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News

Spooktacular moved indoors


Due to rain, today's downtown Los Altos Halloween activities have been moved to the indoor courtyard of Play! at 170 State St. Enter from the back on the parking lot side to participate in crafts, games and fun. Activities continue until 4 p.m.

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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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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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