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Hills council strikes down proposed moratorium on substandard lots

With a divided vote, the Los Altos Hills City Council Wednesday (June 3) struck down a proposed 45-day moratorium on substandard lot development.

Mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan and Councilmember John Radford cast dissenting votes opposing the moratoriu...

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Schools

MVLA foundation recounts first year of Learning in the Cloud

MVLA foundation recounts first year of Learning in the Cloud


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Robert Barker, Los Altos High World Literature teacher, demonstrates how students use online discussion in class.

Technology is no longer seen as a distraction in the classroom, as students in the Mountain View Los Altos ...

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Community

Faria and friends unite to raise funds for cancer research

Faria and friends unite to raise funds for cancer research


Courtesy of Joseph Faria
Supporters of last month’s Relay For Life event in Mountain View include, from left, Los Altos residents Matthew Aufricht, Connor Chu, Matthew Demele and Dominic, Eileen and Joseph Faria. The Los Altos Relay For Life is sla...

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Sports

Right  on track

Right on track


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Mountain View High sophomore Rachael Estell leaps for the win in the girls long jump Friday at the CCS championships.

As far as locals go, the underclassmen overshadowed the seniors at the Central Coast Section track ...

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Comment

Coffee with cops? We'll drink to that: Editorial

The recent “Coffee with a Cop” event proved a good public relations move for the Los Altos Police Department. It also provided a great opportunity for residents to ask questions and converse with several officers, including the police chief, in an in...

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Special Sections

Deciphering the irksome sounds cars often make

Ahh – the troublesome, telltale auto noise. It’s that squeak, screech, squeal, groan, grind, hum, hiss, rattle, knock, clicking or ticking that drives drivers crazy.

Even with all the technology in modern cars, the sounds our cars make t...

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Business

Local couple launches downtown restaurant

Local couple launches downtown restaurant


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
The Turn Bar & Grill crew prepares for the restaurant’s impending opening.

Jim and Julie Otis are prepared to realize their longtime dream.

The couple – lifelong Los Altos residents – wanted to ensure ...

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Books

Horan's 'Loving Frank' offers fictionalized account of famed architect's illicit affair

Horan's 'Loving Frank' offers fictionalized account of famed architect's illicit affair


In the 1920s, two married people fall in love, leave their spouses and children and set about living and traveling together. Affairs of this sort were considered shocking at the time. But the scandal was heightened given that the man was Frank Lloy...

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People

DR. WALLACE IRA SAMPSON

DR. WALLACE IRA SAMPSON

     

Dr. Wallace Ira Sampson, 85, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 25, at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. He leaves his wife of 59 years, Rita (nee Landry) Sampson, brother Sandy, sons Robert, Paul (Suzanne), Buck (Kathryn), ...

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Travel

Flying south for the winter: Antarctica trips are not just for the birds

Flying south for the winter: Antarctica trips are not just for the birds


Photos Courtesy of Dave Hadden
Los Altos residents Dave and Joan Hadden watched the scenery from the large boat and a smaller Zodiac.

Standing on the beach with hundreds of thousands of penguins is “the experience of a lifetime,” according to Ga...

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Stepping Out

Kushner's 'Angels' arrives at Foothill

Kushner's 'Angels' arrives at Foothill


David Allen/Special to the Town Crier
Harper Pitt (Sophia Naylor) describes her life to Joe Pitt (Dan Martin) in “Angels in America,” playing in the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College through June 14.

The Foothill Theatre Arts Department’s produ...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

SFMOMA good for Los Altos: Editorial

Downtown Los Altos has long reflected its status as a bedroom community – low-key and sleepy. It was called “the Village” for a reason. The long-running joke was that you could hear a pin drop on Main Street after 5 p.m.

That’s changing, in a big way. Three-story buildings and new businesses have sprouted in the Village. The sounds of construction have replaced the silence, as condos, a boutique hotel, a rebuilt Safeway and office-retail space at First and Main streets are underway.

Now the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is here, making downtown Los Altos a cultural destination. Its “Project Los Altos” officially debuted Friday. The museum has chosen Los Altos to host one of several traveling exhibitions throughout the Bay Area while the museum, located at 151 Third St. in San Francisco, undergoes renovation.

With a big boost from Passerelle Investment Co., SFMOMA has scheduled numerous indoor and outdoor exhibits and programs, some of which involve community participation.

Consider SFMOMA’s presence an opportunity to be educated – and challenged – by the visuals and concepts the artists present. The artists, in turn, want to learn about us. Communication is a two-way street, and art is always about communication. For instance, filmmaker Mike Mills, who has set up shop at the Costume Bank on State Street, features interviews of children whose parents work in high-tech. The artist gleans their views on the future, and viewers learn what children are honestly thinking.

Another exhibit, Katerina Seda’s “Everything Is Perfect,” invites residents to submit unique facts involving “everyday attributes,” such as “the bluest eyes or the largest collection of salt and pepper shakers.” Seda will choose from the submissions, display them in her exhibition space at 359 State St. and publish a record book, similar to the “Guinness Book of World Records.”

Some of the pieces are whimsical, such as Jessica Stockholder’s painted Fourth and State streets intersection and Chris Johanson’s playful, inflated question-mark “sculpture” at Village Park.

The artwork exercises the mind – and the body, too. You have to walk around downtown to really see it. That means more “feet on the street,” a long-sought-after goal for downtown vitality. Thank you, SFMOMA.

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