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News

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

A flyer is being distributed across Los Altos that looks like it is from the Los Altos Town Crier but was neither created nor distributed by the community’s weekly newspaper. The flyer, pictured at right, is being distributed by workers from Pyrami...

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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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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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