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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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Clinton draws a crowd at Celebrity Forum appearance


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While not everyone agrees with former President Bill Clinton’s politics, most people recognize his gift for rhetoric. Clinton appeared at the Celebrity Forum Speakers Series Dec. 5, 6 and 7 at Flint Center in Cupertino, leaving sold-out crowds eagerly anticipating the question-and-answer periods that follow each presentation.

After a short video on the William J. Clinton Foundation that centered on helping to build a better world, Clinton took the stage and discussed numerous problems from poverty to climate change, offering practical solutions for each.

Americans should consider what they want in the 21st century, he said. The 42nd president referred to the Declaration of Independence and the majority rule to form a more perfect union, emphasizing that “we are not perfect, but we can do better.”

“We have too much economic inequality, too much economic and political instability and an unsustainable energy production and consumption,” Clinton said. “These are exciting times in our lives, but good things have gone too far. Education is unequal, and inequality goes too far and thinking does not. You have to reward the person with the first idea. Half the people in this world live on $2 a day. Our economy is below full potential with not enough jobs.”

Clinton acknowledged that California has had a tough time as it struggles to recover from the mortgage crisis. Banks are unwilling to make loans, resulting in unpredictability and instability.

The debate on climate control, Clinton said, prompted calls for sensible solutions to events like the recent East Coast destruction by Hurricane Sandy.

“Don’t be pessimistic about the future,” he said. “Young people provide influence, and we are younger than Europe and Japan. In a short time, we will be younger than China. We have somebody here from everywhere. Our melting pot is still working.”

In the question-and-answer session, the first question was “Will Hillary run in 2016?”

“I don’t know,” he answered. “It’s whatever she wants to do. ... I’m proud of what she has done and I’ll be most supportive.”

In answer to another question, Clinton summed up his thoughts on the “fiscal cliff.”

“I think it is more likely than less likely to make a deal,” he said. “They will make a deal.”

An audience member asked Clinton if he were on social media.

“Not as much as my daughter,” he said. “I’m on Facebook and I believe in social media. I only sent two emails when I was president.”

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