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UPDATED: Missing Los Altos High School student found

UPDATED at 10:20 p.m. Jan. 21: Mountain View Police report that Avendano is safe after being located in Los Angeles County.

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The Mountain View Police Department is looking for 17 year-old Mountain View resident Lizbeth Avendano. Accordin...

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Schools

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on a proposal to exempt ninth-grade student-athletes from taking PE. Students take part in a physical education class at Mount...

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Community

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF


From Midnight Express Instagram
A group of millennial-aged Santas celebrating a night on the town prepare for a safe ride from San Francisco to their South Bay homes, courtesy of Cory Althoff’s new Midnight Express shuttle.

It’s no understatemen...

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Comment

More open than ever: Editorial

One of the Los Altos City Council’s objectives for 2015 is implementing an open-government policy. The title of the policy may be somewhat misleading, because it’s not as if the city has had a closed-government policy. But the new proposal goes beyon...

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Business

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Cassidy Turley, which has offices at 339 S. San Antonio Road, is combining with DTZ following its recent acquisition.

Commercial real estate services companies DTZ and Cassidy Turley have joined forces to operate as a sin...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

JUDY HOFFMANN

JUDY HOFFMANN

Judy Hoffmann passed away unexpectedly October 17, 2014 in New York City. It was only fitting Judy would be traveling and enjoying special adventures in so many different places until the very end.

Judy has lived since 1969 in Los Altos with her h...

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Travel

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill


Courtesy of Raúl Cañibano
Cuban photographer Raúl Cañibano is set to appear at Foothill College tonight. His work – including the image “Series: Guajira’s Land, Viñales, 2007,” right – is on display at the KCI Gallery t...

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View


Suellen Fitzsimmons/Special to the Town Crier
Christopher Tocco stars in TheatreWorks’ “2 Pianos 4 Hands,” which opened last week.

TheatreWorks’ production of “2 Pianos 4 Hands” is scheduled to run through Feb. 15 at the Mountain View Center fo...

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Spiritual Life

Start something great by ringing in the new year with prayer

There is a tradition, which I’m told originates in the Midwest, that calls for people to pray in the new year. A few years ago, I was invited to a friend’s house and a number of people stayed up until midnight (approximately two hours pa...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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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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