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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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LAH council accepts invitation to support LASD school-site search


For the first time since the Los Altos School District Enrollment Task Force was established in August 2012, members of the Los Altos Hills City Council were invited to participate in its search for two new school sites.

“We’re at the highest point (in student growth) in 40 years,” said Los Altos School District Superintendent Jeff Baier during a discussion with the council July 15 on why the new sites are imperative to accommodate future growth projections. “We need more sites. ... That will require cooperation among LASD, Bullis Charter School and public agencies that would gather the public support needed for the successful passage of a bond measure.”

According to district Trustee Tammy Logan, an ad hoc district committee has researched approximately 40 potential locations within and outside the district, but further cooperation is needed to identify potential Los Altos Hills sites. The committee must move quickly to determine the possibilities – members hope to schedule a bond measure in either June or November 2014.

Baier estimated that the bond would be set at approximately $120 million, the amount needed for land acquisition costs, which are increasing with every passing month.

“This is the first time I’ve heard any constructive dialogue about getting together, period,” said Los Altos Hills Mayor Gary Waldeck.

By the conclusion of the district’s presentation, Waldeck volunteered to shepherd the committee through conversations with the town on any potential sites for a school.

Although Waldeck and the other councilmembers ultimately supported working with the task force and the district’s 10th Site Committee, the commitment wasn’t made without a few tough questions.

“You are aware that back in 2000, in the middle of 15 years of growth, your board did decide to close Bullis-Purissima School?” asked Councilmember John Radford, who also questioned why it took so long for the committee to reach out to stakeholders for support.

Bullis Charter School Board of Directors member Joe Hurd echoed Radford’s concerns about whether the timeline for a bond measure next year was realistic at the district’s current pace.

“In your efforts to be reticent and keep things close to the vest, you’ve lost a little bit of time in not reaching out to other members of the community,” Hurd said.

According to Baier, the committee plans to engage members of the Mountain View City Council. A presentation from the committee to the Bullis Charter School Board of Directors is scheduled Aug. 6. He said the district did not want the school-site search to become so contentious that jurisdictions played a game of “Liar’s Poker.”

“This only happens if it’s a win for Los Altos Hills,” Baier said. “This isn’t about anything other than trying to work together to find something that satisfies everyone.”

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