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Encyclopedia > Los Altos, California
City of Los Altos
Location of Los Altos within Santa Clara County, California.
Coordinates: 37°22′5″N, 122°5′51″W
Country United States of America
State California
County Santa Clara
Mayor Ron Packard
Area  
 - City 16.4 km²
 - Land 16.4 km²
 - Water 0.0 km²
Population  
 - City (2000) 27,693
 - Density 1,683.8/km²
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Website: http://www.ci.los-altos.ca.us/

Los Altos (IPA: [lɔs ɑltos]) is a city at the southern end of the San Francisco Peninsula, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The city is in Santa Clara County, California, United States. The population was 27,693 at the 2000 census. Image File history File links These unique entrance ornaments are placed on or next to all major thoroughfares to greet visitors to Los Altos, California. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (814x485, 11 KB) Summary Location map of Los Altos, California. ... Location of Santa Clara County within California. ... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... The political units and divisions of the United States include: the fifty states, which units are typically divided into counties and townships, and incorporate cities, villages, towns, and other types of municipalities, and other autonomous or subordinate public authorities and institutions; and the federal state, which unit is the United... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The U.S. state of California is divided into 58 counties. ... Location of Santa Clara County within California. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... To help compare different orders of magnitude and geographical regions, we list here areas between 100 km² and 1000 km². See also areas of other orders of magnitude. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... The Pacific Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting eight hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... UTC-8 is a band of timezones separated from the Universal Time Coordinated by 8 hours. ...  Areas that observe daylight saving time  Areas that once observed daylight saving time  Areas that have never observed daylight saving time A 2001 public service announcement for the upcoming turning back of the clocks Daylight saving time (DST), also known as summer time, is a conventional local time adopted by... PDT is UTC-7 The Pacific Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting eight hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-8). ... Mountain Standard Time ... For information on how to read IPA transcriptions of English words see here. ... USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Location of Santa Clara County within California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...


Los Altos is a quiet "bedroom community" suburb serving both San Jose and San Francisco. Most of the city was developed between the 1950s and 1970s. As a formerly agricultural town, Los Altos has several unique features. Commercial zones are strictly limited to the downtown area (referred to by local merchants as Los Altos Village) and a few shopping centers and office parks lining Foothill Expressway and El Camino Real. The town is considered one of the premiere areas of the Bay Area due to its low crime rate, excellent schools and fantastic weather. The adjacent town of Los Altos Hills has no commercial zones, post office, or public library, and is dependent upon Los Altos for such services. Commuters waiting for the morning train in Maplewood, New Jersey A bedroom community, dormitory town, or commuter town is a community that is primarily residential in character, with most of its workers commuting to a nearby town or city to earn their livelihood. ... Nickname: Capital of Silicon Valley Location of San Jose within Santa Clara County, California. ... Nickname: The City by the Bay; Fog City Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Coordinates: Country United States of America State California City-County San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Area    - City 122 km²  (47 sq mi)  - Land 121. ... The 1950s was the decade spanning from the 1st of January, 1950 to the 31st December, 1959. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Central business district. ... For the traditional meaning of the word mall, see mall. ... Santa Clara County Route G5, more often referred to as Foothill Expressway, is a 4 lane, 7. ... El Camino Real in California is historically the road built in 1769 by Father Junípero Serra to connect the Catholic missions in Alta California between Sonoma in the north, and (what is now Presidio Park in) San Diego in the south, during the Spanish colonial era, and now a... Los Altos Hills (IPA: ) is a town in Santa Clara County, California, United States. ... Small-town post office and town hall in Lockhart, Alabama A post office is a facility (in most countries, a government one) where the public can purchase postage stamps for mailing correspondence or merchandise, and also drop off or pick up packages or other special-delivery items. ...

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Education

Public education

Los Altos is served by a K-8 school district, the Los Altos School District, and a separate 9-12 high school district, the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District. Students in parts of Los Altos attend schools in the Cupertino Union School District, a K-8 district including Montclaire Elementary School and Cupertino Middle School. Los Altos also hosts a K-6 charter school, Bullis Charter School. Los Altos School District serves the elementary and intermediate needs of Los Altos, California, USA. Elementary schools (K-6) Almond Elementary School Bullis-Purissima Elementary School Covington Elementary School Loyola Elementary School Oak Avenue School Santa Rita Elementary School Springer Elementary School Middle schools (7-8) Blach Intermediate School Egan... The Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District is a school district serving high schools in Mountain View and Los Altos, California. ... The Cupertino Union School District operates twenty elementary schools (K-5) and four middle schools (6-8) in the greater San Jose, California, USA area. ... Cupertino Middle School is a middle school (grades 6-8) located in Sunnyvale, California, in the Cupertino Union School District. ... Bullis Charter School (BCS) is a public charter school located in Los Altos, California teaching kindergarten through grade six. ...


Both districts are highly regarded[1], and most graduates of Los Altos high schools continue their education at well-known universities throughout the United States.


There is currently some debate as to whether or not Bullis School (located in Los Altos Hills, not to be confused with Bullis Charter School) will remain part of the Los Altos district. The decision to close Bullis was unpopular in Los Altos Hills, and that town is considering forming its own school district in order to take control of the school. Bullis Charter School (BCS) is a public charter school located in Los Altos, California teaching kindergarten through grade six. ...


Private education

Los Altos is also served by highly regarded private and parochial schools, many of which, such as St. Francis High School (Mountain View) and the Kings Academy (Sunnyvale) are in neighboring communities.


Library

The Los Altos Library serves the entire city, and has an average of ten copies per book. Many students study at the library and use the internet service. Because of the low funding, Los Altos Library was closed on Mondays, but is now open again. Woodland Library, another, smaller branch, is located near the Cupertino border. Both libraries are part of the Santa Clara County Library System. Visit the library website at santaclaracountylib.org The Los Altos Library, located in Los Altos, California, USA is a member of the Santa Clara County Library serving the residents of the Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. ... The Santa Clara County Library is public library system serving the communities and cities of Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga, and all unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County, California. ...


Design and planning

Los Altos, by design, strives to maintain a semi-rural atmosphere. Los Altos has very few sidewalks except around the commercial zones mentioned above and along the most important arterial roads like San Antonio Road. Most roads have broad dirt shoulders and little or no street lighting. The civic center sits in the middle of an orchard, a tiny remnant of the large farms which once covered the entire area. The downtown is a triangle with arterials on all sides that allow most through traffic to bypass Main Street. In contrast, several nearby cities have downtowns that lack adequate bypasses (notably, Palo Alto and Menlo Park). Due to the city's strict low-density zoning, many Los Altos homes are now valued at $1 million and higher. An arterial road is a high-capacity road which is just below a highway level of service. ... A hard shoulder or simply shoulder is a reserved area alongside the verge of a road or motorway. ... A roadway light in front of a red sky at night A street light, street lamp, light standard or lamp standard, is a raised source of light on the edge of a road, turned on or lit at a certain time every night. ... A community apple orchard originally planted for productive use during the 1920s, in Westcliff on Sea (Essex, England) An orchard is an intentional planting of trees or shrubs maintained for food production. ... Main Street in Los Altos, California. ... Location of Palo Alto within Santa Clara County, California. ... Menlo Park is a city in San Mateo County, California in the United States of America. ...


From the mid-1990s onward, downtown Los Altos has experienced mild economic difficulties due to competition from shopping centers and chain stores in nearby Mountain View and Palo Alto, as well as its lack of a hotel or movie theater. The problem of how to revitalize the downtown area continues to be a major issue in city politics[2]. The 4-star Manor House Hotel at Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England. ... A typical multiplex (AMC Promenade 16 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California). ...


Los Altos may have a legitimate claim to having the first scientifically designed sound baffle in the year 1970. Santa Clara County undertook a seminal study to mathematically calculate the effects of alternate soundwall designs along Foothill Expressway[3]. The resulting design was built and successfully predicted reduction of seven to ten decibels in Noise pollution levels for adjacent homes. A sound baffle is a construction or device which reduces the intensity of airborne sound. ... Noise pollution, usually called environmental noise in technical venues, is displeasing human- or machine-created sound that disrupts the environment. ...


Neighboring Cities

Cali Mill Plaza (Cupertino City Center) is located on the intersection of Stevens Creek and De Anza Boulevards where the village of Westwood was established. ... Sunnyvale is a city located in Santa Clara County, California, USA. It is one of the major cities that make up the Silicon Valley. ... Los Altos Hills is a town located in Santa Clara County, California. ... Downtown Palo Alto Palo Alto is a city in Santa Clara County, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, USA. Palo Alto is located at the northern end of the Silicon Valley, and is home to Stanford University (which is technically located in an adjacent area — Stanford, California... Mountain View is the name of some places in the U.S. state of California: Mountain View, Contra Costa County, California - Mountain View, Santa Clara County, California - in the Silicon Valley Mountain View Acres, California San Bernardino County This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other...

Sister cities

Los Altos has three sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International: Sign denoting twin towns of Neckarsulm, Germany Town twinning is a concept whereby towns or cities in geographically and politically distinct areas are paired with the goal of fostering human contact and cultural links. ... Sister Cities International is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and fostering town twinning, especially between a city in the United States and a city in another country. ...

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Famous residents

Current well-known residents of Los Altos include:

Others who are from/have inhabited Los Altos and have achieved fame include: Charles Geschke Charles M. Chuck Geschke (b. ... Adobe Systems (NASDAQ: ADBE) (LSE: ABS) is an American computer software company headquartered in San Jose, California that was founded in December 1982 by John Warnock and Charles Geschke. ... John Warnock John Warnock (b. ... Adobe Systems (NASDAQ: ADBE) (LSE: ABS) is an American computer software company headquartered in San Jose, California that was founded in December 1982 by John Warnock and Charles Geschke. ... Dr. Paul V. Mockapetris proposed a Domain Name System (DNS) architecture in 1983 in RFCs 882 and 883 while at the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) of the University of Southern California. ... The domain name system (DNS) stores and associates many types of information with domain names, but most importantly, it translates domain names (computer hostnames) to IP addresses. ... Jerry Chih-Yuan Yang (Traditional Chinese: 楊致遠; pinyin: Yáng Zhìyuǎn; born November 6, 1968) is the Taiwanese American co-founder of Yahoo! Inc. ... Yahoo! - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...

Alan MacGregor Cranston (June 19, 1914 – December 31, 2000) was a U.S. journalist and politician. ... Juli Inkster (née Simpson) (born June 24, 1960, in Santa Cruz, California) is an American professional golfer. ... George Seifert (born January 22, 1940 in San Francisco, California) is a former NFL head coach of the San Francisco 49ers and the Carolina Panthers. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners Team colors Cardinal Red, Metallic Gold and Black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager none Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division (1946-1948) National Football League (1950–present... This article refers to the Hall of Fame quarterback, for other Steve Youngs see Steve Young. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners Team colors Cardinal Red, Metallic Gold and Black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager none Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division (1946-1948) National Football League (1950–present... Lee Artis Woodall (born October 31, 1969 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania), was a former professional football player who was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the 6th round of the 1994 NFL Draft. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners Team colors Cardinal Red, Metallic Gold and Black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager none Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division (1946-1948) National Football League (1950–present... City Charlotte, North Carolina Other nicknames The Cardiac Cats Team colors Black, Panther Blue, and Silver Head Coach John Fox Owner Jerry Richardson General manager Marty Hurney Mascot Sir Purr League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) National Football Conference (1995-present) NFC West (1995-2001) NFC South (2002... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... An old-school skateboard A skateboard is a narrow wheeled platform used for the activity of skateboarding. ... Steven Paul Jobs (born February 24, 1955) is the co-founder and CEO of Apple Computer and was the CEO of Pixar until its acquisition by Disney [2], and he is currently the largest shareholder at Disney. ... Apple Computer, Inc. ... Morrison on The Best of the Doors album cover James Jim Douglas Morrison(8 December 1943 – 3 July 1971) was an American singer, songwriter, writer and poet. ... Josh Friedman (born 1967) is an American screenwriter best known as the writer of the 2005 adaptation of H.G. Wells War of the Worlds. ...

Los Altos History Museum

Located in one of the few remaining apricot orchards of Santa Clara Valley, the Los Altos History Museum explores the rich history of local people and how the use of the land over time has transformed the agricultural paradise once known as the "Valley of Heart's Delight" into the high technology hub of today's Silicon Valley.


Opened in spring of 2001 and nestled next door to the Los Altos Library, the Los Altos History Museum resides in an impressive three-level, 8,200-square-foot building – built entirely with private donations; building ownership was transferred to the City of Los Altos in 2002. The Museum features a changing exhibits gallery as well as the permanent exhibit, "Crown of the Peninsula," that describes the rich history of Los Altos. There's more history just across the lushly landscaped courtyard in the landmark J. Gilbert Smith House. Built in 1905, the home is nestled under majestic heritage oaks and has been meticulously refurbished to replicate a farmhouse of the 1930's. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the gardens and picnic tables even when the House and Museum are closed.


With the mission to "collect, preserve and interpret the history of the Los Altos area," the Museum provides educational opportunities for children and adults to learn about the community via interactive exhibits and hands-on activities aligned with Museum objectives. Other programs include third and fourth grade tours and curriculum for local school children, oral history collections, the traveling Ohlone kit, and much more.


Geography

Los Altos is located at 37°22′5″N, 122°5′51″W (37.36819, -122.097511)GR1.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.4 km² (6.3 mi²). All of it is land and none of it is covered by water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

Main Street in downtown Los Altos
Main Street in downtown Los Altos

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 27,693 people, 10,462 households, and 8,024 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,683.8/km² (4,360.7/mi²). There were 10,727 housing units at an average density of 652.2/km² (1,689.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.35% White, 0.47% African American, 0.17% Native American, 15.42% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 0.66% from other races, and 2.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.97% of the population. Image File history File links Main Street in downtown Los Altos, California. ... Image File history File links Main Street in downtown Los Altos, California. ... Main Street in Los Altos, California. ... 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget, is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 10,462 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.4% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.3% were non-families. 18.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 2.98. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 3.5% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 29.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.0 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $126,740, and the median income for a family was $148,201. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $67,332 for females. The per capita income for the city was $66,776. About 1.1% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 1.5% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Earthquakes

A store badly damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
A store badly damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
  • 1906 — Affected after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The big rush was to rebuild the San Jose Missionaries, known as the Mission Revival.
  • 1989 — On October 17, Los Altos was affected by the Loma Prieta earthquake, the most recent major earthquake to hit the area. It caused a lot of mess in stores which took days to clean up. Los Altos and its churches combined efforts to clean up hard hit areas such as Watsonville and Santa Cruz.

Image File history File links Losaltos_earthquake. ... Image File history File links Losaltos_earthquake. ... 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 was a major earthquake at San Francisco, California on the early morning of Wednesday, April 18, 1906. ... A missionary is a propagator of religion, often an evangelist or other representative of a religious community who works among those outside of that community. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Loma Prieta earthquake occurred on Tuesday October 17, 1989, in the greater San Francisco Bay Area in California at 5:04 p. ... Watsonville is a city located in Santa Cruz County, California. ... Santa Cruz, Spanish and Portuguese for Holy Cross, is the name of several cities, regions, and other geographical features around the world: Argentina Puerto Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz province Santa Cruz Province, Argentina Bolivia Santa Cruz de la Sierra Santa Cruz Department Brazil Santa Cruz, Espírito Santo Santa Cruz...

1998 tornado

In 1998, a pair of tornadoes, one in Los Altos and one in Sunnyvale, touched down, causing some damage. [1] [2] [3] 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... A tornado in central Oklahoma. ...


Parades/activities

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References

  1. ^ Blitzer, Carol. "Building on Success." San Jose Business Journal, 6 March 1995, sec. S, p. 3.
  2. ^ McPherson, Sarah. "Small Town, Hard Sell: Village leader trying to pump up downtown." San Jose Mercury News, 6 April 2005, sec. B, p. 1.
  3. ^ Hogan, C. Michael and Harry Seidman. "Design of Noise Abatement Structures along Foothill Expressway, Los Altos, California" County of Santa Clara Public Works Department, dir. Jim Pott, Oct., 1970

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