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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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Letters to the Editor

Bullis Charter School, have you no shame?

As a child in the early 1950s, I watched a congressional hearing on television. The witness was making unending accusations against officers of the U.S. government. The chairman had had enough. He struck his gavel, looked into the eyes of the witness and said, “Sir, have you no shame?”

That meant nothing to me then, but it means everything to me now.

Bullis Charter School, have you no shame?

You claim to be a public school, but you spend money on a mass mailer; you repeatedly sue the school district; the district gives you facilities and you repeatedly ask for more just like a spoiled child; and you claim to be a “public” school, but you charge families $5,000 per year.

Our educational community used to be very close. We are no longer. It’s very shameful.

I remember another quote I heard during a different congressional committee hearing. The chairman was attempting to determine what was behind a particular organization. The chairman struck his gavel and said, “To get to the bottom of this, we have to follow the money.”

That quote meant everything to me then, and it still means everything to me now.

Bill Bassett

Los Altos

Standing united against school closures

As our community faces the question of where to locate Bullis Charter School, we would like to remind everyone that as PTA and Los Altos Educational Foundation presidents, we stand united as one district.

We do not believe that a charter school should force the closure or relocation of any of our high-performing schools. We wholeheartedly stand united in our commitment to support equal access to quality education for all of our students.

We will continue to support the decisions that best suit the needs of the children and families in the Los Altos School District community, and we will work together to successfully manage the changes that come from negotiations, mediation or court rulings.

Kristine Bardman and Brooke Schiller, co-presidents, Los Altos Educational Foundation;

Isabel Damian, president, and Rita Estrata-Rosenfeld, vice president, Los Altos IEPTA; and PTA presidents and co-presidents of Almond, Blach, Covington, Egan, Gardner-Bullis, Loyola, Oak Avenue, Santa Rita and Springer schools

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