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News

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

Council approves city holiday closures

The Los Altos City Council Oct. 8 unanimously approved a one-week closure of city offices during the holiday season.

The council opted to close city hall and the Hillview Community Center offices Dec. 25 through Jan. 1. Essential city services, such as police, fire and maintenance, will remain open and operational during the one-week hiatus. Building inspection services will also remain available on request. Affected city departments are expected to resume normal hours of operation Jan. 2.

In past years, Los Altos traditionally closed city hall, the city’s Municipal Service Center and the community center early Dec. 24 and 31, with full-day closures Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

A city staff report on the item outlines several reasons justifying the closure, noting that other nearby cities, including Los Altos Hills, have instituted similar closures because of “the low number of citizens seeking municipal services during this holiday time period.”

The report added that affected Los Altos programs and services – excluding public safety services – received 110 visitors Dec. 24-31 last year, spanning city hall, the community center and the Municipal Service Center. That number, according to the report, equates to an average of seven visitors per site, per day.

Approximately 75 percent of calls to the city last year were related to winter storm problems or emergency situations handled by Maintenance Services, the report added.

The report concluded that the closure will also result in a small savings to the city in reduced utility costs, as well as a reduced liability for accumulated leave time by employees.

PG&E project scheduled in south Los Altos

A three-day PG&E project has been scheduled in November to extend the height of two electric transmission towers in south Los Altos.

Work on the towers – one located at the intersection of Fallen Leaf and Louise lanes, the other at the PG&E easement adjacent to Stevens Creek off Holt Avenue – is slated Nov. 17-19.

According to city and PG&E officials, the work is needed to provide additional clearance between transmission wires and the ground.

Residents and visitors in the area can expect to see crews using cranes to lift and install extensions to the top or mid-section of existing transmission towers. Power lines will be de-energized and rewired as part of the work. Residents should not experience an interruption in service during the project.

Residents with questions or concerns can call Customer Outreach Specialist Pamela Stevens at (408) 282-7530 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Water district hosts open houses

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is scheduled to host two open houses for residents to provide an overview of and answer questions about its Permanente Creek Flood Protection Project.

The first open house is slated 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Covington School multipurpose room, 201 Covington Ave., Los Altos. The second is set for 2-5 p.m. Saturday in the Mariano Castro Elementary School multipurpose room, 505 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.

The project, which aims to provide natural flood protection for more than 1,600 nearby properties, is funded by the Clean, Safe Creeks and Natural Flood Protection parcel tax, passed by county voters in November 2000.

Work on the project stretches more than 10 miles along the creek, starting at San Francisco Bay’s southwest shoreline and winding through Mountain View to Foothill Expressway in Los Altos. Four of five project design features are slated for construction starting next summer, including floodwalls, channel widening, a new diversion structure and a flood-detention basin at Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve.

For more information, visit valleywater.org.

– Town Crier Staff Report

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