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Safeway escalator elicits safety concerns from customers

Safeway escalator elicits safety concerns from customers


MEGAN V. WINSLOW/Town Crier
The escalator at the Safeway on First Street poses a safety hazard, some customers allege.

A Safeway shopper who accidentally placed his cart last month on the customer escalator instead of the shopping cart track next to...

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Schools

Los Altos High hosts 30th Writers Week

Los Altos High hosts 30th Writers Week


Above Photo by Traci Newell/Town Crier;
Author Jack Andraka shares his story with fellow high school seniors during Los Altos High School’s Writers Week last week.

Los Altos High School students learned firsthand last week how professionals ...

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Community

Service dogs bring smiles, comfort to veterans at Foothill College center

Service dogs bring smiles, comfort to veterans at Foothill College center


Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Charles Viajar, student and U.S. Navy veteran, brings his four-legged companion Bruno to the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College. Bruno, a 2-year-old Imperial Shih Tzu, is trained to assist Viajar with...

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Sports

Improbable run to NorCal semis saves season for St. Francis girls

Improbable run to NorCal semis saves season for St. Francis girls


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Daisha Abdelkader goes on a fast break in the CCS Division II final. The senior point guard scored eight points in the Lancers’ NorCal semifinal loss to Dublin last week.

Senior Daisha Abdel...

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Comment

We'll buy it; what is it? Editorial

Would you buy a device on the condition that you are kept in the dark about how it works? Would you feel good about purchasing such a device when the contract even calls for nondisclosure of the nondisclosure form that keeps the device top secret?

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Special Sections

Tuscany meets Waikiki: Los Altos Hills couple build their dream house

Tuscany meets Waikiki: Los Altos Hills couple build their dream house


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Sara Weber and Victor Martina’s Los Altos Hills home features brick from a 100-year-old building in San Jose artistically combined with stucco to evoke a centuries-old feel. The lanai in the backyard adds a touch o...

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Business

Vintage Bath changes hands as new owners add twist to classic offerings

Vintage Bath changes hands as new owners add twist to classic offerings


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Vintage Bath, the downtown Los Altos showroom, is under new leadership. Taking over are, from left, co-owners Jerry Rudick and Deena Castello and marketing and visual director Alissa McDonald.

Deena Castello – the new cu...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

BEVERLEY JEANE (DORSEY) MCCHESNEY

BEVERLEY JEANE (DORSEY) MCCHESNEY

1944-2014

Beverley McChesney passed away at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA on Sunday, Nov. 16. She had been fighting cancer for about 23 years until it went into her lungs.

She is survived by her husband David, of Cloverdale; her sisters...

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Travel

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience


Eren Göknar/ Town Crier
Cavallo Point Lodge comprises former U.S. Army buildings, like the Mission Blue Chapel, repurposed for guests seeking a luxurious getaway.

It used to be a place where batteries of soldiers lived, with officers’ quarter...

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Stepping Out

Cal Pops performs Sunday at Foothill

Cal Pops performs Sunday at Foothill


Courtesy of Cal Pops
The Cal Pops trumpet section includes Dean Boysen, from left, Bob Runnels and Noel Weidkamp.

The California Pops Orchestra is scheduled to perform “Swing Time!” – a musical tour of Big Band hits from the 1930...

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Spiritual Life

Silicon Valley Prayer breakfast speakers send strong messages about God's calling

Silicon Valley Prayer breakfast speakers send strong messages about God's calling



Kirk Perry, Google Inc. president of brand solutions, discusses his faith at the March 13 Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast. Alicia Castro/Town Crier

When God calls, you have to listen to reap the benefits.

That was the moral of the story for t...

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Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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A shift in leadership at Passerelle: Mtn. View native Smith named downtown firm’s new director


Photo By: Photo Town Crier File Photo
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Passerelle co-founders, from left, Amanda Tevis and Taylor Robinson have transitioned into advisory roles at the company.

Los Altos-based Passerelle Investment Co. plans a change in direction this year, and with it a shift in leadership roles.

With Passerelle’s focus moving from acquisition and repurposing downtown buildings to more urban planning and community outreach, company co-founders Amanda Tevis and Taylor Robinson are moving into advisory roles. They’ve named Brooke Ray Smith as Passerelle’s new director responsible for ongoing day-to-day activities.

“Passerelle’s upcoming projects this year promise more of the real estate investment company’s signature creative, family-friendly and community-building approach,” Smith told the Town Crier.

In addition to leasing remaining vacancies and sprucing up its property at 242 State St., Passerelle is participating in a number of upcoming downtown events, Smith said. These include partnering with the city of Los Altos and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on a four-month exhibition starting in November and rolling out the green again for summer events with the city and the Los Altos Village Association.

“I could not be more delighted that Passerelle is in the capable hands of Brooke Ray, who has been integral to the creative community vision and events that we have worked on over the past three years,” Tevis said. “Taylor and I are here to support her in any way she needs but will also be taking on other projects to continue to pursue our passion for civic renewal and revitalization work in the Bay Area and beyond, and we look forward to launching Brooke Ray in her new and exciting role.”

Smith, who grew up in Mountain View, is jumping into her new role head first: She recently joined the Los Altos Village Association board, enrolled in the Los Altos Community Foundation’s LEAD class and is helping with the Neutra House’s summer design camp planning as well as an upcoming Los Altos History Museum exhibition.

“I am very excited about my new role as director of Passerelle,” Smith said, “and I am dedicated to working collaboratively with the community and city toward the important goal of preserving and enhancing the vitality and charm of downtown Los Altos.”

Since its arrival in 2009, Passerelle has become a major downtown Los Altos property owner, acquiring approximately 80,000 square feet of retail and office space – most of it along State and First streets. The company remodeled and improved properties to attract businesses catering to youth and young families, including a skateboard shop on State Street, an arcade on First Street, a new location for Linden Tree Books and the opening of Bumble cafe, which includes a playroom for children.

Passerelle officials said they approach real estate development from a socioeconomic perspective.

“Our investment analysis weighs financial return as well as social and environmental benefit,” the company’s website states.

Passerelle offices are headquartered at 108 First St. in downtown Los Altos.

For more information, visit www.passerelleinvestments.com.

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