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Street crack-sealing project begins Monday, May 4

The City of Los Altos is beginning a city-wide street crack-sealing project on Monday (May 4).

City officials said the traffic impact for this project will be minimal. No streets will be closed and vehicles can resume normal traffic flow shortly aft...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer app...

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Community

CHAC appoints new leader

CHAC appoints new leader

Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, LCSW, has been named the new executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). A seasoned nonprofit leader, Nakano-Matsumoto is scheduled to assume duties July 1. She takes over for outgoing executive direct...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Comment

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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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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