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Car breaks through glass door, closes Trader Joe’s for the day

Car breaks through glass door, closes Trader Joe’s for the day

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Trader Joe's employees survey the damage after a car smashed through the glass doorway earlier today.

Trader Joe’s on Homestead Road is closed for the remainder of the day (April 17) after a car barreled through the glas...

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Schools

Pinewood student writes book about living with autism

Pinewood student writes book about living with autism


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Pinewood School senior Georgia Lyon wrote and illustrated “How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl” in 2013.

Although first published under a pseudonym, Pinewood School student Georgia Lyon is stepping out to ...

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Community

How to pass a business gene across generations: Entrepreneur Kurtzig, 10, follows in grandmother's high-tech footsteps

How to pass a business gene across generations: Entrepreneur Kurtzig, 10, follows in grandmother's high-tech footsteps


Courtesy of Los ALtos History Museum
Like grandmother, like granddaughter: Sandra, left, and Jamie Kurtzig participate in the Los Altos History Museum’s Family Day event last month.

Silicon Valley’s love affair with high-tech innovation starts ...

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Editorial: Let's assume not to presume

Two recent downtown Los Altos stories offer lessons in the drawbacks of jumping to conclusions.

A few months back, the Town Crier published an article on Ladera Autoworks on First Street closing its doors. That part was true, but the reason was not....

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Special Sections

Fitness focus: No holds barred for Los Altos sisters

Fitness focus: No holds barred for Los Altos sisters


Photos Courtesy of Barre 3
Gillian Brotherson, kneeling at left, guides studio instructors through a workout at barre3 Los Altos.

Health is all about balance. That’s what two Los Altos natives learned as they navigated work, motherhood and welln...

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Business

Steinway gallery brings pianos, musicians to downtown Los Altos

Steinway gallery brings pianos, musicians to downtown Los Altos


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Chrissy Huang, manager of Steinway Piano Gallery in Los Altos, showcases Steinway & Sons’ signature instruments. The gallery plans to host concerts with performers tickling the ivories.

A new downtown Los Altos bus...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

GREG STAHLER

GREG STAHLER

Greg Stahler died unexpecdly in his home in Belmont on March 26, 2015. (He was born in Mountain View on June 23, 1972). He will really be missed by three beautiful young children, Haley 7, Hannah 5, and Tyler 3, and his wife Kathryn. He will also b...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Those Darn Squirrels' invading Mountain View

'Those Darn Squirrels' invading Mountain View


Courtesy of Lyn Flaim Healy/ Spotlight Moments Photography
Noelle Merino stars in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Those Darn Squirrels.”

The Peninsula Youth Theatre’s world premiere adaptation of “Those Darn Squirrels” is scheduled Friday and Saturda...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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Inside Mountain View

Home for disabled youth yields greener pastures

Home for disabled youth yields greener pastures


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Green Pastures staff member JP Mercada, below right, helps Tommy, who lives at the group home, sort through papers and organize his room.

Tucked in the corner of a quiet residential cul-de-sac in Mountain View, Green Pastur...

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Local candidates in place as ballot deadline expires

The filing deadline for the Nov. 6 election expired last week, with a variety of incumbents and newcomers on the local ballot.

Following is a rundown of the candidates.

Los Altos

Six Los Altos residents have filed nomination papers to run for three open seats on the Los Altos City Council.

According to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, the final list of candidates includes Jon Baer, Jeannie Bruins, Anabel Pelham, Jan Pepper, Megan Satterlee and Jerry Sorensen.

Baer and Bruins are both former Los Altos Planning Commissioners, with Baer serving as the volunteer body’s chairman until its dissolution earlier this year. Baer currently serves on the recently formed Planning and Transportation Commission.

Pelham, a university professor, is currently on the city’s Senior Commission.

Pepper was the 2011-2012 president of the League of Women Voters of the Los Altos-Mountain View Area. She serves in a communications role for the organization.

Satterlee, the field’s lone incumbent, is seeking a second consecutive term. Prior to her election to the council in 2007, she served on the Planning Commission, the Architecture and Site Review Committee and the Board of Adjustments.

Sorensen is a downtown property owner and management consultant. Among other commitments, he served as a member of Los Altos 2025, a community group focused on the revitalization of the downtown triangle.

Los Altos Hills

As of Aug. 10, three candidates had submitted nomination papers for the Los Altos Hills City Council race, but incumbent Councilwoman Ginger Summit was not among them. Because Summit did not file papers, the filing deadline for the council race has been extended until 5 p.m. today to allow additional candidates to file.

Incumbent Mayor Rich Larsen, retired business owner Courtenay Corrigan and retired software engineer John Harpootlian filed papers to run for the three open council seats. If no additional candidates file by today, residents of Los Altos Hills can expect a quiet campaign season, with much less election activity than past contested races.

Los Altos School District

In the race for two open seats on the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees, four candidates have thrown their hats in the ring.

Steve Taglio, an incumbent, has served on the board for a year following his appointment to complete a former board member’s term. He has two children, former Covington School students who now attend Egan Junior High and Los Altos High schools.

Vladimir Ivanovic has served on a number of district committees and the Citizens Advisory Committee for Finance. His two daughters attend Gardner Bullis School.

Amanda Burke-Aaronson is the mother of three daughters who attend Bullis Charter School. Burke-Aaronson said she is running to help the community heal and grow, and to encourage parent input during the “good times as well as the contentious ones.”

Pablo Luther is a local financial executive who currently serves as chairman of the district’s Citizens Advisory Committee for Finance.

Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District

Two Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District incumbents, Susan Sweeley and Phil Faillace are running without opposition in the race for two open seats on the board of trustees.

Foothill-De Anza

Community College District

Incumbents Joan Barram, Betsy Bechtel and Laura Casas Frier are running for re-election. Small-business owner and De Anza student Geby Espinosa, a Mountain View resident, has also filed to run for one of three open seats.

El Camino Hospital District

According to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, it’s a field of five candidates for three seats on the El Camino Hospital District Board of Directors.

The final field consists of Wesley Alles, Dennis Chiu, Bill James, Julia E. Miller and John Zoglin. A sixth candidate, Mountain View resident Catherine Vonnegut, did not file nomination papers by the Aug. 10 deadline.

Among the candidates are incumbents Alles and Zoglin. Alles, a Mountain View resident, was first appointed to the board in 2003 and is seeking his third full term. Zoglin, a Los Altos resident, currently serves as district board chairman and is seeking his second full term.

Chiu, a Sunnyvale resident, is an attorney at Prodigy Law. He currently serves as vice chairman of the Santa Clara County Planning Commission and was appointed to Sunnyvale’s Housing and Human Services Commission earlier this year.

James is a Los Altos resident and partner at the law firm Van Pelt, Yi & James LLP in Cupertino. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served from 1986-1991.

Miller is a Sunnyvale resident. She was a city councilwoman and mayor from 1997-2005 and currently serves as an administrator at the Chamber of Commerce Coalition of Santa Clara County.

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