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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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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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