Schools campuses set to remain closed for rest of school year

Schools campuses set to remain closed for rest of school year

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A sign at Oak Avenu...
Regionwide order extended to slow coronavirus crisis

Regionwide order extended to slow coronavirus crisis

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CSA discovers scammer targeting vulnerable, alerts police

Community Services Agency alerted the Mountain Vie...

Following major county initiatives, Los Altos council tackles local aid

Following major county initiatives, Los Altos council tackles local aid

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A new sign at McKe...

Online donation portal helps MV renters, businesses

As part of an ongoing local relief effort and a fo...

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Cal Water: Residents won't get coronavirus from tap water

4 Days Ago  |  Los Altos Town Crier Staff - Town Crier Report

People may contract the coronavirus through close human contact or not thoroughly washing their hands, but they won’t get it from drinking tap water.

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Overworked alternator gives BMW something to whine about

5 Days Ago  |  By Matt Pataky

Let me start by thanking all my customers and readers. Because we are an essential business, we are fortunate enough to remain open during these tryin...

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Los Altos chiropractor and patient launch line of CBD products

4 Days Ago  |  Melissa Hartman

Los Altos chiropractor Gregory Dabb’s passion for his patients and practice at Better Life Chiropractic Center left him believing he had found his tru...

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Russell Leroy Swigart

Russell Leroy Swigart

5 Days Ago  |  Los Altos Town Crier Report

Resident of Sunnyvale 1/30/1932-3/10/2020 Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, brother-in-law, and friend. Born in Chadron,...

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A 60-hour mission: Essential businesses scramble to draft, post and implement protocols

-1 DAYS AGO
A 60-hour mission: Essential businesses scramble to draft, post and implement protocols
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Cristina Smith, one of the owners of State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria, posts required protocols for mitigating the spread of the coronavirus in the Los Altos restaurant’s windows Friday morning.

Local essential businesses are adapting to updated health and sa...

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Online donation portal helps MV renters, businesses

1 DAY AGO

As part of an ongoing local relief effort and a follow-up to the $1.3 million relief package Mountain View City Council members passed March 27, the #TogetherMV initiative now has a live donation portal, with contributions helping local renters and small businesses.

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Schools campuses set to remain closed for rest of school year

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Schools campuses set to remain closed for rest of school year
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A sign at Oak Avenue School announces the campus is closed. The plan is now for schools to remain physically closed through the end of the school year, although remote instruction will continue.

Public school students won’t return to the classroom this school year, ...

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Local districts partner to distribute free meals

2 DAYS AGO
Local districts partner to distribute free meals
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos School District registrar Bridget Stolorz distributes free meals at Klein Park.

With schools closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, local districts are working together to continue providing meals for students who might not otherwise have access to nu...

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Cal Water: Residents won't get coronavirus from tap water

2 DAYS AGO

People may contract the coronavirus through close human contact or not thoroughly washing their hands, but they won’t get it from drinking tap water.

Officials with California Water Service Co., which has a Los Altos office, assured customers last week their drinking water is safe.

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Crisis leaves major Los Altos events in flux

2 DAYS AGO
Crisis leaves major Los Altos events in flux

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A scene from last year’s Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival, above, captures happier, more carefree times in the days before social distancing and the coronavirus pandemic. Such events in 2020 face postponement or even cancellation, as there is no clear timeline for when the s...

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SF graduate Ellison retires from NFL

3 DAYS AGO

After an eight-year career in the NFL, St. Francis High graduate Rhett Ellison (Class of 2007) announced last month that he is retiring from pro football. The tight end played his first five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, who drafted him out of USC in 2012, and the last three with the New York ...

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High school athletes try to stay ready in case spring sports resume

3 DAYS AGO
High school athletes try to stay ready in case spring sports resume
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier File Photo
Los Altos High junior Brock Susko takes a swing March 12 against Leland, the Eagles’ last game before school closed.

For high school athletes in spring sports, the season is fading fast. Three weeks of play have already been wiped out due to the coronavir...

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Letter to the Editor, diesel generator

2 DAYS AGO

Diesel generator sets bad precedent

The following is an open letter to the Los Altos City Council.

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Editorial: Locals rising to the challenge

2 DAYS AGO

The coronavirus pandemic has some of us thinking, “This just can’t be happening.” But it is.

Still, optimism abounds. Los Altos residents are finding reasons to smile and stay grounded. They’re channeling anxiety into action and looking to help those less fortunate.

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Overworked alternator gives BMW something to whine about

3 DAYS AGO

Let me start by thanking all my customers and readers. Because we are an essential business, we are fortunate enough to remain open during these trying times, and I’ve enjoyed engaging with customers who have come into the shop these past few weeks. 

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A love for the Outback

3 DAYS AGO
A love for the Outback
Mike Hagerty/Special to the Town Crier
The 2020 Subaru Outback has several improvements over last year’s model, including a new engine and more cargo space.

Love is what makes a Subaru a Subaru, it appears.

The love owners have for the pioneering crossover earned it the IHS Markit (formerley ...

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Los Altos chiropractor and patient launch line of CBD products

2 DAYS AGO

Los Altos chiropractor Gregory Dabb’s passion for his patients and practice at Better Life Chiropractic Center left him believing he had found his true calling.

And then he met Cory Schwaderer.

Schwaderer, a patient of Dabb’s, had undiagnosed Lyme disease that metastasized into spinal meningitis. ...

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Tech companies start initiative to help small businesses

4 DAYS AGO

Intuit QuickBooks has teamed up with Yelp and GoFundMe to establish a fund with matching contributions to help small businesses, including those struggling to get by in Los Altos and Mountain View. 

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Russell Leroy Swigart

3 DAYS AGO
Russell Leroy Swigart

Resident of Sunnyvale 1/30/1932-3/10/2020 Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, brother-in-law, and friend. Born in Chadron, Nebraska, Russ moved to Torrance, CA with his family during the Great Depression. He attended Torrance High School (graduating in 1949), where he pla...

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Rosemary (Kudrna) Catton

10 DAYS AGO

July 31, 1930-March 13, 2020 GREATEST MOM IN THE WORLD. Steve, Mary and Dave lost their mom early Friday March 13, 2020. We are devastated to lose our rock, our confidante, our best friend. The world is a different place for us now. We write this obituary/tribute about our mom because it is coming f...

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OFJCC postpones Mizrahi performance

9 DAYS AGO

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The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto has postponed Isaac Mizrahi’s upcoming cabaret show, “Movie Stars and Supermodels,” due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Originally scheduled for this Saturday, the show featuring the well-known fashion designer and “Project Runw...

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TheatreWorks to stream show canceled due to pandemic

9 DAYS AGO
TheatreWorks to stream show canceled due to pandemic
Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Pioneering aviator Jerrie Cobb (Sarah Mitchell, center) is surrounded by curious public, press and colleagues (Luisa Sermol, from left, Dan Hiatt, Anthony Fusco, Stacy Ross and Craig Marker) in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s “They Promised Her the Moon.” The t...

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Services suspended at local parishes

20 DAYS AGO

Local places of worship are also being closed due to public health orders against mass gatherings. The Diocese of San Jose has announced all public, daily and Sunday Masses will be suspended until further notice beginning Saturday, March 14. 

This follows the Diocese announcement that all scho...

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Educator returns to native Ethiopia on mission of 'Hope'

1 MONTHS AGO
Educator returns to native Ethiopia on mission of 'Hope'

Courtesy of Cathy Platt
Speaker Dr. Minas Hiruy, center, is pictured with Dr. Doug Holland, a former professor at HOPE Enterprises’ University College in Ethiopia, and Deb Kilner, a Menlo Church member who volunteers with HOPE. Kilner oversees a Roggie Village Child Sponsorship Program, which she s...

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Going green at home: gradual changes can make a world of difference

9 DAYS AGO
Going green at home: gradual changes can make a world of difference

Photos by Audrey Chang/Town Crier
In an effort to make their home more environmentally friendly, the Chang family of Los Altos shops with reusable bags, above, and often purchase clothes made from remnant textiles, below.

Anyone who walks into my house would probably notice the canvas totes by ...

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LA resident follows principles of Ayurveda, teaches others

9 DAYS AGO
LA resident follows principles of Ayurveda, teaches others
Photos courtesy of Rashee Rohatgi
Los Altos resident Rashee Rohatgi, bottom right, practices Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of healing, through integrating herbs and spices into her cooking. The dishes she makes include veggie poriyal, top center, and sevia, top right.

Earth, air, fire, w...

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Letters of the Editor: Measure D is a sound investment

The Los Altos Homeowners League endorses Measure D, to renew our Los Altos and Mountain View High Schools, for excellent reasons. The primary reason is that the present facilities are an embarrassment to the entire community. These facilities detract from the quality of education delivered.Another reason, simply stated, is that this deal is too good to pass up. Measure D is more of a mortgage than a tax, and we homeowners know well the advantages of a mortgage. Build the facility on a least-cost schedule, obtain the advantages quickly, then pay off the loan using tax-free income. School bonds have double tax advantages. The interest rate is low because the bond holders are not taxed on the interest income.In addition to the cost being low, we get a return on the investment. The largest factor in the price of houses in any area is the quality of the schools. Passing Measure D will increase the equity in our homes, the largest life-savings investment for most of us. If property values increase by only 1 percent when Measure D passes (a low estimate), the instant increase in our home equity will be at least 40 times the annual tax for Measure D (at the rate of $25 per $100,000 of assessed value). Yes on Measure D. Punch No. 6 on your voting card on June 6.King LearLos AltosElection an insult to our intelligenceOn June 6, 1995, a "Special School Election" will occur in Santa Clara County. By my recollection, voters said NO to this proposition twice in less than 12 months.More than one third of the voters have said NO. The clique that is behind selling $58 million in bonds bearing interest which could total another $50 million is now asking voters for the third time in 14 months to approve what remains a "blank check."I don't need to be asked three times, in short order, what my opinion on an issue is. Please give me some credit for being able to think! Something has to be done to remedy a number of short comings in the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, no doubt about it. But this election and the politics and special interests behind it are not the way to fix problems.The last election loss produced a lot of news and editorial in the Town Crier as to how stunned proponents were to lose, how they had, perhaps, failed to adequately express the wisdom of their ideas, the frugality of their proposed spending plans and their gold-plated motivation which was limited only to serving our youth.A promise was made: We Will Communicate Better.I didn't hear anything more from the forces behind Measure D until I got the Sample Ballot in the mail. I don't call that delivering on a promise to communicate.I am outraged that a special election was called and I encourage every voter to turn out and defeat Measure D on June 6.Santa Clara Country spends $3 for every registered voter to hold a special election. That number applies to every registered voter, not just voters that turn out.The bet by supporters of Measure D is that the voter turnout will be so small that they can, in effect, stuff the ballot box. Any election held for a single purpose when turnout is guaranteed to be light is, to my mind, a very suspect election.The original D-Day occurred on the 6th of June, 1944. Voters, you have another D-Day on the 6th of June, 1995. Please, go to the polls. If you can't vote in person, please take a minute to fill out the absent voter ballot application. Whatever you do, Vote no on Measure D.Bob PerdriauLos AltosNegative school flyer has no basisMeasure D deserves the support of all of us. Mario Ambra would like us to think otherwise. And his arguments may sound deceptively plausible. Don't be misled.In a flyer found tossed into driveways throughout the district, Mario asks voters to consider some "11 objections" presented in the opposition's ballot statement. When we examine these, we find arguments manufactured from thin air: "A new statewide school voucher plan may pass in 1996 or thereafter; separate K-12 school districts may be formed in the future; the deductibility of state and local taxes may soon be repealed by Congress."None of these statements is based on fact. All seem designed to scare us into doing nothing. Mario says we should oppose Measure D because "higher property taxes tend to lower property values." This argument is very perplexing. What Realtors tell us is that quality schools tend to increase property values.In his final argument, Mario states, "It is wrong to repeatedly hold costly elections." You got it right that time, Mario! Not to mention the human costs: scores of volunteers who have donated hundreds of hours in three campaigns because they understand the need for safe, quality high school facilities.As for his other arguments, Mario needs to be reminded that this new bond measure was written taking into account all those objections raised in last year's campaign. Because of the old "blank check" argument, the new measure contains a binding resolution that outlines renovations at the two high schools and calls for establishing an independent review committee to oversee the projects.Monies from the sale of old Mountain View High School will be spent on furnishings and equipment ($3.5 million) and for ongoing maintenance to keep the new construction in good repair ($4.5 million).Let's quit the nit-picking, Mario. Our high schools are falling apart. Let's get behind it and make sure it passes on June 6.Kim and Jeff FarmerMountain ViewWatch for 'hit piece' against Measure DIf the past is any guide to the present, there will shortly appear on our driveways a "hit piece" against Measure D from an anonymous group with an imposing name like "Community Forum" and an untraceable address, most likely a post office box. Before believing anything written on this paper, please consider the source. The same goes for any signs illegally posted on telephone poles or the back of Stop signs.Scrutinize the sample ballot arguments against Measure D even more closely. Some of them have nothing what-so-ever to do with our high school facilities and the merits of the bond measure; several are misleading; and others are not true.If you are on the fence about Measure D, please look at the community and school involvement and experience of the people who are endorsing Measure D. Compare that with those who wrote against it. Who do you think has the best interests of our students - present and future -and our communities at heart?Carole CameronMountain ViewBoard pleads case for Measure DOn Tuesday, our community has the opportunity to support quality education by voting for Measure D for the renovation of Los Altos High School and Mountain View High School.Let us share with you a story that illustrates the need for investment in facilities. We recently learned that two of our students received perfect 1,600 scores on the SAT achievement test for college admission as juniors at Los Altos High School. A third student scored a near perfect 1,590, and two students at Mountain View High School scored 1,580.Out of approximately 208,000 students who took the SAT this April, only 137 students nationwide achieved a perfect 1,600. Having two of these students, in addition to the three students with near perfect scores, from our local schools is quite an affirmation of our fine teaching staff. The Educational Testing Service, which oversees the SAT, indicated that they cannot remember the last time two perfect scores came from the same high school.David-Patrick Marin, one of the students who scored 1,600, recently participated in the prestigious Bay Area Math and Science Alliance competition for advanced students from throughout Bay Area schools. While he did extremely well on most aspects, he fell short on the lab portion of the exam. David's father explained that students from neighboring school districts were at an advantage having had access to updated science labs and equipment.The limitation of our high school facilities affects students like David-Patrick. We are getting more and more students returning from Ivy League colleges, private universities, and the UC and CSU systems describing how well prepared they are in terms of the fundamentals of reading and writing and composition, but how difficult it is to compete against students with access to the latest technology, computers and science equipment in their high schools.The facilities master plan is not about pretty buildings, it is about having the infrastructure to support educational excellence. Our community has a lot to be proud of and our schools have served us well. We now need to come together as a community to make the needed investment to support our excellent academic program.The passage of Measure D will not only provide for the updating of all basic systems including heat, electricity and plumbing, but it will provide modern science labs, expanded library programs, updated classrooms wired for technology, computer labs and an overall campus structure that will support educational excellence and ensure that every student reaches his or her potential.As the Board of Trustees, we urge your support of Measure D. Our children deserve quality schools that will help ensure that when they graduate from high school they will face a brighter future.Lynn AlvaradoAnn BakerRick BellSue GrahamJudy Hannemann

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