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Safeway escalator elicits safety concerns from customers

Safeway escalator elicits safety concerns from customers


MEGAN V. WINSLOW/Town Crier
The escalator at the Safeway on First Street poses a safety hazard, some customers allege.

A Safeway shopper who accidentally placed his cart last month on the customer escalator instead of the shopping cart track next to...

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Schools

Los Altos High hosts 30th Writers Week

Los Altos High hosts 30th Writers Week


Above Photo by Traci Newell/Town Crier;
Author Jack Andraka shares his story with fellow high school seniors during Los Altos High School’s Writers Week last week.

Los Altos High School students learned firsthand last week how professionals ...

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Community

Service dogs bring smiles, comfort to veterans at Foothill College center

Service dogs bring smiles, comfort to veterans at Foothill College center


Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Charles Viajar, student and U.S. Navy veteran, brings his four-legged companion Bruno to the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College. Bruno, a 2-year-old Imperial Shih Tzu, is trained to assist Viajar with...

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Sports

Improbable run to NorCal semis saves season for St. Francis girls

Improbable run to NorCal semis saves season for St. Francis girls


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Daisha Abdelkader goes on a fast break in the CCS Division II final. The senior point guard scored eight points in the Lancers’ NorCal semifinal loss to Dublin last week.

Senior Daisha Abdel...

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Comment

We'll buy it; what is it? Editorial

Would you buy a device on the condition that you are kept in the dark about how it works? Would you feel good about purchasing such a device when the contract even calls for nondisclosure of the nondisclosure form that keeps the device top secret?

T...

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Special Sections

MV resident, engineer applies brainpower to screenplays

MV resident, engineer applies brainpower to screenplays


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
High-tech vice president by day, screenwriter by night, Mountain View resident Robert Frostholm pursues his passion for storytelling.

Robert Frostholm has always been a storyteller.

Until a couple of years ago, however, hi...

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Business

Vintage Bath changes hands as new owners add twist to classic offerings

Vintage Bath changes hands as new owners add twist to classic offerings


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Vintage Bath, the downtown Los Altos showroom, is under new leadership. Taking over are, from left, co-owners Jerry Rudick and Deena Castello and marketing and visual director Alissa McDonald.

Deena Castello – the new cu...

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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

BEVERLEY JEANE (DORSEY) MCCHESNEY

BEVERLEY JEANE (DORSEY) MCCHESNEY

1944-2014

Beverley McChesney passed away at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA on Sunday, Nov. 16. She had been fighting cancer for about 23 years until it went into her lungs.

She is survived by her husband David, of Cloverdale; her sisters...

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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

Cal Pops performs Sunday at Foothill

Cal Pops performs Sunday at Foothill


Courtesy of Cal Pops
The Cal Pops trumpet section includes Dean Boysen, from left, Bob Runnels and Noel Weidkamp.

The California Pops Orchestra is scheduled to perform “Swing Time!” – a musical tour of Big Band hits from the 1930...

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Spiritual Life

Oshman JCC hosts panel on Judaism and Science

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 Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 39...

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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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LA Council Briefs

The Los Altos City Council took the following actions at its Jan. 22 meeting.

Pavement survey funds approved

The council unanimously approved a $6,600 contribution to partially fund a city pavement condition survey.

According to a city staff report, the city received a Pavement Management Technical Assistance Program grant in December that covers 80 percent of the $33,300 cost of a survey to examine and record the condition of all city street pavements.

The report noted that a consultant under contract with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which funded the $26,640 grant, would conduct the survey.

Funding for the city’s matching portion of the survey will come from the fiscal year 2012-2013 Annual Street Resurfacing budget.

Plastic bag, container ordinances delayed

The council opted to delay discussion of a $30,000 appropriation for city staff to prepare and implement ordinances on the use of single-use plastic bags and polystyrene containers by retailers.

Reached by the Town Crier, Los Altos City Manager Marcia Somers said city staff needs additional time to iron out the finer details in the proposed ordinances before bringing it to the council.

Last year Los Altos – along with neighboring cities – participated in a San Mateo County Environmental Impact Report for implementation of a model ordinance on single-use plastic bags. Because Los Altos’ proposed ordinances would differ in some aspects from the model ordinance, Somers said the city is “looking further into the original” (San Mateo County) EIR before proceeding. She added that city staff anticipates bringing the item back to the council for review in February.

The delay comes after a 4-1 council vote Jan. 8 directing city staff to prepare an ordinance that establishes a ban on single-use plastic bags at retail establishments of 5,000 square feet or more by April 22 – Earth Day. At the time, the council also directed city staff to return with a cost breakdown to implement the ordinances.

A second phase of the ordinance calls for the ban to be expanded to include all retailers in the city by Oct. 13. The proposed ordinance would also institute a nominal charge to shoppers who request single-use plastic bags at local retailers.

Councilwoman Val Carpenter cast the lone dissenting vote on the ban over reservations that it could negatively impact local businesses.

In addition, the council unanimously voted Jan. 8 to direct city staff to collaborate with other Santa Clara County public agencies on a California Environmental Quality Act review that bans Los Altos food vendors from providing food in disposable containers made from polystyrene.

Downtown Parking Forum slated next week

The city of Los Altos has scheduled a community forum on the city’s ongoing downtown parking management plan 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Hillview Community Center, Room 17, 97 Hillview Ave.

City staff will report the results of occupancy counts conducted downtown in September and December. A consultant engaged by the city for the parking management study will present proposed strategies. Input from residents on the recommended parking management options is an important component of the project.

For more information, call Los Altos Economic Development Manager Kathy Kleinbaum at 947-2620 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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