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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.

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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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Food-truck restrictions not necessary: Editorial

The Los Altos City Council, at the behest of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, directed staff to draft an ordinance that prohibits food trucks from operating near Los Altos High School. The rationale, from the district’s point of view, is that the trucks offer junk food, defying the district’s efforts to fight poor student diets and obesity.

We respect the district’s commitment to support healthful eating, but an ordinance that would require a food truck to move 100 feet away from where it currently operates (as is the city of Mountain View’s requirement at Mountain View High) seems like it would have little impact beyond simply wasting council and staff time in drafting the proposal.

As reported in last week’s Town Crier article by Eliza Ridgeway, lunch programs in place at Los Altos High offer relatively inexpensive, nutritious food. Opinions on whether the food is satisfying differ from student to student, but there is considerable effort to provide choices and keep costs down. Government subsidies help make food available to all, regardless of financial means. They’ve even eliminated those specially marked lunch cards that could cause embarrassment for low-income students whose lunches are subsidized. Rich or poor, all students have access to the cafeteria.

Still, we’re a free country – and the high school is an open campus, with students free to leave in search of lunch alternatives. Certainly, time is a factor, but if students want to patronize a food truck, Carl’s Jr. or Spot Pizza, that’s their prerogative. We just don’t see student choices varying much if a food truck were required to move 100 feet down the road. In terms of fairness, targeting the food truck affects only those students who want an off-campus dining option but are poor and don’t own a car.

The only rationale we see for a food-truck ordinance is the impact on residential neighbors. If the noise, traffic and trash from food-truck service become quality-of-life problems for surrounding homeowners, then a restrictive law makes sense. But it only makes sense if the trucks move completely out of the neighborhood, not a mere 100 feet as in Mountain View.

The solution for a healthier student community does not lie in moving a food truck out of the neighborhood. It’s about awareness, knowing that choices have consequences. Students have that knowledge and are more aware than ever. The rest is up to them.

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