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News

A flood of candidates seek seats on high school board

Two incumbents and five newcomers are vying for seats on the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees – a significant increase in the number of candidates who have run over the past 10 years.

According to data from the Sa...

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Schools

One more candidate joins MVLA race

When longtime incumbent Judy Hannemann declined to run again, the deadline to file for the upcoming Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees election was extended by a few days. Mountain View resident Sanjay Dave registere...

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Community

CSA salutes 'Hometown Heroes' at breakfast

CSA salutes 'Hometown Heroes' at breakfast


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The Community Services Agency’s 2014 “Hometown Heroes” fundraising breakfast is scheduled 7:15 a.m. Sept. 19 at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

“Hometown Heroes” honors individuals and businesses for...

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Sports

No suit, no sweat

No suit, no sweat


Courtesy of the Gallagher Family
Joe Gallagher – a 12-year-old from Los Altos Hills – swims from near Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shore. His uncle, Joe Locke, an accomplished open-water swimmer, accompanied him.

For his recent s...

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Comment

Back to school, back to thumbs: Editorial

The kids are back in class at our local schools and a new political campaign season is underway, so we have our thumbs out and ready to go.

Thumbs-up: To last week’s community workshop for rebuilding the Los Altos Community Center. The Aug. 19...

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Business

Sweet Shop celebrates five-year anniversary

Sweet Shop celebrates five-year anniversary


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Sweet Shop at 994 Los Altos Ave. marks its fifth year in business Sept. 7. The shop is a popular after-school stop for families and students.

When Stacy Savides Sullivan opened the Sweet Shop at 994 Los Altos...

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Books

"Jack London" chronicles author's adventurous life


Much has been written about American author Jack London, primarily known for his early-20th-century Western adventure novels, including the classics “White Fang” and “The Call of the Wild.”

In Earle Labor’s biography of the literary icon, “Jac...

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People

JEFF JOHNSON

JEFF JOHNSON

Jan 10, 1967 - Aug 10, 2014

Jeff was born and raised in Los Altos. He was a graduate of Los Altos High School. He then went to Foothill College where he had an opportunity to spend 3-months in Europe through a study abroad program. That experience...

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Travel

Visiting Vancouver Western Canada's premier destination has much to offer

Visiting Vancouver Western Canada's premier destination has much to offer


Photos courtesy of TOURISM VANCOUVER
Outdoor adventures abound in and around Vancouver, including a boat excursion into Horseshoe Bay and a jaunt on the Cliffwalk at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, among the most popular attractions in British Col...

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Stepping Out

'Water' rises in Mtn. View

'Water' rises in Mtn. View


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Elliot (Miles Gaston Villanueva) struggles to understand Odessa’s (Zilah Mendoza) online activity in TheatreWorks’ regional premiere of the award-winning drama “Water by the Spoonful.”

TheatreWorks’ regiona...

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Briefs

Meditation group meets at Foothills Congregational

A Weekly Meditation Practice group meets 7-8:15 a.m. Tuesdays at Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

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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 o...

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Letters to the Editor

Fate of annex rests with MV City Council

The photo at right depicts Mountain View’s Cuesta Park Annex in 1959, photographed by the late Gerry Gerontinos.

It looked this beautiful in 1968 when my father drove his 1957 Chevy up onto the annex dirt, and my mother, father, brother and I picked fruit off the trees and put them into our popcorn bags on our way home from the Monte Vista Drive-In Theater (which used to be at Grant Road and El Camino Real).

At Tuesday’s Mountain View City Council meeting, councilmembers will decide whether they agree with the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s decision to remove the historical annex orchard remnant from its Permanente Creek flood protection plan so that present and future generations can enjoy its rural beauty.

Let the city council know what you think.

Robert Schick Los Altos Hills

Resident questions tennis court restrictions

Note: This is an open letter to the Los Altos Recreation Department.

A sign has been posted at the Monteclaire public tennis courts, promoting fee-for-service tennis lessons by a specific professional.

It also announces that use of one of the two courts is restricted to these lessons for several hours per day. It states in capitals:

“ONLY THE ABOVE CITY INSTRUCTOR(S) ARE PERMITTED TO TEACH LESSONS AT MONTECLAIRE PARK. PLEASE REPORT ANY ILLEGAL LESSONS TO THE RECREATION DEPARTMENT.”

Why would Los Altos promote a monopoly on teaching? And what is the justification for declaring any other teaching “ILLEGAL”? Such heavy-handedness seems intended to intimidate players from choosing their own instructors.

What happens to those who want to share their love and knowledge of tennis with their children, grandchildren and friends?

Lessons, by anyone, shouldn’t take priority over the use of the courts by residents who simply want to play.

Unreasonable restrictions and threats foster resentment, and any policy that benefits a few at the expense of the many must be reconsidered.

Michael Rappaport

Los Altos

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