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LASD, city move toward land discussions

The ice may be thawing a bit as the Los Altos School District and the city of Los Altos consider resurrecting discussions on the potential use of public land as a school site.

The city voted to discontinue conversations about civic land with the sch...

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Schools

Mental health expert dispels myths

Mental health expert dispels myths


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Palo Alto University Professor Paul Marcille addresses a crowd of psychology students and mental health activists last week about myths surrounding mental illness and violence.

In the wake of the 2011 Sandy Hook Elementa...

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Community

Q&A: Meet the city's new public works and administrative services directors

The city of Los Altos has hired three new department directors in the past ten months. The Town Crier recently profiled new Recreation Director Manny Hernandez. This week, the Town Crier profiles Susana Chan, new public works director, and Kim Juran-...

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Familiar icon pops up in Los Altos: A Piece of My Mind

I was walking to my car parked on State Street when my eye fell on an old familiar acquaintance from my early childhood, totally unexpected to meet in Los Altos. It was the “Steinway” logo over the door of the new Steinway Piano Gallery,...

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Special Sections

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands

New Los Altos shop brews milk tea for gourmands


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Teaspoon, the milk tea shop at Village Court in Los Altos, above, serves a range of bubble teas and snow ice drinks, right.

Los Altos made it onto the milk tea map this spring with the opening of Teaspoon, a new bubble tea ...

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Business

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing

Ed center scores spot in Foothills Crossing


Alicia Castro/ Town Crier
C2 Los Altos tutor Max Shih, left, instructs Homestead High School student Rajesh Suresh.

Los Altos families have a new resource for helping their children ace the test.

C2 Los Altos – a recently opened education cente...

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Books

People

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

DOROTHY RUTH MATHIS PUDER

9/17/1918-4/15/2015

Dorothy Puder died on April 15th in Sunnyvale, California. She will be remembered for her gentle, loving, positive and caring ways and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

 PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View

PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View


Lyn Flaim/Spotlight Moments Photography
The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Once Upon a Mattress” includes, from left, Sophia Graziani (of Los Altos) as Winnifred, Chris Gough (Sunnyvale) as the Prince and Reilly Arena (Palo Alto) as the Queen. ...

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Spiritual Life

Mercifully in His grip: Exploring our true position in Christ

I recently read a wonderful analogy about our true position in Christ. It was shockingly contrary to the messages impressed upon me in church, but deeply rooted in the Bible. The analogy is that of child and a parent. If you have ever taken a small ...

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Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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Police Blotter

Mtn. View police arrest cold-case murder suspect

Using DNA testing to resurrect a long-dormant murder investigation, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office identified a suspect in Saba Girmai’s murder. The 21-year-old woman was strangled and left in a supermarket dumpster in a shopping center on North Shoreline Boulevard in Mountain View in 1985. She was a resident of the San Jose area.

According to the Mountain View Police Department, no “significant leads” developed in the years that followed her death. But in 2010, the district attorney’s crime laboratory created a DNA profile from evidence on the victim’s fingernails allegedly identifying Daniel Garcia, now 53, of Fresno. He had not been previously linked to Girmai.

Mountain View police and the district attorney’s office began to reinvestigate the case. After interviewing Garcia, they charged and arrested him with Girmai’s murder Jan. 4.

“We never forget about unsolved murder cases and continuously seek out new technology and new leads to help us solve them,” Mountain View Police Chief Scott Vermeer said in announcing the arrest.

Holiday DUIs

Los Altos police made seven arrests for driving under the influence during a special enforcement period Dec. 14 to Jan. 2. The countywide “Avoid the 13” campaign brings together agencies to crack down on holiday-season drunken driving.

Lost and found

Jan. 5, 2:05 p.m., 201 Almond Ave.: A resident reported finding a calculator.

Theft

Jan. 6, 1700 block of Holt Ave.: A resident reported credit card fraud.

– Eliza Ridgeway

Sewer trouble

Jan. 5-6: Three additional residents called police about sewer backups. Winter rain caused sewer problems throughout town (see story on page 5). Bautista said residents call 911 to report sewer problems and police dispatchers transfer them to city hall.

Transit unrest

Jan. 6, 1:43 p.m., Showers Drive and El Camino Real: Los Altos police officers responded to a request for assistance when an unruly individual on a VTA bus acted up during a medical response on his or her behalf.

“It was fine by the time we got there,” Sgt. Mark Bautista reported.

Stolen vehicle recovered

Jan. 6, 1:07 p.m., 4290 El Camino Real: A routine check of license plate numbers revealed a car reported as stolen located at the Crowne Plaza Cabaña Hotel. The case was referred to Palo Alto police, as the hotel is in that city’s jurisdiction.

– Eliza Ridgeway

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