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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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Candidates pursue state and national offices

Although the Los Altos City Council and the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees races are at the center of the Town Crier’s news coverage, following is an introduction to local candidates running for State Assembly, State Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 election.

During the 2010 redistricting process, many districts were consolidated or modified. For updated information, visit California Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s Board of Elections website at www.sos.ca.gov/elections.

Assembly District 24 (previously the 21st and 22nd districts)

• Richard Gordon (D), incumbent

Legislative experience: State Assembly (2010-present), San Mateo County Board of Supervisors (1997-2010), San Mateo County Board of Education (1992-1997).

Legislative highlights: Protected seniors from fraud by creating safeguards for conservator trusts (AB 1288), secured additional funding for Plastic Market Development Program that created approximately 4,000 jobs (AB 1149), required for-profit colleges to disclose unaccredited degrees (AB 611).

Website: richgordon2012.com

• Chengzhi “George” Yang (R)

Legislative experience: None.

Platform: According to his webpage, Yang’s priorities would include economic measures such as a pension cap, improving the quality of education, creating incentives for entrepreneurs and stopping taxpayer projects, including the High-Speed Rail Project.

Website: gcyang.com

State of the race: Based on the demographics of registered voters in the district and the strength of his record, Gordon appears a shoo-in for re-election.

Gordon has earned a reputation for getting things done in Sacramento. In the past two years, he has authored more than 19 bills, with nearly 75 percent passed into law.

Senate District 13 (previously the 11th and 13th districts)

• Jerry Hill (D), incumbent

Legislative experience: State Assembly (2008-present), San Mateo City Council (1991-1998), San Mateo County Board of Supervisors (1998-2008).

Legislative highlights: Improved gas pipeline safety by requiring remote-controlled shut off valves in urban areas (AB 56), made medicines more accessible for Parkinson’s disease patients (AB 1414), increased subsidy for low-income drivers to take vehicles with high levels of smog off roads (AB 787).

Website: jerryhillforsenate.com

• Sally Lieber (D), incumbent

Legislative experience: State Assembly (2002-2008), Mountain View city councilmember, Mountain View mayor.

Legislative highlights: Increased minimum wage in California from $6.75 to $8 (AB 2683), safeguarded services for special education by securing $2.3 billion in federal funding (AB 1662), created San Francisco Bay Preservation Authority to protect Bay’s ecosystems (AB 2954).

Website: sallylieber.org

State of the race: After State Senate districts 11 and 13 merged after redistricting in 2010, the two incumbents were forced to compete for the seat. Hill and Lieber won the June primary, with 51.1 percent and 22.5 percent of the vote, respectively. The state’s new primary system allows the top two vote-getters to advance to the November ballot.

Now, two seasoned politicians with much in common – both are Democrats, have records of achievement in the State Senate and share similar views on many issues, including the environment – are battling for the office.

With more than twice as much cash on hand as Lieber and a long list of endorsements, Hill appears to be ahead, according to many campaign metrics.

U.S. House of Representatives, 18th District (previously the 14th district)

• Anna Eshoo (D), incumbent

Legislative experience: U.S. House of Representatives (1993- present), San Mateo County Board of Supervisors (1982-1992).

Legislative highlights: Promoted legislation on renewable resources (HR 6), helped make electronic signatures a mainstream tool (HR 1320 IH), supported cancer services for low-income women (HR 3161).

Website: annaeshooforcongress.com

• David Chapman (R)

Legislative experience: None.

Platform: According to Chapman’s website, he plans to focus on job creation. His proposals include repealing guest worker programs, encouraging the Federal Reserve to issue inflation and unemployment targets and to pay taxes and stopping currency manipulation and trade barriers that reduce U.S. jobs.

Website: davechapmanforcongress.org

State of the race: Eshoo has received at least 60 percent of the vote in every election since 1994. A member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, she has sponsored legislation on issues ranging from immigration to alternative energy, new technology and women’s health care.

Despite Eshoo’s incumbency and financial advantage, Chapman challenged her previously in 2010, receiving 27.9 percent of the vote – an outcome that strengthens but in no way guarantees his chances for election this year.

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