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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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MV unleashes new ordinance requiring licensing for cats


Photo By: Courtesy of Miramonte Veterinary Hospital
Photo Courtesy Of Miramonte Veterinary Hospital

Kittens, like these from Miramonte Veterinary Hospital in Mountain View, will need licenses just like the dogs.

Licensing has been going to the dogs. But a new animal welfare and control ordinance passed by Mountain View extends to cats, too.

At the request of the city’s animal services agency, the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA), the Mountain View City Council June 4 approved a law that would “modernize” regulations “to include spay and neuter requirements for at-large animals, and the use of humane animal traps,” according to a city staff report.

Staff said adopting the ordinance would streamline services for Mountain View, with SVACA assuming responsibility for administrative tasks and enforcement previously provided by police officers and other city staff.

While tailored to specific Mountain View needs, such as prohibition of animals in food establishments, the law expands on requirements for appropriate food, shelter, immunizations and licensing. It requires licenses for cats and dogs four months and older. Rabies vaccinations are also mandated as part of the licensing process.

In particular, the law includes wording specific to beekeeping where none existed before. New rules allow for beekeeping as long as bees are housed at least 10 feet from a property line and 20 feet from a street.

“The setbacks are reasonable,” said Mountain View beekeeper Bruce Karney, who spoke at the council meeting.

“Up until this, bees were only allowed in (agricultural) zoning,” said Councilman Mike Kasperzak.

Some councilmembers objected to license requirements for cats.

“I don’t know what we’re trying to solve,” said Councilman Jac Siegel.

“If cats are in the system,” countered Dan Soszynski, executive director of SVACA, “there’s a chance of reuniting them with their owner.”

Kasperzak noted that licensing cats was a matter of consistency.

“If we’re going to license dogs, I don’t know why cats get a free ride,” he said.

Councilman John McAlister, however, countered that “this is not going to be an ordinance that is enforced or adhered to.”

Nonetheless, councilmembers, including McAlister, voted 6-1, to proceed with the ordinance as proposed. Mayor John Inks cast the lone dissenting vote, citingwhat he felt was unnecessary regulation.

A second reading of the law was scheduled at Tuesday’s council meeting, after the Town Crier’s press deadline.

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