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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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Lawyer claims truck driver should have seen LAH cyclist

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The family of a Los Altos Hills cyclist killed Nov. 4 in a collision with a big rig has hired an attorney to act on its behalf in the ongoing inquiry into the cause of the accident. John M. Feder, an attorney with Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn, alleged last week that the truck driver, Gabriel Manzur Vera, 44, should have seen Lauren Perdriau Ward, 47, who was wearing bright clothing and riding a pink Trek bicycle. “We know if the truck driver paid proper attention, he would not have missed seeing her,” Feder said. “We’ve been told he said he didn’t see her. … It’s mind-boggling.” Information surfaced last week that Vera was involved in similar fatal accidents in 2003 and 2007. California Highway Patrol spokesman Art Montiel confirmed last week that Vera was not found at fault in either incident. The CHP is withholding Vera’s statement to avoid influencing witness accounts, according to Montiel. Montiel said Vera was linked to the death of cyclist John Myslin, 25, in Santa Cruz in 2007 and a Dec. 31, 2003, fatality in Monterey. He couldn’t substantiate whether the 2003 accident involved a cyclist or a vehicle. According to Santa Cruz County Superior Court documents, Vera’s employer, Castroville-based Randazzo Enterprises Inc., reached a $1.5 million settlement in March with Myslin’s parents, Paul and Maria Myslin. “It’s shocking to many people (that Vera) should be allowed to still drive a big rig,” Feder said. Feder said his legal team retained experts in accident reconstruction to investigate whether Vera was at fault in the latest incident. Feder has not filed a lawsuit against Vera or Randazzo, but after the investigation, he may seek compensation for harm the family has suffered. Ward, a nurse and mother of two Mountain View High School students, and Vera were traveling westbound side-by-side on Alpine Road in Portola Valley near the Highway 280 overpass when the two collided. Police said Ward, who died on the scene, was riding on the truck’s left in the middle of three lanes. The road does not have bike lanes. Ward “was a very experienced, safety-conscious cyclist,” Feder said. “We believe she was doing everything right.” Reached by phone last week, a Randazzo employee would not comment on Vera’s record or whether he is still employed at the company. As of the Town Crier’s Monday press deadline, calls to Ward’s husband, Bob, were not returned. Lauren Ward, who advocated bicycle safety, once sent the Town Crier a letter to the editor, published in January 2009. “A bicycle is very vulnerable, like a pedestrian, to any sort of accident,” she wrote. “A car is a mode of transportation that, when mishandled, will cause death to its occupants and others.” Contact Elliott Burr at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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