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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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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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