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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 ad...

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LAH Council Briefs

Following are highlights from the July 15 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting.

The next meeting is slated 6 p.m. August 15 at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road.

Town amends sewer agreement

Although the city of Los Altos installed sewer meters after signing a 2007 sewer agreement with the town of Los Altos Hills, malfunctioning meters have brought the two cities back to the table to determine a better way to measure sewer discharge flow.

According to Richard Chiu, Los Altos Hills engineering and public works director, the town plans to meet with officials from Los Altos this month to propose an amendment to the current agreement. Chiu said Los Altos Hills officials will recommend that the city change its method of measurement to a uniform rate of 300 gallons of flow per day for each unit – a figure consistent with a previous town study and numbers used for sewer discharge in Los Altos.

Council approves sewer-tax collection

In an annual procedure required by Santa Clara County, councilmembers adopted a resolution that allows the county to collect delinquent sewer taxes and property taxes for home sewer connections.

Residents with a sewer connection will be charged a use fee for an average amount of $733 – a rate that has not changed since 2007 – on their 2013-2014 tax bill. The tax is expected to generate approximately $1.3 million for the town’s sewer fund.

Fremont Hills Country Club receives green light

Councilmembers unanimously approved site-development and conditional-use permits for an 830-square-foot fitness center addition at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place.

The permits were granted despite objections from the town’s Planning Commission and residents, who raised concerns about potential parking overflow onto residential streets during swim meets and the impact of bright pool lighting on the neighborhood.

Upon notice of noncompliance with town code for the pool lighting, the club replaced the lights with code-conforming fixtures. Aware of the parking problem, a club representative expressed willingness to cooperate with the town to coordinate parking solutions for large events.

“These folks are good neighbors of the town,” Councilmember Rich Larsen said. “Yes, they may spill onto Viscaino Place during swim meets, but when we have baseball games and town picnics, we (overflow) into their parking lot.”

– Ellie Van Houtte

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