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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Updated 11:28 a.m.:

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill R...

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Schools

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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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

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.

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Special Sections

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 alway...

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Business

'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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People

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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LA Council gives final approval to climate plan


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The Los Altos Climate Action Plan, approved last week, includes bicycle and pedestrian measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
LA Council gives final approval to climate plan

The Los Altos City Council last week voted unanimously to adopt the city’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) – a policy that outlines reductions in Los Altos’ greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

In addition, the council voted 5-0 in favor of certifying a negative declaration of environmental impact for the plan.

The move comes after a unanimous vote in September to initiate an environmental review of the CAP, which aims to reduce the city’s emissions to at least its 1990 levels. The CAP specifically calls for a reduction of as much as 17 percent below the city’s 2005 level of 182,830 metric tons of carbon-dioxide equivalent.

Los Altos resident Gary Hedden, a member of the city’s Environmental Commission speaking on his own behalf, urged the council to move forward, noting that the CAP “makes sense” by including reduction measures such as pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure improvements.

“We all realize that Los Altos cannot solve the greenhouse gas emissions problem on its own – no city can,” he said. “Nevertheless, we can do something. We can approve this plan.”

According to a city staff report, the Los Altos plan falls in line with the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act, passed in 2006, which outlines a statewide goal of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

The city council took the following additional actions at its Dec. 10 meeting.

Agreement allows ‘double badging’

The council voted unanimously to direct Los Altos City Manager Marcia Somers to develop an agreement that would allow some of the city’s police officers to work in a similar role at the new 49ers football stadium.

According to a staff report, the indemnity agreement among Los Altos, the city of Santa Clara and the Santa Clara Stadium Authority would allow the Santa Clara Police Department to officially hire – or “double badge” – off-duty Los Altos officers as reserve police. The purpose behind the practice, the report stated, is to allow some Los Altos officers – as well as those from other agencies – to serve as peace officers at Levi’s Stadium, the home of the San Francisco 49ers beginning in 2014.

The indemnity agreement essentially releases Los Altos from liability from actions taken by officers working under the Santa Clara Police Department’s double-badging system.

New commissioners fill vacancies

The council voted unanimously to appoint five new Los Altos residents to fill seats on the city’s Design Review, Financial and Senior commissions.

The council appointed residents Ray Ahshordi, Amy Pearl and Ritu Varma to serve on the Financial Commission, which had two vacancies with terms expiring in February 2018 and an unexpired seat that ends in February 2016.

Paul Gonella will fill an unexpired term through February 2015 on the city’s Senior Commission, and Tracey Moison a term that expires in February 2018 on the Design Review Commission.

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