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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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LAH council rejects pressure to drop Lehigh brief


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The Los Altos Hills City Council last week rebuffed a request by Lehigh Southwest Cement Co. to end its participation in an amicus brief filed by Bay Area for Clean Environment.

Despite hearing from a representative from Lehigh Southwest Cement Co., the Los Altos Hills City Council stood by its decision to join an amicus curiae brief filed by Bay Area for Clean Environment (BACE).

The brief requested a repeal of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors’ decision allowing Lehigh to grow its operations without oversight. If the ruling stands, the council is concerned that health and environmental consequences might follow.

Disregarding what Councilman Rich Larsen defined as “officious scare tactics” by Lehigh representative John Bruno, councilmembers not only reaffirmed their support for the appeal, but also approved a budget of up to $7,500 for their share of legal fees.

Bruno accused BACE of operating on an expired state license and the city of Cupertino of a possible ethical conflict if its council voted to support the amicus brief.

“It’s baseless,” said Bruno of the appeal against the county’s decision. “You enjoy a good working relationship with the county, and this doesn’t seem like the best course of action.”

“‘Do you really want to go against the supervisors? You have such a good relationship with them,’” echoed Los Altos Hills resident Jitze Couperus, quoting Bruno’s statements. “This is a not-so-clearly-veiled warning.”

Dispelling any concerns of possible repercussions, Los Altos Hills City Attorney Steven Mattas noted that the aforementioned issues “do not affect (the council’s) ability to support or not support this legal brief.”

Mayor Gary Waldeck rebutted Bruno’s characterization of BACE, noting that the organization’s state license was up to date.

Citing Los Altos City Councilwoman Megan Satterlee’s hesitance to endorse the brief, Los Altos Hills Councilwoman Courtenay C. Corrigan wavered on her initial support. In response, Waldeck noted that Satterlee ultimately supported the brief because it was the only recourse available to prevent unrestricted future quarry development.

Although Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian was invited to two council meetings to discuss the county supervisors’ decision, he did not respond to requests, according to Waldeck.

Larsen suggested that town voters might attract the supervisors’ attention even if the brief did not.

“The real point is to send a message to the supervisors,” he said. “We’re talking about several thousands (of voters). … This is the real power of this action.”

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