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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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Are out-of-state visitors legally allowed to drive in California?

Q: My mother and brother are coming to visit from New York next month for three weeks. I’m worried that they won’t be able to drive themselves around when I’m at work. She has a valid New York driver license, and my brother, who is 16, just obtained his New York license. Will this be enough for them to drive in California?

A: In your mother’s case, visitors over age 18 with a valid driver license from their home state or country will be allowed to drive without getting a California driver license. However, because your brother is a provisional driver under age 18, he will only be allowed to drive for the first 10 days of his visit using his New York license. After the 10-day period, he will need a California driver license or a Nonresident Minor’s Certificate, issued by the DMV to a minor who has provided proof of financial responsibility. Visit dmv.ca.gov and click the “Online Services” tab to make an appointment.

Q: I haven’t been to the DMV in a while, and I recently received a letter to renew my driver license and was told I could do it online. But I would like to take a new picture because I’ve lost more than 40 pounds by exercising and look a lot different on my DMV picture. What do I need to do, and how much will a new license cost me?

A: If you want to have a new picture taken, you need to visit a field office. Make an appointment for faster service by visiting dmv.ca.gov or calling (800) 777-0133. Bring your driver license renewal letter with you. Field office employees will administer a vision test and take an electronic thumbprint and new photo. Because you are eligible to renew online, you should not be required to take a written test.

Depending on the class of driver license you possess, the renewal fees can vary. Your renewal notice shows the fees required.

Check your address before you leave the DMV and notify a DMV representative if your address is incorrect. You will be issued an interim license valid for 60 days until you receive your new driver license in the mail.

Q: My wife and I would like to obtain a California ID card for our daughter, who just turned 18 months. Can a baby or toddler apply for a California ID? Will a DMV employee take her photo or should I bring one?

A: To obtain a California Identification card for a minor, you will need the child’s certified birth certificate. Check with the county clerk-recorder or office of vital records to obtain a birth certificate.

Once you have the required documents, visit a DMV office. The parent or guardian will need to fill out an Identification Card Application (DL 44) and check the Original ID Card box. Make sure you know the child’s height and weight when filling out the application. You also must provide the child’s Social Security number.

Next, your child’s thumbprint will be captured electronically and his or her picture taken. You should receive your child’s new California ID card within 30-60 days.

Q: Is it true that minors are never allowed to use cellphones when driving, even with a hands-free device?

A: That is correct. It is against the law for a minor to use a cellphone while driving, even one equipped with a hands-free device. Drivers under 18 are allowed to use their cellphones only when the vehicle is safely stopped or parked. Minors violating the law are subject to fines.

There is one exception to the law: A minor may use a cellphone in an emergency situation to contact law enforcement, a health-care provider, the fire department or another emergency entity.

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