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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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How to handle getting pulled over

Q: When being pulled over by law enforcement, what is the correct way to handle this situation?

A: Getting pulled over for the first time can be daunting. However, if you are aware of the procedures and the steps you must take, it will be less stressful for you.

The first thing you should do when you notice that you are being pulled over is acknowledge the police officer by turning on your right turn signal. Next you should move to the right shoulder of the road – never to the center median.

For full details on the correct practice of an enforcement stop, visit apps.DMV.ca.gov/pubs/dl600.pdf and go to page 77 in the Driver Handbook.

Q: I am visiting California on holiday from Europe. Can I use my disabled permit when I park my rental car?

A: If you have a disabled placard or permit that has the international symbol on it, you can use it in California.

For information, visit dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffvr07.htm#.

Q: I noticed that the number on the license plates I received today does not match the license plate number that is shown on my registration card. What should I do?

A: Good catch. It’s really important to make sure the information on the registration card matches the vehicle description – including the license plate number you were issued. Make an appointment with your local DMV office and take in the set of license plates and registration card so that new plates can be issued.

Q: I would like to go to a DMV investigations office to formally file a complaint on a used-car dealership that sold me a car six months ago and never completed the transfer of registration. Where can I find one of these offices?

A: You can find one of these offices online at DMV.ca.gov. On the homepage, click the “Offices” tab, then “Investigation Offices.” From there, click the nearest city name for the list of office locations and hours of operation. It would be best to call and schedule an appointment.

Note that these offices do not provide basic driver licensing or vehicle registration services. They exist solely for consumer protection matters, including identity theft, complaints against car dealers and problems involving the purchase of a vehicle.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles provides the Ask the DMV column to the Town Crier. To submit a question, email Jillianne Luong at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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