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Council considers freezing First St. development

Council considers freezing First St. development


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A pedestrian walks along First Street in downtown Los Altos last week. Future construction on the street could soon be barred by an emergency moratorium on development.

Further construction along First Street could...

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Schools

Santa Rita students put on Kranky Kids Radio Show

Santa Rita students put on Kranky Kids Radio Show


Traci Newell/ Town Crier
Neighborhood volunteer Lishka DeVoss, center, introduces members of Santa Rita School’s Kranky Kids Radio Club to their interviewee last week. The students star in the Kranky Kids Radio Show, which airs Fridays on KZSU.
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Community

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts


Palmer

When the thriving Music for Minors began to outgrow its capacity, the local nonprofit organization made new friends.

Beginning in late February, Music for Minors – a Town Crier Holiday Fund recipient – partnered with Harvard Business Sch...

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Sports

Eagles make school history

Eagles make school history

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos High School Eagles defeated Santa Clara High School Tuesday to advance to the Central Coast Section basketball finals Saturday.

The Eagles are headed where no Los Altos High boys basketball team has gone...

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Comment

Dangerous streets: A Piece of My Mind

I’m driving along El Monte Avenue between Foothill Expressway and Springer Road at approximately 6 p.m. on a midwinter evening. In keeping with the “village feeling” of our town, there are no sidewalks and no streetlights.

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Special Sections

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Oven fries, a slice of feta cheese and the bite of harissa mayonnaise make for a late-winter, early-spring dinner perfectly paired with Cabernet Franc.

I can’t help but wonder whether March will come in ...

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Business

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los Altos home. Sensors are placed around a city, below, and fou...

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Books

French novel

French novel "Hunting and Gathering" offers character-driven suspense


Anna Gavalda is a well-known author in her native France, where she has published six books, most of which have met with considerable praise and commercial success. Her fourth novel, “Hunting and Gathering” (Riverhead Books, 2007), is filled ...

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People

JACK JOSEPH CRANE

JACK JOSEPH CRANE

Long time Los Altos resident, Jack Joseph Crane, loving husband and devoted father of two children, passed away peacefully at the Terraces in Los Altos, Saturday, February 21, 2015. He was 95 years of age. Jack was born on June 22, 1919. He is prec...

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Travel

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon public recreation space, above, features an elevated pedestrian bridge.

Seoul, South Korea, is a study in contrasts. Having grown quickly, the city is a mix of old and new.

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Jason Bowen, from left, Adam Poss and Nilanjana Bose star in “The Lake Effect,” opening this weekend at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto and running through March 29.

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Spiritual Life

Is your thought life sabotaging your spiritual journey?

My computer started having problems – there seemed to be some sort of malware running in the background. At first it was just annoying, then it began to slow down my computer, interfering with its basic operations. What is it doing? Why can...

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Magazine

Local events serve up family fun

Local events serve up family fun


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale” is slated to open March 20 in Mountain View.

For families seeking a break from the daily routine, events abound this month and next in Los Alto...

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Letters to the Editor

City vulnerable to speeders

Recently, I read a very favorable article on our police chief retiring at age 56 with a pension of 90 percent of pay.

An accompanying article was entitled, "Radar use out in Los Altos." Tickets are invalid until the city brings speed-limit information up to date. The 2001-2002 speed surveys are out of date and fail to comply with state and federal regulations.

My first reaction to this article is: How did this happen and who is responsible? If our city cannot even be current on traffic rules and regulations, then my safety and the safety of my family living here is impacted.

(Former city manager Phil) Rose, I would like to know who is responsible for this serious breach. Is it the police department or is it within the traffic department of the city?

I have lived here since 1965 with no plans of leaving. But now I am having my doubts. My once safe city is now vulnerable to speeders, while the city employees are taking early retirement at 90 percent pay.

Frank Musso Jr.

Los Altos

Appalled over radar action, secrecy

The negligence of city personnel to maintain valid traffic control reports invalidating the use of radar since February of this year is only exceeded by your decision to increase the amount of money spent, according to the papers, in excess of $40,000 to speed up the process by one month. Is there any indication that since tickets cannot be written on radar, traffic speeds have increased creating a public danger, or worse yet, has any person suffered injury as a result of the police department's inability to write radar tickets?

I am a certified traffic commissioner for the County of Santa Clara as well as a resident of Los Altos. I am appalled that the council would spend this substantial sum of money without any findings of danger to the public. The only thing being lost is the ability of the state to collect revenue for speeding tickets and the council should be much more concerned about spending taxpayer's monies for what clearly is an administrative error that can be rectified without having to incur a $40,000 penalty!

Finally, the fact that the city manager sought to keep this secret is disturbing. What other secrets have been kept from public scrutiny?

Gloria Dralla

Los Altos

How about a better senior center?

I would like to second the letter concerning the mediocre facilities of the Los Altos Senior Center, written by Marv Emerling in the Crier on June 20.

I am reminded of this same situation when in 1957 the Federated Woman's Club of Los Altos noted that the only place the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts had to meet was a structure built in 1922 and condemned in 1956. Consequently, the need for a building to serve the youth in the community became an issue. At that point, the Woman's Club stepped in and initiated a fundrasing drive which was presented to the city council.

As a result of the community's pulling together, $61,404 was raised, the groundbreaking ceremony was held in September 1960, the Youth Center became a reality and was turned over to the City of Los Altos Recreation Department.

Now these ladies are senior citizens and have been contributing to the community for many years but find there is not much for them here in the city they love regarding a Senior Center. However, hopefully, the ad hoc committee of concerned citizens who are getting together to see what might be done with the Civic Center's 22 acres will consider a Senior Center facility to compare with those in the neighboring communities.

Helen Foerster

Los Altos

LASD deserves credit

Since the closing of Bullis-Purissima School, recent years have been marked by conflict between Los Altos Hills and Los Altos School District. Now it is time to step back and give credit where it is due.

LASD committed to returning a neighborhood school to Los Altos Hills, and appears on their way to fulfilling that commitment. While we continue to support the return of Bullis Charter School to Los Altos Hills, LASD deserves credit for their efforts to reopen Bullis-Purissima, with the latest step designating new contiguous boundaries for this school and its projected opening in 2008 with a full K-6.

We continue to encourage the district to address two major, related issues that may be the final steps in a complete solution: a permanent location for the charter, and the need for extra school capacity in the northern end of the district.

Dean Warshawsky

Mayor, Los Altos Hills

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