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News

"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearl...

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Schools

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an i...

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Community

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice ...

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Comment

Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place t...

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Special Sections

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies


Bill Steiner’s grass is green, left, even amid the drought. He followed Max Todd’s water and maintainence instructions after having his lawn aerated, Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Green lawns are not necessarily on the endangered list during the d...

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Business

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and i...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

DR. ALFRED HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portla...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn


Town Crier file photo
Local actors rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company’s collaborative production of “The Wizard of Oz” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Spiritual Life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


Shaw

Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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Letters to the Editor

Nutritious food benefits students

Not wishing to express myself with the same level of sarcasm and disrespect as Ron Knapp, I do find that I want to refer to his “bit of a rant” in the Sept. 18 Town Crier (“Let students decide what to eat for lunch”) a question: What planet have you been living on, Ron?

There has been a nationwide movement, backed and approved by parents and school districts all over our country, to serve more nutritious food. This has been concurrent with the removal of sugary soft drinks and candy machines from schools.

Ron, are you aware that the obesity rate among young people is soaring? Or that Diabetes 2 is increasing rapidly in the same age group – and not just in ghettos?

Yes, these may be young adults or any other student, and if they wish to bring junk-food lunches or go into town, no one is going to stop them.

Many students, as you point out, are 18, yet they are not allowed to smoke on campus. In years past, students were allowed to smoke at Los Altos High School and with changing times the rule was changed.

Healthful food, as viewed by your assessment, is “crappy food.” It is not just served at Los Altos High. This national movement is being espoused by educated people and parents who want the best for their children.

I wonder also about your statement that “vendors often have nutritious, tasty food, along with the sweets and snack food.” Can that be documented to any extent?

At times, I have heard these vehicles smilingly called “Roach Coaches.” My case rests.

Joan Mather

Los Altos

Writer of letter to editor earns a vote

Thank you for publishing the letter from Ron Knapp in the Sept. 18 Town Crier. Kindly let him know that as soon as he is ready to run for office (of any kind), he has my vote locked in.

Pam Adler

Los Altos

Mobile food vendors hurt local businesses

I agree with Ron Knapp’s letter (Sept. 18) that government should not be in the business of deciding what students should or should not eat. I also agree with Councilwoman Val Carpenter that an ordinance prohibiting mobile vendors within a certain distance from schools would not be effective.

However, Knapp, Carpenter and City Attorney Jolie Houston are missing a more important issue – how mobile vendors affect our local businesses.

We hear a lot about how Los Altos residents should support our local businesses. Allowing mobile vendors to park on our streets, take our money and then drive off to the next town is talking the talk but not walking the walk.

To allow someone who has no stake in our community, employs none of our locals, pays no rent and contributes nothing to our local government coffers to come in and take our money is wrong.

How many of our kids’ first jobs were at the Italian Deli, Spot Pizza, Miyo or so many other local businesses? It’s up to us to ensure their continued success.

Woody DeMayo

Los Altos Hills

Why should I support bond for charter school?

The Bullis Charter School controversy is now, apparently, at the “sit at the table and discuss” level. The intent appears to be to find common ground that will appeal to voters for a bond measure. There are two compelling questions that must be answered.

First: Why should I pay for a bond measure for a private school started under the premise of a “charter” school?

The premise and creation of a charter school was absurd, established by the excess money and legal bullying. Am I going to be asked to pay for a private charter school whose students may come from Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto, Menlo Atherton, Saratoga – all at my expense? Why should I do that? Apparently if I don’t, then funding comes directly out of the existing Los Altos School District funds. This is, in reality, an extortion situation. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Second: Any bond measure requires a premise of trust that funds acquired will be used as expected. Given the demonstrated behavior and coercion tactics of Bullis Charter School advocates, tell me why I should trust them with anything? Reality: There is no trust of Bullis’ motives.

I am quite willing to listen to Bullis Charter School advocates’ answers. You can first start by telling me why you really qualify as a charter school. Then tell me why you think I should pay for your school.

Bullis Charter School advocates should be ashamed of themselves for their reckless abuse of the legal system and acts of extortion.

Kurt Ayers

Los Altos

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