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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 Briefs

Following are highlights from the Sept. 19 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting.

The next council meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road.

Town awards community service grants

After reviewing applications and statements from local nonprofit organizations, the council awarded $51,500 in Community Service Grants for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

Although 17 organizations applied for $90,158 in funding, only 14 received grants. The council voted to remove three applicants from the pool of eligible grantees: the YWCA, the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project and the Community School of Music and Arts. During the previous grant year, the town awarded the YWCA a $1,000 grant and the AIDS Project a $2,800 grant.

Los Altos Hills renewed the grants of Friends of Deer Hollow Farm ($9,000), Hidden Villa ($9,000), the Community Health Awareness Council ($6,400), the Community Services Agency ($6,100), the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter ($4,000), the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA ($2,300), the Rotary Club of Los Altos Art Show ($2,200), the Los Altos Mediation Program ($2,100), the Day Worker Center of Mountain View ($2,100), Joint Venture Silicon Valley ($1,800), the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce ($1,800), Next Door Solutions ($1,700) and United Way Silicon Valley ($1,600). The only new recipient, the Center for Age-Friendly Cities, received $1,400.

Mayor Gary Waldeck explained the town’s use of taxpayer funds to underwrite the grants.

“We don’t have a downtown, we don’t have a library or a number of facilities we strongly benefit from,” he said. “Some of these grants go toward making these services available to us.”

Council proposes discussion on schools conflict

When Los Altos and Los Altos Hills city councilmembers convene Oct. 23 for a joint meeting at town hall, the elephant in the room – the ongoing conflict between the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School – may get cornered. That is, if a conversation on how the councils can ameliorate the situation succeeds.

“It’s about time the two cities most affected take a stand and do something about it,” Los Altos Hills City Councilman John Radford said. “Both councils want to see something happen.”

Although Councilwoman Courtenay C. Corrigan said she was concerned that the meeting might get “hijacked by the public,” she noted that the issue connected to other big-picture questions that councilmembers could discuss.

“Why are so many students commuting across town instead of being able to walk across town?” Corrigan asked, noting that she passes by several schools when transporting her children to school.

Other items on the agenda for the joint council meeting include shared funding for a new community and senior center, the sewer agreement, sidewalk construction on West Edith Avenue between Foothill Expressway and Cypress Drive and a proposal for a crossing guard to help students safely cross Foothill at Edith.

Radford, Corrigan selected mayor, vice mayor for 2014

Members of the previous council saved the town nearly $10,000 by appointing the sole three candidates to the council in the 2012 race instead of requiring an election, but they did not anticipate the challenge the decision would present in determining mayoral succession. In the past, the number of votes an incoming councilmember received determined the order of who would serve next as mayor.

During lengthy debate at the last three meetings, the council considered shortening mayoral terms from one year to allow all five members of the council a term as mayor for a shorter length of time. Following the discussion, the council unanimously voted to maintain the existing system of four one-year terms, even if it caused one councilmember to miss an opportunity to serve as mayor. Under the current process, when Waldeck’s term ends, three other members of the council can each serve a year as mayor.

“I’m willing to compromise,” said Councilman John Harpootlian, who agreed to hedge his bets in favor of the current system even though he may not get to serve as mayor.

As the longest-serving councilmember who has not served as mayor, Radford will take the position in 2014. Councilmembers nominated Corrigan to serve as vice mayor.

– Ellie Van Houtte

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