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LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics

LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics


The Town Crier chronicled the first election of Los Altos City Council incumbent Jarrett Fishpaw in 2010 and documented the Los Altos candidacy of Jean Mordo, who volunteered as a longtime public servant in Los Altos Hills before moving to the flat...

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Schools

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system


Courtesy of St. Simon Parish School
St. Simon fifth-grader Matthew Cummins uses a laptop in class last week. The school’s cloud-based Schoology system boosts organization and collaboration.

Families at St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos laun...

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Community

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'


Town Crier File Photo
The Los Altos main library is among the more popular branches in the county library district system, set to celebrate 100 years.

In 1914, Babe Ruth made his debut with the Boston Red Sox, wages hit $5 per day, the first ste...

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Sports

Eagles eye another stellar season

Eagles eye another stellar season


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, right, goes for the kill Thursday against Palo Alto, as teammates Sarah Tritschler, left, and Lulu Kishton prepare to play defense. The Eagles won the match in straight ga...

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Comment

Torok, Walter, Dave for MVLA board: Editorial

There’s really nothing major you can criticize about the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. It offers a diverse array of effective programs for all types of students. Its instructors, with few exceptions, are outstanding.

Howe...

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Special Sections

'Funabout' Fiat

'Funabout' Fiat


Photos courtesy of Fiat
The 2014 Fiat 500e uses 29 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles, which the engineers claim is the equivalent of 116 mpg of gas use. It has a sticker price of $33,095.

If you believe in climate change, would love to see alternat...

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Business

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground


Ted Fagenson

An East Bay app developer is testing his newest creation in downtown Los Altos.

Ted Fagenson, co-founder of Skrownge (pronounced “scrounge”), told the Town Crier that he’s beta testing his mobile gaming app this week ...

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Books

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween


Courtesy of Dee Ellmann
Jenny Hurwick self-published her picture book last month after decades of storytelling.

During her years working as a teacher and a Los Altos mom, Jenny Hurwick loved to tell stories. One tale she crafted for her son just se...

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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

'Gypsy' on its way out

'Gypsy' on its way out


Chris Berger/Special to the Town Crier
Alison Koch of Los Altos plays Dainty June in “Gypsy.”

This is the final weekend to catch the Sunnyvale Community Players production of “Gypsy” at the Sunnyvale Theatre. The musical is slated to close Sund...

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Spiritual Life

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Herman Lukwago educates children in Uganda.

Imagine life if your father had 25 children and you were raised in poverty in rural Uganda.

Now imagine that you and your siblings were orphaned at an early age and you ass...

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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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Climate plan outlines greenhouse gas reduction measures

The city has released for public review a Draft Climate Action Plan that proposes a strategy for reducing Los Altos’ greenhouse gas emissions by at least 15 percent by 2020.

The draft results from the Los Altos City Council’s March approval of a minimum provisional greenhouse gas reduction target of 15 percent below the city’s 2005 level of 182,830 metric tons of carbon-dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e). The 45-day public review period closes Friday.

Reached by the Town Crier, Los Altos Senior Planner Zach Dahl said the action plan aims to fall in line with State Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. The bill, passed in 2006, establishes a statewide goal of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 to 1990 emission levels. Dahl added that while compliance with AB 32 is not a requirement for local jurisdictions like Los Altos, it’s important for the city to remain ahead of the curve. He noted that one-fourth to one-third of all California cities already have a Climate Action Plan in place.

“There are a lot of jurisdictions around the state doing this, so while we’re not necessarily leading the pack, we’re being proactive,” Dahl said, adding that the city could essentially achieve that goal with a 15 percent reduction of its 2005 level. “That is roughly equivalent to the 1990 level (of 155,410 MTCO2e).”

The report outlines reduction measures in five subcategories – transportation, energy, resource conservation, green community and municipal operations – and could actually achieve as much as a 17 percent deduction if approved in full by the Los Altos City Council.

“Some of these (measures) obviously have a bigger impact than others,” Dahl said, pointing specifically to traffic-calming measures, as well as developing and implementing the city’s Pedestrian Master Plan and Bicycle Transportation Plan. “Those three will be the bulk of how we’ll reduce emissions.”

Dahl views the Climate Action Plan as more than just a guiding document to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. If implemented, he said, it could also enable Los Altos residents to enjoy “a better overall living experience.”

Certification of the action plan opens the door for the city to receive state grant dollars, which could potentially offset a significant portion of the $2.2 million estimated for projects outlined in the city’s Bicycle Transportation Plan. Future construction projects will be subject to a more “streamlined” environmental review process.

The Draft Climate Action Plan is available on the city’s website, and residents can submit written comments until 5 p.m. Friday.

The Environmental Commission reviewed the plan at its Aug. 12 meeting. It will also be the topic of a follow-up public meeting slated 7 p.m. Sept. 9 in the council chambers, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

The city council has tentatively scheduled a public meeting to consider the plan 7 p.m. Sept. 24 in the council chambers.

For more information, visit ci.los-altos.ca.us.

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