Tue01272015

Schools

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on a proposal to exempt ninth-grade student-athletes from taking PE. Students take part in a physical education class at Mount...

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Community

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF


From Midnight Express Instagram
A group of millennial-aged Santas celebrating a night on the town prepare for a safe ride from San Francisco to their South Bay homes, courtesy of Cory Althoff’s new Midnight Express shuttle.

It’s no understatemen...

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Comment

More open than ever: Editorial

One of the Los Altos City Council’s objectives for 2015 is implementing an open-government policy. The title of the policy may be somewhat misleading, because it’s not as if the city has had a closed-government policy. But the new proposal goes beyon...

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Business

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Cassidy Turley, which has offices at 339 S. San Antonio Road, is combining with DTZ following its recent acquisition.

Commercial real estate services companies DTZ and Cassidy Turley have joined forces to operate as a sin...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

JUDY HOFFMANN

JUDY HOFFMANN

Judy Hoffmann passed away unexpectedly October 17, 2014 in New York City. It was only fitting Judy would be traveling and enjoying special adventures in so many different places until the very end.

Judy has lived since 1969 in Los Altos with her h...

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Travel

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill


Courtesy of Raúl Cañibano
Cuban photographer Raúl Cañibano is set to appear at Foothill College tonight. His work – including the image “Series: Guajira’s Land, Viñales, 2007,” right – is on display at the KCI Gallery t...

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View


Suellen Fitzsimmons/Special to the Town Crier
Christopher Tocco stars in TheatreWorks’ “2 Pianos 4 Hands,” which opened last week.

TheatreWorks’ production of “2 Pianos 4 Hands” is scheduled to run through Feb. 15 at the Mountain View Center fo...

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Spiritual Life

Start something great by ringing in the new year with prayer

There is a tradition, which I’m told originates in the Midwest, that calls for people to pray in the new year. A few years ago, I was invited to a friend’s house and a number of people stayed up until midnight (approximately two hours pa...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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New policy adds review level to LAH building projects


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Although the definition of “rural character” is subjective, the Los Altos Hills City Council is no longer leaving the phrase open to interpretation.

After unanimous approval of a policy change April 18, nearly all future capital improvement projects must filter through an appropriate committee for review before heading to the council for approval, an effort to preserve the town’s rural nature.

Current town code requires any project that qualifies for adherence to the California Environment Quality Act to also secure a Planning Commission review and recommendation. Previously, some one-time projects have undergone construction without community or council evaluation.

The new policy includes all open space improvements and projects with landscape plantings and features such as pathways, ground structures, traffic and complete street elements. Upon submission of a proposal, the Planning, Pathways, Environmental Design, Open Space or Traffic Safety committee will review it for “aesthetic impacts to the local neighborhood and street environment,” according to the new policy. In rare instances, a proposal may bypass the process if it is an emergency public works project or the council deems it in the best interest of the town.

Recently installed Safe Routes to Schools improvements along Fremont Road and flashing-light pedestrian crosswalks on Elena and Moody roads left some residents scratching their heads.

In an email to town staff, one couple wrote of the recently completed Fremont pathway: “It looks rather Disneylandesque. The wonderful rural atmosphere is now gone along Fremont Road.”

For others, the benefits of the pathway project outweigh any deviation from original expectations.

“I did not expect yellow (as the pathway color). I did not expect railroad ties. But neither of these things make (the pathway) undesirable,” said Councilwoman Courtenay C. Corrigan, noting that she received many more thank-you letters than complaints about the project. “I’m very proud of the outcome.”

Employing the new policy as a guideline at last week’s council meeting, councilmembers authorized the removal of a flashing pathway from the Arastradero Trail Improvement Project design, returning that portion of the project to the Planning Commission for further review. Construction on the pathway is scheduled to begin next week.

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