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UPDATED: Missing Los Altos High School student found

UPDATED at 10:20 p.m. Jan. 21: Mountain View Police report that Avendano is safe after being located in Los Angeles County.

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The Mountain View Police Department is looking for 17 year-old Mountain View resident Lizbeth Avendano. Accordin...

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Schools

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions

MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on a proposal to exempt ninth-grade student-athletes from taking PE. Students take part in a physical education class at Mount...

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Community

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF

Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF


From Midnight Express Instagram
A group of millennial-aged Santas celebrating a night on the town prepare for a safe ride from San Francisco to their South Bay homes, courtesy of Cory Althoff’s new Midnight Express shuttle.

It’s no understatemen...

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Comment

More open than ever: Editorial

One of the Los Altos City Council’s objectives for 2015 is implementing an open-government policy. The title of the policy may be somewhat misleading, because it’s not as if the city has had a closed-government policy. But the new proposal goes beyon...

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Business

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine

Cassidy Turley, DTZ plan to combine


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Cassidy Turley, which has offices at 339 S. San Antonio Road, is combining with DTZ following its recent acquisition.

Commercial real estate services companies DTZ and Cassidy Turley have joined forces to operate as a sin...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

JUDY HOFFMANN

JUDY HOFFMANN

Judy Hoffmann passed away unexpectedly October 17, 2014 in New York City. It was only fitting Judy would be traveling and enjoying special adventures in so many different places until the very end.

Judy has lived since 1969 in Los Altos with her h...

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Travel

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill

Cuban photographer slated to appear at Foothill


Courtesy of Raúl Cañibano
Cuban photographer Raúl Cañibano is set to appear at Foothill College tonight. His work – including the image “Series: Guajira’s Land, Viñales, 2007,” right – is on display at the KCI Gallery t...

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View

TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View


Suellen Fitzsimmons/Special to the Town Crier
Christopher Tocco stars in TheatreWorks’ “2 Pianos 4 Hands,” which opened last week.

TheatreWorks’ production of “2 Pianos 4 Hands” is scheduled to run through Feb. 15 at the Mountain View Center fo...

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Spiritual Life

Start something great by ringing in the new year with prayer

There is a tradition, which I’m told originates in the Midwest, that calls for people to pray in the new year. A few years ago, I was invited to a friend’s house and a number of people stayed up until midnight (approximately two hours pa...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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State senator seeks to return money to Los Altos Hills

A bill sponsored by State Sen. Jim Beall (D-15th District) would return money to Los Altos Hills and other Silicon Valley communities.

On a recent visit with the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors (SILVAR), Beall explained Senate Bill 629, tax-equity allocation legislation that would require the county to redirect approximately $2.1 million in property taxes to the cities of Los Altos Hills, Cupertino, Monte Sereno and Saratoga beginning in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Because of the current tax formula, the cities receive less property-tax revenue (approximately 4 percent) than other cities in the state (7 percent). Beall said he is working to correct the inequity by requiring the Santa Clara County auditor to revise property-tax allocation formulas and reimburse the cities.

Beall said the matter is a question of fairness, because the loss in revenue has limited the ability of some cities to maintain library hours and provide adequate road repairs and parks and recreation services.

“We’re trying to correct that and working to have their property taxes returned to them,” he said of the affected cities. “Let’s work on that together.”

Beall also shared a bit of good news during his SILVAR appearance. After years of deficits, he said, California’s budget is healthy, with projections of a $2 billion surplus for 2014. Beall noted that this time around, the state needs to set aside much of that money as reserves.

“We need to avoid the tendency to overspend and keep a rainy-day fund,” he said.

Beall is also sponsoring SB 628, a bill on infrastructure financing around transit stations. The measure would require municipalities that use infrastructure-financing district bonds for transit projects to designate a portion of property-tax revenue to increase and improve lower- and moderate-income housing in the district.

During his chat with realtors, Beall outlined additional priorities, including advocating a good state drug and mental-health policy. Specifically, Beall noted that the state should focus on recidivism, as 70 percent of offenders released return to state prison after only a couple of years. A good drug and mental-health policy would not only help offenders, but also communities as a whole, he added.

Beall said money spent on incarceration continues to rise at the expense of education, leading to state tuition increases for public colleges and universities, forcing students to shoulder a heavier loan debt.

“Many families have these problems, and that’s bad for the economy,” Beall said. “For me, making policy to fund higher education and limit tuition increases is good for real estate.”

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors provided information for this article. For more information, email Rose Meily at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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