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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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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

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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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GEORGE JONATHAN ALEXANDER


George Jonathan Alexander of Los Altos Hills, California passed away on Monday evening, July 29, 2013. His family was by his side.

Professor Alexander was the Dean Emeritus of Santa Clara University School of Law, having taken the helm of a 300 student, 12 full-time faculty institution in 1970 and helped the law school grow considerably in stature and triple in size during his 15-year tenure. Professor Alexander taught law for fifty two years, at the University of Chicago, Syracuse University, and Santa Clara Law, focusing his classroom teaching primarily on antitrust, Constitutional law, and law and psychiatry.

He proposed the idea of a living will for protecting not only property rights, but also the control of health care issues, in a Stanford Law Review article. He then worked with the California Law Revision Commission in shaping their proposal for such a statute, the first to be passed in the United States. He also authored 13 books, including “Honesty and Competition” about false advertising regulation, “The Aged and the Need for Surrogate Management” (with Professor Travis H. D. Lewin), “Writing a Living Will: Using a Durable Power of Attorney,” “International Perspectives on Aging,” “Commercial Torts,” and many book chapters as well as over fifty articles in refereed scholarly journals in the United States and abroad.

Following his term as Dean, Professor Alexander was awarded the Elizabeth H. and John A. Sutro Professor of Law chair—the first endowed chair in Santa Clara Law School’s history. Additionally, he was named Director of the Institute of International and Comparative Law, a program he conceived to expand Santa Clara’s legal studies to twelve countries and bring Visiting Scholars to the law school.

Prior to coming to Santa Clara Law, Professor Alexander received a grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to research legal issues related to space exploration. He was active in the New York Civil Liberties Union (Vice-President) and the American Association of University Professors (Syracuse University Chairman). Beginning in 1976, he served as a consultant to the Comptroller General of the United States for several decades. In 2000, he received the Thomas Szasz Award for Civil Liberties. He was also President of the National Society of American Law Teachers and in 2002, received their award for Founding Board Member and Visionary Activist for Equality, Access and Diversity throughout Law and Society.

In 2004, Professor Alexander and his beloved wife generously reinvigorated the East San Jose Community Law Center. In recognition of their gesture, the ESJCLC was officially renamed the Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center. Today, the Alexander Community Law Center educates law students by guiding them in providing pro bono representation to low-income individuals in consumer law, immigration law, workers’ rights, and tax matters, serving about 1,000 clients on-site per year. The Center also reaches out to about 1,200 individuals through mobile workshops on consumer rights, workers’ rights, and tenant-landlord rights, as well as advocating for low-income individuals with legislators and law reform committees.

In 2008, the Alexanders established the Katharine & George Alexander Law Prize, designed to bring recognition to lawyers who have used their legal careers to help alleviate injustice and inequity. Over the past six years, the Prize has recognized and supported the courageous human rights work of Bryan Stevenson (founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama), Mario Joseph (Managing Attorney of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux in Haiti), Shadi Sadr (an Iranian lawyer who launched the “End Stoning Forever” program and a center for women’s rights in Iran), Paul Van Zyl (former Executive Secretary of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, co-founder of the International Center for Transitional Justice, and CEO of PeaceVentures), Almudena Bernabeu (lead prosecutor against Salvadoran officials for the massacre of Jesuit priests in 1989), and Chen Guangcheng (blind Chinese dissident and self-taught lawyer who fights for the rights of rural poor in China).

Professor Alexander was born in 1931 and grew up in Philadelphia. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and an LL.M. and J.S.D. from Yale Law School. Between college and law school, he served in the United States Navy. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the San Jose Opera and the Arts Council of Silicon Valley, and a member of the Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos.

Professor Alexander is survived by his law school sweetheart, Katharine. They were married for fifty five years and shared a passion for their family, travel, and great food. He is also survived by his children, Suzi Alexander and her husband Gary Stolzoff, and Chip Alexander and his wife Laurie Alexander, as well as his grandchildren, Simone, Sam, and Kate.

In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for contributions to the Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center, 1030 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126, (408) 288-7030. A memorial service will be held at the Santa Clara Mission Church on September 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm.

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