LAH History Committee presents tales of the Taaffes: one of town's first families

Courtesy of Los Altos Hills History Committee
The Taaffe family, pictured in this vintage photo, established roots in the Santa Clara Valley area that later became known as Los Altos Hills.

When Elizabeth Yuba Murphy married William Post Taaffe in 1862, her father gave the couple a 2,800-acre stock and grain ranch, part of what would one day be known as Los Altos Hills. Based on the town’s present-day median home price of $5 million and its 1-acre residential-lot minimum restrictions, that wedding gift would be worth an estimated $14 billion today.

“If they only knew what kind of present they were getting,” said Linda Taaffe, the couple’s great-great-granddaughter.


Rotary Club of Los Altos speaker spreads Super Bowl 50 fever

Lina Broydo/Rotary Club of Los Altos
Los Altos Rotarians David Smith, left, and Jerry Moison flank Super Bowl 50 Host Committee member David Perry after Perry’s Sept. 3 talk.

With Super Bowl 50 scheduled Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, David Perry of the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee spoke at the Rotary Club of Los Altos Sept. 3, promising a superlative event at the “most advanced and eco-friendly” stadium ever built.

The first Super Bowl was played in California, and the event will mark its golden anniversary in the Golden State. A golden 50-yard-line marker will grace the turf, and the committee will celebrate the legends of the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers, regardless of whether either team plays in this year’s Super Bowl.


Los Altos Hills History Committee seeks mementos for time capsule

Courtesy of Los Altos Hills History Committee
Duffy Price displays the town of Los Altos Hills’ 25th anniversary banner, a candidate for the town’s time capsule.

The circumstances behind Los Altos Hills’ last official time capsule remain nearly as murky as the contents themselves.

Here’s what’s clear: Members of a construction crew accidentally unearthed the eroded shoebox-sized metal container in 2005 while erecting the new town hall building.


Tour de Coop: Birds of a feather bike together

Children visit with feathered participants of the 2013 Tour de Coop. This year’s event will feature 40 coops and community farms.

Chateau Cluck. Cirque des Poulets. Downton Eggy. The Silicon Valley Tour de Coop, the annual parade of pun-slung poultry pads, returns Saturday, and the participation roster is packed.

“We’re definitely growing on the coop side, and we’ve expanded in terms of geography,” said Los Altos Hills resident Scott Vanderlip, the event organizer. “We have coops as far north as San Mateo and as far south as San Jose.”


'Hometown Heroes' honored as affordable housing advocates, mentors

Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Speakers and honorees at Friday’s “Hometown Heroes” event include, from left, Maureen Wadiak, CSA associate director; Tom Myers, CSA executive director; Susan Russell, honoree; Joe Simitian, county supervisor and keynote speaker; Jeannie Richter, honoree; and Dan Dodds, representative for honoree Raley’s Nob Hill grocers.

Speakers at Community Services Agency’s annual “Hometown Heroes” fundraising breakfast Friday focused on the urgent state of affordable housing in Santa Clara County.

The event, held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, gave CSA – the nonprofit social services safety net for Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills – the platform to honor this year’s “Heroes,” Los Altos residents Jeannie Richter and Susan Russell, for their philanthropic contributions to both CSA and the local community. Also honored was business partner Raley’s Nob Hill Foods, acknowledged for helping CSA fight hunger and food insecurity through a variety of programs throughout the year.


Rotary Club presentation highlights dispute resolution

John Hammerschmidt/Rotary Club of Los Altos
Dorit Perry, left, and Anky van Deursen flank Jerry Moison, president of the Rotary Club of Los Altos. Perry and van Deursen spotlighted the effectiveness of dispute resolution programs.

There’s a better way of dealing with noise from a neighbor’s house cleaners than yelling or taking the neighbor to court.

A free alternative is mediation through Los Altos Dispute Resolution Services. The program, formerly the Los Altos Mediation Program, is run by trained professionals and available to Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents, property owners and businesses.


Schools »

Read More

Sports »

Read More

People »

Read More

Special Sections »

Special Sections
Read More

Photos of Los Altos

Browse and buy photos