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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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Los Altos City Council welcomes new member: New mayor, mayor pro tem named

Photo Elliott Burr/Town Crier Jarrett Fishpaw, 23, is sworn in as the newest – and youngest – member of the Los Altos City Council Nov. 30. His parents, Jerome and Jo Ann, look on.

It was an evening of celebration – of old and new – as the Los Altos community gathered last week to witness history in the making.

Loud cheers and applause filled the Los Altos City Council Chambers as 23-year-old Jarrett Fishpaw, the youngest resident elected to the council, was officially sworn in as a councilman Nov. 30.

Fishpaw and incumbent Councilwoman Val Carpenter won the two open seats on the council in the Nov. 2 election, defeating former mayor Curtis Cole, Nancy Carlson and Matthew Sweeney. Carpenter led with 6,582 votes (31.68 percent), and Fishpaw came in second with 5,865 votes (28.23 percent).

“I have a great deal of appreciation for all the people who helped me and were active in my campaign,” Fishpaw said.

Lauding the accomplished people already on the city council, Fishpaw said he’s delighted to be working with them and looks forward to building productive relationships with city staff members and residents.

Referring to her re-election as the community’s “affirmation of her work,” Carpenter expressed her gratitude and promised to deliver continued service to the community.

Carpenter remains on the council for a second term, and Fishpaw replaces long-term Councilman Lou Becker. After completing an eight-year term (1995-2003), Becker was appointed to serve another four-year term in December 2006 after Councilman Kurt Colehower resigned.

Councilmembers expressed their appreciation to Becker for his commitment to Los Altos.

Recognizing his exemplary leadership and tireless community involvement, Casas presented Becker with a proclamation and declared Nov. 30 “Becker’s Day.”

“No other city on the Peninsula can stand up to the achievements we’ve made,” Becker said.

Councilmembers unanimously elected Ron Packard as mayor and Carpenter as mayor pro tem. The new mayor presented Casas with the customary perpetual medal for outstanding service to Los Altos, and in turn received an incoming mayor’s medal from Casas, who remains on the council.

U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel administered the oath of office to Carpenter, Fishpaw and Packard.

“Something historic has happened tonight in Los Altos,” said Packard, recognizing Fishpaw’s successful campaign, which Packard said Fishpaw won “the old-fashioned way – by talking to people.”

Fences have been mended and people have worked together to accomplish a great deal this year, Packard said.

“It is to our collective benefit to come together,” he said.

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