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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

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 Road home April 27 and...

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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.

The Dow...

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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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LASD: Talks over charter school facilities hit a snag


Logan

After meeting twice in the past seven weeks with a professional mediator behind closed doors, Los Altos School District officials said their negotiations with Bullis Charter School have hit an impasse.

Bullis Charter School board members Peter Evans and Francis La Poll and district board President Tammy Logan and Trustee Doug Smith met with Appellate Justice Hon. Richard J. McAdams (Ret.) Dec. 16 and Jan. 15 to hammer out a possible long-term solution for the ongoing facilities dispute.

After conducting several discussions, both sides were inching toward a 15-year agreement for facilities for the charter school.

“We had the two meetings in closed session to try and get beyond the sticking points,” Logan said. “The meetings are not going any further, as we are at an impasse.”

A substantial obstacle, according to Logan, is making sure the enrollment demographics at the charter school reflect that of the whole school district. District officials and community members have stated that the charter school does not serve a proportional number of local students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged, in need of special-education instruction and English language learners.

“Choice is good,” she said. “Choice should be good for everyone, not just people of a certain demographic.”

In previous long-term meetings, Evans and La Poll insisted that the charter school’s enrollment demographics matched that of the school district.

“I think for us to come up with a long-term commitment (of 15 years), then our community needs to hear that,” Logan said. “The Bullis Charter School leadership doesn’t seem willing to come up with any metrics to come up with those numbers.”

Logan said the district is being “flexible” in how to measure the demographics, but charter school officials responded that they would only make the statement that they do not discriminate and that they do outreach.

Emails to La Poll and Evans were not returned before the Town Crier press deadline.

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