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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 be t...

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Schools

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
Former NFL tight end Eason Ramson visited with Blach Intermediate School students, Feb. 13 to share the perils of drug use. Now a motivational speaker, Ramson works with at-risk teens in San Francisco.

Although former ...

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Community

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts


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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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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


Above Photo by Alicia Castro/Town Crier; Below Rendering Courtesy of SST inc.
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los A...

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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

HELEN KNOFLOCH

HELEN KNOFLOCH

Aug. 14, 1920 – Feb.12, 2015

Resident of Cupertino

Helen Knofloch, 94, loving wife and devoted mother passed away on Feb. 12th. She was born in Vienna, Austria and moved to Los Altos in 1949, where she met Andy, the love of her life. They resided...

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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.

The TheatreWorks production ...

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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

Customer service tops in Los Altos

Even though I’m a resident of Mountain View, I love shopping in downtown Los Altos.

Why? Where else do you find excellent customer service?

Recently, I placed an order for a Colonial candle with the owner of Cranberry Scoop. First, she let me know she had just placed an order and would check to see if my candle could be added in this order. Wanting to ensure that the correct candle was ordered (Sparkle or Sparkling Snowflake), I received a voicemail message saying I could respond on their after-hours answering machine.

Within days, Cranberry Scoop called to say my candle was in. She also remembered I would be shipping the candle and left it in the box. This is only one example of the type of customer service one will encounter while shopping in downtown Los Altos.

Thanks to all the friendly, courteous and caring business owners. I appreciate your faithful service to our community.

Sue Seubert

Mountain View

‘Fiscal cliff’ food for thought

When there is less food on the table, everybody’s table manners change: note Greece. Currently, it’s our employee Uncle Sam who is overweight and lives beyond his means. We, as his employer, must provide the necessary medical prescriptions to correct his obesity and excessive buying habits with the credit card.

First, our companies have some $1 trillion kept overseas. They will not bring it in with a 35 percent tax. Allow them to bring in the money, tax free. But they must use 10 to 20 percent to buy U.S. bonds at 1 to 2 percent below what we sell to China. Likewise, all the federal, state and local unions must also buy bonds at the same rates. Results: $800 billion to $900 billion in private stimulus. Unlike the government stimulus, private capital would increase employment, revenues to the government and profits.

Second, Uncle Sam must be put on a diet with 10 percent fewer calories. Next, freeze expenditures over the next two to five years.

Third, Social Security adjustment must be addressed. It is necessary to have all earned income be available to the Social Security fund. Begin Social Security at age 67.

Finally, public unions must be regulated. Fifty-year-olds are obtaining increased retirement benefits with the ability to double dip. This removes food from the table.

Bon appetit.

John Nicholson, M.D.

Los Altos

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