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Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Two candidates have filed to run for the District 7 seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors in the Nov. 4 election. The water district, established in 1929, oversees and protects water resources in Santa Clara County....

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Schools

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Suzanne Woolfolk, assistant principal at Los Altos High, teaches a leadership course for Associated Student Body leaders.

Suzanne Woolfolk – new assistant principal at Los Altos High School – said she is happy...

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Community

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival


Courtesy of Los Altos Chamber of Commerce
The petting zoo is a highlight of the Los Altos Fall Festival. This year’s event is slated Oct. 4 and 5.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 23rd annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oc...

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Sports

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High halfback Sean Lanoza looks for running room against Burlingame in Saturday’s home opener.

The opening drive of Saturday’s game against Burlingame couldn’t have gone much better for the Los Altos High fo...

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Comment

Does Los Altos have a parking problem, or is it a symptom? : Other Voices

Yes, and yes. It appears that the downtown Los Altos parking problem is a symptom of the city’s “Sarah Winchester” approach to planning that instead of resulting in staircases to nowhere resulted in a hotel without parking required by code.(1)

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Special Sections

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market


Courtesy of Matthew Anello
The Shoup House dining room, above, features original elements. The 100-year-old house on University Avenue earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, a nod to its legacy as the home of city founder Paul S...

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Business

Longtime banker readies for retirement

Longtime banker readies for retirement


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Joanne Kavalaris is retiring at the end of October after spending the past 25 years of her banking career in downtown Los Altos.

A longtime Los Altos banker is calling it a career in a few weeks.

Joanne Kavalaris, Bank o...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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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

Pear builds wonderful 'House'

Pear builds wonderful 'House'


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Betsy Kruse Craig portrays Trish in the Pear Avenue Theatre production of “House,” which closes Oct. 5.

Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre is staging an unusual theater-going experience – producing two plays...

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Spiritual Life

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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Questions for 2013: Editorial

With every new year comes new questions about what’s in store for Los Altos. Following are examples of questions we hope we can provide answers to as the year moves along.

How will downtown Los Altos fare with the ongoing new construction? As noted this week, the city’s San Antonio Road streetscape project is already under way. The entire year promises construction, mostly for projects along First Street. How will existing businesses and downtown visitors handle these growing pains?

How many more residents will be added to the city as a result of this year’s new housing construction? How many new children will be added to the school district? Combined, 331 new Los Altos housing units are in the pipeline. Another 330 apartment units are planned for the new Village at San Antonio Center in Mountain View, located within Los Altos School District boundaries.

What will become of the Civic Center Master Plan? Five years and $450,000 later, the city has nothing to show for its investment. We’d like to see our leaders stay actively involved in the civic center plan discussion. Perhaps it needs major changes. Perhaps plans need to be better prioritized. Whatever the effort, the worst thing that could happen is the plans gather dust in a drawer.

Will Los Altos make even more of a “green transition”? In addition to a new plastic-bag ban set to take effect as early as Earth Day (April 22) and as late as July 1, 2014, the city could become more attractive to electric-vehicle users, thanks to GreenTown Los Altos. The grassroots group hopes to plan an EV event with the ultimate goal of making EV charging stations available in Los Altos. Find out more at a GreenTown meeting scheduled 7 p.m. today at Neutra House.

What lies ahead for Passerelle Investment Co.? The community-minded development group has brought positive change downtown since its arrival in 2009. Fast becoming the largest property owner in downtown Los Altos, Passerelle has attracted long-sought-after businesses catering to youth and young families. Now, eyes are turning to its 170 State St. properties to see what comes next.

And finally, when will people involved in the Bullis Charter School facilities debate find tangible solutions and stop sniping at (or suing) each other? It’s a question we ask yearly that still presents no ready answer. Let’s all work together for a change in 2013.

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