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Loyola Corners economics, traffic rise to top of planning concerns

Loyola Corners economics, traffic rise to top of planning concerns

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Loyola Bridge construction parallel to the Fremont Avenue frontage may lead officials to alter circulation plans for the area.

Loyola Corners stakeholders last week mulled the issues that will likely shape the area&rsquo...

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Schools

LAHS Green Team commemorates Earth Week

LAHS Green Team commemorates Earth Week


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Los Altos High School Green Team members, above, quiz their classmates about water conservation. The club distributed plants as prizes during the club’s Earth Week activities.

Members of the Los Altos High School Green...

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Community

Local pianist, 11, slated to perform Saturday at statewide competition

Local pianist, 11, slated to perform Saturday at statewide competition


Courtesy of the Cha family
Spencer Cha plays piano at a Santa Clara University recital. The sixth-grader also enjoys soccer, tennis, golf and skiing.

Spencer Cha has come a long way since he first sat down at the piano at age 2.

“I remem...

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Sports

Spartans net second place, eye top prize next season

Spartans net second place, eye top prize next season


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Jeremy Hsu, Mountain View High’s top singles player, competes against Pinewood Thursday. The Spartans won the match 7-0.

With freshmen playing the top three spots in singles, the future of the Mountain View High boy...

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Los Altos at a leadership crossroads: Editorial

Don’t look now, but there could be some major changes ahead regarding how the Los Altos city government is run.

The current city council has the opportunity to hire a new city manager in the wake of Marcia Somers’ recent resignation. Fur...

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Special Sections

How to personalize the wedding bar

How to personalize the wedding bar


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
A seasonal signature cocktail adds interest beyond the standard wedding bar’s spirits and mixers. Focus on one set of fresh ingredients, such as blueberries, blackberries and mint for a dose of budget...

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Business

Farmers prepare to market season's bounty

Farmers prepare to market season's bounty


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Journeyman farmer Jen Friedlander waters Hidden Villa’s greenhouse plants, which will grow stronger in the controlled indoor environment before being transferred to the field outdoors.

Around Hidden Villa, the gree...

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People

BUOL JOANNE DOUGHERTY

BUOL JOANNE DOUGHERTY

1930-2016

Heaven gained a beautiful angel today. Our beloved mother’s blessed life ended in her Los Altos home surrounded by her loving family on April 18, 2016.

Buol Joanne Dougherty was born Sept. 28, 1930 in Chicago. At the age of two, M...

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Stepping Out

'Catch' comes to conclusion LA Stage Co. comedy  ends run this weekend

'Catch' comes to conclusion LA Stage Co. comedy ends run this weekend


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
Bryan Moriarty, left, stars as Yossarian and John Stephen King plays the Psychiatrist in Los Altos Stage Company’s “Catch-22.”

Los Altos Stage Company’s presentation of “Catch...

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Spiritual Life

City to crack down on businesses with illegal sidewalk signs

Los Altos will soon be cracking down on businesses that put out sidewalk signs or other objects for which they do not have the required permits.

City planner David Kornfield said downtown merchants need encroachment permits to erect the sandwich-type signs that occupy sidewalks outside their places of business. But he estimated that half the signs currently displayed are illegal.

"We're working up a strategy to address (the violators)," Kornfield said.

Those without permits will first be told verbally. Those repeatedly violating the regulations will have their signs removed, with any removal costs billed to the sign owners.

Resident Richard Toulson, bothered by having to walk around signs on the sidewalk, took several photos and mailed them to the city. Kornfield, who viewed the photos, noted "a fair amount of what he's showing are illegal."

"The signs are blocking the sidewalks and downgrading our downtown's appearance," Toulson said.

However, some sign owners may disagree. Rita Armstrong of Maria's Antiques, which has a sandwich sign in front of its Main Street store, said the store's sign helps create a kind of European atmosphere.

Armstrong said Maria's Antiques was the first downtown store to apply for and receive an encroachment permit for their sidewalk sign, which they filed for five years ago.

"I don't blame the city for enforcing it (the law)," she said.

Kornfield said conditions for sidewalk signs include a 5-7-foot width left available to the shoppers.

The signs also must be no more than 30 inches in height.

As for possible accidents from the standup signs, Kornfield said a condition of the encroachment permit requires merchants to carry liability insurance.

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