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Police stress need for low speed in school zones

Police stress need for low speed in school zones


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After two recent accidents involving cyclists and motorists, police urge caution – on both sides.

After two recent incidents of vehicles striking student bicyclists, Los Altos Police urge residents to exercise caution whe...

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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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

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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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

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

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Magazine

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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Morning Forum talk addresses immigration


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The Morning Forum of Los Altos opened its 64th season last week with a discussion on immigration reform.

Maria Echaveste, former deputy chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, addressed “Growing Hispanic Influence: What Happens to Immigration Reform?” in her Sept. 17 appearance.

Echaveste began with a question: Who are the Hispanics and how are they defined? They can hardly be defined by their countries of origin, she said, because they come from so many different countries and their racial makeup, too, is varied.

There are great generational gaps, according to Echaveste.Linguistically, they may not be Spanish-speaking at all. By the third generation in the U.S., only 5 percent can still speak Spanish. As to their race, based on the U.S. Census, 50 percent list themselves as “Mixed” Caucasian, 47 percent “Other.” Geographically, they are scattered throughout the country.

Since the founding of the U.S., Echaveste said, the burning questions have included who will be part of it, and who gets to come in? Benjamin Franklin, she noted, was very much opposed to German immigrants.

Generally, people find languages they aren’t familiar with frightening, she said.

The influence of Hispanics is large and growing, said Echaveste, one of the highest-ranking Latinas to serve in a presidential administration. Today, salsa sales are more prevalent than ketchup sales.

Politically, Latinos also vary, Echaveste said, particularly in three states: Texas, Florida and California. Texas has such deep roots with Mexico that Hispanics are very involved, especially on a conservative level.

California is more progressive in dealing with immigration, she noted, but still many Hispanics are poorer, generally less well-educated and question the value of participating in the democratic process because of the corruption in their countries of origin.

The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 set entry quotas for each country, Echaveste said, “but there will always be people looking for a better life.”

Because not many can enter the U.S. legally, there will always be an influx of illegal immigrants – hence the need for new immigration laws. As administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division from 1993 to 1997, Echaveste said she recognizes the need to protect American wages that immigration policies can affect.

Echaveste said that undocumented workers need to learn English and more about the U.S. And, she emphasized, legalization should occur only after a period of time has passed.

The Morning Forum of Los Altos is a members-only lecture series that meets at Los Altos United Methodist Church. For membership details and more information, visit morningforum.org.

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