Fri08012014

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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Comment

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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Special Sections

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies


Bill Steiner’s grass is green, left, even amid the drought. He followed Max Todd’s water and maintainence instructions after having his lawn aerated, Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Green lawns are not necessarily on the endangered list during the d...

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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


Shaw

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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Letters to the Editor

Kudos to project manager for rapid response

I would like to commend and thank Los Altos Transportation Project Manager Cedric Novenario. In response to my email regarding the need for crossing lights on Berry Avenue at Loyola School, he took the time to come out and observe for most of an hour the dangerous situation for children at that location.

He explained the process to get these lights or, at the very least, a crossing guard. He followed up with an email on how to proceed, then a phone call the following week checking on progress.

While it is too late for this school year, my hope is that next year it will be addressed by the people who can make this happen.

Kudos to you, Mr. Novenario.

Marty Loughran

Los Altos

Flood-retention plan deserves better research

There is a battle going on over the Permanente Creek project, which includes McKelvey Field and Rancho San Antonio County Park.

At the May 14 Mountain View City Council meeting, councilmembers cast their votes in favor of the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s moving forward on the flood-retention basin project at McKelvey and Rancho San Antonio parks, even though the final design has not yet been drawn up. The dollar amount needed for this project has changed like the wind.

The other two sites (Blach Intermediate School and Cuesta Annex) considered, which the water district initially said were crucial to the entire project, have been dropped due to residents’ outrage.

Most importantly, the data being used to support this unnecessary project are based on Saratoga Creek, in addition to technically incorrect information.

At the May 14 meeting, three councilmembers stated pertinent information on why the project should not move forward, but then all but one voted for it to move forward! Even when an amendment regarding the final design approval (a reasonable compromise) was discussed, the water district back-stepped and stated that the project would not move forward if the city council included such an amendment.

Why are the water district and the Mountain View City Council pushing so hard for this project without proper and adequate data/research or with the availability of final (not conceptual) designs? What sound business agrees and commits to plans it has not seen? Do successful, trustworthy businesses ignore ever-changing dollar amounts for their projects with no accountability? Why are they ignoring the real facts about the water overflow statistics of Rancho San Antonio and Permanente Creek? And, why are they basing their decisions on stats from another creek altogether?

Denise Pinto

Mountain View

Put roundabout idea into ‘lunatic basket’

My wife and I recently spent two weeks conducting an estate sale at a home we have in Brighton, Colo.

I had an opportunity to ask lots of folks what they thought about their single roundabout in that small town.

Not one person liked it – not one! They have had it for approximately 10 years, yet people have problems figuring out who has the right-of-way, etc. Large trucks pulling trailers have a real problem getting through the intersection.

I went through the roundabout and ended up going in the wrong direction (trying to head for Denver).

I put the Los Altos idea to install a roundabout at Edith Avenue and San Antonio Road into the same lunatic basket as the recent proposal to create a bus-only lane on El Camino Real through Los Altos, Mountain View and Sunnyvale.

Our poor little town needs a rest from the developers and the city councilmembers who are ruining our village.

Bob Jones

Los Altos

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