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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 Briefs

Following are highlights from the July 15 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting.

The next meeting is slated 6 p.m. August 15 at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road.

Town amends sewer agreement

Although the city of Los Altos installed sewer meters after signing a 2007 sewer agreement with the town of Los Altos Hills, malfunctioning meters have brought the two cities back to the table to determine a better way to measure sewer discharge flow.

According to Richard Chiu, Los Altos Hills engineering and public works director, the town plans to meet with officials from Los Altos this month to propose an amendment to the current agreement. Chiu said Los Altos Hills officials will recommend that the city change its method of measurement to a uniform rate of 300 gallons of flow per day for each unit – a figure consistent with a previous town study and numbers used for sewer discharge in Los Altos.

Council approves sewer-tax collection

In an annual procedure required by Santa Clara County, councilmembers adopted a resolution that allows the county to collect delinquent sewer taxes and property taxes for home sewer connections.

Residents with a sewer connection will be charged a use fee for an average amount of $733 – a rate that has not changed since 2007 – on their 2013-2014 tax bill. The tax is expected to generate approximately $1.3 million for the town’s sewer fund.

Fremont Hills Country Club receives green light

Councilmembers unanimously approved site-development and conditional-use permits for an 830-square-foot fitness center addition at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place.

The permits were granted despite objections from the town’s Planning Commission and residents, who raised concerns about potential parking overflow onto residential streets during swim meets and the impact of bright pool lighting on the neighborhood.

Upon notice of noncompliance with town code for the pool lighting, the club replaced the lights with code-conforming fixtures. Aware of the parking problem, a club representative expressed willingness to cooperate with the town to coordinate parking solutions for large events.

“These folks are good neighbors of the town,” Councilmember Rich Larsen said. “Yes, they may spill onto Viscaino Place during swim meets, but when we have baseball games and town picnics, we (overflow) into their parking lot.”

– Ellie Van Houtte

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