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LA council votes to delay community center update

LA council votes to delay community center update


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council voted to delay adoption of a community center conceptual design plan last week. The plan includes elements from a design charette held earlier this fall, left.

The Los Altos City Council last...

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Schools

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
During a Science is Learning geology lesson, Theuerkauf Elementary School students learn about igneous rocks by observing how sugar changes form when heated.

Hundreds of local elementary students perform experiments w...

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Community

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
PYT’s “Oklahoma!” features, from left, David Peters of Mountain View, Jenna Levere of Los Altos and Kai Wessel of Mountain View.

Time is running out to catch Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!”...

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Sports

Eagles advance

Eagles advance


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink, left, and Kristen Liu put up a block against Mountain View. Annevelink totaled 20 kills.

Mountain View High’s out-of-the-gate energy could last for only so long against rival and he...

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Comment

Coping with addictions: Haugh About That?

Preparing to deal with my lifelong addiction, I stood in front of the mirror ready to confess the shame I’d been hiding. The first step to healing, I reminded myself, is to admit something is wrong.

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Special Sections

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Hangar One, pictured here last January, will be restored under an agreement between Google and NASA.

NASA and Google Inc. forged an agreement last week that allows Google to lease a portion of NASA’s historic Moffett Fede...

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Business

State Street science center closing Nov. 30

State Street science center closing Nov. 30


Ellie Van Houtte/
Helix at 316 State St. is closing after the completion of a one-year grant from Passerelle Investment Co. The science center became a popular destination because of its various exhibits. Town Crier

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

January 11, 1939 – November 6, 2014
Resident of Mountain View

James Windell Smith, a 40 year resident of Los Altos, passed away from complications after a post-surgery stroke November 6th, 2014 in Los Gatos, California.

Born on January 11, 1939 on...

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Travel

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
While many day-trippers may think that Sonoma is all about the grapes, the region boasts other delights. Try a biplane ride over the patchwork landscape.

Sonoma, a scenic two-hour drive from Los Altos, boa...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company opens 'Fairway'

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Ken Ludwig’s new comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” is slated to run Thursday through Dec. 14 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” is a romp that p...

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Spiritual Life

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am


The Beth Am Women have scheduled “A Conversation with Author Maggie Anton” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

Anton, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, will discu...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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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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