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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


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
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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News Briefs

Joint meeting plans prove BCS location a hot potato

The Los Altos City Council reluctantly vetted two requests to wade into the schools fray at its Oct. 8 meeting. A joint meeting scheduled Tuesday with the Los Altos Hills City Council may include discussion on how the cities might assist in negotiations between the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School.

“I’m not sure that we can have a productive, a fruitful, conversation on this,” Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins said. “I just don’t know what the advantage is of interjecting ourselves.”

Councilwoman Megan Satterlee noted that a separate committee was already pursuing site options for Bullis Charter School, echoing skepticism as to the role the council would play.

Councilmembers requested that if the issue is placed on the agenda, it should be scheduled after all other items have been resolved – likely curtailing conversation if the meeting is capped at one hour as planned.

Other items placed on the joint cities meeting agenda include shared funding for a new community and senior center, a joint sewer agreement, sidewalk construction on West Edith Avenue between Foothill Expressway and Cypress Drive and a proposal for a crossing guard to improve safety at the intersection.

Councilmembers also discussed an upcoming meeting with the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees. The council acceded to the district’s suggestion that they discuss skateable art, staggered start and end times at the Egan Junior High and Blach Intermediate school campuses, improving related traffic backups and a report on bike-to-school and walk-to-school programs.

The joint public meeting, not yet scheduled, will include two members of the Los Altos City Council and two officials from the Los Altos School District.

Councilwoman Val Carpenter suggested adding discussion of a school site for Bullis Charter School, but the idea didn’t win wide acceptance. Satterlee described raising the issue as akin to tossing a hand grenade.

MROSD receives award for environmental service

The Santa Clara County Chapter of the League of Conservation Voters is scheduled to honor the Los Altos-based Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District at its 20th annual Environmental Awards. The fundraising event is slated 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 23 at a private home in Monte Sereno.

MROSD will receive an award recognizing its 40 years of environmental service.

Founded by voter support in Santa Clara in 1972, MROSD’s mission is to protect the region’s green foothills. Portions of San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties later became a part of the district with the goal to create a regional greenbelt with other environmental agencies.

The district now spans 550 square miles and includes 17 cities and unincorporated areas, 62,000 acres of open space and more than 250 miles of trails.

Tickets to the awards are a $50 donation.

For reservations and more information, visit scclcv.org.

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