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Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage

Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council continues to explore options to address parking constraints in the downtown triangle.

The Los Altos City Council last week held the first of two study sessions to discuss the potential construct...

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Schools

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Los Altos High School student learns how to use robotic surgical equipment at the school’s Science and Technology Week event last year. Students can also attend hands-on presentations at this year’s event, w...

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Community

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display


Town Crier File Photo
Pirate Manor is once again scheduled to arrive in the front yard of Dane and Jill Glasgow’s home on Manor Way in Los Altos, just in time for Halloween.

Although not the Walking Dead, pirate skeletons have been brought to li...

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Sports

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Eric Reitmeir launches the ball over Mountain View High driver David Niehaus (2) and goalie Kenny Tang. The host Lancers won Friday’s non-league game 9-3.

There wasn’t a lot on the line Friday when ...

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Comment

Reeder, Fung for El Camino HCD: Editorial

The good news for the El Camino Healthcare District (formerly the El Camino Hospital District, for those still getting used to the new name) is that there is a contested election Nov. 4 for the district’s board of directors. Three candidates are runn...

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Special Sections

Plant-based diet offers benefits

Plant-based diet offers benefits


Photo by Ramya Krishna
Los Altos resident Nandini Krishna prepares a meat-free dish According to author Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D., a plant-based diet can help prevent cancer.

Shirley Okita of Los Altos has found that adhering to a mostly plant...

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Business

New shop offers haute couture for girls

New shop offers haute couture for girls


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Girls @ Los Altos at 239 State St. offers clothing lines such as Nellystella as well as toys and other items for girls.

Cecilia Chen opened The Girls @ Los Altos as a tribute to the party dress. Whether it’s for...

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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

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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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

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn



Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s classic story, is set to run through Nov. 2 at Bus Barn Theater. The cast comprises 27 young actors, directed by Cindy Powell. Courtesy o...

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Spiritual Life

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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LAH Council Briefs

Following is a roundup of issues discussed at the Feb. 28 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting.

The next meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. March 21 in the Los Altos Hills Town Hall Council Chambers, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

Town explores path to net-zero-energy homes

In its annual report to the council, members of the Environmental Initiatives Committee summarized recent accomplishments and their goals for 2013. Among the committee’s current initiatives are growing enrollment in the High Energy Homes Assessment program, updating the town’s greenhouse gas reduction plan, making recommendations for revisions to Fast Track Sustainability Guidelines and planning a path to net-zero-energy residences by 2020.

The 11-member committee advises the council on ways to meet strategic environmental goals and spearheads initiatives to encourage residents to become more environmentally responsible. Committee meetings, scheduled 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month at the Parks and Recreation Center, are open to the public.

Emergency preparedness classes now enrolling

The Los Altos Hills County Fire District has scheduled Personal Emergency Preparedness and Community Emergency Response Team training. To register or for more information, visit lahcfd.org/calendar/categories.

Private roads study session rescheduled

Due to a scheduling conflict, the town postponed its public study session on private roads from Thursday to 3:30 p.m. March 21 at town hall.

The council organized the study session to determine the best solutions for residents struggling to find the resources and neighborhood cooperation necessary to resurface or upgrade their aging private streets.

Residents unable to attend the meeting may email comments and letters to City Clerk Deborah Padovan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sheriff’s Office monitors motorists on Page Mill

In response to two accidents near the intersection of Page Mill and Arastradero roads, as well as a number of complaints about speeding from local residents, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office plans to watch for irresponsible drivers.

“We plan to do some focus enforcement … to remind people that they need to drive the speed limit, come to complete stops at stop signs and overall be courteous and appropriate when driving through the roads of Los Altos Hills,” said Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Capt. Ken Binder of the West Valley Division.

New sewer agreement in the works

Malfunctioning flow meters that have proven stubborn to fix since the town installed them in 2009 prompted Los Altos Hills to request that the city of Los Altos amend their sewer agreement.

Since 2007, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills have operated under an agreement that charges Los Altos Hills residents for sewage waste based on the amount of flow measured at several locations in town.

Los Altos Hills City Engineer Richard Chiu said that because the town doesn’t expect the flow meters ever to function properly, the town would like to return to its previous payment system.

If the Los Altos City Council approves an amendment to the sewer agreement, rates would be calculated at 300 gallons per day per connection – approximately the amount of flow measured currently, according to Chiu’s estimation.

In addition to pursuing the sewer agreement amendment in the next several months, Chiu said Los Altos Hills plans to initiate a sewer rate study to examine current and future costs.

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