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News

LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics

LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics


The Town Crier chronicled the first election of Los Altos City Council incumbent Jarrett Fishpaw in 2010 and documented the Los Altos candidacy of Jean Mordo, who volunteered as a longtime public servant in Los Altos Hills before moving to the flat...

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Schools

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system


Courtesy of St. Simon Parish School
St. Simon fifth-grader Matthew Cummins uses a laptop in class last week. The school’s cloud-based Schoology system boosts organization and collaboration.

Families at St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos laun...

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Community

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'


Town Crier File Photo
The Los Altos main library is among the more popular branches in the county library district system, set to celebrate 100 years.

In 1914, Babe Ruth made his debut with the Boston Red Sox, wages hit $5 per day, the first ste...

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Sports

Eagles eye another stellar season

Eagles eye another stellar season


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, right, goes for the kill Thursday against Palo Alto, as teammates Sarah Tritschler, left, and Lulu Kishton prepare to play defense. The Eagles won the match in straight ga...

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Comment

Torok, Walter, Dave for MVLA board: Editorial

There’s really nothing major you can criticize about the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. It offers a diverse array of effective programs for all types of students. Its instructors, with few exceptions, are outstanding.

Howe...

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Special Sections

'Funabout' Fiat

'Funabout' Fiat


Photos courtesy of Fiat
The 2014 Fiat 500e uses 29 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles, which the engineers claim is the equivalent of 116 mpg of gas use. It has a sticker price of $33,095.

If you believe in climate change, would love to see alternat...

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Business

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground


Ted Fagenson

An East Bay app developer is testing his newest creation in downtown Los Altos.

Ted Fagenson, co-founder of Skrownge (pronounced “scrounge”), told the Town Crier that he’s beta testing his mobile gaming app this week ...

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Books

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween


Courtesy of Dee Ellmann
Jenny Hurwick self-published her picture book last month after decades of storytelling.

During her years working as a teacher and a Los Altos mom, Jenny Hurwick loved to tell stories. One tale she crafted for her son just se...

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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

'Gypsy' on its way out

'Gypsy' on its way out


Chris Berger/Special to the Town Crier
Alison Koch of Los Altos plays Dainty June in “Gypsy.”

This is the final weekend to catch the Sunnyvale Community Players production of “Gypsy” at the Sunnyvale Theatre. The musical is slated to close Sund...

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Spiritual Life

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Herman Lukwago educates children in Uganda.

Imagine life if your father had 25 children and you were raised in poverty in rural Uganda.

Now imagine that you and your siblings were orphaned at an early age and you ass...

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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 ad...

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Task force recommends two more school sites for growth


Photo By:
Goines

Los Altos School District Superintendent Jeff Baier last week reported on recommendations by the Enrollment Task Force, including the need for two new campuses to address student growth.

The Enrollment Task Force reached its conclusions on how to address enrollment growth in the area after each of its 12 members put in at least 40 hours of research and discussion, according to Baier.

The report recommends the district find two additional school sites – one for Bullis Charter School and one for a district school.

“The pursuit should occur along parallel paths, but the Bullis Charter School site should be first priority,” the report stated. Trustee Mark Goines and President Doug Smith did not agree entirely with this finding, given the current litigation with the charter school over facilities.

“The one thing that troubles me is (recognizing) the charter school as a priority,” Goines said. He added that finding something that the charter school and district boards agree on might take longer than finding a solution for district growth.

The report emphasized the importance of establishing a collaborative process among the Bullis Charter School and Los Altos School District boards and local government agencies.

The Enrollment Task Force recommended partnering with the charter school in finding Bullis a site within school district boundaries. If no in-district site is available, the boards should collaborate to find an acceptable site outside but near the district boundaries. The report added that partnering with local city agencies is crucial to the process of locating additional sites.

The task force suggested that the district consult with Los Altos and Mountain View city councils to locate a site for another district school. The focus should be near the El Camino corridor (where a large portion of student growth is expected) and the district could consider a possible magnet program (instead of redrawing school boundaries).

Looking ahead

District board members said the appropriate next step would be to share the findings and recommendations with the charter school board at one of its meetings.

Just before last week’s district board meeting, Bullis Charter School board member Joe Hurd sent a letter to the district trustees requesting a joint meeting later this month to begin the 2014-2015 facilities process.

Smith responded by requesting the district board visit an upcoming charter school board meeting to discuss strategic ways to move forward based on the task force recommendations.

In response to Hurd’s request to address specifically the allocation of facilities for the 2014-2015 school year, Smith said the district possibly could work with the charter school if it could accelerate the annual facilities request early.

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