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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 add ...

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Letters to the Editor

Kudos to project manager for rapid response

I would like to commend and thank Los Altos Transportation Project Manager Cedric Novenario. In response to my email regarding the need for crossing lights on Berry Avenue at Loyola School, he took the time to come out and observe for most of an hour the dangerous situation for children at that location.

He explained the process to get these lights or, at the very least, a crossing guard. He followed up with an email on how to proceed, then a phone call the following week checking on progress.

While it is too late for this school year, my hope is that next year it will be addressed by the people who can make this happen.

Kudos to you, Mr. Novenario.

Marty Loughran

Los Altos

Flood-retention plan deserves better research

There is a battle going on over the Permanente Creek project, which includes McKelvey Field and Rancho San Antonio County Park.

At the May 14 Mountain View City Council meeting, councilmembers cast their votes in favor of the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s moving forward on the flood-retention basin project at McKelvey and Rancho San Antonio parks, even though the final design has not yet been drawn up. The dollar amount needed for this project has changed like the wind.

The other two sites (Blach Intermediate School and Cuesta Annex) considered, which the water district initially said were crucial to the entire project, have been dropped due to residents’ outrage.

Most importantly, the data being used to support this unnecessary project are based on Saratoga Creek, in addition to technically incorrect information.

At the May 14 meeting, three councilmembers stated pertinent information on why the project should not move forward, but then all but one voted for it to move forward! Even when an amendment regarding the final design approval (a reasonable compromise) was discussed, the water district back-stepped and stated that the project would not move forward if the city council included such an amendment.

Why are the water district and the Mountain View City Council pushing so hard for this project without proper and adequate data/research or with the availability of final (not conceptual) designs? What sound business agrees and commits to plans it has not seen? Do successful, trustworthy businesses ignore ever-changing dollar amounts for their projects with no accountability? Why are they ignoring the real facts about the water overflow statistics of Rancho San Antonio and Permanente Creek? And, why are they basing their decisions on stats from another creek altogether?

Denise Pinto

Mountain View

Put roundabout idea into ‘lunatic basket’

My wife and I recently spent two weeks conducting an estate sale at a home we have in Brighton, Colo.

I had an opportunity to ask lots of folks what they thought about their single roundabout in that small town.

Not one person liked it – not one! They have had it for approximately 10 years, yet people have problems figuring out who has the right-of-way, etc. Large trucks pulling trailers have a real problem getting through the intersection.

I went through the roundabout and ended up going in the wrong direction (trying to head for Denver).

I put the Los Altos idea to install a roundabout at Edith Avenue and San Antonio Road into the same lunatic basket as the recent proposal to create a bus-only lane on El Camino Real through Los Altos, Mountain View and Sunnyvale.

Our poor little town needs a rest from the developers and the city councilmembers who are ruining our village.

Bob Jones

Los Altos

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