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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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LAH council sets April 3 hearing for debate over Adobe Creek restoration

The Los Altos Hills City Council will be meeting residents at an April 3 public hearing as it mulls over proposed improvements to Adobe Creek, plans that have proven highly controversial.

At issue is work targeted for a quarter-mile section of the creek near Fremont Road and Edith Avenue. Santa Clara Valley Water District officials want the council to approve two easement transfers so they can rebuild the Edith bridge, add concrete reinforcement and widen the creek bed. The district's goal is to accommodate the possibility of a 100-year flood - a flood of such magnitude that it occurs on the average of once every 100 years.

Most residents in what the district calls the Reach 5 section support the district going forward. They acknowledge the plan is flawed and overblown, but those in favor say a flawed plan is better than no plan.

"What we have is 13 neighbors trying to solve a desperate problem," said Terese Blockus, who lives on the Los Altos side of the creek. "With all the pros and cons, (the project) is the district's best-faith effort."

But resident D.J. Rogez, who stands to lose most of his back yard to the project, vowed to fight the plan every step of the way. He said he is not only fighting for his property but also for West Edith Park, much of which will be affected by the construction work.

Greg Zlotnick, district 5 director for the water district, said Rogez knew about the easement and that he would be building in a flood plain when he bought his Fremont Road property.

Eleven of the 13 residents in the Reach 5 zone favor the project, but many are concerned with the district's planned removal of nearly 140 trees. District officials said they will replant along the creek bank after construction.

Also at issue are district plans to restore the creek channel at Reach 7, which includes rebuilding the Burke Road bridge over the creek. Residents fear if this work is done with nothing done to Reach 5, the risk of flooding will increase.

"We'll going to make a decision on the water district proposal based on work they're going to do in Reach 7 that will affect reaches 5 and 6," said Councilman Mike O'Malley.

For Blockus, the thought of the tree-shaded creek area turning into a construction zone has her concerned. "There still is going to be a change - it might take 5-10 years (for regrowth). But is it better than nothing? Is it going to benefit the majority of people? And can it look the best it can with it being an eyesore?" Blockus said.

She dismissed talk about extensive damage to West Edith Park. Blockus said 24 trees would be felled, including 12 eucalyptus, leaving 70 percent of the park's trees alone. She also noted the district would keep two park trails and the only fencing involved are 2-foot fences to protect plantings.

The Adobe Creek issue also will be discussed during a joint meeting of the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills city councils on March 31 at Los Altos City Hall.

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