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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 add ...

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LAH Council Preview

The Los Altos Hills City Council is scheduled to meet 6 p.m. Thursday at town hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road. Following is a roundup of items on the agenda.

Private roads deemed public

Following recent council discussion of the town’s responsibility for 138 private roads in Los Altos Hills, town staff have determined that at least 16 streets previously labeled private roads are actually public roads. An additional three streets were deemed partially public, and eight others require further research from the county to determine their status.

Although Los Altos Hills is not liable for failure to maintain private roads now considered public roads until they are officially accepted into the town’s city street system, if approved for inclusion by the council, the town will become responsible for maintenance.

Private streets now considered public include: Beatrice Lane, Briones Court, Christophers Lane, Country Way, Laurel Lane, Moody Springs Court, Normandy Lane, Olive Tree Court, Olive Tree Lane, Oneonta Drive, Rhoda Drive, Robleda Court, Templeton Place, Todd Lane, Tripoli Court and Willow Pond Lane. Private streets now considered partially public include Adobe Lane, Almaden Court and Miraloma Way.

If the council passes a resolution making the streets public, town staff will assess their current conditions and propose a five-year budget plan for capital improvements.

Upgrades proposed for Westwind arena

The council will review a proposal that calls for up to $57,000 in repairs to Westwind Community Barn’s lower arena, which has gone without any major maintenance since 2008.

Town staff noted that the base of the 20,000-square-foot riding arena has degraded to sandy material, and users are submitting complaints about the facility’s condition. If new base footing is installed, it is expected to last 10 years if properly maintained.

Funding for the project is available in the 2013-2014 town budget, according to the staff report.

Council to review investment report

Following the close of the fiscal year June 30, Los Altos Hills City Manager Carl Cahill asked the council to review and accept the town’s quarterly investment report. Cahill is responsible for investing town funds in accordance with rules set by the California Government Code for municipal governments.

According to the report, the town currently holds an investment portfolio of approximately $9.66 million, divided among the State Treasurer’s Local Agency Investment Fund, the California Asset Management Program and the Comerica Securities CD Program. The report noted that the town pursues a passive investment strategy that allows sufficient liquidity to provide for 10 months of town expenditures.

The town invested approximately 96 percent of its portfolio in U.S. Treasuries last year, yielding an overall return rate of 0.19 percent.

– Ellie Van Houtte

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