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Cal Water says no E. coli in water; limits boiling advisory area

Cal Water says no E. coli in water; limits boiling advisory area

Cal Water officials said today that preliminary water quality test results were negative for E. coli were negative and "only a single hydrant" in the South El Monte area of Los Altos showed the presence of total coliform. They reduced the "boil your ...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


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Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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Comment

The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Magazine

Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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


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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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