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LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics

LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics


The Town Crier chronicled the first election of Los Altos City Council incumbent Jarrett Fishpaw in 2010 and documented the Los Altos candidacy of Jean Mordo, who volunteered as a longtime public servant in Los Altos Hills before moving to the flat...

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Schools

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system


Courtesy of St. Simon Parish School
St. Simon fifth-grader Matthew Cummins uses a laptop in class last week. The school’s cloud-based Schoology system boosts organization and collaboration.

Families at St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos laun...

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Community

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'


Town Crier File Photo
The Los Altos main library is among the more popular branches in the county library district system, set to celebrate 100 years.

In 1914, Babe Ruth made his debut with the Boston Red Sox, wages hit $5 per day, the first ste...

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Sports

Eagles eye another stellar season

Eagles eye another stellar season


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, right, goes for the kill Thursday against Palo Alto, as teammates Sarah Tritschler, left, and Lulu Kishton prepare to play defense. The Eagles won the match in straight ga...

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Comment

Torok, Walter, Dave for MVLA board: Editorial

There’s really nothing major you can criticize about the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. It offers a diverse array of effective programs for all types of students. Its instructors, with few exceptions, are outstanding.

Howe...

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Special Sections

'Funabout' Fiat

'Funabout' Fiat


Photos courtesy of Fiat
The 2014 Fiat 500e uses 29 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles, which the engineers claim is the equivalent of 116 mpg of gas use. It has a sticker price of $33,095.

If you believe in climate change, would love to see alternat...

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Business

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground


Ted Fagenson

An East Bay app developer is testing his newest creation in downtown Los Altos.

Ted Fagenson, co-founder of Skrownge (pronounced “scrounge”), told the Town Crier that he’s beta testing his mobile gaming app this week ...

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Books

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween


Courtesy of Dee Ellmann
Jenny Hurwick self-published her picture book last month after decades of storytelling.

During her years working as a teacher and a Los Altos mom, Jenny Hurwick loved to tell stories. One tale she crafted for her son just se...

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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

'Gypsy' on its way out

'Gypsy' on its way out


Chris Berger/Special to the Town Crier
Alison Koch of Los Altos plays Dainty June in “Gypsy.”

This is the final weekend to catch the Sunnyvale Community Players production of “Gypsy” at the Sunnyvale Theatre. The musical is slated to close Sund...

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Spiritual Life

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Herman Lukwago educates children in Uganda.

Imagine life if your father had 25 children and you were raised in poverty in rural Uganda.

Now imagine that you and your siblings were orphaned at an early age and you ass...

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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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City and school district officials may revisit Hillview topic


Photo By:
Satterlee

Discussions between Los Altos School District and Los Altos City Council officials may be moving past a previous stalemate regarding Hillview Community Center.

While the property was not discussed at length at a city-schools subcommittee meeting last week, Los Altos School District Board of Trustees President Doug Smith tried to revive what he called a “possible path to move forward.”

Last year at a joint meeting, parents attended en masse to share reasons for converting the city-owned Hillview property, once used as a school, into a 10th school district site.

At that time, councilmembers would not discuss Hillview as an option unless the school board trustees signed a letter revoking their right to eminent domain. Eminent domain is the right of a public entity to seize private property or, in this case, city property, for public use.

Not wanting to limit the rights of future boards, the trustees declined and the conversation hit a dead end.

Now, with three new councilmembers and a new school board member, discussions about Hillview may be renewed.

“I don’t know how we explore (the Hillview discussion) without lighting a firestorm,” Smith said. “How about some education for us? I would like to understand the full list of concerns. I don’t understand all (of Hillview’s) uses.”

Councilwoman Megan Satterlee, hesitant to discuss the issue, said the Hillview topic is difficult to broach.

“How do you discuss a topic with potential litigation?” she asked. “I still feel like I have a gun to my head. I’m not sure how to manage within that.”

Smith introduced the possibility of reaching an agreement, similar to one the school district and Bullis Charter School have met under, where both parties agree that what is said in particular meetings may not be used for litigation purposes.

“I’d be willing to explore that, if you are willing,” Satterlee told the trustees.

Smith and Trustee Tammy Logan shared a report on possible 10th-site locations with Satterlee and Mayor Jarrett Fishpaw. A school district subcommittee is examining 17 sites, most of which have not been revealed to the public.

The district subcommittee, on which Logan serves, is reviewing properties to determine their feasibility as school sites. As for Los Altos public land, Hillview Community Center and Rosita Park are both on the list.

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