Additional High School Campus Improvements

Posted on November 20, 2010 by  
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There are many reasons to move into Los Altos.  Consistently, however, most people speak about the great schools.  One thing to know about Los Altos, it’s always improving upon the foundations of success.  One such area are the High School facilities.

Recently, the Town Crier published an article on the upcoming renovation efforts following the successful school bond election in June.   It’s great to see the High School District investing in sustainable projects.  Here is a slightly edited recap of the article.  Enjoy …

Mountain View Los Altos Union High School officials prioritized the projects that the $41.3 million bond initiative, approved June 8, will fund.

The district designated the bond money for new classrooms, science labs, energy-efficient upgrades, fire and safety improvements, a new swimming pool at Mountain View High School and solar canopies at both schools.

Scheduled to begin construction Nov. 29 and end in April, the installation of solar canopies in the school parking lots is the first project. The board recently approved a contract with Cupertino Electric Inc. to install a 1.2-megawatt solar-panel system at each high school. The solar canopies are estimated to meet 45 percent of the district’s electrical needs.

“This is the equivalent of powering 100 average-size homes,” said Superintendent Barry Groves in a release to the Town Crier.

The systems will comprise approximately 95,000 square feet of photovoltaic canopies, located predominantly in the parking lots.

With $1.6 million in PG&E rebates and a savings of $250,000 annually, the $7.1 million project should pay for itself quickly as well as save electrical power. The power generated by the solar canopies is equivalent to that of 217 automobiles, the release reported.

District officials listed the approved projects, their estimated completion dates and their budget estimates.

• Solar projects, including new classroom additions: Phase 1 (parking lots), completion in 2011; Phase 2 (classrooms), completion in 2013, budget estimate $8.3 million.

• New classrooms and renovations to existing classrooms: completion in 2013, budget estimate $23.5 million.

• Fire and life safety upgrades, including repairs: completion in 2011, budget estimate $1.8 million.

• Technology fund for implementing new equipment and upgrades: completion in 10 years, budget estimate $2 million.

• School repairs, energy and environmental projects: ongoing work from 2011 through 2014, budget estimate $2.2 million.

• Mountain View High School pool and weight room: completion 2012, budget estimate $3.5 million.

For more information, visit www.mvla.net/bondinfo.

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33rd Annual Festival of Lights Parade

Posted on November 10, 2010 by  
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It’s that special time of year, again.  Since 1977, the Festival of Lights Parade has brought “A Child’s Holiday Fantasy” to life for the entire Los Altos community. Originally a small gathering of a few costumed storybook characters and a jolly Santa Claus, the parade has grown over the years to a dazzling display of lighted floats, local High School marching bands, and glowing costumed characters – although Santa with his sleigh and reindeer remains the star of the show!

Today, over 20,000 people of all ages gather the first Sunday after Thanksgiving to watch the Parade, one of the most popular Los Altos events of the year. It is a wonderful tradition for Los Altos.

Carol & I have have not missed a parade yet.  Even before we had kids, we enjoyed the parade as a symbolic slice of Americana.  Since then, both of our children have had a chance to be in the parade … one on a Fire Truck, and the other in a matching band.  In both 2004 & 2009, we were lucky enough to ride in the parade as a family.  This year, we are once again cheering all of the participants. It has been wonderful to have watched the parade for so many years, and to now share those memories with our clients and their familes.

Please note that, just like last year, the parade is set to begin at 6:00pm on Sunday, November 28. So, mark your calendars.  It is both a wonderful community tradition, and a great way to start the Holiday Season.  We hope to see you at there!

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Traditional Two Story Elegance

Posted on November 6, 2010 by  
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For the past 18 years, 1031 Estrellita Way has been home to a wonderful family that fully enjoyed living in Los Altos.  Being located in North Los Altos allowed them the ability to stroll to Town, enjoy the Hetch-Hetchy pathway, or dine at many of the nearby restaurants.  All of these community amenities are just minutes away on foot.

If entertaining at home is what you enjoy, the natural indoor/outdoor flow will provide a seamless experience for your guests.  If staying home is more your style, the abundance of light cascading through the windows allows for easy reading, relaxing and the full enjoyment of your surroundings.

This 4 bedroom 3 bath home has been almost completely remodeled and truly is move in ready.  The added benefit of a private back yard with both a cottage and a sparkling pool makes this home perfect for entertaining.

Contact us today for a private tour (650-823-1434).

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