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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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Thieves rob jewelry dealers in Los Altos: Heist not the peninsula's first

 

Last week’s jewelry theft in downtown Los Altos may be connected to similar crimes in other California cities over the past 16 months, but police continue to investigate before drawing any conclusions.

The Nov. 29 robbery of two jewelry distributors outside Garvani Diamond Brokers on First Street resembles recent crimes in Burlingame, South San Francisco and the Los Angeles area. Los Altos Police Capt. Andy Galea said his department is collaborating with agencies in those areas to determine if the incidents are linked.

Like the other robberies, last week’s heist “was sophisticated and well orchestrated,” Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis said. “Obviously, these victims were specific targets.”

Two New York-based distributors were robbed moments after leaving Garvani – located at 300 First St., near Draeger’s Market – at approximately 6 p.m.

Four unknown suspects allegedly wearing ski masks and dark clothing pulled up in a sedan alongside the victims, who were in their car on First Street. One suspect seized an undisclosed amount of jewelry from the backseat, according to Galea.

No weapons were reportedly used or seen, but one of the distributors was struck on the shoulder, Galea said. The victim did not need medical attention.

A similar crime occurred in January outside the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Burlingame, where six men robbed a private jewelry dealer at gunpoint. The suspects were later arrested in Los Angeles and remain in custody, according to police.

Capt. Mike Matteucci of the Burlingame Police Department said that if there is a connection between those six suspects and the four in the Los Altos robbery, it would indicate that they are part of a larger, organized ring.

Scott Bunch of the Los Altos police said Monday the department has no leads but continues to assess witness statements and vet security camera footage from surrounding businesses. Police are withholding witness statements to avoid influencing other accounts.

David Harris, Garvani co-owner, said he called police after the two victims told him what had occurred. Harris said the victims, who had just conducted business with Garvani, chased the suspects on foot as they drove away.

Galea said this type of robbery isn’t uncommon.

“Typically, (the jewelry dealers) will have been either surveilled or (the robbers) will know when they’re scheduled to make a delivery,” he said.

“From what I’ve seen in the past, and talking to other dealers, these (robbers) are very patient,” Harris said. “They follow the (dealer), see when he’s going to be in town, watch the buildings.”

Police urge anyone with information to call 947-2770. Callers may remain anonymous.

Contact Elliott Burr at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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