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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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Appellate court dismisses charter school’s appeal

The Sixth District Court of Appeal last week dismissed Bullis Charter School’s motion to appeal a Santa Clara County Superior Court ruling that permitted the Los Altos School District’s cross-complaint in its facilities lawsuit.

The Superior Court has upheld the district’s right to file a cross-complaint in the facilities lawsuit three times to date. The cross-complaint asks the court to examine the charter school’s admissions and fundraising practices to determine how those practices should impact the district’s annual facilities allocation.

After Bullis Charter School filed the appeal, the district conferred with the charter school counsel and urged Bullis Charter School to withdraw the motion. After the charter school refused, the district petitioned the Appellate Court to formally dismiss the appeal without a hearing on the matter. The court granted the district’s request last week.

“Today’s ruling is certainly positive for the district,” said Doug Smith, president of the district’s board of trustees, in a press release last week. “This frivolous (and ultimately fruitless) run to the appeals court is just another example of how the taxpayers’ money is being wasted in litigation.”

Bullis Charter School officials called their action of appeal “an effort to rein in the Los Altos School District’s abusive discovery process, streamline the legal work and save taxpayer money.”

“We remain willing to meet with the Los Altos School District board to come up with a legally compliant facilities offer for this coming school year, rather than continue with expensive litigation, and call on (district) trustees to open a dialogue so that both boards can concentrate on educating the students of the Los Altos School District,” said Ken Moore, chairman of the charter school board of directors.

Smith said the district would like to work with the charter school to find a 10th school site to accommodate student growth, “but we need the Bullis Charter School Board of Directors to step back from this scorched-earth litigation strategy and work with us and the broader community.”

“It would be great to spend our summer working together, rather than in the courtrooms,” Smith said. “Until then, though, I’m grateful for the speedy action of the appellate court in ensuring the community concerns will be examined.”

The district’s legal team can now proceed to gather information from the charter school regarding its admissions, fundraising and other related practices so that the court can consider the cross-complaint.

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