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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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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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Los Altos seeks Mtn. View’s help in school capacity issues

Los Altos city councilmembers are asking their Mountain View counterparts to consider planning for a future school site near the cities’ shared border at San Antonio Road and El Camino Real.

The Los Altos council unanimously approved a letter to the Mountain View City Council March 12 requesting that members explore the possibility of a new neighborhood elementary school site for the Los Altos School District as part of theSan Antonio visioning process.

The Mountain View council held a study session on the process March 19. Only one district site – Springer School – currently operates inside Mountain View’s borders.

Council supports school district

The Los Altos City Council’s letter comes after Los Altos School District Board of Trustees President Doug Smith presented a case for more involvement from Mountain View’s council in February to address the district’s ongoing enrollment challenges. Among other things, Smith noted at the time that 565 district students lived in Mountain View near the San Antonio area last year.

Los Altos City Councilwoman Val Carpenter said she wrote the letter to support the district’s efforts.

“I wrote this letter because I really believe that our council needs to support the school district in their quest for land to build another neighborhood school in Mountain View. … I think it’s important to take a position on this,” Carpenter said.

The letter noted that 26 percent of the Los Altos School District’s student population – 1,226 students – live in Mountain View.

It also claimed that enrollment by Mountain View residents in the district will likely continue to grow, pointing to the development of 330 new apartments at The Village at San Antonio Center – located near the cities’ shared border at San Antonio Road and El Camino Real.

Developing a detailed plan

Paul Edwards, a resident of The Crossings community – located adjacent to the San Antonio Center development – urged the Los Altos council to send the letter.

“You wouldn’t build a house without a detailed plan – why is the city of Mountain View building a neighborhood without one?” he questioned.

Edwards said a neighborhood school would also address safety concerns, noting that currently many students must cross El Camino Real into Los Altos daily during heavy traffic periods.

He added that ongoing construction of housing developments approved by both councils near the cities’ border would likely result in at least 500 new children attending Los Altos School District schools in the future.

Prior to the council’s vote, Los Altos City Councilwoman Jan Pepper said the letter should reflect a “conciliatory tone,” noting that the cities have a shared concern about the district’s capacity problems.

“It is a shared issue,” she said. “We need to work together to solve this.”

Councilwoman Megan Satterlee, meanwhile, expressed concern about the letter’s effectiveness.

“I fear it’s a bit presumptuous for an adjacent city to tell its neighbor that they have a neighborhood problem, and here’s how to solve it,” she said. “I respect the intent. I think the motivation is good, I think the desired outcome is good. Again, I’m not sure this is going to be effective.”

Los Altos Mayor Jarrett Fishpaw, however, said his conversations with Mountain View Mayor John Inks indicated that “there’s some interest in collaboration” on the matter, adding that the letter likely wouldn’t “step on anyone’s toes.”

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