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Council eyes bond for Hillview center

Council eyes bond for Hillview center


The Los Altos City Council accepted an $87.5 million cost model for its preferred layout for replacing Hillview Community Center. 

Residents could cast their votes as soon as November on a bond measure to partially fund the redevelopment of...

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Schools

Oak students showcase creativity in Destination Imagination competitions

Oak students showcase creativity in Destination Imagination competitions


Courtesy of Jane Lee Choe
The Sharp Cheddars, a team of Oak Avenue School sixth-graders, perform at the Destination Imagination state competition Saturday in Riverside.

A team of seven Oak Avenue School sixth-graders traveled to Riverside last week...

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Community

Heising-Simons Foundation relocates to 400 Main St. property in Los Altos

Heising-Simons Foundation relocates to 400 Main St. property in Los Altos


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
All in the family: Mark Heising, from left, Caitlin Heising and Elizabeth Simons make up the board of the eight-year-old Heising-Simons Foundation, now in its new headquarters at 400 Main St. in downtown Los Altos.

The He...

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Comment

What would Bob do?: Editorial

The recent passing of an extraordinary Los Altos resident, Bob Grimm, has generated a range of heartfelt reaction, from sympathy to fond memories, from all corners. That’s because Bob did not discriminate in his desire to help others with his money, ...

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Special Sections

Cars that are right on track

Cars that are right on track


Courtesy of BMW
The BMW M4 is packed with power, featuring 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.

There’s nothing more fun than driving a responsive automobile that feels alive in the curves and eager to go when given more than a touch ...

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Business

First Street's 'Fort Knox' up for sale

First Street's 'Fort Knox' up for sale


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Los Altos Vault and Safe Deposit Co. is on the market for $4.5 million. Its fortified steel and concrete structure has been compared to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s gold depository.

A downtown Los Altos structure “b...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

JOHN BATISTICH

JOHN BATISTICH

John Batistich of Los Altos Hills died peacefully on March 12 surrounded by his family. John is survived by his wife Claire Batistich (Vidovich) of 67 years and children Gary Batistich of Lodi and Gay Batistich Abuel-Saud of Menlo Park. He is also ...

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Travel

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience


Eren Göknar/ Town Crier
Cavallo Point Lodge comprises former U.S. Army buildings, like the Mission Blue Chapel, repurposed for guests seeking a luxurious getaway.

It used to be a place where batteries of soldiers lived, with officers’ quarter...

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Stepping Out

'Fire' ignites in Mtn. View

'Fire' ignites in Mtn. View


Courtesy of Kevin Berne
The cast of “Fire on the Mountain,” includes, from left, Tony Marcus, Harvy Blanks, Molly Andrews and Robert Parsons.

TheatreWorks is slated to present the regional premiere of the musical “Fire on the Mountain” this wee...

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life Briefs

Oshman JCC hosts Judaism and Science Symposium

The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center has scheduled its inaugural Judaism and Science Symposium, “An Exploration of the Convergence of Jewish & Scientific Thought,” 5 p.m. April 12 at the JCC’s ...

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Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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Berlin Wall goes back up: Dedication of segments at MV library reflects change from Cold War icon to symbol of freedom


The dedication of the Berlin Wall, above, draws a large turnout at the Mountain View Public Library.

November 1989 marked the official fall of the infamous Berlin Wall, a Cold War icon that divided countries, political ideologies and family members. Recognizing the 24th anniversary of that historic event, Mountain View made history of its own Thursday when city officials and a prominent German family officially dedicated two segments of the wall in front of the city’s library.

San Francisco German Consul General Peter Rothen also was on hand to show his country’s appreciation of the city’s efforts to preserve and install the two 12-foot-high, multi-ton concrete slabs as historic monuments.

“This is a joyful occasion,” said Rothen, who referred to the wall remnants as “beautiful pieces that are now artwork.”

The two segments, adjacent to the front entrance of the library at 585 Franklin St., are encased in glass and stand adjacent to one another.

“These pieces should be seen by as many people as possible,” Rothen said, noting that the wall as a whole was a symbol of oppression but these dedicated pieces are now “symbols of freedom and democracy, and German-American friendships.”

Erected in 1961, the Berlin Wall separated East and West Germany. It ran for 96 miles and denied passage between the two sides. The fall of communism and the Soviet Union led to a prophecy fulfilled when then-President Ronald Reagan said to former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”

Shortly after the wall fell, Mountain View residents Frank R. Golzen and Kunigunda Golzen had two segments transported to property they owned on Marine Way. The segments stood on display on the Golzens’ land for more than 20 years until Frank passed away in 2008. Frank felt that the segments symbolized American resolve and freedom.

“Dad felt bringing a section of the Berlin Wall to the United States was a unique opportunity,” said daughter Renee Roberts, representing Golzen family members in attendance.

Roberts said her parents were born and raised in Germany but moved to America prior to World War II for a better way of life. The Golzens operated a successful Mountain View business for several decades.

Family members sold the Marine Way property last year. Concurrent with the sale, the family approached the city about the Berlin Wall sections. The city council accepted the segments Sept. 18, 2012, as a donation from the family.

The Visual Arts Committee, councilmembers and city staff selected the location in front of the library.

Both wall segments are littered with graffiti, drawn on the West German side.

One section shows an Elvis caricature, and scrawled on the other section is “Wir Lieben Dich,” which means “We Love You.”

Rothen said approximately 50 such Berlin Wall segments are now in the U.S., eight in California. Only two pairs are located in Northern California – the other pair is in Monterey.

In addition to introductory comments by Mayor John Inks, last week’s ceremony featured a performance by the string orchestra section of the Mountain View-based German International School of Silicon Valley.

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