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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.

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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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Back to the future: Renovating the civic center: Other Voices

It is a good thing that the Los Altos City Council wants to review the Civic Center Master Plan. When the people of our town are questioned, among their top priorities are schools, library and recreation. The master plan cannot address the schools, so let’s stick with what we must and can update. There is absolutely no doubt that our civic center needs to be brought up to date. Some suggestions come to mind.

The old Hillview School site must be replaced. It is antiquated and unsafe. The library needs to expand – it is running out of space for all the services it now provides and for future services. Both facilities serve every segment of our community.

For Phase 1, I would suggest we combine these two services at the Hillview site. Many of the patrons of one also use the other. And we can make it safer and easier for them with the inclusion of underground parking. The traffic flow would definitely improve.

Once the library has moved, city hall would have access to the library building and could renovate/expand it to suit its needs. It would certainly make it easier for those using the facility to enter from San Antonio Road, park, conduct their business and exit without having to fight library traffic. This would be Phase 2.

With city hall vacant, the Los Altos Police Department could use that site – again with renovations necessary for their needs. They can keep their eyes on the community, and, for those conducting business with the police, there they are. This would be Phase 3.

Now for traffic flow: People enter from San Antonio (from the new city hall side – one way only), conduct their business at city hall and exit going around the loop onto San Antonio again or continue past the Los Altos History Museum and exit onto Hillview Avenue (as is done now). Those using the Hillview site do not have to fight two-way traffic and cars parking and pulling out in a narrow space and can exit as above.

For Phase 4, perhaps the Bus Barn Theater could expand into the bumpout by the soccer field. As the performances are scheduled mostly at night when city hall is closed, parking would be available without taking away from the Hillview site. Bus Barn could use the Los Altos Youth Center or the old police station site.

Finally, in planning these changes, let us not try to imitate Palo Alto, Mountain View, Santana Row or Europe. We are a charming and much-needed restful community. Let us not change the reasons we moved to Los Altos.

Ida Cohen is a longtime Los Altos resident.

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