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Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Two candidates have filed to run for the District 7 seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors in the Nov. 4 election. The water district, established in 1929, oversees and protects water resources in Santa Clara County....

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Schools

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Suzanne Woolfolk, assistant principal at Los Altos High, teaches a leadership course for Associated Student Body leaders.

Suzanne Woolfolk – new assistant principal at Los Altos High School – said she is happy...

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Community

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival


Courtesy of Los Altos Chamber of Commerce
The petting zoo is a highlight of the Los Altos Fall Festival. This year’s event is slated Oct. 4 and 5.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 23rd annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oc...

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Sports

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High halfback Sean Lanoza looks for running room against Burlingame in Saturday’s home opener.

The opening drive of Saturday’s game against Burlingame couldn’t have gone much better for the Los Altos High fo...

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Comment

Does Los Altos have a parking problem, or is it a symptom? : Other Voices

Yes, and yes. It appears that the downtown Los Altos parking problem is a symptom of the city’s “Sarah Winchester” approach to planning that instead of resulting in staircases to nowhere resulted in a hotel without parking required by code.(1)

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Special Sections

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market


Courtesy of Matthew Anello
The Shoup House dining room, above, features original elements. The 100-year-old house on University Avenue earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, a nod to its legacy as the home of city founder Paul S...

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Business

Longtime banker readies for retirement

Longtime banker readies for retirement


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Joanne Kavalaris is retiring at the end of October after spending the past 25 years of her banking career in downtown Los Altos.

A longtime Los Altos banker is calling it a career in a few weeks.

Joanne Kavalaris, Bank o...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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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

Pear builds wonderful 'House'

Pear builds wonderful 'House'


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Betsy Kruse Craig portrays Trish in the Pear Avenue Theatre production of “House,” which closes Oct. 5.

Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre is staging an unusual theater-going experience – producing two plays...

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Spiritual Life

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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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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