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Hills council strikes down proposed moratorium on substandard lots

With a divided vote, the Los Altos Hills City Council Wednesday (June 3) struck down a proposed 45-day moratorium on substandard lot development.

Mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan and Councilmember John Radford cast dissenting votes opposing the moratoriu...

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Schools

MVLA foundation recounts first year of Learning in the Cloud

MVLA foundation recounts first year of Learning in the Cloud


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Robert Barker, Los Altos High World Literature teacher, demonstrates how students use online discussion in class.

Technology is no longer seen as a distraction in the classroom, as students in the Mountain View Los Altos ...

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Community

Faria and friends unite to raise funds for cancer research

Faria and friends unite to raise funds for cancer research


Courtesy of Joseph Faria
Supporters of last month’s Relay For Life event in Mountain View include, from left, Los Altos residents Matthew Aufricht, Connor Chu, Matthew Demele and Dominic, Eileen and Joseph Faria. The Los Altos Relay For Life is sla...

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Comment

Coffee with cops? We'll drink to that: Editorial

The recent “Coffee with a Cop” event proved a good public relations move for the Los Altos Police Department. It also provided a great opportunity for residents to ask questions and converse with several officers, including the police chief, in an in...

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Special Sections

Deciphering the irksome sounds cars often make

Ahh – the troublesome, telltale auto noise. It’s that squeak, screech, squeal, groan, grind, hum, hiss, rattle, knock, clicking or ticking that drives drivers crazy.

Even with all the technology in modern cars, the sounds our cars make t...

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Business

Local couple launches downtown restaurant

Local couple launches downtown restaurant


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
The Turn Bar & Grill crew prepares for the restaurant’s impending opening.

Jim and Julie Otis are prepared to realize their longtime dream.

The couple – lifelong Los Altos residents – wanted to ensure ...

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Books

Horan's 'Loving Frank' offers fictionalized account of famed architect's illicit affair

Horan's 'Loving Frank' offers fictionalized account of famed architect's illicit affair


In the 1920s, two married people fall in love, leave their spouses and children and set about living and traveling together. Affairs of this sort were considered shocking at the time. But the scandal was heightened given that the man was Frank Lloy...

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People

DR. WALLACE IRA SAMPSON

DR. WALLACE IRA SAMPSON

     

Dr. Wallace Ira Sampson, 85, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 25, at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. He leaves his wife of 59 years, Rita (nee Landry) Sampson, brother Sandy, sons Robert, Paul (Suzanne), Buck (Kathryn), ...

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Travel

Flying south for the winter: Antarctica trips are not just for the birds

Flying south for the winter: Antarctica trips are not just for the birds


Photos Courtesy of Dave Hadden
Los Altos residents Dave and Joan Hadden watched the scenery from the large boat and a smaller Zodiac.

Standing on the beach with hundreds of thousands of penguins is “the experience of a lifetime,” according to Ga...

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Stepping Out

Kushner's 'Angels' arrives at Foothill

Kushner's 'Angels' arrives at Foothill


David Allen/Special to the Town Crier
Harper Pitt (Sophia Naylor) describes her life to Joe Pitt (Dan Martin) in “Angels in America,” playing in the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College through June 14.

The Foothill Theatre Arts Department’s produ...

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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

Mtn. View Briefs

MV selects new economic manager

The city of Mountain View appointed Alejandro (Alex) Andrade economic development manager, effective Sept. 20. Andrade replaces Ellis M. Berns, Mountain View’s long-serving economic development manager, who retired at the close of 2012.

“Alex’s experience has given him a unique range of skills that will greatly benefit Mountain View,” said City Manager Dan Rich. “Economic development is important to the city’s fiscal sustainability. I am confident that Alex will be able to build strong relationships with the business community.”

Andrade brings more than 13 years of economic development, business recruitment and retention experience. He previously served as program officer for the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Screening of ‘Bully’ film scheduled

The city of Mountain View Recreation Division and Youth Advisory Committee have scheduled a free screening of the documentary “Bully” 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts’ Second Stage, 500 Castro St.

The event, open to youth 13 and up, parents, teachers and youth program providers, is slated in honor of National Bully Prevention Month.

More than 13 million children nationwide are bullied every year, according to the Bully Project, making it the most common form of violence experienced by youth.

“Bully,” directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, shines light on the topic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five children and their families.

Following the screening, the Youth Advisory Committee and the Community Health Awareness Council will facilitate a question-and-answer session.

Seating is first come, first served.

For more information, call the city of Mountain View Recreation Division at 903-6331 or visit facebook.com/mountainviewrecreation.

MV CERT stages drill Sunday

Several hundred members of Mountain View’s Community Emergency Response Team are scheduled to host a citywide drill 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

According to Lynn Brown, Mountain View’s Office of Emergency Services coordinator, the semiannual exercise engages neighborhood CERT groups in simulated emergency scenarios that sharpen their communications skills.

To date, more than 1.000 residents have graduated from the city’s CERT program.

During the drill, volunteers from seven or eight neighborhoods will assess their areas for damages that could result from a major winter storm and submit reports to the Emergency Operations Center at the Mountain View Fire Station.

Brown said participating ham radio operators would employ packet-switching technology to transmit email-like reports to the center.

For more information or to join CERT, visit ci.mtnview.ca.us/city_hall/fire/programs_n_services/cert.asp.

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