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Police stress need for low speed in school zones

Police stress need for low speed in school zones


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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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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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