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Mountain View police seek help identifying burglars

Mountain View police seek help identifying burglars

Mountain View Police detectives are seeking the public’s assistance – and home surveillance footage – to help identify two men responsible for burglarizing a garage and leading officers on a high-speed pursuit Thursday morning (March 23).

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Schools

LASD reviews school accountability tool

LASD reviews school accountability tool


Courtesy of California School Dashboard
The California School Dashboard ranks school performance by color.

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees reviewed the new California School Dashboard and heard a proposal for a time-sensitive solar p...

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Community

Simitian shares tips for successful advocacy

Simitian shares tips for successful advocacy


Simitian

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian discussed the keys to successful advocacy at Los Altos Community Foundation’s Feb. 15 Leadership Education Advancement (LEAD) class.

“Having served as an elected official at various le...

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Letters to the Editor

Common Core contributes to quality education

In these uncertain political times, Californians need to stand by the gains we’ve made for public education over the past several years.

Despite their repeated threats, the new federal administrati...

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Special Sections

Senior Program Briefs

The Los Altos Senior Program is located at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays.

The Grant Park Senior Program is located at 1575 Holt Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

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Business

Downtown theater could be economic driver for Los Altos

Downtown theater could be economic driver for Los Altos


nset Graph Data Source: Land Econ Group
A consultant study reported to the city that a downtown theater might serve as an effective driver of economic growth.

A consultant opened an old Pandora’s box at the March 14 Los Altos City Council meet...

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People

Wedding: Allie Miller and Nick Eppers

Wedding: Allie Miller and Nick Eppers


Nick Eppers and Allie Miller

Allie Miller and Nick Eppers were married Nov. 19 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in San Francisco. They held their reception at the Bently Reserve.

The bride is the daughter of Scott and Deanne Miller of Los Al...

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News

Mountain View police seek help identifying burglars

Mountain View police seek help identifying burglars

Mountain View Police detectives are seeking the public’s assistance – and home surveillance footage – to help identify two men responsible for burglarizing a garage and leading officers on a high-speed pursuit Thursday morning (March 23).

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Business

Downtown theater could be economic driver for Los Altos

Downtown theater could be economic driver for Los Altos

nset Graph Data Source: Land Econ Group
A consultant study reported to the city that a downtown theater might serve as an effective driver of economic growth.

A consultant opened an old Pandora’s box at the March 14 Los Altos City Council meeting when he revived a proposal to build a performi...

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Sports

Ousted in overtime

Ousted in overtime

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High sophomore Maurice Wilmer shoots a floater in Saturday’s game. He finished with eight points.

Midway through the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Northern California Division II final, the St. Francis High boys basketball team seemed well on its w...

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Community

Simitian shares tips for successful advocacy

Simitian shares tips for successful advocacy

Simitian

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian discussed the keys to successful advocacy at Los Altos Community Foundation’s Feb. 15 Leadership Education Advancement (LEAD) class.

“Having served as an elected official at various levels of state and local government, I’ve obs...

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Comment

Letters to the Editor

Common Core contributes to quality education

In these uncertain political times, Californians need to stand by the gains we’ve made for public education over the past several years.

Despite their repeated threats, the new federal administration will have little power to repeal Common Core, a...

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life Briefs

LA Lutheran hosts gatherings for reflection

Los Altos Lutheran Church has scheduled “A Light in the Darkness: Cultivating Compassion & Community,” a weekly gathering 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays through April 6 at the church, 460 S. El Monte Ave.

Amid the change and uncertainty of current...

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People

Wedding: Allie Miller and Nick Eppers

Wedding: Allie Miller and Nick Eppers

Nick Eppers and Allie Miller

Allie Miller and Nick Eppers were married Nov. 19 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in San Francisco. They held their reception at the Bently Reserve.

The bride is the daughter of Scott and Deanne Miller of Los Altos. She attended Santa Rita and Egan Junior High ...

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Schools

LASD reviews school accountability tool

LASD reviews school accountability tool

Courtesy of California School Dashboard
The California School Dashboard ranks school performance by color.

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees reviewed the new California School Dashboard and heard a proposal for a time-sensitive solar project at last week’s board meeting.

The Ca...

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Special Sections

Senior Program Briefs

The Los Altos Senior Program is located at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays.

The Grant Park Senior Program is located at 1575 Holt Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

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Stepping Out

PYT gets 'dolled' up

PYT gets 'dolled' up

Lyn Flaim Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Ali Matsumoto and Los Altos resident Michael DeLaurier play the leading roles in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Raggedy Ann and Andy.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Raggedy Ann and Andy,” the latest production in its “Stories on Stage” series, Frida...

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Obituaries

CHARLES WILLIAM “BILL” DICKEY

CHARLES WILLIAM “BILL” DICKEY

September 15, 1941 – March 10, 2017

Charles William (Bill) Dickey, Jr., died on March 10, 2017.

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Magazine

Spring brings a flurry of family-friendly events

Spring brings a flurry of family-friendly events

Courtesy of Smuin
Smuin’s “Dance Series 01” is a mixed repertory program featuring a world premiere.

As the weather warms and the Chinese Pistache trees begin to blossom, the Los Altos area welcomes spring with a variety of family-friendly events.

From the Peninsula Youth Theatre’s "Cats" to P...

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Epicurean's Mary Clark Bartlett: Serving sustainability


Courtesy of Michael McTighe
Mary Clark Bartlett is founder and CEO of Los Altos-based Epicurean Group.

Labels such as “healthy,” “organic” and “green” are rarely used to describe the meals served in most corporate cafes in Silicon Valley. But one Los Altos foodservice company under its pioneering leader, Mary Clark Bartlett, is out to change the way employees eat.

On a recent day, Maxim Integrated employees streamed into Cafe Rio, joining the fast-moving lines to order house-made sustainable albacore tuna niçoise, local organic brussels sprouts gratin and grass-fed roasted tri-tip with wild mushrooms.

Above the bountiful salad bar, a poster exhorted diners to “Go Greener!” Signs for “Recycling,” “Compost” and “Landfill” urged employees to dispose of their leftovers responsibly in the appropriate bins. Lunches were served on china plates and chefs filled to-go orders in compostable containers, including compostable utensils and recycled paper napkins.

Epicurean Group – a sustainable foodservice management company headquartered in Los Altos that serves corporations, universities and government and fine-arts facilities throughout the Bay Area – manages Cafe Rio and 39 other restaurants and cafes.

“Our goal is to improve the food system – and people’s lives – by changing one environment at a time,” said Bartlett, the company’s founder and CEO.

After founding the company on environmentally and socially responsible principles, Bartlett and her team have been turning principles into practices for more than a decade.

“We buy products that eliminate greenhouse gases and encourage the growth of organic farms and ranches, sustainable fisheries and artisan producers,” she said.

Going compostable

More than 125,000 pounds of waste annually has been diverted from landfills, largely thanks to a co-op that Bartlett established in 2010 for GreenTown Los Altos. The GreenTown Co-op supplies compostable takeout containers to Bay Area restaurants, cafes and schools from Napa to Monterey, participating in a larger statewide plan to achieve zero waste. Membership is free at greentownlosaltos.org/programs/business-co-op.

Because of the large volume that Epicurean Group purchases through the co-op, the compostable products are now available to co-op members at the same cost as inexpensive noncompostable materials like plastic and expanded polystyrene foam (EPS).

“The GreenTown Co-op is an important part of our mission to lower our community’s water and energy use and to reduce waste,” said Mike Barnes of GreenTown Los Altos. “When we started the co-op, our goal was to eliminate EPS take-out containers, which will be banned in Los Altos starting July 4 this year.”

Epicurean Group’s commitment to sustainability goes beyond compostable containers and extends to the food. Using local, in-season fruit and vegetables avoids the energy required for food transportation and storage. Serving grass-fed beef is not only more healthful, but also carries a lighter carbon footprint, because it doesn’t use fertilizers, pesticides and fossil fuels to produce and ship the grain used for feedlot cattle. Seafood is purchased following the guidelines established by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program.

Bartlett said she is proud that Epicurean Group was among the first food-service companies to be certified as a Bay Area Green Business.

Educating eaters

Trained as a chef and recognized as a sustainable food-service thought leader, Bartlett recently received The Chef’s Association of the Pacific Coast’s Antonin Carême Medal for her environmental education and advocacy work. Former director of nutrition at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, she is passionate about healthful, sustainable food and responsible environmental behavior.

Bartlett serves on the leadership team of the local chapter of the global Slow Food movement.

“I see Mary as a crusader, helping to educate the Bay Area about sustainable food and waste reduction,” said Margie Suozzo of GreenTown Los Altos. “She’s generous to a fault and has contributed so much to GreenTown Los Altos and to our community.”

Bartlett plans to continue to educate clients and the public about the value of local food and the importance of waste reduction, recycling and compostable takeout containers.

“I have a vision of a new, sustainable food system, one that provides food that’s good for our bodies and good for the environment,” she said.

Michael McTighe is chairman of GreenTown Los Altos. For more information, visit greentownlosaltos.org.

Submit a Letter to the Editor

The Town Crier welcomes letters to the editor on current events pertinent to Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. Write to us at 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022, Attn: Editor, or email editor Bruce Barton at bruceb@latc.com. Because editorial space is limited, please confine letters to no more than 200 words. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Anonymous letters will not be printed.

You can also have your say right here at losaltosonline.com – scroll to the bottom of any story to add a comment. 

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