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Downtown green park pops up again in August

Downtown green park pops up again in August


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Third Street Green debuts Aug. 3 on the 300 block of State Street in downtown Los Altos.

Another temporary park is poised to pop up in downtown Los Altos this summer.

According to Brooke Ray Smith, community devel...

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Schools

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall


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Starting in the fall, daily use of laptops in the classroom will be standard operating procedure for students at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools as the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District launches a pil...

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Community

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'


Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.” ELIZA RIDGEWAY/ TOWN CRIER

A massive troupe of young people and grownups gathered in Los Altos this summer to stage the latest iteration of a childhood sta...

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Sports

Football in July

Football in July


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Mountain View High’s Anthony Avery is among the nine local players slated to play in tonight’s Silicon Valley Youth Classic.

Tonight’s 40th annual Silicon Valley Youth Classic – also known as the Charlie...

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Comment

Pools should be included: Editorial

Los Altos residents should be receiving calls this week from city representatives conducting a survey to determine priorities for a revamped Hillview Community Center.

Notice that we did not say “civic center” – chastened by a lack of public support...

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Special Sections

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dr. Trang Ly, left, reviews blood sugar readings on a smartphone with Los Altos resident Tia Geri, right, and fellow participant Noa Simon during a closed-loop artificial pancreas study for Type 1 diabetics.
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Business

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Longtime Palo Alto law firm Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McClean plans to open an office at 400 Main St. in Los Altos after construction is complete in November.

A longtime Palo Alto law firm plans to expand int...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

Resident of Palo Alto

Richard Patrick Brennan, journalist, editor, author, adventurer, died at his Palo Alto home on July 4, 2014 at age 92. He led a full life, professionally and personally. He was born and raised in San Francisco, joined the Arm...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

PYT stages 'Shrek'

PYT stages 'Shrek'


Lyn Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Dana Cullinane plays Fiona in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Shrek The Musical.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Shrek The Musical” Saturday through Aug. 3 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts...

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Spiritual Life

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting


Courtesy of Carolyn Barnes
The newly built Los Altos church in 1914 featured a bell tower and an arched front window. Both continue as elements of the building as it stands today.

Foothills Congregational Church – the oldest church building in L...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


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The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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Letters to the Editor

Where’s benefit with Third Street building?

Regarding the proposed 5,500-square-foot building headed for city council review, I must agree with the dissenting Planning Commissioners Ronit Bodner and Jon Baer that the building has an inappropriate “look and feel” for downtown Los Altos (“Third Street building proposal heads to council,” April 10). I would go even further than that.

I examined the site closely and noted that every building on the block is no more than two, maybe three stories. None is four. In addition, the office and residential buildings adjacent have generous (I would estimate 20-plus feet) setbacks.

The proposed building directly abuts the sidewalk, big-box style. How on earth does this fit in downtown Los Altos? This will create a “canyon” effect for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers.

Numerous mature trees will be removed. The new ones are fewer in number, smaller and, from the drawing, confined to a narrow strip adjacent to the concrete walkway.

In addition, although underground parking will be added, 18 above-ground spaces (which currently lend an open, airy feeling to the site) will be lost.

I see no benefit whatsoever to anyone who currently resides in Los Altos or Los Altos Hills. Instead, we will be forced to put up with months of construction and its attendant noise, dirt, trucks and street closures.

Does the loss of open space, trees, skyline, and so on, make up for 20-30 additional bodies in town who might spend a few dollars at Los Altos shops or restaurants?

I personally would prefer to see the site left undeveloped for the foreseeable future to preserve just a little more of our small-town feel.

Kathy Brady

Los Altos Hills

Include larger setback for Third Street project

I want to express my thanks to Zach Dahl, senior planner for the city of Los Altos, for helping me understand the building plans for the project at 86 Third St.

Third Street is now lined on both sides with expensive and stylish condos that are set back far enough to make a nice walk to downtown Los Altos.

The big-box-style mixed-use redevelopment project, built out to the sidewalk, would totally change the beauty of this area. I know that removing trees is a major discussion at this point, but I am more concerned that putting a three-story wall only 2 feet from the sidewalk would ruin the walk to downtown for those of us who use it on a daily basis.

I appreciate the plan to section the change by going from a 13-foot setback that matches the nearby Chartwell condominiums to a 6-foot section, but then it’s 55 feet of a three-story wall with a few windows, only 2 feet from the sidewalk.

The proposed changes would make Third Street look like a walk through an industrial park, not the nice residential area it is today.

I understand that city zoning allows the 2-foot setback, but I hope that the Los Altos City Council will judge how this would change the entire street and the entrance to downtown.

If they keep at least a 6-foot setback rather than the proposed 2 feet, it would keep Third Street as a nice walk to downtown. Isn’t that what we all want – a nice-looking town?

Bob Moore

Los Altos

Collective Roots thanks De Martini Orchard

We wish to publicly thank Craig Kozy, owner of De Martini Orchard, for his kindness and generosity in hosting Collective Roots’ annual seedling sale for the second year in a row.

This fundraiser plays an important role in providing resources to support our cooking, nutrition and gardening programs in East Palo Alto.

Both Mr. Kozy and his employees were critical to the success of the event by providing space at the front of the market, publicizing and promoting the event to customers and helping us to market our plants in the best possible way.

We’re grateful to be connected to concerned community leaders like Mr. Kozy and his employees, who play such an important role in our communities.

Sally Chaves

Board vice president;

Kris Jensen

Executive director

Collective Roots

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