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Council eyes bond for Hillview center

Council eyes bond for Hillview center


Rendering courtesy of city of Los Altos
The Los Altos City Council accepted an $87.5 million cost model for its preferred layout for replacing Hillview Community Center. Red lines indicate vehicle access points, and yellow lines represent pedestri...

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Schools

Oak students showcase creativity in Destination Imagination competitions

Oak students showcase creativity in Destination Imagination competitions


Courtesy of Jane Lee Choe
The Sharp Cheddars, a team of Oak Avenue School sixth-graders, perform at the Destination Imagination state competition Saturday in Riverside.

A team of seven Oak Avenue School sixth-graders traveled to Riverside last week...

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Community

Schola Cantorum hosts 'Mad Men'-themed gala

The Mountain View-based Schola Cantorum, a 90-voice community choir, has scheduled its annual gala, “Mad About Schola: A Salute to the ’60s,” 6-10 p.m. April 25 at Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club, 3000 Alexis Drive.

The fundraiser, inspired by...

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What would Bob do?: Editorial

The recent passing of an extraordinary Los Altos resident, Bob Grimm, has generated a range of heartfelt reaction, from sympathy to fond memories, from all corners. That’s because Bob did not discriminate in his desire to help others with his money, ...

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Special Sections

Cars that are right on track

Cars that are right on track


Courtesy of BMW
The BMW M4 is packed with power, featuring 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.

There’s nothing more fun than driving a responsive automobile that feels alive in the curves and eager to go when given more than a touch ...

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Business

First Street's 'Fort Knox' up for sale

First Street's 'Fort Knox' up for sale


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Los Altos Vault and Safe Deposit Co. is on the market for $4.5 million. Its fortified steel and concrete structure has been compared to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s gold depository.

A downtown Los Altos structure “b...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

JOHN BATISTICH

JOHN BATISTICH

John Batistich of Los Altos Hills died peacefully on March 12 surrounded by his family. John is survived by his wife Claire Batistich (Vidovich) of 67 years and children Gary Batistich of Lodi and Gay Batistich Abuel-Saud of Menlo Park. He is also ...

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Travel

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience


Eren Göknar/ Town Crier
Cavallo Point Lodge comprises former U.S. Army buildings, like the Mission Blue Chapel, repurposed for guests seeking a luxurious getaway.

It used to be a place where batteries of soldiers lived, with officers’ quarter...

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Stepping Out

'Fire' ignites in Mtn. View

'Fire' ignites in Mtn. View


Courtesy of Kevin Berne
The cast of “Fire on the Mountain,” includes, from left, Tony Marcus, Harvy Blanks, Molly Andrews and Robert Parsons.

TheatreWorks is slated to present the regional premiere of the musical “Fire on the Mountain” this wee...

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life Briefs

Oshman JCC hosts Judaism and Science Symposium

The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center has scheduled its inaugural Judaism and Science Symposium, “An Exploration of the Convergence of Jewish & Scientific Thought,” 5 p.m. April 12 at the JCC’s ...

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Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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No nepotism cited in hiring of MV-LA business superintendent

Residents continue to register surprise upon learning that Robyn Phillips, the new assistant superintendent of business services at the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, is the wife of former superintendent Don Phillips.

Phillips, who did not mention that she was Don's wife for a recent Town Crier article, said she would have disclosed the information had she been asked.

"Basically, I have earned my own professional qualifications and reputation. This is a good place and a good opportunity," she said about working in the district.

Board president Judy Hannemann said Phillips' relationship to Don did not play a part in the board's decision to hire her.

"If anything, it caused us to look at her twice as hard," Hannemann said. "We knew (hiring Phillips) would open us up to questions."

Hannemann said the board knew Phillips was interested in the position, but opened up the search and advertised for more candidates.

The board was looking for someone who had experience in working in school finance, managing, accounting, planning and construction operations, as well as someone who could communicate well, she said.

Hannemann said Phillips "had all of those qualifications."

Superintendent Rich Fischer said the district conducted a full-nationwide search for the position, which included advertising in the educational trade magazine, EdCal. He said of the 25 applicants who applied for the position, the top five were screened by two interview teams.

He said a nine-member committee of parents, teachers and administrators interviewed the candidates about their leadership skills. A second committee interviewed the candidates about their technical abilities and their knowledge of things such as budget issues, basic aid districts and construction and bonding.

"It was a fairly long process," Fischer said. "She was the best candidate."

Phillips comes from the Cupertino Union School District where she has served as assistant superintendent of fiscal services for the past 5 1/2 years. She holds a doctorate from Harvard University and has 10 years of experience in education. Phillips has taught finance economics and public policy at Santa Clara University and the University of California, San Diego.

Phillips is filling a vacancy left by Bob Golton, who resigned Oct. 1 to serve as business manager for the Palo Alto Unified School District. He joins Don Phillips, who left earlier this year for the top post in the district.

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