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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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Letters to the Editor

Found perfect jacket at fashion show

Last week I attended the Los Altos History Museum’s fashion-show fundraiser, which featured 10 Los Altos clothing boutiques.

I needed a warm jacket to wear to an outdoor graduation, so I visited some shops I didn’t know existed until I went to the show.

I found the perfect warm jacket. Voilà!

Stanford Shopping Center has some things I might not find closer, but Los Altos is rich in interesting clothing and accessories.

Lucy Zemanek

Mountain View

Schoolchildren’s safety should be priority

In light of the recent pedestrian/bicyclist deaths of two students in crosswalks on their way to or from school, I am requesting that flashing crosswalk lights be considered on Berry Avenue in front of Loyola School.

We live on the Seena Avenue cul-de-sac and use the walk path leading to Loyola daily. Many children also use that path.

As one steps out of the walk path, often with cars parked on each side, one has to step out into the crosswalk to check for traffic. While there is a speed bump at that location, it does not do much to control the traffic. If there were solar crosswalk lights, as there are on Springer Road near Springer School, it could be much safer for all.

In the morning, when cars are going southwest toward Miramonte Avenue, the sun is blinding. The flashing of the lights on the road would clearly signal to drivers that someone is about to enter the crosswalk.

I understand that this is an expensive item, but the life of a child is too precious to put in jeopardy.

Please consider these lights for the safety of our children.

Marty Loughran

Los Altos

Saying goodbye to an old friend

I feel like my best friend has just moved out of state. No, I feel like my father has died for the second time.

The closure of the Safeway store on First Street has, for me, been traumatizing. Three times now my car has gone there on autopilot. Each time, I blinked and tried to tell myself, “It is over. Put the past behind you. Move on.”

My husband and I came to Los Altos Hills in l978, and Safeway soon became one of my most trustworthy friends. It reminded me of my father’s grocery store in Missouri, where comfort food was always on hand, something good was always on sale and the clerks were always friendly.

At Safeway, it was such a happy thing to bump into folks blocking the aisles with their carts while carrying on important conversations with friends who just happened to be there.

I hope the clerks are all still working, especially the young man who never gave up on trying to sell me fish. Well done, good and faithful servants.

JoAnne Morris

Los Altos Hills

Editor’s note: Safeway plans to demolish the existing 46-year-old building next month to make way for a new store at the same location, approximately twice the size of its predecessor – 45,000 square feet. Look for a new market opening as early as late spring 2014.

Los Altos in need of CERT

Imagine my surprise after reading Ellie Van Houtte’s wonderful series in the Town Crier on her Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training to discover that while Los Altos Hills residents have a CERT program, Los Altos residents don’t (“Journey through CERT,” April 17 and 24, May 1, 8 and 22).

That’s right – we live in earthquake country, and it is not a matter of if the next one strikes, but rather when, and Los Altos has no community-trained volunteers the police and fire departments can count on.

Scientists don’t talk about if a big quake will hit our area, they talk about the importance of being prepared when it hits. And earthquakes are not the only disaster our community faces.

We have threats from fires, traffic and even industrial accidents, to name a few.

Who will help our fire and police departments when they are overwhelmed? Community volunteers trained and CERT certified.

Los Altos residents must attend programs in Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto or through the West Valley programs, because there is no CERT training in our community.

Los Altos residents can only attend if there aren’t enough residents attending their own local programs.

Even more disturbing is that Los Altos residents who become CERT certified are not connected to our local fire and police departments to be called on when there are problems and for follow-up training and certification.

When is Los Altos going to wake up and realize that we are not prepared as a community for when disasters strike?

Our city leaders have an opportunity to change this situation by including in the budget resources already allocated to CERT and emergency preparedness.

Heidi Sloss

Los Altos

Is BCS exhibiting ‘strength of character’?

It is beyond my comprehension that there is anyone in our community who has not heard of Bullis Charter School and its “mission.”

Why then would they place a full-page ad for their school in the Town Crier (May 22, Page 13)?

Simply because they can, I guess.

With their apparently limitless financial resources – money to bring lawsuit after lawsuit down on the Los Altos School District – they continue to forge ahead.

The young mother featured in the ad states: “When my children grow up, it’s not likely that peers, loved ones or employers will judge them by how many A’s they earned or home runs they hit. They will be judged by the strength of their character, and that’s why my kids attend Bullis Charter School.”

What kind of “strength of character” is Bullis Charter School exhibiting toward our community and public school system?

Joan Mather

Los Altos

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