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News

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

A flyer is being distributed across Los Altos that looks like it is from the Los Altos Town Crier but was neither created nor distributed by the community’s weekly newspaper. The flyer, pictured at right, is being distributed by workers from Pyrami...

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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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Letters to the Editor

Lack of night games reduces school spirit

I was glad to hear that the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees approved the plan to hold the one night football game at Mountain View High School.

Throughout the past seven years of being a Mountain View High parent, I have been chagrined by the lack of night football, which reduces school spirit and a part of the overall high school experience. Games starting at 3 p.m. make it hard to bring out the enthusiasm of the student body and draw many parents.

Hopefully, three or four hours of light pollution once a year won’t be that off-putting to those neighbors who have elected to live close to a high school.

Craig Johnson

(No address given)

Endorsements diverge from residents’ views

Like Sami A. Ibrahim, whose letter was published Oct. 31 (“TC endorsements disappoint resident”), we are dismayed at the Town Crier’s endorsements, particularly on the local measures and state propositions.

While we recognize that these endorsements are the views of the paper’s management and not necessarily representative of the town’s overall sentiment, we were astonished to find that there was only one opinion we held in common, and were particularly surprised by your lack of support for education.

We can’t recall any previous election where your endorsements and our votes were so divergent.

Recently we’ve noted a number of clearly misinformed letters that are published each week, such as “freeloading” Mountain View students in Los Altos schools, without any comments that correct such obvious misconceptions.

We can only conclude that there has been a dramatic shift in the management of the paper.

Mark and Jennifer Hartney

Los Altos

Water district CEO defends flood plan

Regarding the Town Crier’s story on the modeling of future water flows for the Permanente Creek Flood Protection Project (“Engineers: Local water district projects oversized,” Oct. 31), I want to assure the community that the Santa Clara Valley Water District is using established engineering standards to design a project that will provide the best protection for the community.

Our engineers used standard hydrology procedures for analyzing and predicting potential storm flows. A third-party expert, Multech Engineering Consultants, has reviewed the district’s hydrology procedures and analysis and concluded that the district’s flow rates are valid.

In modeling future water flows, the district looks backward in time, but also forward, to provide flood protection for a future, urbanized condition. Richard Moll notes that historic flows are less than our predicted future flows. That’s because water upstream has escaped the creek banks in the past, so it has never made it to the lower stream gauges. We must take into account the fact that creek sections farther upstream may also be modified to provide flood protection there, so they will carry more water. The lower portions of a creek must be designed to account for future improvements upstream.

It would be irresponsible to ignore these standard hydrology procedures. To do so would result in an unacceptably low standard of protection for the neighborhoods at risk of flooding. FEMA, most certainly, would not revise its flood zone maps, and those who are now required to pay for flood insurance would continue to have that requirement.

With the Permanente Creek project, the water district intends to keep its commitment to provide 100-year flood protection to 2,750 homes, schools and businesses in a cost-effective manner.

Beau Goldie, CEO

Santa Clara Valley Water District

Moll responds: I think my first response is disappointment that Mr. Goldie still regards the Multech report as unquestionable validation of the district’s flow rates, despite my graphical interpretation of the Multech data that I presented at the Oct. 9 board meeting, which challenged their conclusion. No one from the district has yet contacted me to discuss this inconsistency.

Satterlee applauds new councilmembers

Congratulations to the newly elected councilmembers. May they continue to listen with open minds and treat all with respect and civility.

Los Altos was fortunate to have many qualified candidates willing to give of their time and talents. Whatever the results, I look forward to working with everyone in some shape or form in the future.

Megan Satterlee

Los Altos City Councilwoman

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