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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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Task force recommends two more school sites for growth


Photo By:
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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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