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LASD teachers "draw line in sand" as trustees reopen contract negotiations

Traci Newell/Town Crier
Members of Los Altos Teachers Association attend the Sept. 28 Los Altos School District meeting, at which trustees voted to reopen contract negotiations.

Teachers attended last week’s Los Altos School District Board of Tr...

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BCS shares best practices with other schools

BCS shares best practices with other schools

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Administrators from Santa Clara County schools interact with Bullis Charter School students as part of the yearlong educator development program charter school officials initiated this year.

Bullis Charter School has bee...

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LAH resident's 'Chaos Theory': Performance benefits charity

LAH resident's 'Chaos Theory': Performance benefits charity

Courtesy of Vinita Sud Belani
Los Altos resident Vinita Sud Belani, right, stars alongside actor Puneet in the new EnActe Arts production of “Chaos Theory” opening Friday in Palo Alto.

There are a few conversation topics Vinita Sud Belani broac...

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Spartans stymie Vikings

Spartans stymie Vikings

Megan V, Winslow/Town Crier
Mountain View High defensive lineman Christopher Suarez picks up a fumble in Friday night’s game against Lynbrook.

Coach Shelley Smith would like to see his Mountain View High football team break the habit of playin...

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Support for the commons: The case for Measure A: Other Voices

As the Los Altos Community Foundation starts its 25th year, I have been thinking about its accomplishments. Certainly there are hundreds of folks whose lives have been impacted for the better, and even more whose lives have been enriched.

But how do...

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Better biscuits with bitters

Better biscuits with bitters

courtesy of Rita Held
Whether they’re dropped or rolled, homemade biscuits welcome fall with a savory/sweet blast of warmth from the oven.

Hardly anything is more satisfying than homemade biscuits warm out of the oven – except perhaps th...

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Delvv digs to lighten mobile info overload

Delvv digs to lighten mobile info overload

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Husband-wife duo Raefer Gabriel and Felice Miller Gabriel co-founded Delvv Inc., a mobile app development company that recently relocated to a colorful office space in downtown Los Altos.

Love it or hate it, most choose to k...

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Family man, NASA Research Scientist, Sunday School Teacher, fisherman, traveler, and long-time resident of Los Altos, Vernon John Rossow peacefully passed away in his home on Monday, September 21, 2015.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ruth...

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Lost & found: Travel often relies on the kindness of strangers

Some people will only buy a house if it’s brand new or custom built with no former occupants. Whenever you stay at a hotel, however, you’re usually moving in right after someone else has moved out.

Despite housekeeping efforts to sanitize the room, ...

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Stepping Out

'Proof' is in

'Proof' is in

Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Hal (Lance Gardner) reviews Catherine’s (Michelle Beck, center) mathematical theorems under the watchful eye of her sister Claire (Ashley Bryant) in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s production of “Proof.” The play...

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Spiritual Life

Healthy marriages preserve the couple at the heart of a family

I’m watching the marriage of my friends disintegrate. It is painful to watch, and the bad thing is that it didn’t need to happen. You can chalk this article up as general marriage advice, and not specifically a Christian message. But as I...

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Inside Mountain View

Hail to the new fire chief: Juan Diaz looks to maintain department's high standards

Hail to the new fire chief: Juan Diaz looks to maintain department's high standards

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Newly appointed Fire Chief Juan Diaz, pictured outside Mountain View Fire Station No. 1 on Friday, brings more than 30 years of experience to the position.

Mountain View officials appointed Juan F. Diaz the city’s ne...

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Insiders' Guide to Project Los Altos

11.20.2013 ProjectLosAltosGuideCrowds wielding quarter-page red guidebooks meander around downtown streets in search of artistic gems as part of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley.” Although some of the creations unfold on screen or gallery walls, many of the project installations involve visitors in more immersive experiences.

The Town Crier team toured the sites during the inaugural weeks of the project and compiled an insiders’ guide with navigation tips. Readers can clip the guide out, photograph it for cellphone viewing or even memorize it as a tool to impress guests. For a PDF version of our guide, click here.

Whether tackling one or two project installations at a time or all exhibits in one trip, lace up comfortable walking shoes for a modern-art treasure hunt.

“Project Los Altos” runs through March 2. Read the Town Crier for updates on special events scheduled during its stay.

Outdoor installations are open at all times. Indoor installations are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. For additional information visit

– Text and photos by Ellie Van Houtte


Indoor Installations

Costume Bank, 169 State St.

11.9.2013 SFMOMAProjectLosAltos-8190Mike Mills, “A Mind Forever Voyaging Through Strange Seas of Thought Alone: Silicon Valley Project”

• Enter through the Costume Bank, to its back room.

• Inspired by Silicon Valley’s transition, Mills’ installation includes a video of local youth describing their ideas of the future with short biographies and photos of eight people who work or live in the area.

• A copy of the April 1, 1976, Los Altos Town Crier enables visitors to review news events during the year Steve Jobs incorporated Apple Computer. A copy of Apple’s incorporation papers is in the centerfold.

Tip: Mills collected pieces of clothing from the subjects included in his installation and displays the articles on a rack in the corner of the room. Look closely at the labels.

242 State St.

11.9.2013 SFMOMAProjectLosAltos-8171Jeremy Blake, “Winchester”

• Inspired by San Jose’s Winchester House, built circa the 1880s by Sarah Winchester, who also owned the property that became the city of Los Altos. Blake’s three-screen film seems more psychedelic than spooky.

Tip: Allow at least 10-15 minutes for viewing.

11.9.2013 SFMOMAProjectLosAltos-8178Spencer Finch, “Back to Kansas”

• Configured in the shape of a movie screen, the blocks of this colorful grid are inspired by the colors found in the movie “The Wizard of Oz.”

Tip: View Finch’s piece just before and after sunset. As the sun sets around 5 p.m., relax in one of the comfortable sofas as the squares fade to gray. Cards and pencils are available to allow guests to mark the times when the different colors disappear.

271 State St.

11.6.2013 SFMOMAMediaTour-7122Christian Jankowski, “Silicon Valley Talks”

• Comfortable bright-green furniture invites guests to relax as they enter the dim space of Jankowski’s installation.

• Filmed talks by nine local entrepreneurs – ranging from how to write a poem to falling in love and an introduction to fly fishing and vacation – challenge visitors to get lost in the artistic presentation of the spoken word.

Tip: Jankowski filmed the series earlier this month, and the presentation includes local residents.

359 State St.

COMM SFMOMAProjectLosA fmtCharles Garoian

• A Los Altos High School art teacher for 17 years, Garoian’s slide show highlights nine performance-art pieces created with his students during his tenure.

Background article "Former LAHS teacher Garoian inspired a generation of 'misfits'"

11.6.2013 SFMOMAMediaTour-7106Katerina Šedá, “Everything Is Perfect”

• In Šedá’s vision, every Los Altos or Los Altos Hills resident is someone with “ordinary characteristics and talents.” Her installation involves the community as the primary subject of her artistic experiment.

• Unlike most of the other installations, Sedá’s project is a work in progress. A physical desk with submission forms and a computer allow viewers to submit a record for inclusion in a “Los Altos World Record Book,” scheduled for publication in the spring.

Tip: After visiting the submission desk, visit to see some of the current entries, ranging from the Youngest Mayor to the Longest Knitting Pig Hat.

Background Article: "Project Los Altos artist collecting everyday records from residents"

11.6.2013 SFMOMAMediaTour-7091bAlec Soth

• Enjoy a unique glimpse of Silicon Valley through Soth’s collection of black and white photographs.

• From obscure landscapes of tech headquarters to local residents in venues that defy the perceptions about the area, the collection illuminates iconic and everyday community scenes from a new perspective.

Outdoor Installations

Intersection of State and Fourth streets

10.21.2013 SFMOMA-9933Jessica Stockholder, “Cross Hatch”

• With an October unveiling, this street painting was SFMOMA’s first “Project Los Altos” exhibit to arrive in town.

• The piece incorporates shapes that mimic the triangular shape of downtown Los Altos.

• Sitting in the bleachers adjacent to the installation, visitors can observe pedestrians, cars and other elements as they intersect with the artwork.

Tip: Consider climbing the stairs located on the Plaza Central side of 142 State St. for a unique photo angle.

Background Article: "Bold strokes on State Street draw colorful reaction"

Shasta and First streets

11.9.2013 SFMOMAProjectLosAltos-8204Chris Johanson, “If You Are Open to It, You Can Find a Sign That Can Be a Sign”

• Finding this installation by Johanson can be difficult, but if visitors pay close attention to the intersection, they can spot a green post jutting from a building on the north side of Shasta Street.

Tip: This piece is best examined by viewing from all angles.

Lincoln Park

11.8.2013 SFMOMAProjectLosAltos-7208Chris Johanson, “Door Sculpture to Talk About the Idea of Different Possibilities You May Have to Process Your Life”

• A series of three life-size doors open at different angles represents the opportunities for change that individuals encounter in life and their willingness to embrace them.

• Colorful frames entice visitors of all ages, especially children, who can be spotted wandering through the installation on the way to school in the morning.

Tip: Stop by the installation on a foggy morning to experience a sense of serenity and mystery. The vibrant doors seem particularly prominent to the eye as a blanket of fog fades the traffic of Foothill Expressway and the giant redwood trees of Lincoln Park into the background.

Village Park

11.8.2013 SFMOMAProjectLosAltos-5434Chris Johanson, “I Do Not Know But Am Open to Learning”

• Johanson’s giant, inflated question-mark installation is easy to find.

Tip: Walk through and around the perimeter of the park to see how the landscape changes the way the sculpture is framed.

Civic Center Apricot Orchard

11.6.2013 SFMOMAMediaTour-7137Chris Johanson, “The Field Became an Orchard Became a House and Became an Orchard (in Los Altos)”

• Surrounded by an orchard of trees, it’s easy to miss this installation – a weathered door that rests on the ground. The door mysteriously seems to predate the tree growing through it.

Tip: As leaves change color and small yellow flowers blossom, November is the ideal time to visit the city’s signature orchard to peek at the installation.

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