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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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News Briefs

Petition calls for end to facilities litigation

The Huttlinger Alliance for Education, a nonprofit group concerned with local public education, began to distribute an online petition last week that calls for the end of litigation between the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School over facilities.

The school district and charter school, amid five active cases of litigation, have been at odds for years over whether Bullis has received the sufficient facilities from the district.

“Ten years of facilities litigation has clearly been a waste of time and money without producing a satisfactory solution,” states the Alliance’s letter introducing the petition. “It is time for other community members to step in and actively help to solve this deepening crisis by creatively working together to find a suitable solution for Bullis Charter School without losing a neighborhood school. We encourage all citizens to ask both their civic and school leaders to work together to stop litigation and put our tax dollars back to work educating all of our children.”

The petition asks for a full name – whether the signee lives inside or outside Los Altos School District boundaries – and whether they are a neutral voice, district supporter or charter school supporter.

As of the Town Crier’s Monday press deadline, the petition had garnered 550 signatures.

To view the petition, visit http://huttlingeralliance.wufoo.com/forms/regarding-bcs-vs-lasd-litigation-i-believe/.

– Traci Newell

Police seek donations for Special Olympics

Several members of the Los Altos Police Department are strapping on their running shoes once again to run through town carrying the Special Olympics torch this year.

The department is scheduled to participate in the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run through Santa Clara County June 20 and seeks donations on its team site to help the cause. The regional law enforcement run is the largest fundraising event benefiting the Special Olympics and its athletes.

According to police, this year’s run will begin in the South Bay and reach Los Altos in the afternoon, where police department members will take the torch handoff and head toward the city’s shared border with Palo Alto.

To donate and for more information, email Los Altos Police dispatcher Tracie DeLira at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

– Diego Abeloos

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