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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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Voters reject Foothill-De Anza tax

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District’s request for a $69-per-parcel tax failed to secure the two-thirds majority required to pass on the Gubernatorial General Election Nov. 2.

As of Monday’s press deadline, 69,338 residents (57.69 percent) voted in favor of Measure E, with 50,852 voters (42.31 percent) against the parcel tax.

“The Board of Trustees struggled for months deciding whether to put an educational funding measure on the ballot,” wrote Chancellor Linda M. Thor and Board President Bruce Swenson in a release to the Town Crier. “In the end, after seeing thousands of students unable to get classes they need, the board felt morally compelled to ask district voters if they would provide temporary local funding to help offset deep state budget cuts that have hurt so many students. It is bittersweet that a majority of voters supported Measure E but that it did not receive the necessary two-thirds approval.”

The release said moving forward, the district would continue to serve as many students as possible, reduce its expenses and pursue alternative funding sources.

“In the months ahead, we will advocate in Sacramento for improved funding for California’s community colleges and work together with our employees to address the district’s fiscal challenges,” they wrote.

– Traci Newell

Chang earns county board of education seat

Cupertino resident Michael Chang defeated two local residents in the race for the local seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Education.

As of Monday’s press deadline, Chang received 32,672 votes (50.96 percent), while Los Altos Hills resident George Tyson totaled 23,700 votes (36.97 percent) and Los Altos resident Lynette Eng tallied 7,740 votes (12.07 percent).

Chang is currently a professor at De Anza College and was endorsed by T.N. Ho, who is vacating the seat on the county board.

– Traci Newell

Schmidt wins water district race

Brian Schmidt, an environmental attorney from Mountain View, defeated Los Altos Councilman Lou Becker to win the newly created District 7 seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors. Schmidt received 29,076 votes (56.7 percent) and Becker totaled 22,247 (43.4 percent).

Schmidt taught environmental law at Stanford University and has served on the water district’s environmental advisory and performance audit committees.

– Jana Seshadri

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