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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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Satterlee takes over as Los Altos mayor


Diego Abeloos/Town Crier
Megan Satterlee, with her son Wardin and husband Clay, is sworn in as mayor of Los Altos.

The Los Altos City Council Nov. 26 voted unanimously to return Councilwoman Megan Satterlee to a role she’s held before – mayor.

Satterlee, who previously served as mayor in 2009, took the seat occupied by Councilman Jarrett Fishpaw the past year. Satterlee then nominated Councilwoman Jan Pepper as the city’s new mayor pro tem.

Following tradition, Fishpaw and Satterlee presented each other with engraved medals. Fishpaw – who at 25 became the city’s youngest mayor a year ago – handed Satterlee the key to the city, telling her jokingly that it “didn’t fit on my key ring.”

With son Wardin accompanying her on the dais, Satterlee thanked her husband and fellow councilmembers for their support and pledged to run “efficient and effective” council meetings. She also called for open dialogue with the public and creating an atmosphere “where councilmembers are open to each other’s ideas and where we move forward (on areas) where we have common agendas.”

Satterlee later told the Town Crier that she sees the council’s annual retreat, scheduled Dec. 14, as the initial opportunity to discuss and formulate common goals and objectives for the city in 2014.

“A member of the public said to me today, ‘Don’t try to do everything poorly. Try and do a couple of things well,’” Satterlee said. “So the question we’ll have to answer on the 14th is: Are there a couple of things we all want to do well or are we spreading ourselves thin because our interests are spread thin?”

Satterlee noted that this year’s retreat would likely be a two-part process that includes the use of an outside facilitator. While the council is slated to discuss a host of pressing city issues and formulate its 2014 goals, it will also spend time during the daylong session “gaining a better understanding of each other’s styles so that, again, we can collaborate more effectively and efficiently,” she said.

She also noted a personal focus on transportation issues “in the broadest possible sense,” citing safety issues for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists, as well as traffic-calming and congestion concerns in some parts of the city.

Reflecting on his year as mayor, Fishpaw noted that while the functions are ceremonial in nature, being at the helm of a city presented a “learning curve” and left him with a deeper appreciation for the role overall.

“It is challenging sometimes, because there are expectations that people have that the mayor can fix, change or do anything,” he said. “That’s really not the case – you’re always working with the rest of your council to build consensus.”

Pepper, meanwhile, told those in attendance that she remains committed to the principles she set forth during her election campaign in 2012. She pointed specifically to her commitment to transparent and inclusive governance, open and respectful dialogue with residents and environmental sustainability.

Like Satterlee, Pepper said the council’s upcoming retreat could serve as an opportunity to set a collaborative tone for the upcoming year.

“We’ve worked together for a year now, so we know each other a little better,” she said. “Hopefully, we can really coalesce as a group and figure out how to get some things done together.”

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