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News

"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearl...

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Schools

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an i...

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Community

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice ...

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Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place t...

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Business

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and i...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

DR. ALFRED HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portla...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn


Town Crier file photo
Local actors rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company’s collaborative production of “The Wizard of Oz” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Spiritual Life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


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Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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Appellate court dismisses charter school’s appeal

The Sixth District Court of Appeal last week dismissed Bullis Charter School’s motion to appeal a Santa Clara County Superior Court ruling that permitted the Los Altos School District’s cross-complaint in its facilities lawsuit.

The Superior Court has upheld the district’s right to file a cross-complaint in the facilities lawsuit three times to date. The cross-complaint asks the court to examine the charter school’s admissions and fundraising practices to determine how those practices should impact the district’s annual facilities allocation.

After Bullis Charter School filed the appeal, the district conferred with the charter school counsel and urged Bullis Charter School to withdraw the motion. After the charter school refused, the district petitioned the Appellate Court to formally dismiss the appeal without a hearing on the matter. The court granted the district’s request last week.

“Today’s ruling is certainly positive for the district,” said Doug Smith, president of the district’s board of trustees, in a press release last week. “This frivolous (and ultimately fruitless) run to the appeals court is just another example of how the taxpayers’ money is being wasted in litigation.”

Bullis Charter School officials called their action of appeal “an effort to rein in the Los Altos School District’s abusive discovery process, streamline the legal work and save taxpayer money.”

“We remain willing to meet with the Los Altos School District board to come up with a legally compliant facilities offer for this coming school year, rather than continue with expensive litigation, and call on (district) trustees to open a dialogue so that both boards can concentrate on educating the students of the Los Altos School District,” said Ken Moore, chairman of the charter school board of directors.

Smith said the district would like to work with the charter school to find a 10th school site to accommodate student growth, “but we need the Bullis Charter School Board of Directors to step back from this scorched-earth litigation strategy and work with us and the broader community.”

“It would be great to spend our summer working together, rather than in the courtrooms,” Smith said. “Until then, though, I’m grateful for the speedy action of the appellate court in ensuring the community concerns will be examined.”

The district’s legal team can now proceed to gather information from the charter school regarding its admissions, fundraising and other related practices so that the court can consider the cross-complaint.

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