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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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Letters to the Editor

Careless management harms air quality

A two-alarm fire at the Sims Metal Management Ltd. facility in Redwood City Dec. 17 floated a toxic plume of uncontrolled smoke into the surrounding neighborhoods.

Then, expedited by a slight southerly breeze, Sims Metal Management contaminated the community. The fire burned for more than eight hours, and air-quality officials advised that residents stay inside with windows closed.

This is not the first time that Sims Metal Management mismanaged its business and created a public nuisance that prompted a health advisory for residents as far away as Santa Clara County.

I recall entering a fog bank of smoke while traveling south on Interstate 280 from San Bruno to Los Altos Nov. 10. The acrid stench and sudden low visibility were alarming. After a little research, I learned that a “shelter in place” order was issued due to an uncontrolled fire at the Sims Metal Management facility.

My understanding is that since that fire, the company has implemented improved processing standards. Please note that these new procedures are not working. Several friends compared the air quality Tuesday to the air quality in Beijing and Shanghai.

I’ll breathe a little easier when businesses that repeatedly break laws are banished.

Marilee Taylor

Los Altos

Be careful on road during holidays

’Tis the season – for racing. Individuals race to the bustling malls, rabidly seeking last-minute presents, and race to the supermarket for forgotten ingredients.

All these races lead to a race for our lives – on the road. Upon my return from the airport, we had close-call accidents twice with speeding drivers.

We are lucky enough to enjoy our holiday cheer in the beautiful town of Los Altos. So, this season we can give back with kindness behind the wheel.

A fender bender or, even worse, a driving fatality during the holidays can be a shattering event. We need to consider the consequences before we race.

Alyssa Jacobson

Los Altos

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