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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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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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