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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

Bike and pedestrian committee to stay - for now

During a special joint meeting of the Los Altos City Council, the traffic commission and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) Jan. 11, bicycle advocates questioned why the future of BPAC appears in doubt.

BPAC members, who report directly to the traffic commission, have heard rumors that their committee could be disbanded.

Early last year, councilmembers directed the Los Altos Personnel Committee to realign the terms and membership of certain committees, according to Councilwoman Val Carpenter.

BPAC came under scrutiny after a seat on the board remained vacant for months and because the city is scheduled to hire a transportation manager this spring to oversee issues related to city traffic, including motor vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. Councilmembers are weighing whether the transportation manager’s work would overlap with BPAC’s charter.

“I’d like to hear a clear definition of what the problem is,” said Suzanne Ambiel, BPAC vice chairwoman.

BPAC members are involved with several citywide bicycle and pedestrian-related initiatives, and “our work output has not diminished,” Ambiel said.

Preston Tollinger, traffic commission chairman, agreed. In addition to updating the city’s pedestrian and bicycle master plans, BPAC members work on other matters, including safe and convenient ways for children to travel to and from schools, he said.

“We haven’t heard the problem yet,” said Michael Gallagher, traffic commissioner, of the possibility of BPAC’s demise.

Councilwoman Megan Satterlee clarified that BPAC is not the problem, but membership and voting rights do raise concerns.

“I do see an overlap between the traffic commission and BPAC,” Satterlee said. “I’d like to minimize overlap and maximize efficiency. Ultimately, information should be flowing, and we want to have the best pedestrian, bicycle and automobile safety.”

Gallagher said members of the traffic commission and BPAC should talk among themselves about a plan and find a solution.

At the Dec. 14 council meeting, several residents urged councilmembers to continue allowing BPAC to offer its expertise directly to the traffic commission. They pointed out that large groups of bicyclists use Los Altos roadways, and not having a citizens’ committee to deal with their problems wouldn’t make sense.

Councilman David Casas suggested another meeting with BPAC to hear directly from the members who have complained about their roles.

“I’ve been with BPAC for more than five years, and it’s sad that we’re not able to accomplish anything,” member Randy Rhody said.

Councilmembers agreed to wait until after city officials hire a transportation manager to make a decision on BPAC’s future. Options include consolidating the committee’s responsibilities into the traffic commission, disbanding BPAC, maintaining the status quo or elevating BPAC to a commission.

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