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Councilmembers hold open office hours

eduled open office hours at locations throughout the city. Each week, one councilmember is available for a two-hour period to answer questions, receive input and discuss topics of interest with local residents.

Upcoming sessions are slated 1-3 p.m. ...

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Schools

School Briefs

Loyola K-Kids continue eyeglasses drive

The Loyola School K-Kids Club, sponsored by the Los Altos Kiwanis Club, is attempting to set a club record during its 10th annual “Share Old Spectacles” drive – and it is close.

Students set...

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Community

Los Altos Library presentation focuses on Islam

The Los Altos Library and Los Altos Voices for Peace have scheduled Islamic scholar Shaykh Alaeddin El Bakri to discuss “One God: One Humanity” 7 p.m. May 19 at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Educated in both Islamic studies a...

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Sports

Sports on the Side

St. Francis hosts HOF dinner in June

St. Francis High’s Hall of Fame Induction Celebration is set for 5 p.m. June 11 at the school’s Makley Event Center. Honorees include seven teams and 11 athletes, including baseball player John Gall...

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Letters to the Editor

LAH history should be documented

I am writing to express an alternative view to that presented in the article regarding the proposed expenditure by Los Altos Hills to expand the anthology that was begun for the town’s 60th anniversary celebrat...

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Special Sections

If my registered car doesn't run, do I need to report it?

Q: My vehicle is currently registered, but I blew the engine and it’s not being driven, so I canceled my car insurance. Do I need to report that to the DMV?

A: Yes. If your registration fees are due within 60 days of the vehicle registration e...

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Business

Business Brief

City hosts discussion with local merchants

Los Altos Economic Development Manager Jennifer Quinn has scheduled a Business Coffee Chat with merchants 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesday at Curves, 2069 Grant Road, Los Altos.

Quinn will present a summary of current...

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People

Stepping Out

Arts Briefs

Pacific Ballet hosts ‘Spring Showcase’ this weekend in MV

Pacific Ballet Academy has scheduled four performances of its “Spring Showcase” this weekend on the MainStage at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 ...

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Briefs

LAUMC sponsors rummage sale

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled its annual rummage sale 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 13 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14 at the church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The sale will feature a large selection of household and garde...

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Letters to the Editor

World War II WASPs deserve recognition

I was delighted to see the article on Women Airforce Service Pilots, “A tale of two sisters,” in the Nov. 6 Town Crier.

My aunt Dorothy Kielty was a WASP during the war and used to regale us with stories of ferrying pilots – and sometimes generals who were not always happy to have a woman in the cockpit! – and other responsibilities these amazing women had during World War II.

After the war, she golfed for the U.S. on the Curtis Cup team and then went to live in Italy, where she took up horse show jumping at 50-plus years of age.

She also fought the same fight for recognition and benefits the story recounts.

We should be proud of their service and glad that it has finally been recognized.

Tracy Koon

Los Altos

Los Altos ‘road diet’ could have unintended consequences

The Town Crier’s recent “Editor’s Notebook” column on “complete streets” quoted urban planner Darby Watson, who applied a “road diet” to a Seattle street, converting a four-lane road to two lanes (“Forum features ideas for ‘complete streets,’” Oct. 9).

Before Los Altos jumps on the road-diet bandwagon, I hope the city council and city planners will look to neighboring Palo Alto to see the damage done to the Barron Park/Green Acres neighborhood when Arastradero Road was put on a diet.

From the July 7, 2012, Palo Alto Weekly: “… traffic volume rose in three areas within the Barron Park neighborhood: … The traffic count at Maybell and Pena rose significantly from 2,700 vehicles to 3,348 daily since the trial changes, according to the study. … Chief Transportation Official Jaime Rodriguez admitted a speed survey had not been done along the cut-through routes.”

That’s a 24 percent increase on just one of the neighborhood streets that frustrated drivers – and bicyclists – are using to avoid congestion on Arastradero.

Note that Maybell is a city-designated “Safe Route to Schools.” To see what the road diet did to this quiet street, check out the videos at tinyurl.com/kg8o7t8 and tinyurl.com/lobjh2z.

Road diets have unintended consequences.

Constricting a main artery forces cars through residential streets.

Like water, traffic will flow around barriers to find the path of least resistance, and it might be your neighborhood.

Pat Marriott

Los Altos

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