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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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Special Sections

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Hangar One, pictured here last January, will be restored under an agreement between Google and NASA.

NASA and Google Inc. forged an agreement last week that allows Google to lease a portion of NASA’s historic Moffett Fede...

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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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Cupertino schools and incumbents win approval in June 5 election

Despite presidential, congressional and state office primaries, numerous statewide initiatives and a Cupertino Union School District bond measure on the ballot, only slightly more than 37 percent of eligible Santa Clara County voters participated in the June 5 Presidential Primary Election.

Numbers specific to the Los Altos area were unavailable as of the Town Crier’s press deadline.

According to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, the majority of those who voted submitted Vote by Mail ballots. Only 6.48 percent of voters cast their ballots at polling locations. Another 6,600 provisional ballots will be added to the vote total by July 5.

A $220 million bond measure for the improvement of school facilities in the Cupertino Union School District won approval from 66.16 percent of voters. Approximately 800 Los Altos students attend Cupertino schools, including Cupertino Junior High School and Montclaire Elementary School, located at 1160 St. Joseph Ave. in Los Altos.

According to district officials, the bond mandates that homeowners pay an additional $29 per $100,000 of assessed valuation the year after the first series of bonds is sold and the year the last series of bonds is sold.

Winning candidates for local office include termed-out state Sen. Joe Simitian, who received 58.3 percent of the votes to capture the District 5 seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. Assemblyman Rich Gordon, a Democrat who represents Los Altos and District 21, retained his seat with 55.39 percent of the vote.

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, won 59.96 percent of the vote, and will face Republican Elizabeth Emken, who won 8.86 percent, in the Nov. 6 general election.

U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, a Democrat who represents Los Altos in the new 18th congressional district, won her primary easily, with 59.86 percent of the vote in Santa Clara County. Eshoo will run against Republican Dave Chapman in the general election.

County Registrar of Voters officials said the elections ran smoothly despite recent redistricting and changes to the collection of ballots. Volunteers from the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos acted as couriers, gathering and delivering ballots to the Registrar of Voters’ office election night after polls closed.

For a full list of election results, visit www.sccgov.org/elections/results/jun2012.

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