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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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Jobs childhood home receives historic listing


Town Crier File Photo
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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