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Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Two candidates have filed to run for the District 7 seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors in the Nov. 4 election. The water district, established in 1929, oversees and protects water resources in Santa Clara County....

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Schools

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Suzanne Woolfolk, assistant principal at Los Altos High, teaches a leadership course for Associated Student Body leaders.

Suzanne Woolfolk – new assistant principal at Los Altos High School – said she is happy...

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Community

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival


Courtesy of Los Altos Chamber of Commerce
The petting zoo is a highlight of the Los Altos Fall Festival. This year’s event is slated Oct. 4 and 5.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 23rd annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oc...

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Sports

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High halfback Sean Lanoza looks for running room against Burlingame in Saturday’s home opener.

The opening drive of Saturday’s game against Burlingame couldn’t have gone much better for the Los Altos High fo...

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Comment

Does Los Altos have a parking problem, or is it a symptom? : Other Voices

Yes, and yes. It appears that the downtown Los Altos parking problem is a symptom of the city’s “Sarah Winchester” approach to planning that instead of resulting in staircases to nowhere resulted in a hotel without parking required by code.(1)

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Special Sections

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market


Courtesy of Matthew Anello
The Shoup House dining room, above, features original elements. The 100-year-old house on University Avenue earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, a nod to its legacy as the home of city founder Paul S...

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Business

Longtime banker readies for retirement

Longtime banker readies for retirement


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Joanne Kavalaris is retiring at the end of October after spending the past 25 years of her banking career in downtown Los Altos.

A longtime Los Altos banker is calling it a career in a few weeks.

Joanne Kavalaris, Bank o...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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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

Pear builds wonderful 'House'

Pear builds wonderful 'House'


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Betsy Kruse Craig portrays Trish in the Pear Avenue Theatre production of “House,” which closes Oct. 5.

Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre is staging an unusual theater-going experience – producing two plays...

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Spiritual Life

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 add ...

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Los Altos seeks opinions on pedestrian plan


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Residents examine a map of their neighborhood and point out potential pedestrian improvements during last week’s Los Altos Farmers’ Market.

Los Altos is seeking the public’s help as it develops a document to make the city more pedestrian-friendly in the future.

According to Los Altos Transportation Projects Manager Cedric Novenario, the city is soliciting residents’ input on possible pedestrian facility shortcomings in their neighborhoods as part of the process of developing the city’s Pedestrian Master Plan. The existing conditions assessment and outreach effort, Novenario noted, is the kickoff to a five-step approach city engineers and consultants are taking in the plan’s development. The overarching goal of the master plan, he added, is to “enhance the pedestrian experience” in Los Altos.

“If there’s a (pedestrian) safety issue or something else that needs to be addressed, it’ll be part of that pedestrian needs assessment,” Novenario said. “The public is the main user of these (pedestrian) facilities, and they have particular preferences we want to know about.”

To gather residents’ feedback, city staffers, consultants and members of the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) last week set up a booth at the Los Altos Farmers’ Market. They plan to repeat the exercise Thursday at the downtown market.

“The way I look at it is, no one knows your neighborhood better than you,” BPAC Chairwoman Suzanne Ambiel said of the city’s request for public input. “There’s no way the city can know of every single problem on every single street.”

Novenario noted that the plan will essentially serve as a policy document for the city as it weighs future pedestrian-related projects. Aside from outlining gaps and needs related to specific neighborhoods and streets, the document will also feature a detailed priority list of five potential projects for the city to consider in future years, he added.

The master plan, Novenario said, will allow the city to pursue additional grant-funding opportunities for pedestrian-related projects.

“Whenever there is a planning document in place with a city, it’s viewed more favorably by funding agencies,” he said.

As part of the plan’s development, Novenario said the city is planning study sessions with BPAC, as well as its Senior and Parks and Recreation commissions. From there, he added, the city will schedule a community outreach meeting in late November or early December. Novenario said a draft copy of the master plan likely won’t be ready until April or May. City council consideration and potential adoption of a final draft is tentatively slated next summer.

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