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LA council votes to delay community center update

LA council votes to delay community center update


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council voted to delay adoption of a community center conceptual design plan last week. The plan includes elements from a design charette held earlier this fall, left.

The Los Altos City Council last...

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Schools

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
During a Science is Learning geology lesson, Theuerkauf Elementary School students learn about igneous rocks by observing how sugar changes form when heated.

Hundreds of local elementary students perform experiments w...

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Community

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
PYT’s “Oklahoma!” features, from left, David Peters of Mountain View, Jenna Levere of Los Altos and Kai Wessel of Mountain View.

Time is running out to catch Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!”...

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Sports

Eagles advance

Eagles advance


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink, left, and Kristen Liu put up a block against Mountain View. Annevelink totaled 20 kills.

Mountain View High’s out-of-the-gate energy could last for only so long against rival and he...

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Coping with addictions: Haugh About That?

Preparing to deal with my lifelong addiction, I stood in front of the mirror ready to confess the shame I’d been hiding. The first step to healing, I reminded myself, is to admit something is wrong.

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Special Sections

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Hangar One, pictured here last January, will be restored under an agreement between Google and NASA.

NASA and Google Inc. forged an agreement last week that allows Google to lease a portion of NASA’s historic Moffett Fede...

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Business

State Street science center closing Nov. 30

State Street science center closing Nov. 30


Ellie Van Houtte/
Helix at 316 State St. is closing after the completion of a one-year grant from Passerelle Investment Co. The science center became a popular destination because of its various exhibits. Town Crier

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

January 11, 1939 – November 6, 2014
Resident of Mountain View

James Windell Smith, a 40 year resident of Los Altos, passed away from complications after a post-surgery stroke November 6th, 2014 in Los Gatos, California.

Born on January 11, 1939 on...

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Travel

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
While many day-trippers may think that Sonoma is all about the grapes, the region boasts other delights. Try a biplane ride over the patchwork landscape.

Sonoma, a scenic two-hour drive from Los Altos, boa...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company opens 'Fairway'

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Ken Ludwig’s new comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” is slated to run Thursday through Dec. 14 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” is a romp that p...

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Spiritual Life

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am


The Beth Am Women have scheduled “A Conversation with Author Maggie Anton” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

Anton, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, will discu...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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City of Los Altos debuts new website


City Of Los Altos screenshot
The city of Los Altos introduced a revamped website Friday that includes a plethora of additional features and capabilities.

The city of Los Altos unveiled a new website Friday that city officials say will boost their ability to disseminate information to the public.

The new website’s debut comes after nearly a year of research and development that involved every department in the city, according to City Manager Marcia Somers.

Somers noted that the new site includes an emphasis on user-friendly features – such as the ability for users to more easily access content and keep abreast of city events. She added that the website, initially unveiled in beta form at an Aug. 13 Los Altos City Council study session, “provides the flavor and feel of what Los Altos is all about.”

The city’s process in developing the new site included the use of focus groups to gather specific feedback on the website’s aesthetics – including the home-page design – as well as various other aspects. Somers said the city also examined several other municipalities’ websites to gain a better understanding of the content and features needed for the new Los Altos site.

“We probably looked at over 100 websites from other cities to see what worked for them,” said Somers, who added that the new site now allows each city department to manage its own content, versus the centralized internal process previously required.

“It’s one of those things you want to get right the first time,” she continued.

Among a host of new features on the website is an interactive map that pinpoints the locations of current city projects and outlines various details, such as project descriptions, costs and timelines. The site also includes another new feature – a directory that lists the email address and direct phone number of each city staff member.

In addition, Somers noted that residents would be able to submit maintenance service requests and police reports as well as file traffic complaints online. Residents can stay informed about city events by signing up for email notifications – which Somers called “essential” in the city’s ability to communicate about upcoming events “in a more timely manner.”

“It also reduces the staff’s time in terms of, ‘Who needed this, and who needed that?’” Somers said. “That’s something we were doing manually before.”

Somers said the site will continue other features, such as posting the agendas, minutes and audio and video recordings of city council and some commission meetings.

To access the new site, visit losaltosca.gov.

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