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News

LASD opens registration for online strategy sessions

As the Los Altos School District plans how to spend its $150 million in Measure N bond funds, its initial goal is to broaden community input.

Following an April 22 meeting, the district is casting a wider net in the hopes of soliciting feedback from...

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Schools

Students discuss academic, social pressure in CHAC forum

Students discuss academic, social pressure in CHAC forum


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Community Health Awareness Council hosted a forum earlier this month where local students discussed the varied pressures they face.

Local students face enormous pressures in their lives, ranging from academic to social, but s...

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Community

Alan Alda discusses career, family and science at the Celebrity Forum

Alan Alda discusses career, family and science at the Celebrity Forum


Alda

Those who laughed along with Hawkeye Pierce on the long-running TV program “M*A*S*H*” would have enjoyed the recent Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series featuring actor Alan Alda.

Alda appeared May 13-15 at the Flint Center for...

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Sports

Eagles, Spartans advance

Eagles, Spartans advance


Town Crier file photo
Los Altos High’s Lizzy Beutter registered three hits in last week’s playoff win over Watsonville. She was also the winning pitcher.

Led by Lizzy Beutter, host Los Altos High whipped Watsonville 9-0 in the opening ro...

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Comment

Giving the thumb to what's done: Editorial

In the wake of recent Los Altos-area news events, we’re all thumbs.

Thumbs-down: To the Los Altos City Council’s decision to put the Walter Singer bust in storage. This is wrong on so many levels – even worse than the initial council decision to tra...

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Special Sections

Planting is possible despite drought

Planting is possible despite drought


Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Wash the soilless mix off the root ball into the same container in which you have placed the clay soil from the planting hole. Remove at least an inch from the top and sides of the plant.

In this continuing dro...

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Business

Los Altos-based startup eyes digital makeup color-matching

Los Altos-based startup eyes digital makeup color-matching


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Kokko Inc. Makeup Director Meli Pennington, standing, tests different shades of foundation on Los Altos resident Karen Melchior.

Meli Pennington knows cosmetics.

She has painted faces for the pages of Vogue and Glamour,...

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Books

Horan's 'Loving Frank' offers fictionalized account of famed architect's illicit affair

Horan's 'Loving Frank' offers fictionalized account of famed architect's illicit affair


In the 1920s, two married people fall in love, leave their spouses and children and set about living and traveling together. Affairs of this sort were considered shocking at the time. But the scandal was heightened given that the man was Frank Lloy...

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People

GUY WILSON SHOUP

Guy Wilson Shoup, 80, died on April 28, 2015, at his Palo Alto apartment, after a long period of ill health. Born on November 22, 1934, to Margaret Owen Shoup and to Jack Wilson Shoup (the second son of Paul Shoup, widely considered the founder of Lo...

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Travel

Flying south for the winter: Antarctica trips are not just for the birds

Flying south for the winter: Antarctica trips are not just for the birds


Photos Courtesy of Dave Hadden
Los Altos residents Dave and Joan Hadden watched the scenery from the large boat and a smaller Zodiac.

Standing on the beach with hundreds of thousands of penguins is “the experience of a lifetime,” according to Ga...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Co. goes to 'town'

LA Stage Co. goes to 'town'


courtesy of Los Altos Stage Company
The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Urinetown: The Musical” opens this weekend.

The Los Altos Stage Company caps its 19th season with the musical comedy “Urinetown: The Musical,” scheduled to preview Th...

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Spiritual Life

Mercifully in His grip: Exploring our true position in Christ

I recently read a wonderful analogy about our true position in Christ. It was shockingly contrary to the messages impressed upon me in church, but deeply rooted in the Bible. The analogy is that of child and a parent. If you have ever taken a small ...

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Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Letters to the Editor

Praise for a truly ‘Glorious Fourth’

I want to give a big shout-out to the Los Altos Community Foundation, which for more than 10 years has sponsored the “Glorious Fourth” celebration at Shoup Park.

This year, two bands serenaded the 500 guests, Ye Olde Towne Band and The Unicorns. Los Altos High School Assistant Principal Cristy Dawson was a great master of ceremonies for the fun children’s events, a bouncy-ball race and a Hula-Hoop contest.

The crowd was disappointed when the expected Fourth of July orators (the mayors of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills) were no-shows. In their stead, Roy Lave, LACF founder, and Joe Eyre, LACF executive director, filled in nicely. They reminded us to cherish our liberty and the many blessings our community enjoys in this troubled world.

Thank you again for a great party, Los Altos Community Foundation and volunteers.

Paul Gonella

Los Altos

Residents dismayed by ‘pigsty’ sidewalks

Since my husband and I moved downtown four years ago, we have walked through the town every morning.

We are extremely disappointed with and dismayed by its appearance. No amount of beautification can overcome the filthy sidewalks outside of the food and drink purveyors.

How can customers eat in the pigstys outside the businesses? Those that are encroaching on the sidewalks should be expected to clean the sidewalks near their establishments. At least Le Boulanger, Maltby’s and Pompeii strive to do so once in a while. Surely others could be more responsible.

Terry Parker

Los Altos

Digging basins is a waste of money

Neither the Santa Clara Valley Water District nor the Committee for Green Foothills cares about wasting $7 million in taxpayer money on a proposed flood basin in Rancho San Antonio Park, one of the largest open spaces in Santa Clara County. One-half million residents enjoy Rancho annually.

The proposed 15-acre Rancho flood basin would remove more than 100 trees and 200,000 cubic yards of soil. It would destroy the existing wetland basin, something that would never be permitted if proposed by the private sector.

The water district cannot defend its hydrology calculations, which independent, local engineers Richard Moll and Mike Hayden claim are exaggerated by at least 200 percent. Both Moll and Hayden contend that the proposed Rancho basin would not have any meaningful flow. Do we have a different standard for the water district, here?

In planning the Rancho basin, water district engineers seem to have ignored warnings that altering the existing Rancho basin may destroy the natural wetland meadow and drop the natural, historical water table.

I phoned the Committee for Green Foothills June 25 asking for support in the form of a letter to the water district questioning its plans for a basin at Rancho San Antonio Park, then followed up with environmental impact and hydrology reports from local experts. So far, no one has responded.

Cynthia Riordan

Saratoga

Resident nixes idea of parking meters

I oppose the idea of installing parking meters downtown. We just spent a lot of money to beautify our streets – new lampposts, street signs, benches, flowers and much more. The idea of cluttering up our streets with parking meters on our sidewalks should be put into the round file along with that crazy roundabouts idea.

Regarding parking: I have been a regular shopper downtown for 40 years and have never had a problem parking relatively near where I want to shop.

If we need to fund a parking garage, please don’t deface our newly beautiful streets with parking meters.

And please, let’s not pay another “consultant” to study this idea. Just ask the people who live and shop here.

Catherine Kordsmeier

Los Altos

Thanks for recognizing firefighters

Thank you for the outstanding column on the bravery of our firefighters (“Recent news reminds us of firefighters’ invaluable service,” July 17).

You beautifully articulated what we all know and appreciate about first responders.

We are so fortunate to have such brave men and women who are willing to sacrifice to protect our lives, property and environment.

In our area, we are grateful to the Santa Clara County Fire Department for providing world-class services to our community.

Duffy Price, vice president

Los Altos Hills County Fire District

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