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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

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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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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Police Blotter

Crew raises stink over porta-potty

Los Altos police last week responded to a spat between construction contractors that started over the use of a porta-potty and ended when one worker maliciously threw a sledgehammer at another man.

The incident began when a construction contractor’s white Ford Ranger pickup pulled up in front of a job site on the 1800 block of Robles Ranch Road. A passenger quickly exited the truck to use a porta-potty stationed at the site but was admonished moments later by an on-site worker for not obtaining permission first.

Police noted that while the passenger apologized, the truck’s driver began yelling at the on-site worker for scolding his acquaintance. The argument became more heated and the driver eventually reached into the truck bed and picked up a 5-pound sledgehammer, while the worker simultaneously reached for a carpenter’s hammer. The driver heaved the sledgehammer in the worker’s direction – missing his target – before jumping in the truck and driving hurriedly away from the scene.

The on-site worker subsequently contacted police, who are now seeking to identify the driver.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call the Los Altos Police Department at 947-2770.

MVPD arrest three connected to scam

The Mountain View Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit last week made three arrests in connection with a series of armed robberies that occurred earlier this year on Tyrella Avenue.

Police arrested Mountain View resident Nazario Cruz along with a juvenile after serving a warrant on the 50 block of Evandale Avenue.

In addition, police arrested Jose Urias after issuing a warrant on the 300 block of East O’Keefe Street in East Palo Alto.

The three suspects were taken into custody without incident, a department spokesman said.

“We have been working diligently on this case since the original incident in May of this year,” said Mountain View Detective Kevin Galloway. “This case was non-trivial and required us to really strategize how we were going to uncover these suspects, who were extremely brazen in their tactics.”

According to police, the suspects posed online as females seeking blind dates. The scam included a request by the supposed female to have the victims supply a large amount of cash so that they could watch her roll around in it. The scheme lured male victims to a designated meeting place, where two men robbed them, one of whom was believed to be in possession of a firearm.

There were three confirmed incidents of robbery using the scam in Mountain View, Galloway said.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to call Galloway at 903-6150, ext. 6624.

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