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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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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

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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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Mtn. View Council Briefs


Rendering From City of Mountain View staff report
The Mountain View City Council July 2 approved plans for a three-story, 67,772-square-foot office building, above, at 250 Bryant St. downtown.

The Mountain View City Council took the following actions at recent meetings.

• Utilities cost more: Mountain View residents will notice increases in their utility bills. The council voted June 18 to boost electricity, sewer, waste management and water services for fiscal year 2013-2014, effective July 1.

Rate hikes include 9 percent for water, 7 percent for sewer, 6 percent for recycling bins and 9 percent for trash carts. According to city staff, residents can expect their 32-gallon trash-cart service to increase approximately $1.90 a month. Single-family homeowners will note a $9.80 increase for water, or 21.9 percent (based on 10 units of water plus meter charge), and a $1.85 hike for sewer. City officials said the hikes were necessary to offset increases by utility providers.

• Starting from scratch: Following public backlash over their approval of an animal control ordinance that required licensing for cats, councilmembers backtracked on the ordinance at their June 11 meeting.

The new action allows city staff to start from scratch on a proposed law that would allow beekeeping and leave cats alone. Councilmembers vowed to address the matter again in the fall and give ample notice to residents, several of whom complained that they had no advance notice of the June 4 meeting, when the initial ordinance passed.

In the meantime, city staff will review potential ordinance revisions that include microchipping versus tags, clarification on the issue of dogs in city parks and the number of animals allowed.

• Flood basin stays at Mc- Kelvey: Efforts toward a revamped McKelvey Park, complete with flood-detention basin, are moving forward. Following the council’s approval of revised designs in early May, the Santa Clara Valley Water District is set to begin construction on the basin and park improvements next summer. The improvements, including new bleachers, dugouts and bathrooms, are in effect an exchange for district use of the park for digging the 18-foot-deep basin. The estimated cost of the project is $9 million.

The water district board May 28 signed off on the McKelvey basin and one proposed at Rancho San Antonio County Park as part of the Permanente Creek Flood Protection Project. The city and district have proceeded despite relentless criticism from a small cadre of Los Altos and Mountain View residents closely following the project. Critics claim that the district’s calculations and rationale for the basins are flawed and that the basins are not needed. Water district officials conceded in the cases of Cuesta Park Annex and Blach Intermediate School, where plans for basins have since been shelved.

• Latest developments: The council July 2 approved plans for a three-story, 67,772-square-foot office building on 1.13 acres at 250 Bryant St. in downtown Mountain View. The project, by Smith Equities of Palo Alto, includes two levels of underground parking, totaling 153 spaces. Construction on the new building is scheduled to begin next month and wrap up by December 2014.

SummerHill Apartments plans to build a 150-unit project at 865 E. El Camino Real, following council approval and building-permit application. The city anticipates construction beginning in November.

Prometheus Real Estate Group received council approval for a 169-unit apartment project on 2.51 acres at 1720 W. El Camino Real, the site of the former Tropicana Lodge and Western Appliance. The company is expected to apply for a building permit this month, according to city staff, with construction set to start by December.

The city’s zoning administrator earlier this month approved the Sobrato Organization’s application for a 156,900-square-foot, five-story office building on a 10-acre site at 1255 Pear Ave.

A 19-unit rowhouse project at 1958 Rock St. received the council’s greenlight June 18. The Dividend Homes project would, pending building-permit approval in the fall, begin construction next spring. Dividend plans another 18 rowhouses on the 1-acre property at 111 and 123 Fairchild Drive. The council is slated to consider final approval in the fall.

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