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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

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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Letters to the Editor

Supporting merchants brings ‘reward’

With the downtown association promoting shopping and dining in Los Altos versus visiting neighboring towns, I was “rewarded” with a $54.50 punishment ($81.75 if you pay after 30 days) by the guy who zooms around town marking cars with white chalk.

Does this make sense?

Common sense is very uncommon when it comes to this “reward” for supporting the town’s merchants.

The city should spend my tax money more wisely than paying a salary to a guy whose work is absolutely useless and counterproductive.

Lina Broydo

Los Altos Hills

Drivers beware: No U-turns downtown

Lately, it seems as though every time I come downtown I see someone, usually in a large SUV, making an illegal U-turn in the middle of Main Street to get to a parking spot on the other side of the street. This is a real hazard for the other drivers and pedestrians alike, not to mention totally illegal.

Last week I was pulling out of a parking spot by Starbucks and a woman in a huge SUV stopped on the other side of the double line and put on her left blinker, signaling that she was going to make a U-turn into my parking space. She backed up all the traffic on Main through the Second Street intersection. I rolled down my window and pointed to the double line and said she couldn’t do that, that it was illegal. She drove off in a huff, clearly furious with me.

I hate to suggest it, but since we can’t have a constant police presence handing out tickets, maybe the city should put up signs saying “No U-turns Allowed.” Signs like this won’t add to the ambience of our beautiful town, but they would alleviate some of the congestion.

Judith Bragg

Los Altos

‘Stand Your Ground’ not part of trial

Regarding Grace Acosta’s column on the George Zimmerman trial (“Neither guilty nor innocent,” July 24): She has every right to her opinion, even though she acknowledges that she didn’t follow the trial carefully and listened to summaries by legal analysts and journalists.

She believes that the verdict was probably correct and goes on to elaborate quite eloquently about and criticize the American Legislative Exchange Council and the Florida Stand Your Ground law that she said was the legal justification for Zimmerman’s actions.

My only objective is to set the record straight. I can’t fault Ms. Acosta’s personal conclusion, because she based her premise on statements from likewise uninformed legal analysts and journalists. The problem is that those analysts and journalists had it entirely wrong either deliberately or through ineptness about the Stand Your Ground law in the trial. It was never invoked by the defense or the prosecution, and therefore was never an issue or even mentioned during the trial.

Her false premise unfortunately detracts from the credibility of the rest of her comments. She only served to perpetuate erroneous reporting from CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, mainstream media analysts and journalists who weighed in with their “expert” opinions and misinformation.

Bill Boos

Menlo Park

‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’

In the latest assault against the beleaguered residents of Fallen Leaf Lane, the proponents of the Stevens Creek Trail and their consultant (with the support of our representative) have foisted a new scheme to transform this quiet residential street into a “quasi-suitable” trail connector.

Perhaps clouded under the veil of a “feasibility study” with the prospect of free government money with ties and no worldly boundaries, these wizards feel they can denigrate and dismiss the valid concerns of residents over safety/security/land misuse and community impact. Like the “Wizard of Oz,” the munchkins mustn’t see behind the curtain.

One newly misplaced idea for repurposing this street makes automobile travel lanes and parking lanes narrower for residents, while painting a 6-foot yellow pedestrian strip in the street. Yes, a painted “sidewalk” in the street.

Not surprisingly, the affected neighborhood overwhelmingly opposes this “yellow brick road” and the obsession to change our neighborhood/community.

In south Los Altos, perhaps to the dismay of our city officials, we oppose the promulgated urbanization and such unwanted infrastructure as sidewalks, streetlights, etc.

Borrowing from Elton John’s song “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” we do know where our future lies – beyond the yellow brick road.

Jo Kozak

Los Altos

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