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News

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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Town grateful for committee volunteers: From the Mayor’s Desk

Los Altos Hills recently celebrated the contributions of volunteers who serve the town. There is a strong sense of community fabric in Los Altos Hills made possible by the two commissions, 13 standing committees and several special appointments. These volunteers augment the terrific work that our town staff performs every day.

The most important consideration for our town is emergency preparedness, and we have several organizations that address this imperative. The Community Emergency Response Team, which now boasts 187 members, trains neighbors to help neighbors in the event of an emergency. The Los Altos Hills County Fire District provides tremendous support by training and funding the program, and the Emergency Communications Committee, comprising local ham radio experts, augments their work.

There are several other public safety initiatives in town, including the Traffic Safety Committee, which focuses on assessing and mitigating traffic problems.

The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition has partnered with the committee to educate cyclists and drivers on the courtesy required to share the road safely.

The Pathways Committee contributes to public safety by providing safe passage for walkers, runners and equestrians on Los Altos Hills’ 90 miles of pathways.

We have several other committees that provide invaluable services to residents. The Open Space Committee conducts training on topics ranging from sudden oak death to mountain lion education. The Water Conservation Committee provides guidance on how to landscape with minimal water consumption.

The Environmental Initiatives Committee has done extensive work to increase the town’s use of renewable energy and conduct money-saving energy audits of high-energy-consuming homes.

Many are familiar with the work of the Planning Commission, which provides objective guidelines for new and remodeled home development that balances the rights of owners with the property values of the neighborhood. The Environmental Design and Protection Committee collaborates closely with the Planning Commission to provide guidance on landscaping plans.

The Parks and Recreation Committee may be one of the most visible committees in town – it organizes the Hoedown, the Pathways Run, the Hopping Hounds Easter Biscuit Hunt, the Holiday Barn Lighting, Los Altos Hills Family events and several other activities. The committee also partners with Hidden Villa and Deer Hollow Farm to organize activities for Los Altos Hills residents.

Our other commissions and committees – History, Education, Community Relations, Youth, Senior and Finance – all add value to the quality of life in Los Altos Hills. Be assured that the town is grateful for the work, energy and time all of our volunteers contribute.

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