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LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics

LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics


The Town Crier chronicled the first election of Los Altos City Council incumbent Jarrett Fishpaw in 2010 and documented the Los Altos candidacy of Jean Mordo, who volunteered as a longtime public servant in Los Altos Hills before moving to the flat...

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Schools

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system


Courtesy of St. Simon Parish School
St. Simon fifth-grader Matthew Cummins uses a laptop in class last week. The school’s cloud-based Schoology system boosts organization and collaboration.

Families at St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos laun...

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Community

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'


Town Crier File Photo
The Los Altos main library is among the more popular branches in the county library district system, set to celebrate 100 years.

In 1914, Babe Ruth made his debut with the Boston Red Sox, wages hit $5 per day, the first ste...

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Sports

Eagles eye another stellar season

Eagles eye another stellar season


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, right, goes for the kill Thursday against Palo Alto, as teammates Sarah Tritschler, left, and Lulu Kishton prepare to play defense. The Eagles won the match in straight ga...

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Comment

Torok, Walter, Dave for MVLA board: Editorial

There’s really nothing major you can criticize about the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. It offers a diverse array of effective programs for all types of students. Its instructors, with few exceptions, are outstanding.

Howe...

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Special Sections

'Funabout' Fiat

'Funabout' Fiat


Photos courtesy of Fiat
The 2014 Fiat 500e uses 29 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles, which the engineers claim is the equivalent of 116 mpg of gas use. It has a sticker price of $33,095.

If you believe in climate change, would love to see alternat...

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Business

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground


Ted Fagenson

An East Bay app developer is testing his newest creation in downtown Los Altos.

Ted Fagenson, co-founder of Skrownge (pronounced “scrounge”), told the Town Crier that he’s beta testing his mobile gaming app this week ...

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Books

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween


Courtesy of Dee Ellmann
Jenny Hurwick self-published her picture book last month after decades of storytelling.

During her years working as a teacher and a Los Altos mom, Jenny Hurwick loved to tell stories. One tale she crafted for her son just se...

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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

'Gypsy' on its way out

'Gypsy' on its way out


Chris Berger/Special to the Town Crier
Alison Koch of Los Altos plays Dainty June in “Gypsy.”

This is the final weekend to catch the Sunnyvale Community Players production of “Gypsy” at the Sunnyvale Theatre. The musical is slated to close Sund...

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Spiritual Life

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Herman Lukwago educates children in Uganda.

Imagine life if your father had 25 children and you were raised in poverty in rural Uganda.

Now imagine that you and your siblings were orphaned at an early age and you ass...

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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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