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Downtown green park pops up again in August

Downtown green park pops up again in August


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Third Street Green debuts Aug. 3 on the 300 block of State Street in downtown Los Altos.

Another temporary park is poised to pop up in downtown Los Altos this summer.

According to Brooke Ray Smith, community developme...

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Schools

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall


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Starting in the fall, daily use of laptops in the classroom will be standard operating procedure for students at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools as the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District launches a pil...

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Community

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'


Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.” ELIZA RIDGEWAY/ TOWN CRIER

A massive troupe of young people and grownups gathered in Los Altos this summer to stage the latest iteration of a childhood sta...

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Sports

Football in July

Football in July


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Mountain View High’s Anthony Avery is among the nine local players slated to play in tonight’s Silicon Valley Youth Classic.

Tonight’s 40th annual Silicon Valley Youth Classic – also known as the Charlie...

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Comment

Pools should be included: Editorial

Los Altos residents should be receiving calls this week from city representatives conducting a survey to determine priorities for a revamped Hillview Community Center.

Notice that we did not say “civic center” – chastened by a lack of public support...

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Special Sections

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas


ft, reviews blood sugar readings on a smartphone with Los Altos resident Tia Geri, right, and fellow participant Noa Simon during a closed-loop artificial pancreas study for Type 1 diabetics.

Tia Geri can’t wait to bring her new golden retriev...

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Business

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Longtime Palo Alto law firm Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McClean plans to open an office at 400 Main St. in Los Altos after construction is complete in November.

A longtime Palo Alto law firm plans to expand into L...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

Resident of Palo Alto

Richard Patrick Brennan, journalist, editor, author, adventurer, died at his Palo Alto home on July 4, 2014 at age 92. He led a full life, professionally and personally. He was born and raised in San Francisco, joined the Arm...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

PYT stages 'Shrek'

PYT stages 'Shrek'


Lyn Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Dana Cullinane plays Fiona in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Shrek The Musical.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Shrek The Musical” Saturday through Aug. 3 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts...

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Spiritual Life

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting


Courtesy of Carolyn Barnes
The newly built Los Altos church in 1914 featured a bell tower and an arched front window. Both continue as elements of the building as it stands today.

Foothills Congregational Church – the oldest church building ...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


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The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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GEORGE JONATHAN ALEXANDER


George Jonathan Alexander of Los Altos Hills, California passed away on Monday evening, July 29, 2013. His family was by his side.

Professor Alexander was the Dean Emeritus of Santa Clara University School of Law, having taken the helm of a 300 student, 12 full-time faculty institution in 1970 and helped the law school grow considerably in stature and triple in size during his 15-year tenure. Professor Alexander taught law for fifty two years, at the University of Chicago, Syracuse University, and Santa Clara Law, focusing his classroom teaching primarily on antitrust, Constitutional law, and law and psychiatry.

He proposed the idea of a living will for protecting not only property rights, but also the control of health care issues, in a Stanford Law Review article. He then worked with the California Law Revision Commission in shaping their proposal for such a statute, the first to be passed in the United States. He also authored 13 books, including “Honesty and Competition” about false advertising regulation, “The Aged and the Need for Surrogate Management” (with Professor Travis H. D. Lewin), “Writing a Living Will: Using a Durable Power of Attorney,” “International Perspectives on Aging,” “Commercial Torts,” and many book chapters as well as over fifty articles in refereed scholarly journals in the United States and abroad.

Following his term as Dean, Professor Alexander was awarded the Elizabeth H. and John A. Sutro Professor of Law chair—the first endowed chair in Santa Clara Law School’s history. Additionally, he was named Director of the Institute of International and Comparative Law, a program he conceived to expand Santa Clara’s legal studies to twelve countries and bring Visiting Scholars to the law school.

Prior to coming to Santa Clara Law, Professor Alexander received a grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to research legal issues related to space exploration. He was active in the New York Civil Liberties Union (Vice-President) and the American Association of University Professors (Syracuse University Chairman). Beginning in 1976, he served as a consultant to the Comptroller General of the United States for several decades. In 2000, he received the Thomas Szasz Award for Civil Liberties. He was also President of the National Society of American Law Teachers and in 2002, received their award for Founding Board Member and Visionary Activist for Equality, Access and Diversity throughout Law and Society.

In 2004, Professor Alexander and his beloved wife generously reinvigorated the East San Jose Community Law Center. In recognition of their gesture, the ESJCLC was officially renamed the Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center. Today, the Alexander Community Law Center educates law students by guiding them in providing pro bono representation to low-income individuals in consumer law, immigration law, workers’ rights, and tax matters, serving about 1,000 clients on-site per year. The Center also reaches out to about 1,200 individuals through mobile workshops on consumer rights, workers’ rights, and tenant-landlord rights, as well as advocating for low-income individuals with legislators and law reform committees.

In 2008, the Alexanders established the Katharine & George Alexander Law Prize, designed to bring recognition to lawyers who have used their legal careers to help alleviate injustice and inequity. Over the past six years, the Prize has recognized and supported the courageous human rights work of Bryan Stevenson (founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama), Mario Joseph (Managing Attorney of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux in Haiti), Shadi Sadr (an Iranian lawyer who launched the “End Stoning Forever” program and a center for women’s rights in Iran), Paul Van Zyl (former Executive Secretary of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, co-founder of the International Center for Transitional Justice, and CEO of PeaceVentures), Almudena Bernabeu (lead prosecutor against Salvadoran officials for the massacre of Jesuit priests in 1989), and Chen Guangcheng (blind Chinese dissident and self-taught lawyer who fights for the rights of rural poor in China).

Professor Alexander was born in 1931 and grew up in Philadelphia. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and an LL.M. and J.S.D. from Yale Law School. Between college and law school, he served in the United States Navy. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the San Jose Opera and the Arts Council of Silicon Valley, and a member of the Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos.

Professor Alexander is survived by his law school sweetheart, Katharine. They were married for fifty five years and shared a passion for their family, travel, and great food. He is also survived by his children, Suzi Alexander and her husband Gary Stolzoff, and Chip Alexander and his wife Laurie Alexander, as well as his grandchildren, Simone, Sam, and Kate.

In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for contributions to the Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center, 1030 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126, (408) 288-7030. A memorial service will be held at the Santa Clara Mission Church on September 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm.

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