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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


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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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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.

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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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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