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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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Breaking news: LASD puts charter school on notice

Alleging that Bullis Charter School breached the terms of the Los Altos School District’s Final Offer and Facilities Use Agreement, the district put the charter school on notice and demanded that it cease violations within 45 days.

In a letter sent Monday, the district requested that Bullis Charter School representatives attend the district’s Nov. 12 board meeting to evaluate whether the charter school’s violations “should disqualify it from receiving an offer of facilities for the 2014-2015 school year or result in other appropriate remedies.”

The letter listed the charter school’s violations, including:

• Violating enrollment limitations at both Blach Intermediate and Egan Junior High schools.

• Violating the grade-level restrictions (grades 4-8) at Blach.

• Using an allocated classroom as a chorus room, creating a distraction for Blach students using the adjacent library.

• Using the soccer fields outside the times outlined in the slated sharing schedule.

• Maintaining a Blach school start at 8:45 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m., creating a conflict with the Blach schedule.

“This is an untenable situation,” stated the letter, signed by Doug Smith, district board president. “Bullis Charter School has no legal basis to flout those conditions and its refusal to abide by them creates a lawless regime that is unsustainable under any facilities-sharing arrangement.”

The letter requests that the charter school cease the alleged violations immediately, threatens penalties for past violations and questions whether such actions should disqualify the charter school from receiving facilities for the 2014-2015 school year.

The possible punitive measures the district suggests include:

• Legal remedies through the court, including monetary and injunctive.

• Adjustment of facilities, furnishings and equipment offered to the charter school in response to the 2014-2015 request.

• Imposition of enforcement measures, including but not limited to a requirement that Bullis Charter School certify under penalty of perjury that it is complying with the Final Offer and Facilities Use Agreement.

• Other remedies appropriate under law included by the district.

Before enforcing available penalties, district officials want to give charter school representatives an opportunity to respond to their concerns.

“The district will use Bullis Charter School’s response to determine whether it will pursue available remedies to enforce the terms of its Final Offer and Facilities Use Agreeement,” the letter concluded.

“(The district) persists in inventing its own alternate reality,” wrote Ken Moore, chairman of the Bullis Charter School Board of Directors, in an email to the Town Crier. “There is no legal ‘cap’ on enrollment, there are not environmental ‘restrictions’ enforceable against Bullis Charter School and there is no judgment that says anything to the contrary.”

Moore said the allegations are currently being fought in court and that he expects the charter school to emerge victorious.

“They are losing their war against Los Altos residents who choose the charter school and now desperately threaten our school and families directly,” Moore said. “If taxpayers weren’t outraged at (the district) before, just read this latest letter.”

To read a full copy of the letter, visit losaltosonline.com.

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