MV council adopts rent dispute ordinance, despite reservations

Despite criticism that it lacked teeth, the Mountain View City Council approved last week a second reading and adoption of a controversial program aimed at resolving rental-housing disputes between tenants and landlords.

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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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At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


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.

The Dow...

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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 alwa...

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'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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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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"Occasional verse" pops up in wedding toast

Courtesy of Bob Simon
Proud grandpa Bob Simon cradles his first grandchild, Jake, whom Simon would decades later immortalize in verse on Jake’s wedding day.

Some writers of lighter poetic fare describe their wares as “occasional verse” – a double because their periodic writings are rendered on special occasions. Other wandering minstrels thought of that line first, so I just describe what I do as “outrageous light verse.”

Yet I am equally guilty of presenting most of my efforts at significant events, usually family weddings. Sometimes my stand-up moments have even been command performances, as in, “Dad, you are going to recite a poem, aren’t you?” Such was the case when I toasted our first grandchild, Jake, at his wedding a few years ago.

To Jake

You owe me, Big Time, Mr. Jake!

At least that’s my initial take

I’ve sent so many skills your way

So many traits, such DNA!

I gave you wit and smart retorts

We dance with grace, excel in


We go through life without

a care

We’re both so doggone debonair

A winning pair for me and thee:

Good looks and fetching modesty

Also from me, it’s no rumor

Perspicacity and humor

Whence cometh all your savoir


Put ’er there, Grandson, put

’er there!

More winning ways, passed

through your mom

Composure and aloof aplomb

But what about your dad? you say

No shining role for him to play?

Well, he blessed you with hearth

and home

But more? Just one Y chromosome!

Never mind the clothes you’re


Where’d you get your regal


I jest a little – here and there

Yet we share much for which

we care

We’ve set our aspirations high

As both of us reach for the sky

Yes, all in all, from what

I’ve seen

You carry no recessive gene

As for the debt I said you owe

On second thought, that isn’t so

The scales are balanced, are

they not?

You’ve given as good as you got

We’re just as even as can be

You made a grandfather of me

Bob Simon is a longtime Los Altos resident. For more information or to comment on his column, call him at 948-9054 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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