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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 ad...

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Task force recommends two more school sites for growth


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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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