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Council eyes bond for Hillview center

Council eyes bond for Hillview center


The Los Altos City Council accepted an $87.5 million cost model for its preferred layout for replacing Hillview Community Center. 

Residents could cast their votes as soon as November on a bond measure to partially fund the redevelopment of...

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Schools

Oak students showcase creativity in Destination Imagination competitions

Oak students showcase creativity in Destination Imagination competitions


Courtesy of Jane Lee Choe
The Sharp Cheddars, a team of Oak Avenue School sixth-graders, perform at the Destination Imagination state competition Saturday in Riverside.

A team of seven Oak Avenue School sixth-graders traveled to Riverside last week...

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Community

Heising-Simons Foundation relocates to 400 Main St. property in Los Altos

Heising-Simons Foundation relocates to 400 Main St. property in Los Altos


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
All in the family: Mark Heising, from left, Caitlin Heising and Elizabeth Simons make up the board of the eight-year-old Heising-Simons Foundation, now in its new headquarters at 400 Main St. in downtown Los Altos.

The He...

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What would Bob do?: Editorial

The recent passing of an extraordinary Los Altos resident, Bob Grimm, has generated a range of heartfelt reaction, from sympathy to fond memories, from all corners. That’s because Bob did not discriminate in his desire to help others with his money, ...

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Special Sections

Cars that are right on track

Cars that are right on track


Courtesy of BMW
The BMW M4 is packed with power, featuring 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.

There’s nothing more fun than driving a responsive automobile that feels alive in the curves and eager to go when given more than a touch ...

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Business

First Street's 'Fort Knox' up for sale

First Street's 'Fort Knox' up for sale


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Los Altos Vault and Safe Deposit Co. is on the market for $4.5 million. Its fortified steel and concrete structure has been compared to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s gold depository.

A downtown Los Altos structure “b...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

JOHN BATISTICH

JOHN BATISTICH

John Batistich of Los Altos Hills died peacefully on March 12 surrounded by his family. John is survived by his wife Claire Batistich (Vidovich) of 67 years and children Gary Batistich of Lodi and Gay Batistich Abuel-Saud of Menlo Park. He is also ...

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Travel

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience


Eren Göknar/ Town Crier
Cavallo Point Lodge comprises former U.S. Army buildings, like the Mission Blue Chapel, repurposed for guests seeking a luxurious getaway.

It used to be a place where batteries of soldiers lived, with officers’ quarter...

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Stepping Out

'Fire' ignites in Mtn. View

'Fire' ignites in Mtn. View


Courtesy of Kevin Berne
The cast of “Fire on the Mountain,” includes, from left, Tony Marcus, Harvy Blanks, Molly Andrews and Robert Parsons.

TheatreWorks is slated to present the regional premiere of the musical “Fire on the Mountain” this wee...

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life Briefs

Oshman JCC hosts Judaism and Science Symposium

The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center has scheduled its inaugural Judaism and Science Symposium, “An Exploration of the Convergence of Jewish & Scientific Thought,” 5 p.m. April 12 at the JCC’s ...

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Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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Approval for Immigrant House relocation excites supporters


Photo By: Photos Courtesy of Mary Kay Marinovich
Photo Photos Courtesy Of Mary Kay Marinovich

Volunteers including firefighters and city councilmembers, top, pitch in May 30 to clean up the site at 771 N. Rengstorff Ave., future home to the Immigrant House.

The Immigrant House has a home.

In the wake of the city’s recent $3 million purchase of a property at 771 N. Rengstorff Ave., the Mountain View City Council May 21 approved relocating the small 1880s-era house to the site.

Although the council has yet to formally approve the newly purchased land for park use, its action with Immigrant House points in that direction. The property’s owner, Frances M. Stieper, sold the 1.22-acre property to the city with the preference that it be used for either a park or affordable housing.

Although Immigrant House is tiny at 400 square feet, it looms large in the life of Los Altos resident Mary Kay Marinovich, who founded Friends of Immigrant House to campaign for a reprieve for the historical structure. It was home to family members who came to America from Croatia in search of a better life – thus leading to its name, Immigrant House. Through her efforts, the house, formerly located at 166 Bryant St., was saved from demolition earlier this year and moved to the city’s Municipal Operations Center until a new site could be found.

“We will be putting the house in the new park,” Marinovich said. “It will be a representation of what Mountain View was like to live in at the turn of the century.”

Major hurdles remain, however – namely, moving the house to the new location and renovating it. Costs are estimated to range from $50,000 to a city staff estimate of $225,000.

In light of the community support that has stepped forward, cost estimates remain uncertain. Marinovich May 30 rounded up several volunteers, including Mountain View Mayor John Inks, to clear out debris at the Rengstorff property – overgrown brush and trash that had accumulated over decades as the owner could no longer could keep up with maintenance.

Former Los Altos mayors Roy Lave and Bob Grimm also have helped. Lave, executive director of the Los Altos Community Foundation, said the foundation would act as a fiscal sponsor for Immigrant House fundraising.

The foundation can accept donations on its behalf, sparing Marinovich the hassle of founding her own nonprofit group to handle funds.

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Mountain View have provided funding and support for the relocation, and Mountain View firefighters are assisting in the effort.

Councilmembers selected the Rengstorff location from several options, including Shoreline Park adjacent to the historical Rengstorff House and Deer Hollow Farm, run by the city of Mountain View.

The relatively small park location suits some Immigrant House supporters just fine.

“It would be kind of lost in a bigger setting,” said Carol Lewis at the May 21 meeting. “It deserves a location of its own, by itself, where children can appreciate it more.”

Although noting that the city would provide oversight, the council placed the responsibility of fundraising on Friends of Immigrant House volunteers. The group is charged with raising money for such items as architectural drawings and materials.

City Manager Dan Rich said the effort has “evolved into a partnership” between the city and the volunteers. Marinovich said she plans to schedule an event Aug. 19 to celebrate the Immigrant House and its history.

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