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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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Milk Pail owner: No solution in sight


Town Crier File Photo
The owner of The Milk Pail Market, a Mountain View mainstay, continues his standoff with developer Merlone Geier Partners over sale of the property.

The long-term future of The Milk Pail Market in Mountain View remains uncertain, despite a recent overture by its next-door neighbor, according to the market’s owner.

Steve Rasmussen told the Town Crier that his market at 2585 California St. continues to face a questionable future because of parking, or a lack thereof in the coming years. The nearly 40-year-old market has just five spaces onsite and depends on a pair of shared-parking agreements with neighboring tenants to augment its supply for customers. Those lots, however, will eventually disappear when developer Merlone Geier Partners begins work on the second phase of The Village at San Antonio Center project.

The Mountain View City Council reviewed the Phase 2 project last week, a session that revealed an offer from the developer to house Rasmussen’s market in a new building in the Phase 2 footprint on Pacchetti Way. Rasmussen, however, said he’s owned the market land “free and clear” for 25 or more years, allowing him to keep prices low for his customers.

“I had some misgivings about it,” said Rasmussen, who previously met with the developer to discuss alternate locations for the market, but to no avail. “It’s impossible for The Milk Pail to remain The Milk Pail, given the high (lease) rate that was offered.”

Merlone Geier’s second-phase mixed-use project calls in part for the construction of a 70,000-square-foot movie theater, 121,000 square feet of commercial space, a 150,000-square-foot hotel and more than 360,000 square feet of office space on a four-parcel, 9.9-acre site fronting San Antonio Road and California Street.

Rasmussen, who didn’t provide specifics about the offer, said he last communicated with Merlone Geier in August and is still “awaiting a response.”

Merlone Geier partner Mike Grehl said, “We continue to be hopeful the Milk Pail will be part of the project.”

Rasmussen said he believes there’s still time to work out a solution, noting that his parking agreements expire in approximately two years.

“So I have two years, I guess, to get my house in order,” he said.

Rasmussen added that he knew that his “world was going to be changing” when the developer originally purchased the old San Antonio Shopping Center site and had its Phase 1 plan – which includes a new Safeway store and 330 apartment units – approved by the council in June 2011.

Since that time, Rasmussen added, he and Merlone Geier met several times to discuss alternate locations for the market – including the former Dittmer’s Gourmet Meats & Wurst-Haus Inc. location at 400 San Antonio Road. He characterized the offers as “not sufficient,” adding that even if he accepted the offer for a new building on the Phase 2 site, no viable temporary locations exist for the market during construction.

“I have made many, many efforts to seek alternative locations,” he said, calling the cost of relocating the market “extraordinary.” “I’ve got two children in college, I’ve got 40 families that the Milk Pail supports because we offer our employees health care and a profit-sharing plan. There’s a whole community I feel responsible for.”

In the meantime, Rasmussen said he “truly appreciates” the support he’s received from customers and the Mountain View City Council, adding that he’ll continue to work toward a solution that has the market’s long-term interests in mind.

“I’m hoping that the Milk Pail finds a way to successfully survive this change that is upon us,” he said, “whether it’s surviving where we are or elsewhere in Mountain View.”

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