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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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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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