Unprecedented crowds could mean entrance fees at Foothills Park

Unprecedented crowds could mean entrance fees at Foothills Park

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CUSD board set to vote on parcel tax this week

CUSD board set to vote on parcel tax this week

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Montclaire Elementary School,...
Los Altos' new interim city manager knows his role

Los Altos' new interim city manager knows his role

Brad Kilger, hired as Los Altos’ interim city mana...

High schoolers launch local, independent news outlet

High schoolers launch local, independent news outlet

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Coming back strong

Coming back strong

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St. Francis grad Senque Carey, left, is now an assistant coach at Long Beach State,

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Editorial: Perspective gained from Jan. 6

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We are publishing this issue on the day Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. With this editorial written a week prior, we...

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Robert R Claypool

Robert R Claypool

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Long-time Los Altos resident Robert R Claypool died from Covid-19 on December 30 th at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Gatos.   He was 93 years old.

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To-do list for holiday fun

To-do list for holiday fun

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Holiday lights illuminate the gardens and walk-ways at Filoli.

Although the pandemic has canceled many travel plans and events...

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Los Altos Police Department to encrypt its radio system

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Los Altos Police Department to encrypt its radio system

The Los Altos Police Department plans to begin encrypting its police radio communications in March, a decision that will restrict how the public and media can monitor ongoing law enforcement activity in their neighborhoods.

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Biden inauguration prompts insights among local residents

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Local residents on both sides of the political aisle weighed in today on the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States.

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Schools

CUSD board set to vote on parcel tax this week

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CUSD board set to vote on parcel tax this week
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Montclaire Elementary School, above, is the one school in the Cupertino Union School District located in Los Altos.

The Cupertino Union School District Board of Education is set to vote Thursday (Jan. 21) on whether to place a parcel tax before voters this spring.

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High schoolers launch local, independent news outlet

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High schoolers launch local, independent news outlet
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A group of local high school students launched the Midpeninsula Post and are aiming to make local news accessible and relevant to local teenagers.

At first, Tomoki Chien thought it might be a prank when he got an email last week from the office of U.S. Rep. Anna E...

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Community

SCV Lives: Reporter reflects on the U.S. Capitol siege and difficult aftermath

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SCV Lives: Reporter reflects on the U.S. Capitol siege and difficult aftermath
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Robin Chapman prepares for a live report for WJLA-TV on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in the 1980s.

All America has been stunned by the scenes of the Jan. 6 attack on our Capitol. Like many of you, I’m still in shock. I was a reporter there some years ago: a small fry in a ...

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History Museum receives county grant for redesign of exhibition

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History Museum receives county grant for redesign of exhibition
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As evident in Miss Lamb’s fifth-grade class photo taken at Los Altos Grammar School in 1929, a large population of residents in the area were of Japanese descent. They were forced into internment camps during World War II. The History Museum’s new perma...

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Sports

Coming back strong

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Coming back strong
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St. Francis grad Senque Carey, left, is now an assistant coach at Long Beach State,

Growing up in East Palo Alto in the 1990s and attending St. Francis High – where he became a basketball star – Senque Carey said he learned a lot and has applied many of those skil...

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Sports on the Side for Jan. 20

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SF wrestler commits to American University

St. Francis High senior wrestler Carsten Rawls recently announced via Twitter that he has committed to American University. One of the highest-ranked wrestlers in the state for his weight class, the 195-pound Rawls also plays football for the Lancers.

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Editorial: Perspective gained from Jan. 6

1 DAY AGO

We are publishing this issue on the day Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. With this editorial written a week prior, we are praying for a safe, uneventful inauguration ceremony – in keeping with tradition, one that emphasizes the importance of democracy in our country ...

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Letters to the Editor: Order directly from local restaurants

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Ordering directly helps restaurants

In talking recently with a Los Altos restaurant owner, he informed me that delivery services like DoorDash, Uber Eats and Grubhub charge the restaurant up to 30% for “free delivery.” These fees are killing our local restaurants.

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Special Sections

Staying Active: Why lengthy sitting can be risky

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Staying Active: Why lengthy sitting can be risky
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Excessive sitting can lead to weaker muscles and bones, stiffer joints and impaired digestion.

Most of us have heard the phrase, “Sitting is the new smoking.” The implication, of course, is that sitting too much is actually harmful to your health. What might surprise you, howe...

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Lonely in lockdown? There are some COVID-safe ways to cope

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As COVID-19 numbers continue to soar, and ICU capacity drops below 15%, many counties have imposed tighter quarantine restrictions. Steps taken to slow the surge in infections are having an alarming impact on the number of Americans reporting feelings of social isolation and loneliness.

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Business

Los Altos to offer Restaurant Takeout Week

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In an effort to help drive business at local eateries that for now are restricted to offering just takeout and delivery due to shelter-in-place orders, the city of Los Altos is sponsoring Restaurant Takeout Week beginning Friday (Jan. 22).

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Los Altos Veterinary Clinic has a new home

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Los Altos Veterinary Clinic has a new home
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Los Altos Veterinary Clinic has moved to Rancho Shopping Center.

Los Altos’ oldest veterinary clinic has a new home, moving to Rancho Shopping Center last November after three decades downtown. The Los Altos Veterinary Clinic, which opened its doors in 1958, can now be found n...

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People

Robert R Claypool

3 DAYS AGO
Robert R Claypool

Long-time Los Altos resident Robert R Claypool died from Covid-19 on December 30 th at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Gatos.   He was 93 years old.

Bob was born and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.   He was a good student who loved learning.   The school principal let him come to school early ...

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Dr. John Doiron Jr.

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Dr. John Doiron Jr.

Dr. John Doiron Jr., formerly of Los Altos Hills, passed away in Palm Springs, CA on December 24, 2020 at the age of 90. John was born in Lawrence, MA on December 18, 1930 to John and Flora Doiron. Dad was a very accomplished student and athlete throughout his academic years. He graduated Central Ca...

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Stepping Out

Los Altos Stage Company’s ‘Ann’ opens online this weekend

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Los Altos Stage Company continues its virtual mini season – featuring three, one-actor plays – with “Ann,” scheduled to be livestreamed this weekend and next.

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Pear’s ‘Fairfield’ begins Thursday

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Mountain View’s Pear Theatre opens 2021 with “Fairfield,” Eric Coble’s contemporary comedy that examines the personal bias inherent in discerning appropriate from inappropriate.

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Spiritual Life

Experiment in syncing lets worshippers sing together from isolation

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Experiment in syncing lets worshippers sing together from isolation
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David Ing, bottom left, joins other worship leaders from Mountain View and across the region in “The Bay Area Blessing” this month. He’s a worship leader at Mountain View’s Compass Church.

In the annals of holiday Zoom events, the 60-church “The Bay Area Blessing” carol m...

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Divisiveness of political discourse makes unity seem utopian

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Baha’i writings offer the following reflection.

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To-do list for holiday fun

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To-do list for holiday fun
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Holiday lights illuminate the gardens and walk-ways at Filoli.

Although the pandemic has canceled many travel plans and events for the holidays, a variety of local activities are still on the calendar, some virtual and others in person but socially distanced. A rundown of hol...

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Sweet memories: The cookie that soothes the tummy

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Sweet memories: The cookie that soothes the tummy
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Anise sesame cookies are crumbly, nutty and tender to the bite.

The holidays can be a frenetic mix of stress and festivities, where mounting bills, social obligations and long lines intermix with family gatherings, spiritual activities and sparkling lights.

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Search for robbery suspect prompts LAHS and Almond to shelter in place

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A robber armed with a knife stole an undisclosed amount of cash from Caffino, the drive-thru coffee shop at 1947 W. El Camino Real, prompting Los Altos High School and Almond School to shelter in place while police searched for the suspect.

A nearby robbery caused students and staff at Los Altos High School and Almond School to shelter in place this morning (Feb. 27) while police searched for the suspect.

Nellie Meyer, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, and Jeff Baier, superintendent of the Los Altos School District, both said the action was taken out of an “abundance of caution.”

The shelter-in-place directive at the high school began at approximately 10:30 a.m. and was lifted some 45 minutes later. Almond sheltered from approximately 11 to 11:15 a.m., after Baier heard reports of the robbery and learned the high school was sheltering in place.

At approximately 10:15 a.m., a robber armed with a knife stole an undisclosed amount of cash from Caffino, the drive-thru coffee shop at 1947 W. El Camino Real, said Lt. Armando Espitia of the Mountain View Police Department. No injuries were reported.

“The suspect was last seen running south on Clark and so based on that we deployed units into that area,” Espitia said.
Officers received a report of someone matching the suspect’s description running at the corner of Karen Way and Marich Way.

“He was a distance away, but more as a precaution,” Espitia said police told the high school about the robbery and let administrators know the suspect may be running in that general direction.

Given the suspect’s young age and the fact that he was running in the general direction of the high school, Espitia also said there was an “outside chance” he could have been a student.

Principal Wynne Satterwhite sent an email to families a few minutes after 11 a.m. notifying them about the shelter-in-place order.

“Mountain View Police have advised us they are conducting a search in our neighborhood for a robbery suspect,” Satterwhite wrote. “As a precaution, we have initiated a shelter-in-place on campus, which simply means that doors are locked and all students are secure and supervised indoors.”

Satterwhite added that all students were safe, and classes were continuing with instruction. She sent a follow-up email at around 11:20 a.m. notifying families the shelter-in-place had been lifted.

According to Espitia, the robber is still at large and police are actively investigating the incident. The suspect is described as a dark-skinned male, possibly Latino, 19-20 years old, around 5 feet 6 inches tall, wearing a dark-blue sweater with white stripes and gray sweatpants.

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