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Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Two candidates have filed to run for the District 7 seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors in the Nov. 4 election. The water district, established in 1929, oversees and protects water resources in Santa Clara County....

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Schools

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Suzanne Woolfolk, assistant principal at Los Altos High, teaches a leadership course for Associated Student Body leaders.

Suzanne Woolfolk – new assistant principal at Los Altos High School – said she is happy...

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Community

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival


Courtesy of Los Altos Chamber of Commerce
The petting zoo is a highlight of the Los Altos Fall Festival. This year’s event is slated Oct. 4 and 5.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 23rd annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oc...

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Sports

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High halfback Sean Lanoza looks for running room against Burlingame in Saturday’s home opener.

The opening drive of Saturday’s game against Burlingame couldn’t have gone much better for the Los Altos High fo...

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Comment

Does Los Altos have a parking problem, or is it a symptom? : Other Voices

Yes, and yes. It appears that the downtown Los Altos parking problem is a symptom of the city’s “Sarah Winchester” approach to planning that instead of resulting in staircases to nowhere resulted in a hotel without parking required by code.(1)

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Special Sections

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market


Courtesy of Matthew Anello
The Shoup House dining room, above, features original elements. The 100-year-old house on University Avenue earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, a nod to its legacy as the home of city founder Paul S...

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Business

Longtime banker readies for retirement

Longtime banker readies for retirement


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Joanne Kavalaris is retiring at the end of October after spending the past 25 years of her banking career in downtown Los Altos.

A longtime Los Altos banker is calling it a career in a few weeks.

Joanne Kavalaris, Bank o...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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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

Pear builds wonderful 'House'

Pear builds wonderful 'House'


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Betsy Kruse Craig portrays Trish in the Pear Avenue Theatre production of “House,” which closes Oct. 5.

Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre is staging an unusual theater-going experience – producing two plays...

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Spiritual Life

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 add ...

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Transactions

Los Altos

1820 Austin Avenue, Whitman Trust to A. & A. James for $2,000,000

1348 Fairway Drive, Barba Trust to Wnj Family Trust for $1,850,000

576 Lassen Street, J. & P. Sprout to F. & E. Yen for $825,000

129 North Gordon Way, Enriques Ventures to X. Luo for $5,000,000

1252 Thurston Avenue, Far Creek Properties to J. Pearl for $2,650,000

Los Altos Hills

12682 Roble Veneno Lane, Sacks Trust to D. Afar for $2,050,000

12896 Viscaino Road, Bathina Trust to Lai Trust for $2,680,000

Mountain View

529 Anza Street, K. Thomas to T. Jackson for $424,000

440 Bedford Loop #68, C. Lo to B. Ness for $760,000

956 Bonita Avenue #8, S. Sramek to L. Yuen for $660,000

75 Devonshire Avenue #9, M. & C. Young to J. Demartini for $700,000

953 Eichler Drive, Fields Trust to M. Barreno for $1,650,000

135 Eldora Drive, R. Brunner to G. Brauner for $1,025,000

1200 Lubich Drive, J. & L. Garrett to K. Moraes for $1,725,000

278 Monroe Drive #30, J. & A. Kyllonen to D. Hammels for $560,000

453 North Rengstorff Avenue #5, C. Torres to C. Choi for $415,000

888 Sierra Vista Avenue, P. & C. Ryan to S. Kabel-Eckes for $1,476,000

1976 Silverwood Avenue, Filin Trust to E. Gerson for $565,000

1588 Spring Street, Montoya Trust to M. Subramanian for $835,000

2702 St. Giles Lane, M. Leclair to U. Kirazci for $1,375,000

467 View Street, Schwartz & Cloar-Schwartz Trust to N. Nedeljkovic for $1,100,000

500 West Middlefield Road #94, A. Ahumada to J. Wong for $410,000

500 West Middlefield Road #98, J. Bloom to T. Wingfield for $420,000

Cupertino

915 Miller Avenue, S. & R. Erlach to Y. & M. Mehta for $1,165,000

20211 Patric Court, M. & M. Oberg to Z. Liang for $1,800,000

10430 Sterling Boulevard, Tseng Trust to G. Narasimhan for $1,010,000

Overall

Los Altos

Total sales: 5

Highest sale: $5,000,000

Lowest sale: $825,000

Average sale: $2,465,000

Los Altos Hills

Total sales: 2

Highest sale: $2,680,000

Lowest sale: $2,050,000

Average sale: $2,365,000

Mountain View

Total sales: 16

Highest sale: $1,725,000

Lowest sale: $410,000

Average sale: $881,250

Cupertino

Total sales: 3

Highest sale: $1,800,000

Lowest sale: $1,010,000

Average sale: $1,325,000

– California REsource

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