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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 ad...

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A family matter: Steve Jobs' sister seeks involvement in historical designation

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Patricia Jobs, the late Steve Jobs' sister, weighs in on the status of the family's home.

A preliminary historical evaluation of the late Steve Jobs’ childhood home at 2066 Crist Drive in Los Altos included an interesting twist last week.

According to Los Altos Senior Planner Zach Dahl, Jobs’ sister, Patricia Jobs, contacted him after learning that the Historical Commission is considering listing the home on the city’s historic resources registry. Dahl told the Town Crier that Patricia Jobs reached out to him ahead of the commission’s Sept. 23 meeting, which included review of a historical report on the home, because she wanted to “learn more about it and get involved.” Attempts by the Town Crier to contact Jobs for comment were unsuccessful.

Dahl said the commission previously attempted to contact the family about the project but never received a response. He added that while a historical evaluation doesn’t necessarily require the consent of the homeowners, having the Apple Inc. co-founder’s sister aboard provides the commission with an additional resource during the process. The home, according to Dahl, is currently occupied by Steve Jobs’ stepmother and is listed under the ownership of the Jobs Trust.

“We did send letters to the house, but apparently they never reached (Patricia Jobs),” said Dahl, the commission’s liaison. “I think the primary goal here is to work with the property owner and get them onboard – that’s the best scenario.”

The home is currently being reviewed for historic designation because it is considered the birthplace of Apple. The commission’s report noted that Jobs, who died in October 2011, and Steve Wozniak assembled the first 50 Apple I computers in the home. Jobs and Wozniak became friends while attending Homestead High School.

“There’s talk that the computers were assembled in other parts of the home, but the garage has received most of the attention,” Dahl said.

The historical review of the single-story, ranch-style home took approximately two years to complete and relied on numerous sources, including the Stanford University Library’s Department of Special Collections, county and state records and Jobs’ authorized biography, “Steve Jobs,” by Walter Isaacson.

Dahl said designating a home a historic resource essentially adds another level of review by the city – specifically by the Historical Commission – in the event a homeowner wishes to make exterior modifications or additions to the structure. In those cases, he added, the commission would offer a recommendation, not a final ruling, as plans for designated homes make their way through the city approval process. Dahl noted that interior remodeling is exempt from additional review.

Dahl added that the commission would likely issue a final ruling on the home’s potential designation at its October or November meeting. In the meantime, the commission is expected to conduct additional conversations with Patricia Jobs so that she can “fully understand the process, the city’s intent and what the ramifications (of historic resource designation) would be.”

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