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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 ad...

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Police update reveals recent drop in home burglaries

An update on police activities last week included a sliver of good news for Los Altos homeowners – burglaries are down in the early part of the city’s current fiscal year.

Police Chief Tuck Younis reported to the Los Altos City Council that 14 burglaries occurred in the city during the first quarter of the 2013-2014 fiscal year, 18 less than the previous year during the same time period. He added that the second quarter of this year is tracking “about the same” as 2012-2013.

Still, Younis told the Town Crier that he’s taking a cautious approach to the news. Overall, he noted, crime increased nearly 13 percent in the city in 2012. In the county, 2012 crime bumped up 18 percent.

“Right now it’s probably too early to call this a downward trend, but it is encouraging,” he said.

According to Younis, the 2012-2013 fiscal year saw 118 burglaries in the city, 73 more than the previous year – a bump he called “a very significant increase for us.”

On a calendar-year basis, the city showed a spike of 37 burglary incidents in 2012. Younis, however, noted that the lopsided numbers were partly attributable to a 13-year low in burglary crimes reported in 2011.

Younis’ revelation was part of a larger update to the city council about the state of police affairs in the city.

He highlighted the department’s overhauled and user-friendly website – which occurred as part of the city’s overall website redesign earlier this year and increased social media efforts to better engage residents.

“It’s just another opportunity to get feedback from the community and engage in dialogue,” he said, adding that residents can also receive neighborhood crime news via mobile apps like crimereports.com.

Younis pointed out that residents could now file online traffic and code enforcement complaints through the redesigned site.

“We feel that our best asset in our crime-fighting efforts is our community,” Younis told the council. “An engaged community, a community that knows what’s going on in their neighborhoods, is best for us.”

Finally, Younis added that a new tri-city computer-aided dispatch and records management system, which includes the cities of Mountain View and Palo Alto, is slated to roll out in February. The department’s dispatchers are scheduled to begin training on the shared system this week.

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