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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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BCS, LASD continue discussion on long-term facilities


After meeting last week to discuss long-term facilities needs, Los Altos School District officials may gain more specifics about Bullis Charter School’s expectations for the future.

Representatives from the Bullis Charter School and the Los Altos School District boards met for the second time to address facility solutions for the charter school and scheduled a follow-up meeting 7 p.m. today in the Los Altos Hills Town Council Chambers.

Trustee Tammy Logan represented the district at the meeting (President Doug Smith had to cancel because of a work conflict) and charter school board members Francis La Poll and Peter Evans represented the charter school.

“We’d like a discussion around what it would take to settle issues in the long term,” La Poll said. “Bullis Charter School would like to find a way to end all the litigation. We’d like to talk about how we reach some agreement.”

The parties agreed that they would like a solution that resolves charter school facility needs for the next 10-15 years.

“I would like to see a proposal of how many kids come in, what facilities you need over the time period and where you propose they go,” Logan said. “Let’s try to come up with something that is reasonable.”

Conversation focused on past agreements and offers, what could make this proposal process work and what would end it immediately.

Logan raised the matter of what the charter school applied for in last year’s facilities request, its “compromise” plan.

“Please look at what you asked for,” she said. “The compromise was at a ratio of 20:1 (classroom loading). Our kids don’t get that. That is not what the law provides for – it states ‘reasonably equivalent.’ Don’t ask for a palace and then expect us not to come back.”

La Poll and Evans said the proposal process would not work if the district does not accept the charter school’s growth projection.

“The opportunity here is that we won’t have a deal unless we put forth numbers that we are going to grow toward and you guys buy into that,” La Poll said.

He added that all children are entitled to appropriate facilities, and that is what the charter school seeks in the future.

“The word ‘entitlement’ you use is where we are going to run into issues,” Logan said. “Your view of what you are entitled to and our view is different. You have to balance these things or we are going to be in the same place.”

When asked if the charter school would use some of its set-aside funds for facilities for a new campus, La Poll said that would not be fair.

There was discussion about sharing funds, which Logan said the district would be more willing to do if the charter school were under the district’s, not the county’s, oversight.

“I think all things are possible,” Evans said. “The equity in the notion is sufficiently strong, how we are governed by comparison, a detail.”

The meeting concluded with agreement that Bullis Charter School officials would return with a rough estimate of classroom and teaching space required as the charter school grows toward its goal of 875-900 students.

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