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Downtown green park pops up again in August

Downtown green park pops up again in August


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Third Street Green debuts Aug. 3 on the 300 block of State Street in downtown Los Altos.

Another temporary park is poised to pop up in downtown Los Altos this summer.

According to Brooke Ray Smith, community devel...

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Schools

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall


Town Crier File Photo
Starting in the fall, daily use of laptops in the classroom will be standard operating procedure for students at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools as the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District launches a pil...

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Community

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'


Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.” ELIZA RIDGEWAY/ TOWN CRIER

A massive troupe of young people and grownups gathered in Los Altos this summer to stage the latest iteration of a childhood sta...

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Sports

Football in July

Football in July


Town Crier file photo
Mountain View High’s Anthony Avery is among the nine local players slated to play in tonight’s Silicon Valley Youth Classic.

Tonight’s 40th annual Silicon Valley Youth Classic – also known as the Charlie...

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Comment

Pools should be included: Editorial

Los Altos residents should be receiving calls this week from city representatives conducting a survey to determine priorities for a revamped Hillview Community Center.

Notice that we did not say “civic center” – chastened by a lack of public support...

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Special Sections

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dr. Trang Ly, left, reviews blood sugar readings on a smartphone with Los Altos resident Tia Geri, right, and fellow participant Noa Simon during a closed-loop artificial pancreas study for Type 1 diabetics.
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Business

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Longtime Palo Alto law firm Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McClean plans to open an office at 400 Main St. in Los Altos after construction is complete in November.

A longtime Palo Alto law firm plans to expand int...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

Resident of Palo Alto

Richard Patrick Brennan, journalist, editor, author, adventurer, died at his Palo Alto home on July 4, 2014 at age 92. He led a full life, professionally and personally. He was born and raised in San Francisco, joined the Arm...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

PYT stages 'Shrek'

PYT stages 'Shrek'


Lyn Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Dana Cullinane plays Fiona in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Shrek The Musical.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Shrek The Musical” Saturday through Aug. 3 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts...

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Spiritual Life

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting


Courtesy of Carolyn Barnes
The newly built Los Altos church in 1914 featured a bell tower and an arched front window. Both continue as elements of the building as it stands today.

Foothills Congregational Church – the oldest church building in L...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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Traffic signal concerns Clark Avenue neighborhood

Recognizing the intersection of Clark Avenue and El Camino Real as an accident hot spot, Caltrans officials plan to install a traffic signal next year. But nearby Mountain View and Los Altos residents worry that the signal would actually increase traffic in their neighborhoods.

“It seems that few, if any, Caltrans or city officials realize that commuters and other motorists avoid the El Monte Avenue/El Camino Real and El Monte/Springer Road intersections to cut through our neighborhoods,” said Stephen Friedman, who lives on Jardin Drive.

Friedman said many of his neighbors worry that the signal could attract more traffic down Clark, especially because it already draws cut-through traffic from Interstate 280 to Clark/El Camino Real.

Residents initially formed a Traffic Signal Study Committee to address concerns about the signal and traffic generated by a proposed Chick-fil-A restaurant at 1962 El Camino Real. The Mountain View City Council rejected a drive-through plan for the restaurant last month, but residents remain distressed about the impact of a traffic signal.

The residents’ committee has met with city officials to articulate concerns and arrive at possible solutions.

The outcome of those talks was scheduled for discussion at Tuesday’s Mountain View City Council meeting, after the Town Crier’s press deadline.

According to Caltrans branch manager RocQuel Johnson, the proposed project calls for installing new traffic signals, constructing Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps, extending the raised concrete median island, overlaying the pavement with asphalt concrete and restriping the lanes.

“This project is a safety project to minimize accidents at the intersection of Clark Avenue and El Camino Real in the city of Mountain View,” she said, adding that construction may begin “sometime in early 2013.”

Friedman asserts that the signal plan has not been given enough study.

Mountain View Mayor Mike Kasperzak, who lives in the neighborhood, agrees. He said the city has asked Caltrans not to award a contract for installation until other alternatives are explored.

“There is a significant likelihood for increased traffic,” Kasperzak said.

He noted that motorists would be tempted to take Clark to avoid what would amount to three traffic signals on El Camino within close proximity to one another.

One alternative, Kasperzak said, would be to prohibit left turns from Clark onto El Camino Real.

Johnson said Caltrans is aware of residents’ objections to the signal, and they were considered in the planning.

“Caltrans has worked with the city of Mountain View,” Johnson said. “City officials reviewed the plans and their comments were incorporated. Caltrans has also attended meetings with the city and residents to discuss their concerns.”

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