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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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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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