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Police Blotter

Car thief arrested

The San Mateo County Vehicle Theft Task Force arrested an East Palo Alto man traced to Los Altos in a stolen vehicle March 30.

Matthew Garcia, 29, was stopped just after midnight in the stolen vehicle and booked into the San Mate...

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Schools

Schools Briefs

Schools Briefs


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Students and families view student artwork at Springer School during last year’s Los Altos School District Art Docent Art Show.

Los Altos Art Docents display student artwork

The Los Altos Art Docents are scheduled to di...

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Community

Community Briefs

Docent spotlights de Young exhibition

Fine-arts docent Kay Payne is scheduled to present a free illustrated lecture, “Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland,” 7:30 p.m. April 8 in the Program Room of the Los Altos...

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Sports

Sports on the Side

Hop over to Cupertino for ‘Big Bunny 5K’

People of all fitness levels are invited to participate in the “Big Bunny 5K,” scheduled 9 a.m. Saturday at the Cupertino Civic Center, 10300 Torre Ave. Children can join in the Kids F...

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Letters to the Editor

Teen suicide resources lacking in community

Dr. Meg Durbin’s excellent column on teen suicide touched on the fact that “(n)ot all hospitals can admit patients for psychiatric issues, which might require transfer to another facility”...

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Special Sections

SUV or plus-size sedan?

SUV or plus-size sedan?


Photos courtesy of BMW
The BMW X4 xDrive28i can span approximately 20 miles in combined driving on a single gallon of gas. On the highway, the sedan averages 28 mpg.

The recent moves by BMW and Mercedes-Benz to shave the rear roof line of their mid...

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Business

Transactions

Los Altos/Los Altos Hills

100 First Street No. 109, Los Altos8 Limited to Hyman Trust for $978,000

100 First Street No. 307, Los Altos8 Limited to Carroll Trust for $1,055,500

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

JOHN BATISTICH

JOHN BATISTICH

John Batistich of Los Altos Hills died peacefully on March 12 surrounded by his family. John is survived by his wife Claire Batistich (Vidovich) of 67 years and children Gary Batistich of Lodi and Gay Batistich Abuel-Saud of Menlo Park. He is also ...

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Travel

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience


Eren Göknar/ Town Crier
Cavallo Point Lodge comprises former U.S. Army buildings, like the Mission Blue Chapel, repurposed for guests seeking a luxurious getaway.

It used to be a place where batteries of soldiers lived, with officers’ quarter...

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Stepping Out

'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' Not LA Stage Company

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” is scheduled to open next week and run through May 3 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Edward Albee’s Tony Award-winning play is a dark comedy about a couple embroiled i...

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Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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LAH open space stewardship gets green light


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The proposed 2013-2014 Los Altos Hills budget includes ,000 for open space stewardship. Thistles and piles of trash, like those found at O’Keefe preserve, above, populate some of the towns open spaces.

With more than 157 acres of town-owned open space preserves in Los Altos Hills, some residents argue that more weeds than people populate the areas.

Yellow starthistle, French broom and stinkweed are just a few of the offenders that residents claim deter them from enjoying the public spaces. A new stewardship program spearheaded by the Los Altos Hills Open Space Committee may uproot the thorny invaders.

The committee proposed that the city allocate $50,000 annually for invasive species management, native habitat protection, fire hazard reduction and erosion control in three of the town’s largest open spaces: O’Keefe Lane Preserve, Byrne Preserve and Juan Prado Mesa Preserve. After the Los Altos Hills City Council approves the 2013-2014 budget this summer, councilmembers plan to authorize a request for proposal to solicit a professional contractor for the work.

The new stewardship program is not only about eradicating weeds, it also aims to reinvent open spaces into valuable “town jewels,” according to Open Space Committee member Nancy Couperus. She said the committee has been lobbying the council to fund cleanup and restoration efforts at the open spaces since 2007.

Although the town currently performs periodic mowing in the preserves and the Parks and Recreation Department hosts pathways cleanups, a contractor with specialized experience in open-space management and community outreach is needed to ensure proper care, Couperus said. She envisions a group like Acterra, a nonprofit environmental agency that currently manages Redwood Grove, receiving the contract.

“The intent is to enhance its attractiveness for local residents in line with the town’s general plan,” said Couperus, who added that funding would improve O’Keefe Lane Preserve and other open spaces by opening opportunities for walking, jogging and bird watching.

In the future, the committee hopes to forge other partnerships for open-space management. Committee members are applying for a grant from the Santa Clara Water District to restore Purissima Creek and plan to approach the fire district about coordinating additional brush cleanup.

Residents voted in 2002 to enact an ordinance preventing the sale or development of town-owned open spaces without a vote.

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