Los Altos City Manager Chris Jordan resigns two weeks after election

Los Altos City Manager Chris Jordan resigns two weeks after election

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COVID-19 Live Blog: County to step up enforcement over Thanksgiving weekend

COVID-19 Live Blog: County to step up enforcement over Thanksgiving weekend

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LASD records first COVID-19 case

LASD records first COVID-19 case

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A first-grader at Almond ...
Los Altos restaurants wonder about survival amid another COVID-19 surge

Los Altos restaurants wonder about survival amid another COVID-19 surge

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LASD lays out plans to bring older students back

LASD lays out plans to bring older students back

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Second- and third-graders ret...

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Flax flexes marketing muscles to catch colleges’ attention

Flax flexes marketing muscles to catch colleges’ attention

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Mountain View High’s Austin Flax races toward the end zone in last year’s rivalry game against Los Altos. Flax c...

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Other Voices: November, the month of gratitude

Anitha Rajesh

Los Altos resident Anitha Rajesh wrote this reflection on a feeling to share with her family and is sharing it here, too. How is your own household ta...

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Donald Elliott Willoughby

Donald Elliott Willoughby

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Don was born on 11/23/1930, and grew up in Columbia, SC.  He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Electrical Engineer...

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To-do list for holiday fun

To-do list for holiday fun

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Holiday lights illuminate the gardens and walk-ways at Filoli.

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Los Altos council member’s claims of threatening messages disputed by local activist group

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Los Altos council member’s claims of threatening messages disputed by local activist group

Members of the local activist group Justice Vanguard pushed back against claims by Los Altos City Councilwoman Lynette Lee Eng that she had received threatening messages from them during Tuesday's (Nov. 24) council meeting, when the council voted to enact police reforms and eliminate the school resou...

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Former sheriff’s rep for Los Altos Hills indicted

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Former sheriff’s rep for Los Altos Hills indicted

A grand jury has indicted the Santa Clara County undersheriff, a former liaison for the town of Los Altos Hills, for an alleged pay-to-play scheme involving concealed firearm (CCW) licenses offered for Apple iPads and San Jose Sharks hockey tickets.

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Let there be lights: Stadium lights at high schools complete, PA systems delayed

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Let there be lights: Stadium lights at high schools complete, PA systems delayed
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Stadium lights are now installed at Mountain View High School, above, as well as Los Altos High.

Newly installed stadium lights at Mountain View and Los Altos high schools were turned on for the first time last week, illuminating the football fields at both schools.

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LASD records first COVID-19 case

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LASD records first COVID-19 case
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A first-grader at Almond School, above, has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Los Altos School District saw its first diagnosed case of COVID-19 last week, when a first-grader at Almond School tested positive.

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Parade group pivots during pandemic, offers ‘Homage to Holidays’

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Parade group pivots during pandemic, offers ‘Homage to Holidays’
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The Festival of Lights Parade Association is featuring a "Homage to the Holidays Video" that includes parade float displays.

After more than 40 years with nary a cancellation, organizers of the downtown Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade faced the prospect of a second straight h...

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MVLA Scholars: Providing tutoring and mentoring for students

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MVLA Scholars: Providing tutoring and mentoring for students
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MVLA Scholars is dedicated to helping first-generation college students earn degrees and secure professional positions.

• Mission: The mission of MVLA Scholars, a program of Los Altos Community Foundation, is to help local, low-income, first-generation students achieve th...

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Flax flexes marketing muscles to catch colleges’ attention

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Flax flexes marketing muscles to catch colleges’ attention
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Mountain View High’s Austin Flax races toward the end zone in last year’s rivalry game against Los Altos. Flax committed to Drake University earlier this month.

It wasn’t just his performance on the football field and in the classroom that earned Austin Flax 13 c...

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Sports on the Side for Nov. 25

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Pinewood grad Jump on team ranked No. 2

The Stanford University women’s basketball team, which includes Pinewood School graduate Hannah Jump, ranks second in the Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll released earlier this month. Jump is a sophomore shooting guard who played an average of 10.6 minute...

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Other Voices: November, the month of gratitude

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Los Altos resident Anitha Rajesh wrote this reflection on a feeling to share with her family and is sharing it here, too. How is your own household taking a moment to do something that feels different this Thanksgiving? Let us know on Facebook or email elizar@latc.com .

“Acknowledging the good that you a...

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Editorial: Bad timing for Jordan resignation

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Anyone paying attention to Los Altos City Council meetings the past few years could see that City Manager Chris Jordan and the council were not getting along. So perhaps it’s not a surprise to learn of Jordan’s resignation.

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Los Altos resident Rosel Barowsky combines knitting talent with giving back

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Los Altos resident Rosel Barowsky combines knitting talent with giving back
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Rosel Barowsky knits a scarf last March for One Warm Scarf, which donates handmade knitted and crocheted items to local shelters.

“Live to give” could be Rosel Barowsky’s motto.

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Centenarian and Olympian still studies the classics

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“Challenge yourself with classes to maintain mental acuity and sharpness,” centenarian Dr. Paul Makler advised.

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Los Altos council to send letter disapproving of housing allocation figures

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The Los Altos City Council plans to submit a letter to the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) this week to voice its disapproval over proposed housing allocation figures from the state.

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Mountain View's Red Rock Coffee gets saved by anonymous investor

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Mountain View's Red Rock Coffee gets saved by anonymous investor
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An anonymous investor has purchased Red Rock Coffee, saving the downtown Mountain View coffee shop from likely closure.

When Jean Boulanger, the general manager of Red Rock Coffee in Mountain View, first read the description of the GoFundMe page posted in July to save the sho...

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Donald Elliott Willoughby

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Donald Elliott Willoughby

Don was born on 11/23/1930, and grew up in Columbia, SC.  He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Electrical Engineering while working in radio and television broadcasting.  He completed his military service in the U.S. Army Signal Core at Fort Huachuca, AZ and ...

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Jean Lozier McGuire

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Jean Lozier McGuire

Jean Lozier McGuire passed away peacefully on November 9, 2020 at the age of 97.

She was born January 26, 1923 in Des Moines, Iowa to Harve and Daisy Lozier, and had one brother, her beloved Richard.

Extremely intelligent, she earned a degree from Iowa State University where she studied Early Childhoo...

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Smuin concludes virtual fall series

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Smuin concludes virtual fall series
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Smuin Contemporary Ballet artist Lauren Pschirrer brings ballet to San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, performing a work featured in Smuin’s Virtual Fall Dance Series. The monthlong series closes Sunday.

Smuin Contemporary Ballet’s Virtual Fall Dance Series, which bega...

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Pear’s ‘Path Back to Me’ opens digitally next week

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Mountain View-based Pear Theatre’s 2020-2021 season continues with “The Path Back to Me,” a pair of one-woman shows about reaching for a lifetime aspiration and being surprised by what comes next.

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Reach beyond racism: Baha’i teachings emphasize unity and diversity

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“Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? That no one should exalt himself over the other. Ponder at all times in your hearts how ye were created. Since We have created you all from one same substance, it is incumbent on you to be even as one soul, to walk with the same feet, eat with ...

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New St. Simon pastor’s approach: ‘You need to welcome people to the table’

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The Rev. Brendan McGuire and friend.

St. Simon Catholic Parish recently appointed Father Brendan McGuire, a native of Ireland, to serve as its fifth pastor over the course of the church’s 65-year history.

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To-do list for holiday fun

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To-do list for holiday fun
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Holiday lights illuminate the gardens and walk-ways at Filoli.

Although the pandemic has canceled many travel plans and events for the holidays, a variety of local activities are still on the calendar, some virtual and others in person but socially distanced. A rundown of hol...

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Sweet memories: The cookie that soothes the tummy

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Sweet memories: The cookie that soothes the tummy
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Anise sesame cookies are crumbly, nutty and tender to the bite.

The holidays can be a frenetic mix of stress and festivities, where mounting bills, social obligations and long lines intermix with family gatherings, spiritual activities and sparkling lights.

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Auto burglars sweep through Whisman Station, Rex Manor

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Vehicles parked along Minaret Avenue, above, were among those targeted by auto burglars late Feb. 12 or early Feb. 13.

Updated Feb. 19 at 11 a.m.

Mountain View Police Department officers are investigating a rash of auto burglaries that left scores of vehicles in two local neighborhoods with shattered windows. 

The most recent incident occurred early Monday (Feb. 17) morning on Saw Mill Lane, a dead-end street near Bailey Park Plaza Shopping Center on Shoreline Boulevard, according to a police department press release. Burglars busted into a “still-to-be-determined” number of vehicles there at approximately 2:30 a.m.

Overnight between Feb. 12 and 13, burglars broke into an estimated 30-40 vehicles within a Central Park at Whisman Station parking lot and along Minaret and Ada avenues, which are nearby. The damaged vehicles included a Mercedes SUV, a Mazda3 sedan and a Honda Civic. A Chevy Bolt, Kia Rio and another Honda Civic parked just beside them remained unscathed.

The area’s proximity to several major highways might make it an attractive target for criminals seeking a speedy getaway route; Whisman Station is nestled between Highways 85 and 237 and boarded by Central Expressway. Overnight in late October, burglars busted into approximately 20 vehicles parked along Ferguson Drive near the Compass Way intersection, less than a half-mile away from the Whisman Station burglaries.

The police department credits alert Mountain View residents with helping detectives catch four auto burglary suspects in January by reporting suspicious activity in a timely manner. On Jan. 2, calls about two men trying vehicle door handles in the 1000 block of Grant Road led to the arrests of Richmond residents Ricardo Zepeda, 19, and Juan Rodriguez, 20, in connection to a burglary that later occurred near the intersection of Middlefield Avenue and Whisman Road. On Jan. 14, reports about auto burglaries on Gladys Avenue and Ellis Street and a package theft in the 100 block of Savannah Loop helped detectives nab Mountain View residents Scott Wolfe, 33, and Billie Mann, 28. Both incidents took place in the middle of the day.

“Unfortunately, despite these arrests, we continue to see individuals who would commit these crimes of opportunity coming into our communities across the Bay Area,” according to the release. “This is not just an issue in Mountain View – law enforcement agencies are seeing this issue in many cities.”

Authorities encourage drivers to refrain from leaving valuables in their vehicles and to secure anything within them that may prove tempting for criminals.

“Thieves will take anything they think may be of value to sell, including purses, bags, phones, wallets, and even sunglasses,” according to the release.

Report information about these crimes – and private surveillance video that might provide clues – by calling MVPD’s non-emergency line, 903-6344. Report crimes or suspicious activity in progress by calling 911. Learn about the MVPD’s “Park Smart” campaign by visiting mountainview.gov/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=1431&TargetID=9.

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