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Street crack-sealing project begins Monday, May 4

The City of Los Altos is beginning a city-wide street crack-sealing project on Monday (May 4).

City officials said the traffic impact for this project will be minimal. No streets will be closed and vehicles can resume normal traffic flow shortly aft...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer app...

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Community

CHAC appoints new leader

CHAC appoints new leader

Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, LCSW, has been named the new executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). A seasoned nonprofit leader, Nakano-Matsumoto is scheduled to assume duties July 1. She takes over for outgoing executive direct...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Comment

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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LASD counters charter school's enrollment forecast

The Los Altos School District countered Bullis Charter School’s projected enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year last week, calculating 73 fewer students than the charter school’s estimation.

The district’s response is part of the annual facilities allocation process, in which the district is required to provide Bullis Charter School “reasonably equivalent” facilities as outlined in Proposition 30 for all in-district students enrolled at the charter school.

Bullis Charter School officials submitted their facilities request Nov. 1, projecting an enrollment of 711 students next year, 678 in-district. The growth would require additional kindergarten, fourth- and seventh-grade classes.

In a letter sent to the charter school last week, the school district asserted that the charter school’s projected enrollment is “overly aggressive.” It stated that for the current school year, the charter school anticipated 140 additional in-district students but registered only 108, a difference of 32 students. The letter also pointed out that the charter school’s figures assume no attrition in any cohort of students returning and project an increase of 16 students in the fourth grade.

The district supported its decision to counter the numbers with a lower rate because of “historical negative variance” at the middle-school level, overprojection for seventh and eighth grades (58 percent and 25 percent, respectively) and historical overprojection.

The letter also stated that the charter school has not provided sufficient information to support the increase in incoming kindergartners and additional fourth-graders.

District officials requested additional information substantiating the increases, stating that they may use the information to re-evaluate the counter projection, including:

• A list of applicants, identified by student number and district of residence, for the current school year.

• Final disposition of each applicant’s status (offered enrollment via lottery, offered enrollment from waitlist, date on which enrollment was offered or enrollment declined).

• Indication whether applicant enrolled and remains enrolled.

• Documents reflecting the admission of students from the waitlist for the past three school years.

• Copies of all documentation related to action taken by the charter school board to increase the size of grade cohorts to 80, and in the case of kindergarten to 100.

“In providing its counter projections, the district has evaluated Bullis Charter School’s historical projections and attrition rates, as well as the veracity of the district’s own counter projections,” the letter stated. “The district’s counter projections are reasonable and supported by substantial evidence.”

The charter school has until Jan. 2 to respond to the district’s assertions.

For a complete copy of the letter, visit losaltosonline.com.

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