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LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics

LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics


The Town Crier chronicled the first election of Los Altos City Council incumbent Jarrett Fishpaw in 2010 and documented the Los Altos candidacy of Jean Mordo, who volunteered as a longtime public servant in Los Altos Hills before moving to the flat...

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Schools

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system


Courtesy of St. Simon Parish School
St. Simon fifth-grader Matthew Cummins uses a laptop in class last week. The school’s cloud-based Schoology system boosts organization and collaboration.

Families at St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos laun...

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Community

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'


Town Crier File Photo
The Los Altos main library is among the more popular branches in the county library district system, set to celebrate 100 years.

In 1914, Babe Ruth made his debut with the Boston Red Sox, wages hit $5 per day, the first ste...

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Sports

Eagles eye another stellar season

Eagles eye another stellar season


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, right, goes for the kill Thursday against Palo Alto, as teammates Sarah Tritschler, left, and Lulu Kishton prepare to play defense. The Eagles won the match in straight ga...

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Comment

Torok, Walter, Dave for MVLA board: Editorial

There’s really nothing major you can criticize about the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. It offers a diverse array of effective programs for all types of students. Its instructors, with few exceptions, are outstanding.

Howe...

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Special Sections

'Funabout' Fiat

'Funabout' Fiat


Photos courtesy of Fiat
The 2014 Fiat 500e uses 29 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles, which the engineers claim is the equivalent of 116 mpg of gas use. It has a sticker price of $33,095.

If you believe in climate change, would love to see alternat...

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Business

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground


Ted Fagenson

An East Bay app developer is testing his newest creation in downtown Los Altos.

Ted Fagenson, co-founder of Skrownge (pronounced “scrounge”), told the Town Crier that he’s beta testing his mobile gaming app this week ...

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Books

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween


Courtesy of Dee Ellmann
Jenny Hurwick self-published her picture book last month after decades of storytelling.

During her years working as a teacher and a Los Altos mom, Jenny Hurwick loved to tell stories. One tale she crafted for her son just se...

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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

'Gypsy' on its way out

'Gypsy' on its way out


Chris Berger/Special to the Town Crier
Alison Koch of Los Altos plays Dainty June in “Gypsy.”

This is the final weekend to catch the Sunnyvale Community Players production of “Gypsy” at the Sunnyvale Theatre. The musical is slated to close Sund...

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Spiritual Life

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Herman Lukwago educates children in Uganda.

Imagine life if your father had 25 children and you were raised in poverty in rural Uganda.

Now imagine that you and your siblings were orphaned at an early age and you ass...

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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 ad...

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A look at state, county initiatives and DA race

Proposition 81 Library improvements

If passed, Proposition 81 would enable the state to sell $600 million in bonds for the construction and renovation of local libraries. State general fund revenues, primarily personal and corporate income taxes and state sales taxes, would be used to pay the cost. The annual cost to an average California resident would be approximately $2, according to supporters of the measure.

Proposition 82 Publicly funded preschool

Proposition 82 would create a new, publicly funded voluntary preschool program for children. The measure, expected to cost more than $2 billion annually, would be funded by a 1.7 percent tax on incomes of individuals who earn more than $400,000 annually. Proponents say that preschool jump-starts successful learning. Opponents call it an expensive bureaucratic addition to the school system.

Measure B State parks funding

This measure does not increase taxes; rather, it approves the continued use of county general funds for public park development and maintenance. Measure B requests a 12-year extension of the funding availability. Since 1972, .014 of every $100 of assessed value has been available for parks funding. A homeowner with an assessed value of $800,000 pays about $113

annually.

District attorney race

The district attorney is the county public official who directs the government's prosecution of criminals. There are no term limits to the office, and outgoing DA George Kennedy has served 16 years. All four candidates have logged significant time in the DA's office. Three are DA assistants, and one is a Superior Court judge.

Mark Buller, an assistant district attorney, has 20 years of experience as a Santa Clara County prosecutor and lists crime prevention and community partnerships as priorities.

Karyn Sinunu, chief deputy under Kennedy, has been spokeswoman for the DA and lists public safety, technological innovations in prosecution and integrity in the DA's office as priorities.

Deputy DA Jim Shore has served as president of the California Prosecutor's Association and the Santa Clara Country Government Attorney's Association. He prioritized youth intervention, ethical management of the DA's office and passage of Jessica's Law, a sex predator deterrent, in his campaign statements.

Dolores A. Carr worked 15 years as a DA and five years as a private attorney before her election to the Superior Court bench in 2000. The supervising judge of the Family Division, Carr listed as priorities community trust and feedback, and collaboration with law enforcement, the defense bar and the court system.

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