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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 add ...

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LASD school reclaims name: Gardner Bullis

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees voted May 12 to change the name of Bullis-Purissima School to Gardner Bullis Elementary School.

Due to budget cuts, Bullis-Purissima School was shuttered in 2003, igniting a firestorm of contention and controversy. With the school set to reopen in the fall, some board members – and community constituents – believed resurrecting the old name might perpetuate the negativity associated with the closure of Los Altos Hills' lone elementary school.

In an effort to wipe the slate clean – and to avoid confusion with Bullis Charter School – Superintendent Tim Justus proposed the possible name change to the board.

In early April, the board established a committee to suggest new names for the district's seventh elementary school. The committee recommended such variations as Gardner Bullis Elementary School and Purissima Elementary School.

After the seven committee members selected the top two choices, board members Bill Cooper and David Pefley reported that Gardner Bullis Elementary School was the choice.

"The concept is to try to look toward the future, but with respect to the past," said Pefley, board vice president.

Pefley said some members of the committee voted to keep the name as it was, Bullis-Purissima.

"What a wonderful, wise and conciliatory conclusion to what began as a very divisive issue," Shari Emling, Los Altos Hills resident and former parent of Bullis-Purissima students, wrote in a letter to the board. "Thank you for the decision to keep Gardner Bullis' name on our school, and continue to honor a man who was so instrumental in bringing (and maintaining) so many positives to both Los Altos Hills and Los Altos."

The district received several letters and e-mails in response to a proposed name change. Several Los Altos Hills residents wanted to preserve the Bullis name to honor the memory of Gardner C. Bullis, an attorney instrumental in incorporating the city of Los Altos Hills. A longtime community volunteer, Bullis died in 1981 at the age of 94.

Pefley said the change both honors the Bullis legacy and lessens the confusion with the charter school name.

"The name Gardner Bullis has the historical ties to Bullis," Pefley said. "To the extent that ‘Gardner' would be emphasized … offers a potential to get rid of confusion."

As far as a mascot is concerned, the decision will be left to the Gardner community, Board President Mark Goines said. The previous mascot was the Bullis-Purissima Bear, and several community members have suggested the "Gardner Grizzlies."

Contact Traci Newell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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