East Coast Home & West Coast Gardens

Posted on March 29, 2013 by  
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1030 Estrellita Way, Los Altos, CA 94022
Listed at $2,788,000 / Sold at $2,875,000
4 Bed / 3 Baths / Home: 2,875 sqft / Lot Size: 18,200 sqft +/-
Single Family Detached
Represented: Seller

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The Villages – A Senior Enclave

Posted on March 28, 2013 by  
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37927 Caledonia Drive, San Jose, CA 95153
Listed at $678,000 / Sold at $703,500
2 Bed / 2 Baths / Home: 2,034 sqft / Lot Size: 4,960 sqft +/-
Single Family Detached
Represented: Seller

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Los Altos Students Helping Haiti

Posted on March 28, 2013 by  
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Los Altos High School’s Haiti Solidarity Club has embarked on a mission to help its sister school in the Caribbean country’s capital, Port-au-Prince.

Sixty members of the club and a group of supporters recently hosted a fundraiser, netting approximately $30,000 for the Society of Providence United for the Economic Development of Pétion-Ville (SOPUDEP).

SOPUDEP, a Haitian-founded and -run grassroots social agency, provides free, accessible education to adults and children and supports economic empowerment for the poor. The school’s goal is to use the power of education to improve the quality of life for the poorest members of the community and instill pride and hope for a better future.

Over the February winter break, a group of 28 – including two teachers, a parent and Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Superintendent Barry Groves – visited SOPUDEP to deliver the aid and reconnect with Haitians the students met on previous trips.

“It’s safe to say that for everyone, it was one of the best experiences of our lives,” said Los Altos High teacher Seth Donnelly, trip organizer. “We had a wonderful bonding experience with the SOPUDEP students and family members.”

During the trip, the Los Altos students heard from a number of humanitarian organizations in Haiti, provided hard labor to help with construction at SOPUDEP and interacted with the school’s students.

“There was a high level of interaction between our students and the SOPUDEP students,” Donnelly said. “Our students learned a lot. Even though their Haitian counterparts don’t have a lot of physical things to give, they really raised awareness of the root causes of poverty in Haiti and what we can do to help. We see a strong ethic of solidarity these folks have in these grassroots organizations – that helps us further develop solidarity here at home.”

Los Altos High student Amanda Spielman said the trip was a culture shock, but interactions with the Haitian people were the highlights.

“There is such a beauty within Haiti,” she said. “People’s hearts are so beautiful and they are so proud of their people. The people in Haiti are working toward rebuilding their nation and they are just the most incredible people.”

Spielman worked with a group of SOPUDEP’s student leaders. Club members brought them a set of microscopes and demonstrated how to use them to test water quality, and also donated athletic equipment and recorders.

“(Demonstrating the microscopes and recorders) gave us a medium to work with the students,” she said. “That is everything we stand for. The trip wasn’t about just giving them something, it’s about working with them and building that relationship.”

Donnelly said Los Altos is the primary source of aid for the 17-classroom school.

“A lot of folks (in Los Altos) haven’t quite had the opportunity yet to see the bigger picture and how deep the poverty gets in the world and how intense the suffering can be,” he said. “This trip and relationship with SOPUDEP is really important to raise global consciousness.”

The Haiti Solidarity Club has scheduled a rummage sale 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Los Altos High School cafeteria, 201 Almond Ave.

Items for sale will include clothes, sporting goods, bicycles, helmets, cookware, small appliances, CDs, DVDs, books and small furniture.

Club members will accept donations 4-7 p.m. Friday in the high school cafeteria.

To donate or for more information, email Donnelly at seth.donnelly@mvla.net.

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Another North Los Altos Listing

Posted on March 21, 2013 by  
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With a very competitive real estate market, and low inventory, we’re showcasing another North Los Altos properties we’ve just listed.  Please take a moment to preview the property, via the web site below, and then let us know if you have any questions. If you are interested in a private showing, please feel free to call us at 650-823-1434.

East Cost Home & West Coast Garden in North Los Altos …

A Gorgeous, traditional East Coast home in a highly sought after North Los Altos location.  1030 Estrellita Way is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2875 +/-sf  home, located on an 18,000+/- sf lot.  Click here, or simply type 1030EstrellitaWay.com into your browser.

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Local Water Exhibition Wins Award

Posted on March 21, 2013 by  
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Nearly 9,000 guests viewed the “Shaped by Water: Past, Present & Future” exhibition at the Los Altos History Museum from October 2011 through April 2012.

The exhibition has had a ripple effect, winning recognition for its educational value at the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards.

“The exhibition connects people to our most vital natural resource – water,” said Peter Drekmeier, spokesman for the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards and Bay Area program director for the Tuolumne River Trust. “There’s often a big disconnect between consumers and where our water comes from.”

According to Drekmeier, “Shaped by Water” was an innovative display that could be replicated by other organizations.

The group’s 19-member coalition reviewed all nominations and noted that they were particularly impressed that the Los Altos History Museum’s exhibition was an effort spearheaded by an all-volunteer committee.

“In a time of budget cuts for nonprofits, it’s really vital for volunteers to step in,” Drekmeier said.

With the mission of educating audiences on how water influenced the history of the Santa Clara Valley and how water consumption will impact its future, “Shaped by Water” was the vision of a group of local volunteers.

Volunteer Trish Mulvey said she nominated the exhibition for the award because she was inspired by “the incredible dedication and teamwork of the entire committee in successfully moving from concept to ‘big idea.’”

“When you look at all the things that the exhibition lays out, I think it’s magic,” she said.

Los Altos artist Linda Gass, curator of the exhibition, was honored last year by the Silicon Valley Watershed Summit for her contributions to the project.

Following its stop at the Los Gatos History Museum last year, “Shaped by Water” is scheduled for display at History San Jose, 1650 Senter Road, through Sept. 8.

For more information, visit historysanjose.org/wp/exhibits-activities/hotel-gallery.

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MVLA Construction On Schedule

Posted on March 10, 2013 by  
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New classroom buildings at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools are taking shape and on schedule for completion in August – just in time for the next school year.

The classroom additions are among the projects funded by the $41.3 million Measure A bond passed in 2010. Joe White, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s associate superintendent for business services, said construction of the classrooms – and renovations to some existing ones – would cost approximately $18 million to $19 million.

The two-story building under construction at Los Altos High – located behind the weight room, adjacent to the athletic fields – will house nine general-education classrooms and three art rooms.

Two single-story buildings are scheduled for Mountain View High, both at the front of the campus along Bryant Avenue. The larger building will include a wing of nine general-education classrooms; the other will comprise three science classrooms (an earth science and two physics rooms) and include prep space for those classes.

In addition to the new classrooms, White said the district is ready to solicit bids to renovate existing classrooms at both schools. Plans at Los Altos High include converting two art classrooms and a math classroom into three science rooms. The band room will be expanded as well. At Mountain View High, two physics classrooms will be converted into biology rooms.

The renovations at Mountain View High are scheduled for completion before the start of the next school year, according to White. Renovations at Los Altos High should be finished by November.

White said the district has been receiving funds for its solar canopies – also built with money from Measure A – faster than anticipated. The new classroom buildings will boast solar-energy panels on the roofs. Funds received from energy-saving programs go directly into the district’s general fund, benefiting students in the classroom, he added.

A plan to refurbish Los Altos High School’s tennis courts is also in the works, according to White, but the funds will not come from Measure A. Construction crews currently are using some of the courts to house materials.

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