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Dec. 1 gala commemorates Los Altos’ 60th anniversary

The city of Los Altos has scheduled a 60th Anniversary Gala 6:30-10:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at St. William Parish, 611 S. El Monte Ave.

The event will feature dinner and entertainment. Larry Chu Jr., son of Lawrence Chu of Chef Chu’s fame, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Local television outlet KMVT has produced a 10-minute historical video under the direction of Los Altos Mayor and 60th Anniversary Chairwoman Val Carpenter. Los Altos historian Don McDonald has written a script that the History Players will perform. Anniversary cake will be served.

The incorporation papers for the city of Los Altos were filed in Sacramento Dec. 1, 1952, making the new city the 11th in Santa Clara County.

In 1906, attracted by the natural beauty of the land, its proximity to the county seat of San Jose and the cultural attraction of nearby Stanford University, Paul Shoup, Southern Pacific railroad executive, joined with colleagues to purchase 140 acres of land from Sarah Winchester. They formed the Altos Land Company and designed a plot map that laid out the downtown business triangle and the residential area along University Avenue.

The company advertised Los Altos as “the loveliest place on the Peninsula.” It offered San Franciscans free railroad excursions for a day in the country, including complimentary picnics alongside the tracks in Los Altos.

By 1949, town leaders, fearing annexation by the neighboring cities of Mountain View and Palo Alto, realized that incorporation was a way to control zoning and development. After a bitter campaign and election, Los Altos incorporated as a city.

The 60th Anniversary Gala is open to the public. Reservations are required. Tickets are $75 per person.

For online reservations, visit losaltosrecreation.org. To purchase tickets in person, visit the Los Altos Recreation Office 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 97 Hillview Ave. To purchase tickets by mail, make checks payable to the Los Altos Recreation Department and mail to 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos 94022. Include a telephone number and email address.

To reserve a table for eight or 10, call 947-2790.

The reservation list will be at the door. No printed tickets will be issued.

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