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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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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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