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LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics

LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics


The Town Crier chronicled the first election of Los Altos City Council incumbent Jarrett Fishpaw in 2010 and documented the Los Altos candidacy of Jean Mordo, who volunteered as a longtime public servant in Los Altos Hills before moving to the flat...

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Schools

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system


Courtesy of St. Simon Parish School
St. Simon fifth-grader Matthew Cummins uses a laptop in class last week. The school’s cloud-based Schoology system boosts organization and collaboration.

Families at St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos laun...

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Community

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'


Town Crier File Photo
The Los Altos main library is among the more popular branches in the county library district system, set to celebrate 100 years.

In 1914, Babe Ruth made his debut with the Boston Red Sox, wages hit $5 per day, the first ste...

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Sports

Eagles eye another stellar season

Eagles eye another stellar season


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, right, goes for the kill Thursday against Palo Alto, as teammates Sarah Tritschler, left, and Lulu Kishton prepare to play defense. The Eagles won the match in straight ga...

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Comment

Torok, Walter, Dave for MVLA board: Editorial

There’s really nothing major you can criticize about the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. It offers a diverse array of effective programs for all types of students. Its instructors, with few exceptions, are outstanding.

Howe...

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Special Sections

'Funabout' Fiat

'Funabout' Fiat


Photos courtesy of Fiat
The 2014 Fiat 500e uses 29 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles, which the engineers claim is the equivalent of 116 mpg of gas use. It has a sticker price of $33,095.

If you believe in climate change, would love to see alternat...

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Business

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground


Ted Fagenson

An East Bay app developer is testing his newest creation in downtown Los Altos.

Ted Fagenson, co-founder of Skrownge (pronounced “scrounge”), told the Town Crier that he’s beta testing his mobile gaming app this week ...

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Books

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween


Courtesy of Dee Ellmann
Jenny Hurwick self-published her picture book last month after decades of storytelling.

During her years working as a teacher and a Los Altos mom, Jenny Hurwick loved to tell stories. One tale she crafted for her son just se...

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People

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

'Gypsy' on its way out

'Gypsy' on its way out


Chris Berger/Special to the Town Crier
Alison Koch of Los Altos plays Dainty June in “Gypsy.”

This is the final weekend to catch the Sunnyvale Community Players production of “Gypsy” at the Sunnyvale Theatre. The musical is slated to close Sund...

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Spiritual Life

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Herman Lukwago educates children in Uganda.

Imagine life if your father had 25 children and you were raised in poverty in rural Uganda.

Now imagine that you and your siblings were orphaned at an early age and you ass...

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Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Twelve residents take out papers for city council race in November

Mountain View

Eleven potential candidates have collected nomination papers for the city of Mountain View 2002 General Municipal Election. They must be filed by Thursday to appear on the November ballot.

Those who successfully file papers will vy for four positions: three city council offices with four-year terms, and one with a two-year term.

The candidate elected for the two-year term will take the place of Mario Ambra, who was thrown out of office for misconduct in May when he was deemed to have used his public position allegedly to influence city decisions from which he might have benefited financially.

As yet, none of those who have shown interest in the positions have filed their candidacy.

Among the seven potential nominees so far for the four-year seat, current Vice-Mayor Mike Kasperzak, nearing the end of his first term in office, will be the only incumbent elective officer in the race. Kasperzak said he would be filing his candidacy papers by the end of the week.

"It's going to be a challenging race, and hopefully the work I have done in the past four years will give me an edge," he said. "But there have been incumbents who ran in the past and were defeated, so I cannot be overly confident."

Also potentially running for the four-year seat is two-time former Mayor Patricia Figueroa, who served as a council member for 16 years.

Figueroa has spent most of her time over the last three years helping various non-profit community service organizations in Mountain View. She now hopes to redirect her efforts and time toward the city, she said.

The election may also see some new yet not unfamiliar faces taking council seats.

Local businesswoman and community activist Rosiland Bivings, who ran for office in 1992 but lost by 74 votes, said she would be filing her candidacy papers at the end of the week.

"I feel like the community needs a more diverse representation and that what I will bring to this council will appeal to a lot of people," she said.

Additionally, there are four candidates who may be running for the two-year seat, including Bruce Karney, chairman of the Oldhen Mountain View Neighborhood Association and one of the key figures in the push to defeat Measure N, which would have allowed Home Depot to build a warehouse in a residential area of Mountain View.

Karney hopes that applying for the two-year seat will increase his chances of election.

"There are some really great people looking to run for the four-year seats that I admire greatly and am glad I won't have to compete with," he said. "I feel that with the two-year seat I have a really good shot."

The 2002 General Municipal Election for the city of Mountain View is scheduled to take place Nov. 4. All new elected officials will begin their terms in January 2003.

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