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News

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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Trail study examines alternate connections


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

A policy group, part of the Stevens Creek Trail Feasibility Study, opted to examine additional route options beyond residential streets such as Fallen Leaf Lane.

The Stevens Creek Trail Joint Cities Feasibility Study may be expanding its efforts in more ways than one, according to one member of the Los Altos City Council.

Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins told the Town Crier that the study’s policy working group agreed May 13 to consider a wider array of trail connection alternatives between Mountain View and Cupertino. The study is an ongoing effort to determine potential trail alignment options by the cities of Los Altos, Mountain View, Cupertino and Sunnyvale.

Bruins said the policy group – which comprises one publicly elected representative from each city and one Santa Clara Valley Water District member – will look beyond potential trail alignments closest to the Stevens Creek Corridor. Bruins noted that the wider search may include re-examining Fremont Avenue and Foothill Expressway, among other possible routes through Los Altos.

She said the policy team chose to broaden its search after feedback from residents at public input meetings showed less than desirable support for a trail connection along residential streets.

“The results so far indicate that we need to open it up and go wider,” said Bruins, Los Altos’ representative on the policy group.

Bruins also noted that the group won’t consider a Class I trail option that would require Los Altos to reclaim up to 18 feet of public right-of-way that has been built up with landscaping, retaining walls and residential driveways over several decades. That scenario was a source of concern for some Los Altos residents, including members of the Fallen Leaf Lane Neighborhood Association (FLLNA).

Reached by the Town Crier, FLLNA member Ross Lappin said the group remains opposed to “any kind of trail” connection along Los Altos residential streets.

“There is no good answer for running that trail down a residential street,” he said. “It just won’t work if they want to put in a full-blown trail.”

Lappin added that the study’s expanded trail connection search was a step in the right direction, noting that FLLNA would be “tickled pink” if a trail along Fremont Avenue, Grant Road and portions of Foothill Expressway was considered. Those roads, according to Lappin, are included in a preferred route outlined in a 2008 Los Altos-commissioned feasibility study – and one favored by FLLNA.

Citizens group expands

Bruins said the policy team agreed May 13 to expand a separate citizen advisory group for the study by one resident per participating city. The citizen group – which is assisting in the development of a trail connection concept – currently comprises two residents from each city.

Part of the expansion, Bruins added, includes lifting a previous restriction prohibiting those within 500 feet of the creek from participating in the group.

“Some Sunnyvale and Los Altos residents felt that it was unfair,” she said of the 500-foot restriction, put in place by previously elected representatives of the policy group. “That rule is typically applied to elected or appointed officials only. … The current (policy) group was not comfortable with the previous body’s decision.”

Residents interested in applying for the citizen working group can find more information by visiting the city’s website at www. ci.los-altos.ca.us. The application deadline is June 7.

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