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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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Aggressive coyotes concern longtime local hiker


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Los Altos Hills resident Stephen Grant said he has been seeing coyotes out and acting more aggressively lately. He and his dog, Rocky, left, have encountered coyotes while hiking at Byrne Preserve three times in a two and a half week period.

Los Altos Hills resident Stephen Grant wants to spread the word that coyotes are acting more aggressively than he has ever experienced.

The avid trail walker has personal experience to prove his point. When approached by three coyotes on a Byrne Preserve trail behind Westwind Barn Oct. 21, it marked the third time in the past two and a half weeks he and his dog, Rocky, had been confronted by the animals at the same spot on the trail.

Neither Grant, a 19-year Los Altos Hills resident, nor his gentle Labrador Retriever have been harmed in the encounters, but he doesn’t want to press his luck nor does he want other hikers to press theirs.

“I’m not going to be going down there anytime soon,” said Grant, who had been walking the trail virtually every week since moving to the area. Although the town had posted two small signs on a fence at the preserve border along Altamont Road, Grant doesn’t think that’s sufficient warning. He also noted that the vagueness in the message leaves hikers with no idea when the signs were put up or when the danger might pass.

City Clerk Deborah Padovan said the town would add signs with more specific wording that discourage hiking with dogs on the trails for the months during coyote pup-rearing season – April through October.

Investigation of coyote sightings in nature preserves is the purview of the California Department of Fish & Game. Santa Clara County Vector Control handles sightings in urban environments. Padovan said she’s received additional recent calls about coyotes.

“We always want people to call 911 when it’s happening,” she said. “It’s hard to find the coyotes (after the fact).”

Jose Colome, a community resources specialist with vector control, said his records show one coyote sighting in the Bryne Preserve area reported last month. If requested, Colome said a vector control technician would inspect the area to confirm the number of animals and evaluate if they are behaving abnormally. His agency would then contact Fish & Game, which has jurisdiction.

Colome said coyotes, while normally shy, would act more aggressively to protect other pack members.

He advised hikers to be careful with trash, which attracts animals and to educate themselves about coyote hazing. Similar to run-ins with bears or cougars, hazing amounts to scaring the animals by making eye contact, loud noises and waving arms to convey a threat.

Grant said he did exactly that, in addition to blowing a whistle, but the coyotes were slow to move away. He added that he would like local authorities to take the issue more seriously.

For more information, visit sccvector.org.

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