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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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LAH Council Preview

The Los Altos Hills City Council is scheduled to meet 5:30 p.m. Thursday at town hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road. A reception to honor the town’s new council-selected mayor and vice mayor will follow. Below is a roundup of agenda items.

Committee presents results of Westwind search

After interviewing six vendors interested in assuming control of Westwind Community Barn, the interview committee is scheduled to present the results.

According to a memorandum issued in advance of Thursday’s meeting, the committe will recommend that two vendors, Torie Dye of Fremont Hills Country Club and Laura Stevens of Heather Hill Riding Academy, advance to the bidding phase.

The new vendor will be responsible for operating commercial boarding at the barn, in addition to Parks and Recreation riding programs, Pacific Ridge Pony Club horse leasing, facility scheduling, private lessons and portions of the 4-H equine services.

Sheriff’s contract up for renewal

Los Altos Hills’ 10-year contract with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office expires June 30, prompting staff to recommend renewing the agreement for law enforcement services.

Based on services provided, the Los Altos Hills Finance and Investment Committee found that contracting with the Sheriff’s Office is “comparatively low cost.” The Sheriff’s Office projects a per capita cost of $122 to provide services during the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the lowest among all communities served by the office.

Los Altos Hills budgeted 15.77 percent of its general fund for law enforcement services, slightly more than $1 million for fiscal year 2014. The Sheriff’s Office has served the town of Los Altos Hills since its incorporation in 1956.

Purissima Creek project set for construction

Approximately 1,200 native plants may soon replace poison hemlock, periwinkle, English ivy and other invasive species that populate a 2-acre stretch along Purissima Creek at O’Keefe Preserve in Los Altos Hills. If approved, the $155,000 project will begin in January and conclude in June.

A $98,425 grant from the Santa Clara Valley Water District, $34,200 from the town’s capital improvement account and an $18,848 in-kind contribution will fund the project.

Student volunteers from Bullis Charter School will participate in the planting along the banks of Purissima Creek during the native species restoration phase of the project.

Guardrail project aims to make Taaffe Road safer

Prompted by safety concerns from neighbors following a March 2012 accident along a sharp curve on Taaffe Road, the Planning Commission recommended the installation of a guardrail near the intersection at Elena Road.

If approved, project funding, estimated at $29,600, will come from the street capital improvements budget.

– Ellie Van Houtte

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