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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Updated 11:28 a.m.:

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill R...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

The Dow...

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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Judge rules against locating charter school outside district


A judge tentatively ruled that locating Bullis Charter School outside district boundaries could occur only if the charter school approves the placement.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Franklin Bondonno issued the ruling in response to lawsuits filed after the Los Altos School District submitted a bid to acquire the Raynor Activity Center in Sunnyvale as a site for Bullis Charter School. The district lost its bid but filed court paperwork asking whether it was legal to locate the charter school outside district boundaries. The charter school also filed a suit protesting the district’s action.

“The district may offer a site outside its boundaries to a charter school under Proposition 39 only if the charter school requests such a site and only if that request is in conformity to the school’s charter,” the tentative ruling stated, referring to the state proposition addressing charter school law.

The ruling also contended that seeking a location outside the district is a “power that remains with the charter school.”

The ruling stated that the school district must comply with the California Education Code mandate that sites outside the district must be “immediately adjacent to the district and separated only by a road, street, stream or other natural or artificial barrier or right of way.”

“I can’t imagine the amount of taxpayer dollars that were spent pursuing this fool’s errand,” said Ken Moore, chairman of the Bullis Charter School Board of Directors. “The district has no right to forcibly relocate children outside of its boundaries against their will because they choose to attend a charter school rather than a district-run school. This was a misguided attempt intended to create fear and uncertainty in the Bullis Charter School community.”

Doug Smith, president of the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees, said it is not customary for the district to issue statements about tentative rulings.

The district may request to schedule oral arguments or submit a reply brief in the case before a final ruling is published.

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