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VTA plans for  El Camino Real prompt skepticism

VTA plans for El Camino Real prompt skepticism


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Valley Transit Authority proposal to convert general-use right lanes on El Camino Real to bus-only use received a chilly reception last week.

A Valley Transit Authority proposal that prioritizes public transit alo...

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Schools

MVHS students attempt Guinness World Record

MVHS students attempt Guinness World Record


Barry Tonge/Special to the Town Crier
Local residents participate in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for making the most friendship braceletsNov. 9 at Mountain View High.

More than 300 Mountain View High School students gathered around...

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Community

Bigger, better days ahead for Foothill Veterans Resource Center

Bigger, better days ahead for Foothill Veterans Resource Center


Student veterans at Foothill College can seek support, access resources and socialize at the Veterans Resource Center.
Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Carmela Xuereb sees bigger things in store for the Foothill College Veterans Resource Center. One...

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Comment

Serving those who served us: Editorial

“Thank you for your service” often comes across as lip service to our veterans. As always, actions speak louder than words.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos has taken plenty of action, contributing time and money to improve opportunities for veterans th...

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Business

Report: Los Altos homes priciest in U.S.

Report: Los Altos homes priciest in U.S.


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The average cost of a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Los Altos is 30 times more than the price of a similar home in Cleveland, according to a Coldwell Banker report.

The average cost of one Silicon Valley home can purchase ...

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

RICHARD CAMPBELL WAUGH

RICHARD CAMPBELL WAUGH

Richard Campbell Waugh of Los Altos Hills, Ca. died at home October 31, 2014 surrounded by his family and caregivers.

Dick was born 1917, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He earned a BS in chemistry from University of Arkansas and a PhD in organic chemi...

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Travel

Weekday Wanderlust highlights the joys of armchair travel

Weekday Wanderlust highlights the joys of armchair travel


Dan Prothero/Special to the Town Crier
Travel writers at the October gathering of the Weekday Wanderlust group include, from left, James Nestor, Kimberley Lovato, Paul Rauber, Marcia DeSanctis and Lavinia Spalding.

Travel writing should either ̶...

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Stepping Out

Pacific Ballet's 'Nutcracker' opens Friday in downtown Mtn. View

The Pacific Ballet Academy is back with its 24th annual production of “The Nutcracker,” scheduled this weekend in downtown Mountain View.

The story follows young Clara as she falls into a dream where her beloved nutcracker becomes the daring prince ...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Water district breaks ground for operations center in LAH

The Purissima Hills Water District broke ground on a new operations center last Wednesday at its site adjacent to the Los Altos Hills Town Hall. The 2,000-square-foot center will replace an 850-square-foot building on the same site that has housed the water district since 1962.

The structure will have more office space, an engineering room, a separate room for machinery and a conference room. Meetings of the district board historically have been held in the small office space of the old building.

"We're really looking forward to having board meetings with enough room to really function," General Manager Patrick Walter said.

Heavy spring rains delayed the project, which has a projected completion date of Dec. 6, but it should still be finished on time, Walter said. Contractor John Plane Construction made the low bid for the project, $949,000, after the Los Altos Hills City Council approved the project in July 2005. Walter said that funding would come from the district's annual capital improvement budget of approximately $750,000 and that the district may also borrow money.

Los Altos-based architect John Miller designed the building to match the aesthetics of the town hall next door, with similar materials, detailing and a muted earth-tone color scheme. He said that the fireproof, rot-resistant, cement-fiber siding planned for the structure is also termite resistant. Termite infestations have plagued the 1962 building.

"The site was very restricted, with only a 30-foot-wide allowable building site," Miller said. "(But) everything about it is larger than what they had."

The structure complies with Savings by Design, an energy conservation program sponsored by PG&E that offers rebates for projects exceeding the state's minimum energy-efficiency standards by at least 10 percent. Plans for the new district building exceed the minimum standards by 11 percent.

The non-profit water district supplies water to two-thirds of Los Altos Hills. The district receives income from water revenue, the tax base and rent from four cell-phone towers located on district property.

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