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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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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 alwa...

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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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Giving back: Local athletes catch holiday spirit


Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier

Chicago White Sox pitcher Erik Johnson speaks to members of the Bay Area Giants.


Johnson makes kids’ day

Chicago White Sox pitcher and Los Altos High graduate Erik Johnson spoke to members of the local Bay Area Giants baseball club Dec. 13 at Rosita Park. He fielded questions before signing autographs for players. Johnson said it was a rewarding experience.

Ella earns assist

When club soccer player Ella McConnell heard from her coach that Mountain View Police were 1,000 stuffed animals short for this year’s Cops and Gobblers program, she jumped into action. The fourth-grader at Oak Avenue School asked friends, neighbors, relatives and even strangers to donate lightly used stuffed animals to the program, which distributes toys – and food baskets – to families in need. Ella, 9, collected her 1,000th stuffed animal only a few hours before the deadline and delivered them to the police station on behalf of her MVLA Barcelona team. Volunteers packed and delivered the baskets of canned food and stuffed animals just before Thanksgiving.

Running for a cause

Mountain View High’s fourth annual Spartan Turkey Trot was the biggest yet, nearly doubling the number of participants and funds raised in any of the previous years. Held Thanksgiving morning, it drew 860 runners and walkers, according to organizers, and generated more than $14,000 for the school’s athletics program. Approximately 80 volunteers – including students, parents, teachers and other community members – worked the event. The trot comprised four races, including fun runs for kids. The top-three finishers in the men’s 5K were Ben Mears, Zheng Tian and Kyle Bystrom.

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