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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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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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