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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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Jobs childhood home receives historic listing


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After a two-year review process, the Los Altos Historical Commision officially gave Steve Jobs’ childhood home a place on the city’s Historic Resources Inventory.

The childhood home of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is now officially a piece of Los Altos history.

The Los Altos Historical Commission’s two-year review of the property at 2066 Crist Drive concluded in a matter of minutes last week with a unanimous vote to designate the home a historic resource and list it on the city’s Historic Resources Inventory. The vote came after the commission held a public review of its findings in late September.

“It’s just taken a long time and effort in the making,” Commissioner Kristin Baker said prior to the vote. “I’m glad we’re here today.”

According to the report, the Crist Drive house – currently occupied by Jobs’ stepmother and listed under the ownership of the Jobs Trust – is widely considered the birthplace of Apple Inc. Among other things, Jobs, who died in October 2011, and Steve Wozniak assembled the company’s first 50 Apple I computers in the ranch-style home, built circa the 1950s. Wozniak and Jobs met while attending Homestead High School.

Commission Chairman Frank Bishop credited his colleagues for their work in completing the two-year project, noting that its historical information rivaled publications that chronicled the storied history of Jobs’ work and Apple computers. The commission report’s cited sources include county and state records, the Stanford University Library’s Department of Special Collections and the authorized “Steve Jobs” biography by Walter Isaacson.

“The documentation looks very complete,” he said with a grin.

The designation, according to Los Altos Senior planner Zach Dahl, adds an extra level of review by the Historical Commission should the Jobs family seek future exterior modifications to the home. Interior modifications are not subject to that regulation, he noted.

In addition to its Historic Resources listing, a staff report on the property noted that it “does appear eligible for designation as a Los Altos Historic Landmark and potentially eligible for listing on the California Register of Historical Resources and the National Register of Historic Places.” However, pursuing such designations would require additional documentation and support from the property’s owner. Listing the home as a Historic Resource does not require the homeowner’s prior approval.

As previously reported in the Town Crier, Dahl told the commission during its September review of the report that Jobs’ sister, Patricia Jobs, contacted him to get involved in the matter after learning of its work to designate the home a landmark. At last week’s meeting, however, Dahl told the commission that he has remained in contact with Patricia Jobs since and worked with her to refine the report but “did not get any comments back” from her prior to the commission’s final vote.

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