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News

Police stress need for low speed in school zones

Police stress need for low speed in school zones


Town Crier File Photo
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

Why is Egan ‘campsite’ still under consideration?

I am a parent of two and reside within the Los Altos School District. Both of my children attend Bullis Charter School. I attended the district board-hosted session that included breakout groups to explore solutions to the charter school facilities issue, specifically the group exploring the option of swapping campuses with Santa Rita School. Given what has transpired since, I want to raise an important point.

Our group of approximately 25 parents represented a mix of schools, Santa Rita being most heavily represented. We had a constructive dialogue. While we didn’t agree on all points, the room unanimously agreed that a key message to bring back to the board was: The Bullis Charter School campus, or the “campsite,” as it was referred to multiple times, was not suitable for any student, not Santa Rita students, not charter school students, not any other students in the district.

Since these breakout sessions, the Santa Rita swap option has been removed from the list. However, other options involving the charter school’s remaining at the campsite are still very much under consideration.

Interestingly, until 2007-2008 I had planned and assumed that both my children would attend Almond School. When the district realignment moved my children from being able to walk to Almond to needing to drive to Springer School, I was triggered to explore alternatives. I stumbled upon Bullis Charter School while I was waitlisted for Springer. I made the decision to send my son to the charter school without any understanding of political issues. I was and am just a parent who wants my kids to have a good education in a healthy environment.

I just don’t understand how we have come to this. I am not someone who has ever asked for more than my fair share. I am only asking for my children to be treated as fairly as any other child in the district. My breakout session, dominated by non-charter school parents, spoke loudly and clearly about the inadequacy of the charter school “campsite” and could not get comfortable with the idea of their children using this campus. We passed this unanimous message on to the board. Why then is the “campsite” still a consideration for charter school students?

Andrea Morokutti

Los Altos

A student addresses schools’ conflict

I am currently an eighth-grader at Egan Junior High School. My family has recently moved to Los Altos, and I am disturbed by the tension between Bullis Charter School and the Los Altos School District. The charter school has taken some of our land, including the tennis courts and one-half of the track. They are currently deciding on whether to move to Covington School or Santa Rita School, which is where my sister goes.

I don’t want the charter school to move to Santa Rita, but there are also many students at Covington who will not have a place to go if the charter school moves there.

I believe the reason the charter school always wants to expand is because it constantly expands its student population. Therefore, I believe that the charter school needs to stop expanding its student population or at least slow it down. As a result, the school would not have as big a reason to expand into district schools.

I don’t think that Bullis Charter School should keep trying to get land from other schools, because it makes many students and parents at other schools angry. This would lead to some parents filing lawsuits against Bullis Charter School, which is what is happening right now.

We should spend the money on improving education, not on lawyer’s fees.

I believe that Bullis Charter School should reduce the amount of people it takes in every year.

Kerry Liu Los Altos

Holiday spirit should include courtesy

The holidays can bring stress from last-minute-gift nerves, family expectations and maybe even some sad memories. But this gives people absolutely no right to take out their frustrations on their friendly neighborhood Starbucks barista.

While sitting at the counter for only an hour, not only did I witness customers use verbally abusive tones because of the short wait during the coffee rush hour, but one customer even went so far as to insult and threaten the barista due to her own error!

Is the world’s biggest problem really that you don’t have your latte?

Everyone has a bad day from time to time, but this does not give adults permission to use childish and degrading behavior when interacting with others.

We should all remember this lesson – especially in light of the recent events that showcase the harsh realities of the world.

Why not make the day a little bit brighter simply by being nice?

Alyssa Jacobson

Los Altos

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