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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 add ...

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Online Only: Police Blotter

Los Altos helped out the Mountain View Fire Department when it responded to an early morning mobile home fire on Jan. 13.

One unit in the Sahara Mobile Village was destroyed in the blaze, which is still under investigation but did not appear suspicious according to Mountain View Fire Public Information Officer Jaime Garrett.

Mountain View requested a battalion chief from Los Altos for the two-alarm fire. A second battalion chief can coordinate overall safety at the scene of a fire while the first battalion chief serves as incident commander. Garrett said that the close proximity of homes built from flammable materials drove the second alarm.
“Mobile homes, the materials and construction type, they are very, very flammable,” she said. “Anything above a one alarm fire we have to call for mutual aid resources.”

The Santa Clara County Fire department also responded to a passenger vehicle fire on Robleda Road in Los Altos Hills after a car collided with a power pole on Jan. 14.

Fraud and theft
Someone at 40 Main St. reported a fraud in progress, as did folks at Bank of the West and Fiesta Vallarta. Cold reports of theft came in from the 800 block of University Avenue, Andiamo Salon, and Safeway.
Residents on the 900 block of Aura Way reported a residential burglary attempt and on the 2000 block of Farndon Ave. reported a residential burglary.
The 1100 block of Covington Road experienced a bike theft, the 1400 block of Miramonte Ave registered the theft of mail and someone on the 500 block of Deodara Dr reported identity theft.
 
Stolen Vehicles
Residents reported stolen vehicles on the 2000 block of Latham Street and the 1400 block of Cedar Place, and a stolen vehicle was recovered on the 2200 block of Homestead Court.
 
Traffic collisions
Traffic collisions occurred without injury at the intersections of S El Monte and University Avenue, Foothill Expressway and Edith Road and Foothill Expressway and Highway 280. A hit-and-run accident at S Antonio Road and Whitney Street also included no injury. A traffic collision on the 1100 block of Covington Road included one complaint of pain.
 
Mayhem
Officers took report of a coyote running through the area of St. Joseph Avenue and Foothill Expressway last week. They took calls related to disturbing the peace on the 800 block of Fremont Avenue, trespassing at 316 State St., a family disturbance on the 1200 block of Petersen Court and construction noise complaints at 960 San Antonio Road and on the 700 block of Sunshine Drive. The Walgreens on Second ST. reported vandalism.
 
Canine collaboration
Mountain View Police Department’s two-year-old Labrador, Zeus, participated in a “postal interdiction inspection” in December. He was helping out the Santa Clara County Special Enforcement Team, and discovered 250 pounds of marijuana headed out of state. Mountain View police reported that the seizure had a street value of $500,000.
The special enforcement team draws narcotics detectives (and dogs) from agencies throughout the county.
SCCSET is comprised of narcotics detectives from law enforcement agencies throughout Santa Clara County and the task force is primarily charged with investigating narcotics related crimes.

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