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Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage

Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council continues to explore options to address parking constraints in the downtown triangle.

The Los Altos City Council last week held the first of two study sessions to discuss the potential construct...

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Schools

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Los Altos High School student learns how to use robotic surgical equipment at the school’s Science and Technology Week event last year. Students can also attend hands-on presentations at this year’s event, w...

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Community

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display


Town Crier File Photo
Pirate Manor is once again scheduled to arrive in the front yard of Dane and Jill Glasgow’s home on Manor Way in Los Altos, just in time for Halloween.

Although not the Walking Dead, pirate skeletons have been brought to li...

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Sports

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Eric Reitmeir launches the ball over Mountain View High driver David Niehaus (2) and goalie Kenny Tang. The host Lancers won Friday’s non-league game 9-3.

There wasn’t a lot on the line Friday when ...

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Comment

Reeder, Fung for El Camino HCD: Editorial

The good news for the El Camino Healthcare District (formerly the El Camino Hospital District, for those still getting used to the new name) is that there is a contested election Nov. 4 for the district’s board of directors. Three candidates are runn...

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Special Sections

Plant-based diet offers benefits

Plant-based diet offers benefits


Photo by Ramya Krishna
Los Altos resident Nandini Krishna prepares a meat-free dish According to author Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D., a plant-based diet can help prevent cancer.

Shirley Okita of Los Altos has found that adhering to a mostly plant...

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Business

New shop offers haute couture for girls

New shop offers haute couture for girls


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Girls @ Los Altos at 239 State St. offers clothing lines such as Nellystella as well as toys and other items for girls.

Cecilia Chen opened The Girls @ Los Altos as a tribute to the party dress. Whether it’s for...

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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

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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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

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn



Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s classic story, is set to run through Nov. 2 at Bus Barn Theater. The cast comprises 27 young actors, directed by Cindy Powell. Courtesy o...

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Spiritual Life

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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Inventory shortage hampers home sales

The lack of inventory remained the major roadblock to higher closed home sales in September, according to year-over-year data that MLSListings Inc. provided to the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors.

Inventory and new listings for single-family homes in September fell compared to the same month last year in the five-county area covered by the MLSListings data report. Santa Clara County experienced the largest drop in inventory, down 44 percent from the same time last year. San Mateo County came in second, with an inventory drop of 42 percent, followed by Monterey County, 31 percent; San Benito County, 30 percent; and Santa Cruz County, 27 percent.

New listings were also down compared to September 2011 figures, most significantly in Monterey County, where they decreased 25 percent. In Santa Clara County, new listings were down 14 percent; San Mateo County, 13 percent; San Benito County, 4 percent; and Santa Cruz County, 3 percent.

The inventory shortage drove down sales in some counties, but, compared to September 2011, September 2012 sales of single-family homes in Santa Clara County rose 5 percent.

The median price of single-family homes showed gains of 14-21 percent in all five counties compared to the previous year. Santa Clara County’s September median price of $655,000 was 15 percent higher than the September 2011 median of $570,000. San Mateo County’s September median of $783,000 proved 21 percent higher than the September 2011 median of $646,000.

Days on market decreased by 44 percent in September. In Santa Clara County, the typical home was on the market 71 days in September 2011. Days on market dropped to just 40 in September 2012. In San Mateo County, days on market declined 52 percent, from 71 days in September 2011 to 34 in September 2012.

Suzanne Yost, president of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, said she hoped sellers would be encouraged by the news.

“A market with low inventory and active buyers creates upward pressure on prices, particularly coupled with historically low interest rates,” she said. “This pressure is causing prices to increase, which will be good for sellers as they begin to feel more confident about putting their homes on the market.”

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors provided information for this article. For more information, email Rose Meily at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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