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News

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues


Graphic courtesy of Don Gardner
Activists claim that a new SFO flight path leaves a “sound shadow” that impacts Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Sky Posse Los Altos Team – more simply known as SPLAT – seeks to squelch the noise...

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Schools

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'


Courtesy of Lia Evard
Water by Youth members gave Egan students a chance to carry a 40-pound Jerry can, to see how difficult it is to obtain water in developing nations.

Water by Youth, a club at Los Altos High School, is making a splash by pla...

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Community

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage


Courtesy of Alicia Madden
Sales of local Girl Scout cookies support service projects, such as funding an orphanage in the village of Mto wa Mbu in Tanzania.

Girl Scout cookies – whether you think of them as a treat, a tradition or a diet comp...

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Sports

Scoreless spells sink LA boys

Scoreless spells sink LA boys


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High point guard Nolan Brennan attempts a shot in Friday’s game versus Palo Alto. He scored eight points in the loss.

There have been several games this season in which the Los Altos High boys basketball t...

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Comment

New 'York' values

New 'York' values


Hughes

 

As we have witnessed California suffer through one of its worst droughts in history over the past few years, all of us, I’m sure, have been keenly aware of our surroundings and have done a small part in trying to conserve wa...

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Special Sections

Getting a charge  out of the Volt

Getting a charge out of the Volt


Courtesy of Chevrolet
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt can be driven up to 50 miles on the power stored in its batteries.

Just five years ago, we wondered in this column what the power supply would be for the car of the future. Gasoline, diesel, electric ba...

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Business

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Ella Roosakos, 11, with her mother, Gail, puzzles over which Gourmet Works sweets to buy as a valentine for Ella’s friend.

The gift-buying rush isn’t exclusive to Christmas. It may jump over...

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People

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

Alan Rodney Mills, PhD, 83, of Los Altos passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30th, 2016. He was born in Rochdale, England in 1933 and came to California in 1962. He was a proud alumni of Manchester Grammar in England, University of Liverpoo...

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Stepping Out

PYT 'Gets Famous'

PYT 'Gets Famous'


Lyn Flaim Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Renee Vetter of Palo Alto, left, and Megan Foreman of Los Altos star in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Judy Moody Gets Famous.” Performances are scheduled Friday and Saturday.

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Spiritual Life

A time to prepare: Fasting for Lent isn't limited to food

 

Today is Ash Wednesday, which in the Christian calendar marks the beginning of Lent – the 40 days of preparation for Resurrection Sunday, otherwise known as Easter.

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Inside Mountain View

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters


Mountain View Tenants Coalition/Facebook
Residents gather in the fall to protest Mountain View’s rising rents. Rent relief is on the way in the form of a new ordinance.

A controversial Mountain View law requiring landlords to provide lease opt...

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Expert addresses U.S.-North Korea relations in Rotary Club appearance


Jerry Tomanek/ Special to the Town Crier
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An expert outlined the state of U.S.-North Korea relations and the use of nuclear weapons for a Rotary Club of Los Altos audience Sept. 12.

Philip W. Jun, J.D., executive director and chief operating officer of the Ploughshares Fund, predicted extreme provocation from North Korea over the next six months.

After years of negotiating with North Korea as a U.S. Department of State appointee during the Clinton administration and living in Seoul himself, Jun based his evaluation on personal experience and knowledge of North Korea’s current political climate.

Jun received a Fulbright Scholarship to Korea and later served as a senior member in the U.S. delegation to the Korea peace talks in Geneva and the working group that managed U.S. policy toward North Korea. He traveled to North Korea as a senior adviser with former Secretary of Defense William Perry in 1999 and former Secretary of State Madeleine in 2000.

Although the U.S. called North Korea’s bluff when its first missile had to be exploded after 90 seconds and the U.S. demanded it adhere to a February 2012 agreement not to test missiles, North Korea gained significant knowledge from those tests, according to Jun.

“They have no intention of giving up their nuclear weapons program,” he said, adding that he expects North Korea to continue “playing the U.S., South Korea and China against each other.”

North Korea needs revenue and may seek to sell its nuclear stockpile. The key question is: To whom? Jun said he believes North Korea may have already sold nuclear technology to Syria.

North Korea has undertaken provocative behavior, according to Jun, because it’s an impoverished, failed state with leaders who seek to consolidate power internally while testing the mettle of the U.S., South Korea, Japan and China.

North Korea has a distinct advantage in negotiations, Jun said, because the Kim family circle of leaders has been in power for 20 years, in contrast to the changing administrations of other countries.

Jun noted that the U.S. has consistently underestimated the aggressive attitude of North Korea, and as long as China has North Korea’s back, there is little the U.S. can do.

Marlene Cowan is a member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

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