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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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Letters to the Editor

Merger solution makes sense

We thought the “Other Voices” column by Bruce Barton was spot on (“Solution for BCS/LASD – a merger,” Nov. 20).

It would benefit everyone in Los Altos to have this top-performing school join our top-performing school district as a magnet school. Bullis Charter School could continue its innovative programs and be open to all Los Altos School District students on a lottery basis.

There are highly successful examples of magnet schools in neighboring districts.

Christa McAuliffe School in Cupertino has a similar structure to Bullis Charter School. It is a K-8 grade school, asks for a substantial parental contribution to finance aides and field trips, requires parental involvement and features a curriculum stressing creative thinking and teamwork. Teachers are part of the Cupertino teaching force, but a parental committee helps select teachers suitable for this special program.

Palo Alto boasts Herbert Hoover Elementary School, which features back-to-basics education, while Mountain View is home to Mariano Castro School, with its dual Spanish/English immersion program.

The district would need to allow Bullis Charter School autonomy in its innovative programming. The Santa Clara County Board of Education could oversee the transition and make sure that the charter school maintains its identity.

If Bullis Charter School becomes an additional option for Los Altos students, we believe that the entire city would breathe a sigh of relief and be much more willing to support a bond measure to build the new schools we need.

We urge other concerned residents to contact the district, county and charter school boards with support for this innovative and excellent proposal by the editor of the Town Crier.

Emily and Jim Thurber

Los Altos

Unified school system could stop conflicts

Thank you for your thoughtful recommendation that the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School join together under one leadership, eliminate the monies spent for lawyers and concentrate on their mission to provide quality education.

Hopefully, the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School will focus their efforts to create one unified system for our schoolchildren and stop the petty bickering that inhibits unification.

Norbert Kordsmeier

Los Altos

Downtown’s rigid enforcement hurts appeal

I simply want to point out that Los Altos is sending strong mixed signals about welcoming visitors to its downtown during the holidays, especially when so much construction is happening on First Street.

Two weeks ago, I received a $51 parking ticket – while performing 10 minutes of volunteer work.

After discovering that my car had extended 3 feet into an unexpected and unseen “short” red zone adjacent to a green 15-minute parking space, I sent a request to have the citation dismissed along with photos.

I cannot understand how this red zone and citation is reasonable and am inclined not to visit downtown again. It’s not about the money – at least not for me.

Dana Hendrickson

President and founder

Rebuild Hope

Post office grounds need improvement

The post office at Loyola Corners needs urgent help with grounds maintenance. Could an article in your paper bring out volunteers to cut back weeds and improve the appearance from the street? At least you should find out why nothing has been done there for months.

C. Barber

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