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Los Altos hires Jordan as new city manager

Los Altos hires Jordan as new city manager


Approximately four months after he was named Los Altos’ interim city manager, Chris Jordan will take on the job permanently. The Los Altos City Council made the appointment at their Aug. 23 meeting.

Councilmembers expressed their enthusiasm ...

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Local schools score high on standardized test

Local schools score high on standardized test


Source: California Department of Education
The majority of local schools met or exceeded standards on the state’s assessment tests, released last week. The results show the percentage of students who met or exceeded standards in English Langua...

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Community

Internationally known author plans local talk

Internationally known author plans local talk


MICHAEL LIONSTAR/ Special to the Town Crier
Alexander McCall Smith is scheduled to appear in the Los Altos area in October, where he will speak at the “One from the Heart” fundraiser supporting Pathways Hospice.
 

Best-selling author Alexa...

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It's time for these Eagles to take flight: LA coach hopes returnees soar in expanded roles

It's time for these Eagles to take flight: LA coach hopes returnees soar in expanded roles


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Katherine Mumm attempts a save as a teammate takes cover Friday during a practice.

It’s showtime for Los Altos High volleyball players Kate Carlson, Avery Deaton, Lauren Limbach, Katherine Mumm and H...

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Downsizing to the next phase

Downsizing to the next phase


Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
Carol Wahl, project manager at Managing Moves & More in Mountain View, helps client Pearl Ward sort her belongings in preparation for a move. The company encourages seniors like Ward to tackle the easy stuff first...

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Business

Early returns positive for Third Street Green

Early returns positive for Third Street Green


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Third Street Green featured a pingpong table on some days. Robin Abrams, chairwoman of the Green’s steering committee, said teenagers asked her for more pingpong tables in 2017.

Amy Watenmaker did not expect to ...

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ROBERT (BOB) EVERETTE HAECKL

ROBERT (BOB) EVERETTE HAECKL

August 19, 1964 – August 8, 2016

Bob Haeckl, a resident of Mountain View, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 8, 2016 from an undetected enlarged heart at the age of 51 while vacationing with his family at Lake Tahoe. He generously and whol...

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Los Altos hires Jordan as new city manager

Los Altos hires Jordan as new city manager

Approximately four months after he was named Los Altos’ interim city manager, Chris Jordan will take on the job permanently. The Los Altos City Council made the appointment at their Aug. 23 meeting.

Councilmembers expressed their enthusiasm about the unanimous appointment.

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Business

Early returns positive for Third Street Green

Early returns positive for Third Street Green

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Third Street Green featured a pingpong table on some days. Robin Abrams, chairwoman of the Green’s steering committee, said teenagers asked her for more pingpong tables in 2017.

Amy Watenmaker did not expect to make a detour down Third Street when she visited L...

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Sports

It's time for these Eagles to take flight: LA coach hopes returnees soar in expanded roles

It's time for these Eagles to take flight: LA coach hopes returnees soar in expanded roles

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Katherine Mumm attempts a save as a teammate takes cover Friday during a practice.

It’s showtime for Los Altos High volleyball players Kate Carlson, Avery Deaton, Lauren Limbach, Katherine Mumm and Hanadi Nassif.

“They’ve been waiting in the wings,...

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Community

Internationally known author plans local talk

Internationally known author plans local talk

MICHAEL LIONSTAR/ Special to the Town Crier
Alexander McCall Smith is scheduled to appear in the Los Altos area in October, where he will speak at the “One from the Heart” fundraiser supporting Pathways Hospice.
 

Best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith now travels extensively – from I...

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Spiritual Life

'World-embracing vision' requires a shift in thinking

 

More than 120 years ago, the prophet founder of the Baha’i faith wrote, “It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.”

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People

ROBERT (BOB) EVERETTE HAECKL

ROBERT (BOB) EVERETTE HAECKL

August 19, 1964 – August 8, 2016

Bob Haeckl, a resident of Mountain View, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 8, 2016 from an undetected enlarged heart at the age of 51 while vacationing with his family at Lake Tahoe. He generously and whole-heartedly loved his family and friends.

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Schools

Local schools score high on standardized test

Local schools score high on standardized test

Source: California Department of Education
The majority of local schools met or exceeded standards on the state’s assessment tests, released last week. The results show the percentage of students who met or exceeded standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, as well as the scho...

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Special Sections

Downsizing to the next phase

Downsizing to the next phase

Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
Carol Wahl, project manager at Managing Moves & More in Mountain View, helps client Pearl Ward sort her belongings in preparation for a move. The company encourages seniors like Ward to tackle the easy stuff first and learn to let things go.

Young or old, no one...

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Stepping Out

'Party' rages on in downtown Mtn. View

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley brings American audiences their first look at the London hit “The Life of the Party,” a celebration of songs by Andrew Lippa that opened last week.

The musical is slated to run through Sept. 18 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

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Obituaries

ROBERT (BOB) EVERETTE HAECKL

ROBERT (BOB) EVERETTE HAECKL

August 19, 1964 – August 8, 2016

Bob Haeckl, a resident of Mountain View, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 8, 2016 from an undetected enlarged heart at the age of 51 while vacationing with his family at Lake Tahoe. He generously and whole-heartedly loved his family and friends.

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Magazine

California lilacs come in all sizes

California lilacs come in all sizes

Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
The profuse blue flowers of ceanothus shrubs in late winter to late spring lure many pollinators. On a sunny day, you can find the nearest California lilac by listening for the sound of happy bees.

Pete Veilleux experiments with all kinds of native plants at...

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Sustainable building saves money, planet's resources

Q: What steps can Los Altos homeowners take to green their homes?

A: The green building movement is alive and well. New homes, offices, schools, retail stores and every other type of building can be designed and built to green standards. A green home uses less energy, water and natural resources. Greener homes are healthier places for us to live compared to standard homes.

But what about existing homes in Los Altos? Green renovations or remodels can happen all at once or as a gradual process.

According to information from "This Old House" and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), there are simple steps to green our homes and our lifestyles. Save $30-$40 per year in heating costs by washing clothes in cold water; use the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's online emissions calculator to measure the quantity of greenhouse-gas emissions your household produces; install motion sensors, photocell controls or timers to control outdoor lighting needs; and obtain a home energy audit to assess home-energy usage and prioritize actions to make it more efficient and comfortable. To get started, try Energy Star's Home Energy Yardstick at www.energystar.gov. For further ideas, visit www.thegreenhomeguide.org.

For remodeling, the American Society of Interior Designers' Foundation and the USGBC have partnered to develop guidelines and resources for sustainable residential remodels. The goal is to increase awareness and understanding of sustainable home renovation. The Web site at www.regreenprogram.org has project checklists and answers to questions. This should be the first stop for homeowners and their contractors when considering a remodel.

Why consider a green remodel? What are the benefits? According to numbers from the U.S. Green Building Council, the benefits are huge. In an average-performance rating of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) homes, LEED-certified homes used 30 percent less energy, 20 percent less water and diverted 40 percent of waste from landfills.

The benefits are greatest for a LEED-platinum-certified home, the agency's top rating. These homes reduce energy usage 60 percent, water usage 50 percent and divert 70 percent of the waste from landfills.

The numbers make a case. Green home construction is expected to make up 10 percent of new homes by 2010, according to the 2006 McGraw-Hill Construction Residential Green Building SmartMarket Report.

Owning a green home is great for your wallet, your family's health and the environment.

Jon Nyberg is executive director of the U.S. Green Building Council – Redwood Empire Chapter. E-mail questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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