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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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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

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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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Questions for 2013: Editorial

With every new year comes new questions about what’s in store for Los Altos. Following are examples of questions we hope we can provide answers to as the year moves along.

How will downtown Los Altos fare with the ongoing new construction? As noted this week, the city’s San Antonio Road streetscape project is already under way. The entire year promises construction, mostly for projects along First Street. How will existing businesses and downtown visitors handle these growing pains?

How many more residents will be added to the city as a result of this year’s new housing construction? How many new children will be added to the school district? Combined, 331 new Los Altos housing units are in the pipeline. Another 330 apartment units are planned for the new Village at San Antonio Center in Mountain View, located within Los Altos School District boundaries.

What will become of the Civic Center Master Plan? Five years and $450,000 later, the city has nothing to show for its investment. We’d like to see our leaders stay actively involved in the civic center plan discussion. Perhaps it needs major changes. Perhaps plans need to be better prioritized. Whatever the effort, the worst thing that could happen is the plans gather dust in a drawer.

Will Los Altos make even more of a “green transition”? In addition to a new plastic-bag ban set to take effect as early as Earth Day (April 22) and as late as July 1, 2014, the city could become more attractive to electric-vehicle users, thanks to GreenTown Los Altos. The grassroots group hopes to plan an EV event with the ultimate goal of making EV charging stations available in Los Altos. Find out more at a GreenTown meeting scheduled 7 p.m. today at Neutra House.

What lies ahead for Passerelle Investment Co.? The community-minded development group has brought positive change downtown since its arrival in 2009. Fast becoming the largest property owner in downtown Los Altos, Passerelle has attracted long-sought-after businesses catering to youth and young families. Now, eyes are turning to its 170 State St. properties to see what comes next.

And finally, when will people involved in the Bullis Charter School facilities debate find tangible solutions and stop sniping at (or suing) each other? It’s a question we ask yearly that still presents no ready answer. Let’s all work together for a change in 2013.

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