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City looks to best practices on public benefits

City looks to best practices on public benefits


City officials and concerned residents gathered this month in attempts to better define Los Altos’ public benefits law.

The ordinance, which sets out how developers can offer the city certain assets in exchange for modified site standards, h...

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Schools

LASD re-examines middle school model

During a study session March 13, the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees didn’t quite go back to the drawing board, but called for new research before making a decision on the long-running debate over whether to move sixth-grade students to j...

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Community

SV Clean Energy presentation draws a crowd

SV Clean Energy presentation draws a crowd


Gary Hedden/Special to the Town Crier
Don Bray, left, educates a March 15 gathering about the benefits of the Silicon Valley Clean Energy program.

Nearly 100 people attended a March 15 presentation on Silicon Valley Clean Energy, trends in the solar...

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Sports

Jarmon hooked by Horns, headed to UT for football

Jarmon hooked by Horns, headed to UT for football


Courtesy of Kai Jarmon
Senior Kai Jarmon scores a touchdown for the Los Altos High football team last fall.

Texas is in Kai Jarmon’s blood – well, more like his bloodline. His dad, two cousins and aunt attended the University of Texas, ...

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Letters to the Editor

Adding ‘mystery lane’ would solve I-280 jams

Regarding the Town Crier article “I-280 bottleneck proves both dangerous and frustrating” (March 8):

Solution: Fix Interstate 280 by adding the “mystery lane” that dis...

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Healing art: Restoration 'doctor' preserves damaged objects

Healing art: Restoration 'doctor' preserves damaged objects


Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Art restorer Rho Brown performs delicate preservation work in her Los Altos studio, above. Once fully restored, below left, it’s difficult to tell which cherub was previously missing its head. Brown’s studio co...

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Business

Have we lost that Los Altos feeling?

Have we lost that Los Altos feeling?


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Curt Powell suggests that the city embrace as an icon the bespoke lamp posts installed in the 1960s by his father, whose vision of a modern village still has appeal among residents today.

As Los Altos p...

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SYLVIA ASENDORF

Sylvia Asendorf died in her home in Los Altos Hills on March 15, 2017. She was 89.

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News

City looks to best practices on public benefits

City looks to best practices on public benefits

City officials and concerned residents gathered this month in attempts to better define Los Altos’ public benefits law.

The ordinance, which sets out how developers can offer the city certain assets in exchange for modified site standards, has become controversial as new construction is pla...

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Business

Have we lost that Los Altos feeling?

Have we lost that Los Altos feeling?

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Curt Powell suggests that the city embrace as an icon the bespoke lamp posts installed in the 1960s by his father, whose vision of a modern village still has appeal among residents today.

As Los Altos prepares for changes to its downtown triangle, resi...

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Sports

Jarmon hooked by Horns, headed to UT for football

Jarmon hooked by Horns, headed to UT for football

Courtesy of Kai Jarmon
Senior Kai Jarmon scores a touchdown for the Los Altos High football team last fall.

Texas is in Kai Jarmon’s blood – well, more like his bloodline. His dad, two cousins and aunt attended the University of Texas, and his grandparents met there as students.

Those...

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Community

SV Clean Energy presentation draws a crowd

SV Clean Energy presentation draws a crowd

Gary Hedden/Special to the Town Crier
Don Bray, left, educates a March 15 gathering about the benefits of the Silicon Valley Clean Energy program.

Nearly 100 people attended a March 15 presentation on Silicon Valley Clean Energy, trends in the solar industry, electric vehicles, battery technology a...

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Comment

Letters to the Editor

Adding ‘mystery lane’ would solve I-280 jams

Regarding the Town Crier article “I-280 bottleneck proves both dangerous and frustrating” (March 8):

Solution: Fix Interstate 280 by adding the “mystery lane” that disappears at Magdalena Avenue, then reappears a few ...

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Perspective: Embracing diversity may be difficult, but it could unite the world

Our latest struggles as a nation with human diversity remind me of one of my math classes. One would make an initial assumption and then continue with the proof. If the result was a contradiction, one would conclude that the original assumption must have been false.

Any assumption that leads to the...

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Schools

LASD reviews school accountability tool

LASD reviews school accountability tool

Courtesy of California School Dashboard
The California School Dashboard ranks school performance by color.

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees reviewed the new California School Dashboard and heard a proposal for a time-sensitive solar project at last week’s board meeting.

The Ca...

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Special Sections

Senior Program Briefs

The Los Altos Senior Program is located at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays.

The Grant Park Senior Program is located at 1575 Holt Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

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Stepping Out

'Calligraphy' signs off

'Calligraphy' signs off

Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Noriko (Emily Kuroda) relives the moment when she met her GI husband Eamon (William Thomas Hodgson) in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s regional premiere of “Calligraphy.”

This is the final weekend to catch the TheatreWorks production of “Calligraphy” at the L...

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Magazine

Spring brings a flurry of family-friendly events

Spring brings a flurry of family-friendly events

Courtesy of Smuin
Smuin’s “Dance Series 01” is a mixed repertory program featuring a world premiere.

As the weather warms and the Chinese Pistache trees begin to blossom, the Los Altos area welcomes spring with a variety of family-friendly events.

From the Peninsula Youth Theatre’s "Cats" to P...

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West Bay Opera takes another stab at ‘Tosca’


courtesy of WEst Bay Opera
Soprano Stacey Stofferahn sings the title role in West Bay Opera’s production of “Tosca,” slated to open next weekend in Palo Alto.

West Bay Opera’s production of “Tosca” is scheduled Oct. 11-20 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto, with a preview set for Thursday.

A new production of Giacomo Puccini’s classic tale of passion, oppression and death, the opera premiered in 1900. It is based on a work by French playwright Victorien Sardou.

“The Tosca story is about what perfectly reasonable people will do when pushed to extremes by the circumstances,” said Jose Luis Moscovich, West Bay Opera’s general director and conductor. “It makes for great theater and even better opera. Puccini was a genius at making the stage sizzle with passion, whether it was love, lust, murder or, in this case, all of the above.”

Philip Skinner – who portrayed Iago in last season’s “Otello”– returns to West Bay Opera as Scarpia, Rome’s unscrupulous chief of police. Soprano Stacey Stofferahn performs the title role. The cast includes David Gustafson (as Mario Cavaradossi), Nadav Hart (Spoletta), William O’Neill (Angelotti), Carl King (the Sagrestano) and Matthew Pierce (Sciarrone).

“We have a cast that will deliver the goods,” Moscovich said. “People will be on the edge of their seats – even though they already know how it ends.”

Fully staged in the original Napoleonic period setting, “Tosca” features lavish costumes and video-enhanced sets.

This marks West Bay Opera’s sixth production of “Tosca.” It will be sung in Italian, with English titles from a new translation Moscovich prepared specifically for this production.

Performances are slated 8 p.m. Oct. 11, 2 p.m. Oct. 13 (followed by a post-performance discussion with the cast and directors), 8 p.m. Oct. 19 and 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road. A free preview with piano is set for 8 p.m. Thursday at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.

For tickets and more information, visit WBOpera.org.

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