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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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LAH Council Briefs

Following are highlights from the Nov. 5 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting. The next council meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road.

Town finalizes hazard mitigation plan

Councilmembers approved an updated Local Hazard Mitigation Plan last week, with the goal of ensuring peace of mind.

While not required under state or federal law, the plan enables the town to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency matching grants that could fund flood control, fire prevention and/or seismic retrofitting measures.

Los Altos Hills City Manager Carl Cahill noted that though the $15,000 plan carries no immediate financial obligations, it will guide the town in determining whether additional research or financial investment is needed to protect critical public infrastructure.

Approximately 140 residents contributed to the updated plan by completing a public survey.

Railroad ties remain for another year

When the Fremont Road Safe Route to Los Altos Hills Schools project reached completion last spring, the project’s design aesthetics drew mixed reactions, specifically the choice of wood railroad ties to line the pathway. Some residents thought the ties looked unattractive, and cyclists expressed frustration about the ties limiting their escape routes should cars veer near them.

Despite the objections, the council decided that it’s too early to determine the fate of the landscape element.

Originally installed to protect vegetation along the pathway, the railroad ties protected young plants as intended, and also deterred parking along the path. Councilmembers agreed to allow the landscaping to mature for another year and resurrect the discussion in fall 2014, with recommendations from the Traffic Safety and Pathways committees.

Arastradero trail project opens

Neighbors in Los Altos Hills and Palo Alto now have one more way to connect after the $1.9 million Arastradero Trail Improvement Project opened Nov. 1.

The Stanford University-funded project included widened trail segments along Page Mill Road, bike lane striping and construction of new walking path segments along Arastradero Road that connect the trail across Interstate 280 to Purissima Road.

After receiving approval from the council in May 2012, the six-month project broke ground last spring, enabling enhanced access to open spaces along the Skyline Trail.

– Ellie Van Houtte

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