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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill Road home April 27 and...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

The Dow...

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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City and school district officials may revisit Hillview topic


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Satterlee

Discussions between Los Altos School District and Los Altos City Council officials may be moving past a previous stalemate regarding Hillview Community Center.

While the property was not discussed at length at a city-schools subcommittee meeting last week, Los Altos School District Board of Trustees President Doug Smith tried to revive what he called a “possible path to move forward.”

Last year at a joint meeting, parents attended en masse to share reasons for converting the city-owned Hillview property, once used as a school, into a 10th school district site.

At that time, councilmembers would not discuss Hillview as an option unless the school board trustees signed a letter revoking their right to eminent domain. Eminent domain is the right of a public entity to seize private property or, in this case, city property, for public use.

Not wanting to limit the rights of future boards, the trustees declined and the conversation hit a dead end.

Now, with three new councilmembers and a new school board member, discussions about Hillview may be renewed.

“I don’t know how we explore (the Hillview discussion) without lighting a firestorm,” Smith said. “How about some education for us? I would like to understand the full list of concerns. I don’t understand all (of Hillview’s) uses.”

Councilwoman Megan Satterlee, hesitant to discuss the issue, said the Hillview topic is difficult to broach.

“How do you discuss a topic with potential litigation?” she asked. “I still feel like I have a gun to my head. I’m not sure how to manage within that.”

Smith introduced the possibility of reaching an agreement, similar to one the school district and Bullis Charter School have met under, where both parties agree that what is said in particular meetings may not be used for litigation purposes.

“I’d be willing to explore that, if you are willing,” Satterlee told the trustees.

Smith and Trustee Tammy Logan shared a report on possible 10th-site locations with Satterlee and Mayor Jarrett Fishpaw. A school district subcommittee is examining 17 sites, most of which have not been revealed to the public.

The district subcommittee, on which Logan serves, is reviewing properties to determine their feasibility as school sites. As for Los Altos public land, Hillview Community Center and Rosita Park are both on the list.

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