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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill Road home April 27 and...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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ECH salary-cap measure thrown out of court

The El Camino Healthcare District is in the clear on Measure M, a voter-approved November 2012 initiative that sought to limit the salaries of top executives.

El Camino officials reported Monday that Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Socrates “Pete” Manoukian declared the initiative unconstitutional July 16, ruling that El Camino Hospital may provide compensation to its executives without regard to the limit imposed by Measure M.

The court rejected Measure M, claiming that the statutory initiative does not apply to local health-care districts, and that the measure does not have initiative power because it does not enact a statute or ordinance.

“We are pleased with the court’s decision, which will enable El Camino Hospital to continue to deliver high-quality and compassionate care by recruiting and retaining a strong leadership team,” said Neal Cohen, M.D., chairman of the El Camino Hospital Board of Directors. “As a public community hospital, we have a mission of affordability, a responsibility we take very seriously. Our compensation philosophy enables us to make thoughtful decisions around employee salaries and align them with the hospital’s overall strategic goals.”

The El Camino Hospital Board of Directors manages the hospital’s compensation program. Each year, the board conducts market research to ensure that employees are compensated at the median (50th percentile) of national health systems and hospitals similar in size and complexity to El Camino Hospital, and adjusted for higher costs of labor and living in Silicon Valley.

Measure M, a Santa Clara County ballot initiative, sought to cap annual salaries for El Camino Hospital executives at twice the California governor’s salary, or $350,000. The measure passed by a narrow margin in the Nov. 6, 2012, election.

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