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News

Number of burglaries falls in LAH

Number of burglaries falls in LAH

From a high of 16 burglaries in July and August to four burglaries over the past eight weeks – one incident related to a domestic scuffle – the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office reported a drop i...

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Schools

Schools Briefs

Foothill College hosts Solar Eclipse Party

Foothill College and the Peninsula Astronomy Society have scheduled a Solar Eclipse Party 2-4:30 p.m. Thursday at the college’s observatory, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

In addition to vi...

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Community

Celebrity Forum series begins tonight with Bill Nye at Flint Center

The 47th annual Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series, which opens tonight and runs through May, features a varied lineup of newsmakers who appear for three consecutive nights.

All Celebrity Forum programs are scheduled 8 p.m. at the Flin...

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Sports

Sports on the Side

MVLA soccer tourney

The Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club has partnered with Juventus Sport Club of Redwood City for this weekend’s Bay Area Fall Cup, featuring more than 200 boys teams. MVLA is scheduled to host 11-versus-11 games on fields...

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Comment

Letters to the Editor

Editor’s note: Needless to say, the neutral position the Town Crier took last week on Measure N elicited some passionate responses. A sampling follows.

Rethinking Measure N

The Town Crier’s nonendorsement of Measure N should be rethought. The decis...

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Special Sections

Dentistry center hosts Smiles for Troops event

Dentistry center hosts Smiles for Troops event


Photo courtesy of Peninsula Center of Cosmetic dentistry
Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry will host its second Smiles for Troops event on Veterans Day. The event offers military members free dental care.

Military veterans who have returned fro...

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Business

Transactions

Los Altos

54 Citation Drive, B. & S. McKibben to Clifton Trust for $1,320,000

1536 Country Club Drive, McCarver Trust to Dempsey Trust for $5,500,000

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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

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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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

'Sweeney Todd' continues in MV

'Sweeney Todd' continues in MV


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
David Studwell and Tory Ross star in the TheatreWorks production of Sweeney Todd.”

TheatreWorks’ production of the Broadway musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” is slated to run through ...

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Spiritual Life

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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FHDA foundation votes to divest fossil fuels

Responding to a campaign by students and citing the community college district’s commitment to environmental sustainability, the Foothill-De Anza Foundation Board of Directors voted to discontinue direct investments in fossil fuel companies and minimize investments in comingled assets that include such companies.

The board set a deadline of June 30 to divest companies with the largest holdings of unburned carbon reserves as determined by Fossil Free’s Carbon Tracker of the Top 200 Fossil Fuel Companies.

The unanimous Oct. 23 vote makes the Foothill-De Anza Foundation the first community college foundation in the nation to commit to divesting from fossil fuels, according to Jamie Henn, communications director for 350.org, a leader in the national divestment movement.

Board President Kathleen Santora said divesting matches the values of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District and its history of leadership in green building, resource conservation and clean energy use.

“Our colleges support environmental stability, so this already is a shared value of our community,” Santora said. “Credit goes to De Anza students for raising our awareness by identifying ways the foundation can act in a more environmentally responsible manner. We appreciate the opportunity to learn from our students.”

Foundation treasurer Martin Neiman said he doesn’t expect the changes to have a significant financial effect on the foundation’s investment returns. In fact, he said, divestment advocates make a case that in the long term, divesting may be a wise investment strategy.

As of this month, the foundation’s portfolio was valued at approximately $33 million, with fossil-fuel companies accounting for approximately 1 percent.

The students’ divestment campaign grew out of a fall 2012 political science class in which they were challenged to apply citizen advocacy and organizing skills toward the solution of an environmental problem. Organized by a handful of students, the resulting campaign gathered support across the campus and won endorsements from the student governments at both colleges.

“As an institution invested in future generations and our local community, we feel strongly that divestment is the next step in helping to create the world that we want to live in,’’ De Anza student Karla X. Navarro said in an August presentation to the foundation board.

Other students addressed the scientific evidence linking the burning of fossil fuels to melting Arctic ice, rising acidity in the oceans and intensifying floods and droughts.

Students took action after learning more about the climate crisis and how it affects people and the environment, explained Karen Quigley, one of the student organizers.

“The more you learn,’’ she said, “the more difficult it is not to do anything.”

Santora and Neiman said foundation board members were impressed with the students’ presentation and the quality of their research.

The Foothill-De Anza Foundation joins six other colleges and universities and more than 20 cities and counties that have made divestment commitments, according to Henn. Fossil Free campaigns are now underway at more than 300 colleges and universities and in 100 cities and multiple states across the country to encourage divestment from 200 fossil-fuel companies that control the majority of the world’s carbon reserves.

For more information, visit gofossilfree.org/commitments.

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