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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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Water district grants flow to local restoration projects


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Grant money from the Santa Clara Valley Water District, including ,000 for Redwood Grove and ,000 for OKeefe Preserve, is funding local creek stabilization projects.

Los Altos and Los Altos Hills voters renewed the Clean, Safe Creeks and Natural Flood Protection Plan Parcel Tax in the November 2012 election, and a direct return on investment is on the horizon via two creek restoration grants.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District Board this month approved a $98,000 grant proposal from the town of Los Altos Hills to restore the habitat of Purissima Creek at O’Keefe Preserve and a $90,000 grant proposal from the city of Los Altos to continue the creek-bank stabilization of Adobe Creek at Redwood Grove. The district received 14 grant proposals and awarded six grants for projects that met the objectives of the Clean, Safe Creeks measure.

“It definitely makes us able to do this project,” said Redwood Grove Park Supervisor Damon Cockerham, who noted that funding from the district totals approximately 25 percent of the total capital improvement budget for Phase 2 of the Adobe Creek restoration project.

The city of Los Altos plans to pick up the remainder of the costs from the city’s park in-lieu fees, according to Cockerham.

“The hillside is eroding and we’re going to use a method to stabilize it using toe-wood installation, logs into the base of the stream bank, backfill cobble and brush layering,” said Cockerham of the project.

In addition to creek-bank stabilization efforts, a creek channel will be shifted to slow flowing water and a pedestrian bridge relocated. Restoration is scheduled to begin next spring and conclude by the end of the summer 2014.

Los Altos Hills residents can expect to see improvements to the banks of Purissima Creek at the O’Keefe Preserve, an 8-acre open space located near Interstate 280 and El Monte Road. Members of the town’s Open Space Committee said the grant would fund the removal of invasive plants along the creek bank and surrounding site. The town did not provide a project schedule to the Town Crier.

For the 2013 grant cycle, the Santa Clara Valley Water District also awarded grants for habitat enhancement at San Francisquito Creek, tidal marsh zone restoration at the Palo Alto Baylands, encampment cleanup at Coyote Creek and a trail along Ronan Channel.

According to district officials, 92 projects totaling more than $16.8 million have received funding through the grant program and other joint-funding partnerships since 2000.

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