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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

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 KZS...

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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 rally past Rams


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Patrick McColl scores on a breakaway dunk Saturday against Willow Glen. He scored 12 points in the victory.


Patrick McColl’s breakaway dunk emphatically ensured Los Altos High’s greatest comeback win ...

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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 fo...

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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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New concept for downtown plaza in the works


Photo By: Courtesy of City of Los Altos
Photo Courtesy Of City Of Los Altos

A new concept for Community Plaza calls for its reconstruction in front of Wells Fargo Bank, creating a new intersection that includes a right turn from Main Street onto State.

Downtown Los Altos’ Community Plaza may be in line for a face-lift in the future.

According to Los Altos Assistant City Manager James Walgren, city staffers presented a conceptual redesign of the plaza – located at the corner of Main and State streets – last week at a Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) meeting.

The proposal calls for the plaza to be reconfigured by extending over existing roadway on State Street to the front of Wells Fargo Bank. A new intersection would then be constructed, with State Street realigned as a right turn off Main Street at Citibank.

Walgren cautioned that the concept is preliminary in nature and called the idea “a rough concept to this point just to get the conversation going.”

“The Community Plaza right now is underutilized,” Walgren continued, adding that iterations of the redesign were initially developed by city staff a couple of years ago. “If we’re going to have a community plaza, we want one that is successful.”

The current design – intended to replace the one one created 20 years ago – includes a water feature, seating areas and clusters of tree-lined areas. He added that the design is hardly set in stone, noting that several additions – or subtractions – could take place over time. For example, Walgren said, the redesign could include a food kiosk or a play area for children instead.

He added that other features, such as removable bollards, could also be included, which would allow the city to block off a section of State Street for events like the weekly Farmers’ Market.

Walgren added that while he hasn’t received any specific estimates from engineers, the project would likely cost $3 million to $5 million and may be funded through existing or future parking in-lieu fees collected by the city.

“It’s money that can be reinvested in this plaza,” he noted.

Walgren conceded that the concept still has several hurdles to clear and could be a long way from becoming reality. He noted that the city has yet to engage in discussions with local bank representatives about the idea. He added that PARC is expected to make a recommendation on the project – as well as other park projects – in April.

If recommended by PARC, the concept would move on for consideration by the city council as part of its annual Capital Improvement Program review in May.

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