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Council eyes bond for Hillview center

Council eyes bond for Hillview center


The Los Altos City Council accepted an $87.5 million cost model for its preferred layout for replacing Hillview Community Center. 

Residents could cast their votes as soon as November on a bond measure to partially fund the redevelopment of...

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Schools

Oak students showcase creativity in Destination Imagination competitions

Oak students showcase creativity in Destination Imagination competitions


Courtesy of Jane Lee Choe
The Sharp Cheddars, a team of Oak Avenue School sixth-graders, perform at the Destination Imagination state competition Saturday in Riverside.

A team of seven Oak Avenue School sixth-graders traveled to Riverside last week...

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Community

Heising-Simons Foundation relocates to 400 Main St. property in Los Altos

Heising-Simons Foundation relocates to 400 Main St. property in Los Altos


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
All in the family: Mark Heising, from left, Caitlin Heising and Elizabeth Simons make up the board of the eight-year-old Heising-Simons Foundation, now in its new headquarters at 400 Main St. in downtown Los Altos.

The He...

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What would Bob do?: Editorial

The recent passing of an extraordinary Los Altos resident, Bob Grimm, has generated a range of heartfelt reaction, from sympathy to fond memories, from all corners. That’s because Bob did not discriminate in his desire to help others with his money, ...

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Special Sections

Cars that are right on track

Cars that are right on track


Courtesy of BMW
The BMW M4 is packed with power, featuring 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.

There’s nothing more fun than driving a responsive automobile that feels alive in the curves and eager to go when given more than a touch ...

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Business

First Street's 'Fort Knox' up for sale

First Street's 'Fort Knox' up for sale


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Los Altos Vault and Safe Deposit Co. is on the market for $4.5 million. Its fortified steel and concrete structure has been compared to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s gold depository.

A downtown Los Altos structure “b...

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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

JOHN BATISTICH

JOHN BATISTICH

John Batistich of Los Altos Hills died peacefully on March 12 surrounded by his family. John is survived by his wife Claire Batistich (Vidovich) of 67 years and children Gary Batistich of Lodi and Gay Batistich Abuel-Saud of Menlo Park. He is also ...

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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

'Fire' ignites in Mtn. View

'Fire' ignites in Mtn. View


Courtesy of Kevin Berne
The cast of “Fire on the Mountain,” includes, from left, Tony Marcus, Harvy Blanks, Molly Andrews and Robert Parsons.

TheatreWorks is slated to present the regional premiere of the musical “Fire on the Mountain” this wee...

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life Briefs

Oshman JCC hosts Judaism and Science Symposium

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 ...

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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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Police always in danger – even here: Editorial

It happened in a flash – two Santa Cruz police officers stepped out of their car, as they had hundreds of times before, to interview 35-year-old Jeremy Goulet at his home. As they stood at the front door of the house, shots rang out – at them. Within seconds, they were dead.

We realize that Santa Cruz sees much more activity than Los Altos when it comes to crime and violence, but just the same, the news of their deaths was shocking. No police officer in that popular tourist town had ever been shot and killed in the line of duty.

The incident is one of many – too many – senseless shootings in recent years in which people with mental and/or anger-management problems had easy access to firearms and used them with horrific consequences. Obviously, these tragedies have spurred fierce debate among firearms enthusiasts and opponents over the accessibility issue.

The one area of debate on which both sides seem to agree is restricting/prohibiting firearms access to those with questionable mental histories. Unfortunately, it is hard to pin down the definition of “mental instability.” There are some obvious cases, but what about a seemingly sane person, with no prior record, under a lot of stress who snaps? What about an older, responsible adult who does something reckless at age 15 and has it forever on his or her record?

Back to Los Altos. In addition to great schools, one of this city’s prime attractions is what it doesn’t have: a high crime rate. Knock on wood, but there hasn’t been a murder or homicide reported here in more than 20 years. Except for a few bank robberies, including one last week, crimes are limited to burglaries and thefts. The research site NeighborhoodScout.com has just named Los Altos the 23rd safest city in the country.

Do such statistics provide a rationale for reducing the number of police officers? Of course not. Our department provides valuable services and is our insurance policy when people commit horrible acts.

Santa Cruz serves as a reminder that a police officer becomes a target every time he or she puts on the uniform. Any traffic stop or visit to a home essentially puts their lives on the line. Now that might sound exaggerated, but the fact remains that anything can happen, even here. We might not like the parking tickets, but we appreciate and thank our police officers for the job they do.

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