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Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage

Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council continues to explore options to address parking constraints in the downtown triangle.

The Los Altos City Council last week held the first of two study sessions to discuss the potential construct...

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Schools

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Los Altos High School student learns how to use robotic surgical equipment at the school’s Science and Technology Week event last year. Students can also attend hands-on presentations at this year’s event, w...

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Community

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display


Town Crier File Photo
Pirate Manor is once again scheduled to arrive in the front yard of Dane and Jill Glasgow’s home on Manor Way in Los Altos, just in time for Halloween.

Although not the Walking Dead, pirate skeletons have been brought to li...

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Sports

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Eric Reitmeir launches the ball over Mountain View High driver David Niehaus (2) and goalie Kenny Tang. The host Lancers won Friday’s non-league game 9-3.

There wasn’t a lot on the line Friday when ...

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Comment

Reeder, Fung for El Camino HCD: Editorial

The good news for the El Camino Healthcare District (formerly the El Camino Hospital District, for those still getting used to the new name) is that there is a contested election Nov. 4 for the district’s board of directors. Three candidates are runn...

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Special Sections

Plant-based diet offers benefits

Plant-based diet offers benefits


Photo by Ramya Krishna
Los Altos resident Nandini Krishna prepares a meat-free dish According to author Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D., a plant-based diet can help prevent cancer.

Shirley Okita of Los Altos has found that adhering to a mostly plant...

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Business

New shop offers haute couture for girls

New shop offers haute couture for girls


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Girls @ Los Altos at 239 State St. offers clothing lines such as Nellystella as well as toys and other items for girls.

Cecilia Chen opened The Girls @ Los Altos as a tribute to the party dress. Whether it’s for...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn



Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s classic story, is set to run through Nov. 2 at Bus Barn Theater. The cast comprises 27 young actors, directed by Cindy Powell. Courtesy o...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Mtn. View Briefs

Calling all teens for Open Mic Night

The city of Mountain View Recreation Division and the Youth Advisory Committee invite local teens to perform at the next Teen Open Mic Night, scheduled 7-9:30 p.m. Friday at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View.

Interested performers in grades 6-12 can reserve a spot by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with their performance type, contact information, school and grade. Performers may also register that night if space is available.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Recreation Office at 903-6331, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit mountainview.gov.

Mountain View hires CIO

The city of Mountain View in November appointed Roger Jensen the city’s first chief information officer/information technology director.

City officials selected Jensen from a pool of more than 130 applicants. He has more than 25 years of experience in the technology field, most recently as senior vice president for technical operations at AlphaDetail Inc. in San Mateo for seven years. Jensen will report to City Manager Dan Rich and earn an annual salary of $173,000.

“As the home to some of the world’s leading technology companies, Mountain View has a very tech-savvy constituency,” Rich said. “I felt it was time to take our city’s technology services to the next level with focused, senior leadership of this critical function.”

According to Rich, Jensen has the “perfect combination” of technical and interpersonal skills to lead the IT department.

“His collaborative style, management skills and understanding of Silicon Valley will allow us to enhance our internal operations and technology services to the public in a cost-effective manner,” Rich said.

Jensen, a Mountain View resident, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and an executive master’s degree in business administration from Santa Clara University.

Jensen will head the city’s IT department, overseeing planning and maintaining and managing the city’s information systems and communication networks.

“I am very excited for this opportunity to join my city’s management team,” he said.

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