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News

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


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Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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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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