Steady as she goes : Evilsizer retires after 39 years with town of Los Altos Hills

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Jeanne Evilsizer, right, visits with former Los Altos Hills City Manager Bob Crowe at her May 8 retirement party. Crowe hired Evilsizer back in 1976.

In 1976, Jeanne Evilsizer graduated from college, got married and started working for the town of Los Altos Hills. She liked the job in the permitting department so much that she stayed 39 years.

Evilsizer, 60, called it a career and officially retired Friday from her position as a building/planning technician. A retirement party at Town Hall followed. The large gathering included current and former council members and staff, friends and family. In a final ode to stability, Evilsizer drove off in the same car she drove on her first day to work – a 1964 two-door Chevelle.


Kopp to talk high-speed rail at SPARC meeting

Judge Quentin L. Kopp is scheduled to discuss high-speed rail in a presentation titled “Crazy Train or the Big Engine That Could?” at the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition meeting 6 p.m. May 20 at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.

Kopp, 86, one of the original champions of high-speed rail in California, is now speaking out against the plan.


Emmy Award-winning sportscaster hits home run with Rotary Club of Los Altos

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Sportscaster Mark Ibanez of KTVU Channel 2 fame, from left, greets Los Altos Rotarians Kendra Gjerseth and Bob Adams after his April 30 presentation at the club’s weekly meeting.

KTVU Channel 2 Sports Director Mark Ibanez said he has spent more than three decades “walking the fine line between being aggressive and obnoxious.”

Ibanez, winner of three Emmy Awards, discussed his 35-year sportscasting career at a Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting April 30, drawing laughter with his personal stories.


Community planner offers advice on Los Altos Civic Center


Los Altos Forward hosted a Community Conversation April 30 with design and community planning expert Christopher Beynon sharing how his visions and concepts for land use have translated into action-oriented projects in numerous cities.

Beynon, principal and director of planning and design services at MIG Inc., is a national leader in the revitalization of city centers and urban environments, directing projects that result in change for cities throughout North America.


Chilean volcano erupts, surprises travelers

Photos courtesy of Ron and Anne Murphy
Ron and Anne Murphy of Los Altos show newspaper headlines about the April 22 Calbuco volcano eruption – along with a copy of the Town Crier.

When Ron and Anne Murphy of Los Altos traveled to Chile and Argentina last month, they expected a little adventure. But they got more than they bargained for.

In Chile, their tour bus passed by the Calbuco volcano as it began erupting April 22 for the first time in four decades.


Morning Forum of Los Altos presenter explores mysteries at wreck site of the Titanic

Kathryn Tomaino/ Special to the Town Crier
Maritime archaeologist James Delgado describes his 2.5-mile descent to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean and his up-close-and-personal view of the doomed Titanic.

A maritime archaeologist vividly portrayed the fate of the Titanic, the large and luxurious cruise ship befitting its name, in a May 5 Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation, “Diving and Documenting the Titanic Wreck Site: What We Are Still Learning.”

James Delgado, Ph.D., director of the Maritime Heritage Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has participated in shipwreck expeditions throughout the world.


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