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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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Pedaling a new service : Bike Share promotes alternative transportation


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bike Share stations are strategically placed throughout Mountain View to offer local residents and visitors, particularly commuters, an alternative to driving.

Approximately two-dozen mint-green bikes glisten in the morning sun in front of the Mountain View Caltrain Station as pedestrians scurry to complete their commutes. The new Bay Area Bike Share bicycles are waiting for riders to give them a quick spin around town.

Launched Aug. 29, Bay Area Bike Share – an $11.2 million publicly funded pilot program administered and funded by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) in partnership with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority – introduced 91 bikes to the streets of Mountain View via five docking stations. Strategically placed in areas adjacent to public transit and major business and residential hubs, Bike Share stations are located at the Mountain View and San Antonio Caltrain stations, Mountain View City Hall, the Evelyn Avenue Park & Ride and the intersection of Rengstorff Avenue and California Street.

At least two more docking stations are slated for construction in Mountain View by the end of the year. BAAQMD has submitted permit applications for four or five stations that would be installed during Phase 2 of the project, scheduled for early 2014.

BAAQMD adopted the project to reduce the number of bikes on public transportation by offering commuters an alternative to reach their destinations after disembarking from their primary modes of transportation. When the Bay Area Bike Share pilot program is completed, a total of 1,000 bikes will be available throughout 100 stations across the Bay Area.

Local residents may also use the Bike Share network as an alternative to driving for quick errands. At a cost of $9 per day, $22 for three days or $88 annually, the passes include unlimited rides under 30 minutes. If a rider fails to return the bike to a docking station on schedule, he or she pays a fee of $4 for every extra half-hour, up to $150 a day. With the system’s phone application, CycleFinder, users can check on the availability of bikes and parking spots at any station in the system in real time.

According to BAAQMD Grants Programs Manager Karen Schkolnick, the public’s initial reaction to the new Bike Share system has been resoundingly positive.

“Overall, it’s been very well received, and there seems to be a lot of support for this in the community,” she said. “We’re working to see how we can make sure that people who might be interested can engage in the program.”

Although no Bike Share docking stations are currently planned in Los Altos or Los Altos Hills, Schkolnick said the pilot could become a blueprint for future growth to service a wider audience.

For more information, visit bayareabikeshare.com.

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