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Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

 Gary Kremen

Los Altos Hills residents, city councilmembers and even the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board chairman have protested taxes for water the district doesn't deliver.

"We're getting taxed for something we're not receiving, ...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer appro...

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Community

Slideshow: Los Altos Live!

More than 20 acts performed to a soldout crowd April 25 at Los Altos High School's Eagle Theater for the seventh annual "Los Altos Live!" talent show. The show featured an eclectic range of acts, including rock bands, singers, dancers and the Broad...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

Set in ...

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographers guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographers guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of you to spen...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

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

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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Mounting costs squeeze juice bar


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Squirt, The Juice Bar at 352 State St. remains a work in progress as owner Guinnevere Stevens confronts financial challenges.

A local business owner is turning to the public to help finance her new juice bar in downtown Los Altos.

Guinnevere Stevens said she must raise $4,000 to install three sinks, as required by the county’s health inspector, to open Squirt, The Juice Bar at 352 State St. To generate funds for the project, the former-nurse-turned-juice-aficionado recently started an indiegogo.com campaign to reach her financial goal.

A recent transplant from Dallas, Stevens conceded in her message to donors that she wasn’t equipped to handle all the permitting requirements and costs related to opening a business in California.

“I wasn’t prepared for all the California restrictions, regulations and permit fees,” Stevens wrote as part of her crowd-sourcing campaign. “I’m a little bit over budget, and the health inspector wants Squirt, The Juice Bar to have three new sinks installed before we can provide our nourishing, healthful juice to the Los Altos citizens.”

Reached by the Town Crier, Stevens said she’s sunk all of her personal savings into her business and hopes to open her juice bar without going into debt. She added that her public plea for help isn’t something she wants to do and understands the reservations some may have about her campaign.

“It’s an extremely humbling experience,” said Stevens, who aims to offer a wide variety of hydraulic, cold-pressed organic juices. “I just want to make juice.”

But Stevens added that she opted for the public campaign because she feels her juice bar is needed in Los Altos. Stevens noted that she uses 70 percent non-root vegetables in all of her juices – and is even planning to offer bone broth for customers’ canine companions. So far, she said, the reception to her ideas has been positive.

“People have been constantly asking me, ‘When are you opening?’” said Stevens, who hopes to open by mid-October. “I feel like Los Altos really wants this.”

Stevens said she plans to help those who help her. A $10 donation, for instance, earns the donor a $10 juice credit redeemable at Squirt.

Although the campaign is still in its early stages (it ends Sept. 30), Stevens is hopeful that she will achieve her goal.

“I think it’s going to be successful,” she said. “There’s a need for this that’s not being currently met.”

For more information, visit squirtjuices.com or indiegogo.com/projects/squirt-the-juice-bar.

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