).

Website: sallylieber.org

State of the race: After State Senate districts 11 and 13 merged after redistricting in 2010, the two incumbents were forced to compete for the seat. Hill and Lieber won the June primary, with 51.1 percent and 22.5 percent of the vote, respectively. The state’s new primary system allows the top two vote-getters to advance to the November ballot.

Now, two seasoned politicians with much in common – both are Democrats, have records of achievement in the State Senate and share similar views on many issues, including the environment – are battling for the office.

With more than twice as much cash on hand as Lieber and a long list of endorsements, Hill appears to be ahead, according to many campaign metrics.

U.S. House of Representatives, 18th District (previously the 14th district)

• Anna Eshoo (D), incumbent

Legislative experience: U.S. House of Representatives (1993- present), San Mateo County Board of Supervisors (1982-1992).

Legislative highlights: Promoted legislation on renewable resources (HR 6), helped make electronic signatures a mainstream tool (HR 1320 IH), supported cancer services for low-income women (HR 3161).

Website: annaeshooforcongress.com

• David Chapman (R)

Legislative experience: None.

Platform: According to Chapman’s website, he plans to focus on job creation. His proposals include repealing guest worker programs, encouraging the Federal Reserve to issue inflation and unemployment targets and to pay taxes and stopping currency manipulation and trade barriers that reduce U.S. jobs.

Website: davechapmanforcongress.org

State of the race: Eshoo has received at least 60 percent of the vote in every election since 1994. A member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, she has sponsored legislation on issues ranging from immigration to alternative energy, new technology and women’s health care.

Despite Eshoo’s incumbency and financial advantage, Chapman challenged her previously in 2010, receiving 27.9 percent of the vote – an outcome that strengthens but in no way guarantees his chances for election this year.

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