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Police stress need for low speed in school zones

Police stress need for low speed in school zones


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After two recent accidents involving cyclists and motorists, police urge caution – on both sides.

After two recent incidents of vehicles striking student bicyclists, Los Altos Police urge residents to exercise caution whe...

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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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

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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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

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

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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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LAH council accepts invitation to support LASD school-site search


For the first time since the Los Altos School District Enrollment Task Force was established in August 2012, members of the Los Altos Hills City Council were invited to participate in its search for two new school sites.

“We’re at the highest point (in student growth) in 40 years,” said Los Altos School District Superintendent Jeff Baier during a discussion with the council July 15 on why the new sites are imperative to accommodate future growth projections. “We need more sites. ... That will require cooperation among LASD, Bullis Charter School and public agencies that would gather the public support needed for the successful passage of a bond measure.”

According to district Trustee Tammy Logan, an ad hoc district committee has researched approximately 40 potential locations within and outside the district, but further cooperation is needed to identify potential Los Altos Hills sites. The committee must move quickly to determine the possibilities – members hope to schedule a bond measure in either June or November 2014.

Baier estimated that the bond would be set at approximately $120 million, the amount needed for land acquisition costs, which are increasing with every passing month.

“This is the first time I’ve heard any constructive dialogue about getting together, period,” said Los Altos Hills Mayor Gary Waldeck.

By the conclusion of the district’s presentation, Waldeck volunteered to shepherd the committee through conversations with the town on any potential sites for a school.

Although Waldeck and the other councilmembers ultimately supported working with the task force and the district’s 10th Site Committee, the commitment wasn’t made without a few tough questions.

“You are aware that back in 2000, in the middle of 15 years of growth, your board did decide to close Bullis-Purissima School?” asked Councilmember John Radford, who also questioned why it took so long for the committee to reach out to stakeholders for support.

Bullis Charter School Board of Directors member Joe Hurd echoed Radford’s concerns about whether the timeline for a bond measure next year was realistic at the district’s current pace.

“In your efforts to be reticent and keep things close to the vest, you’ve lost a little bit of time in not reaching out to other members of the community,” Hurd said.

According to Baier, the committee plans to engage members of the Mountain View City Council. A presentation from the committee to the Bullis Charter School Board of Directors is scheduled Aug. 6. He said the district did not want the school-site search to become so contentious that jurisdictions played a game of “Liar’s Poker.”

“This only happens if it’s a win for Los Altos Hills,” Baier said. “This isn’t about anything other than trying to work together to find something that satisfies everyone.”

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