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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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Roadwork ahead near Egan, BCS

More road construction is scheduled later this month in Los Altos, only this time it’s outside the downtown triangle.

City officials announced last week that construction on five speed humps will begin toward the end of March on Pasa Robles, Del Monte and Mercedes avenues. The Los Altos City Council Feb. 12 approved a $49,000 construction contract with Pavex Construction for the 30-day project. De Anza Properties will fund the project as a condition of the 2008 approval of its Los Altos Gardens residential and retail project at 950 and 960 San Antonio Road.

City officials are finalizing plans for the commencement of construction in the neighborhood, though no specific kick-off date has been set.

Los Altos Assistant Civil Engineer Kathy Small said the project aims to address anticipated traffic concerns in the area. She noted that the presence of an additional 46 condominiums as part of De Anza Properties’ mixed-use project would eventually lead to more cars on the neighborhood’s streets.

Small added that Pasa Robles, Del Monte and Mercedes avenues have historically served as bypass routes for motorists driving students to nearby Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools. She said the speed humps could serve as deterrents for hasty drivers, providing an additional level of safety for students walking to school.

“The neighborhood was concerned about traffic impacts because of the new development. This is not necessarily an existing problem we’re trying to address – it’s the ones that we are anticipating,” Small said.

She pointed to a traffic analysis conducted in May 2008 that recorded excessive congestion on the targeted streets during school pickup and drop-off times. Outside of those times, the report concluded that the average daily traffic volume remained “very low” for the neighborhood – with the exception of Loucks Avenue.

Small noted that property owners on the affected streets voted in favor of the speed humps following the traffic analysis by Hexagon Transporation Consultants Inc. The affected areas will also see additional signage and new road striping as part of the project.

“These streets are used by a lot of local kids attending the schools, so obviously we wouldn’t want cars speeding through the area,” said Small, adding that the improvements will provide “better access points for kids (going to school) and make it safer.”

Small noted that construction crews will only be permitted to work on two speed humps simultaneously in an effort to minimize added traffic impacts as a result of the project. At no time, she added, will the city completely close off any of the affected roadways to traffic during construction.

“A car will always be able to drive through,” she said. “There will be proper traffic control in place.”

According to Small, city officials plan to distribute notification of the upcoming construction to neighbors and schools, and they are working to coordinate construction around peak pickup and drop-off times. Once finalized, the schedule will be posted on the city’s website, www.losaltosca.gov.

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