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Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage

Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council continues to explore options to address parking constraints in the downtown triangle.

The Los Altos City Council last week held the first of two study sessions to discuss the potential construct...

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Schools

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Los Altos High School student learns how to use robotic surgical equipment at the school’s Science and Technology Week event last year. Students can also attend hands-on presentations at this year’s event, w...

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Community

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display


Town Crier File Photo
Pirate Manor is once again scheduled to arrive in the front yard of Dane and Jill Glasgow’s home on Manor Way in Los Altos, just in time for Halloween.

Although not the Walking Dead, pirate skeletons have been brought to li...

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Sports

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Eric Reitmeir launches the ball over Mountain View High driver David Niehaus (2) and goalie Kenny Tang. The host Lancers won Friday’s non-league game 9-3.

There wasn’t a lot on the line Friday when ...

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Reeder, Fung for El Camino HCD: Editorial

The good news for the El Camino Healthcare District (formerly the El Camino Hospital District, for those still getting used to the new name) is that there is a contested election Nov. 4 for the district’s board of directors. Three candidates are runn...

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Special Sections

Plant-based diet offers benefits

Plant-based diet offers benefits


Photo by Ramya Krishna
Los Altos resident Nandini Krishna prepares a meat-free dish According to author Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D., a plant-based diet can help prevent cancer.

Shirley Okita of Los Altos has found that adhering to a mostly plant...

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Business

New shop offers haute couture for girls

New shop offers haute couture for girls


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Girls @ Los Altos at 239 State St. offers clothing lines such as Nellystella as well as toys and other items for girls.

Cecilia Chen opened The Girls @ Los Altos as a tribute to the party dress. Whether it’s for...

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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

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn



Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s classic story, is set to run through Nov. 2 at Bus Barn Theater. The cast comprises 27 young actors, directed by Cindy Powell. Courtesy o...

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Spiritual Life

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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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BCS, LASD continue discussion on long-term facilities


After meeting last week to discuss long-term facilities needs, Los Altos School District officials may gain more specifics about Bullis Charter School’s expectations for the future.

Representatives from the Bullis Charter School and the Los Altos School District boards met for the second time to address facility solutions for the charter school and scheduled a follow-up meeting 7 p.m. today in the Los Altos Hills Town Council Chambers.

Trustee Tammy Logan represented the district at the meeting (President Doug Smith had to cancel because of a work conflict) and charter school board members Francis La Poll and Peter Evans represented the charter school.

“We’d like a discussion around what it would take to settle issues in the long term,” La Poll said. “Bullis Charter School would like to find a way to end all the litigation. We’d like to talk about how we reach some agreement.”

The parties agreed that they would like a solution that resolves charter school facility needs for the next 10-15 years.

“I would like to see a proposal of how many kids come in, what facilities you need over the time period and where you propose they go,” Logan said. “Let’s try to come up with something that is reasonable.”

Conversation focused on past agreements and offers, what could make this proposal process work and what would end it immediately.

Logan raised the matter of what the charter school applied for in last year’s facilities request, its “compromise” plan.

“Please look at what you asked for,” she said. “The compromise was at a ratio of 20:1 (classroom loading). Our kids don’t get that. That is not what the law provides for – it states ‘reasonably equivalent.’ Don’t ask for a palace and then expect us not to come back.”

La Poll and Evans said the proposal process would not work if the district does not accept the charter school’s growth projection.

“The opportunity here is that we won’t have a deal unless we put forth numbers that we are going to grow toward and you guys buy into that,” La Poll said.

He added that all children are entitled to appropriate facilities, and that is what the charter school seeks in the future.

“The word ‘entitlement’ you use is where we are going to run into issues,” Logan said. “Your view of what you are entitled to and our view is different. You have to balance these things or we are going to be in the same place.”

When asked if the charter school would use some of its set-aside funds for facilities for a new campus, La Poll said that would not be fair.

There was discussion about sharing funds, which Logan said the district would be more willing to do if the charter school were under the district’s, not the county’s, oversight.

“I think all things are possible,” Evans said. “The equity in the notion is sufficiently strong, how we are governed by comparison, a detail.”

The meeting concluded with agreement that Bullis Charter School officials would return with a rough estimate of classroom and teaching space required as the charter school grows toward its goal of 875-900 students.

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