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Council eyes bond for Hillview center

Council eyes bond for Hillview center


The Los Altos City Council accepted an $87.5 million cost model for its preferred layout for replacing Hillview Community Center. 

Residents could cast their votes as soon as November on a bond measure to partially fund the redevelopment of...

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Schools

Oak students showcase creativity in Destination Imagination competitions

Oak students showcase creativity in Destination Imagination competitions


Courtesy of Jane Lee Choe
The Sharp Cheddars, a team of Oak Avenue School sixth-graders, perform at the Destination Imagination state competition Saturday in Riverside.

A team of seven Oak Avenue School sixth-graders traveled to Riverside last week...

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Community

Heising-Simons Foundation relocates to 400 Main St. property in Los Altos

Heising-Simons Foundation relocates to 400 Main St. property in Los Altos


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
All in the family: Mark Heising, from left, Caitlin Heising and Elizabeth Simons make up the board of the eight-year-old Heising-Simons Foundation, now in its new headquarters at 400 Main St. in downtown Los Altos.

The He...

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Comment

What would Bob do?: Editorial

The recent passing of an extraordinary Los Altos resident, Bob Grimm, has generated a range of heartfelt reaction, from sympathy to fond memories, from all corners. That’s because Bob did not discriminate in his desire to help others with his money, ...

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Special Sections

Cars that are right on track

Cars that are right on track


Courtesy of BMW
The BMW M4 is packed with power, featuring 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.

There’s nothing more fun than driving a responsive automobile that feels alive in the curves and eager to go when given more than a touch ...

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Business

First Street's 'Fort Knox' up for sale

First Street's 'Fort Knox' up for sale


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Los Altos Vault and Safe Deposit Co. is on the market for $4.5 million. Its fortified steel and concrete structure has been compared to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s gold depository.

A downtown Los Altos structure “b...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

JOHN BATISTICH

JOHN BATISTICH

John Batistich of Los Altos Hills died peacefully on March 12 surrounded by his family. John is survived by his wife Claire Batistich (Vidovich) of 67 years and children Gary Batistich of Lodi and Gay Batistich Abuel-Saud of Menlo Park. He is also ...

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Travel

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience


Eren Göknar/ Town Crier
Cavallo Point Lodge comprises former U.S. Army buildings, like the Mission Blue Chapel, repurposed for guests seeking a luxurious getaway.

It used to be a place where batteries of soldiers lived, with officers’ quarter...

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Stepping Out

'Fire' ignites in Mtn. View

'Fire' ignites in Mtn. View


Courtesy of Kevin Berne
The cast of “Fire on the Mountain,” includes, from left, Tony Marcus, Harvy Blanks, Molly Andrews and Robert Parsons.

TheatreWorks is slated to present the regional premiere of the musical “Fire on the Mountain” this wee...

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life Briefs

Oshman JCC hosts Judaism and Science Symposium

The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center has scheduled its inaugural Judaism and Science Symposium, “An Exploration of the Convergence of Jewish & Scientific Thought,” 5 p.m. April 12 at the JCC’s ...

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Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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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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