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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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Bechtel, Swenson to lead Foothill-De Anza board

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously selected Betsy Bechtel as president and Bruce Swenson as vice president. The election occurred at the board’s annual organizational meeting Dec. 10.

District voters re-elected Bechtel to a third term Nov. 6, and this will be her third time as board president – she led trustees in 2005 and 2009. She has served as chairwoman of the district’s Audit and Finance Committee, an advisory group comprising two trustees and four volunteer members of the public with fiscal expertise, and headed the district’s 2006 Measure C bond campaign and 2010 parcel tax election. She succeeds Joan Barram as board president.

A Palo Alto City Council member for nine years, Betchel served a term as Palo Alto’s mayor before her election to the Foothill-De Anza Board of Trustees in 2003. In addition to volunteering for six years as a board member of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation, her community service has included leadership positions in the League of Women Voters, the Palo Alto Rotary Club, YMCA of the Midpeninsula, the Los Altos and Palo Alto Chambers of Commerce and the Committee for Green Foothills. She is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum.

After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University, Bechtel joined the Peace Corps, then taught school in San Jose upon returning home. She continued in public service as a staff member for then-Santa Clara County Supervisor Gerry Steinberg. Bechtel subsequently entered the banking field, where she held positions for many years as vice president of Citibank and J.P. Morgan.

Bechtel expressed her thanks and noted how the approval of Proposition 30 last month – which levies temporary taxes to fund education – will help the district.

“I am honored to serve the district and my colleagues as president, and grateful to the voters for approving Proposition 30 last month,” Bechtel said. “While we still face financial challenges from three years of budget cuts, Proposition 30 allows our colleges to increase the number of classes they offer. I encourage community members to learn more about the opportunities available through the district and to take advantage of the tremendous resources of Foothill and De Anza colleges.”

Swenson is a former longtime Foothill College mathematics instructor who also served as dean of the Division of Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering and vice president of instruction and educational resources at Foothill. He was elected to the board in 2005 and is serving his second term.

Bechtel made the following appointments for the coming year: Trustees Laura Casas Frier and Swenson to the Audit and Finance Committee, with Swenson acting as chairman; and Trustees Pearl Cheng and Barram to the Foothill-De Anza Foundation Board of Directors.

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