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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill Road home April 27 and...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

The Dow...

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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Trail study examines alternate connections


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

A policy group, part of the Stevens Creek Trail Feasibility Study, opted to examine additional route options beyond residential streets such as Fallen Leaf Lane.

The Stevens Creek Trail Joint Cities Feasibility Study may be expanding its efforts in more ways than one, according to one member of the Los Altos City Council.

Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins told the Town Crier that the study’s policy working group agreed May 13 to consider a wider array of trail connection alternatives between Mountain View and Cupertino. The study is an ongoing effort to determine potential trail alignment options by the cities of Los Altos, Mountain View, Cupertino and Sunnyvale.

Bruins said the policy group – which comprises one publicly elected representative from each city and one Santa Clara Valley Water District member – will look beyond potential trail alignments closest to the Stevens Creek Corridor. Bruins noted that the wider search may include re-examining Fremont Avenue and Foothill Expressway, among other possible routes through Los Altos.

She said the policy team chose to broaden its search after feedback from residents at public input meetings showed less than desirable support for a trail connection along residential streets.

“The results so far indicate that we need to open it up and go wider,” said Bruins, Los Altos’ representative on the policy group.

Bruins also noted that the group won’t consider a Class I trail option that would require Los Altos to reclaim up to 18 feet of public right-of-way that has been built up with landscaping, retaining walls and residential driveways over several decades. That scenario was a source of concern for some Los Altos residents, including members of the Fallen Leaf Lane Neighborhood Association (FLLNA).

Reached by the Town Crier, FLLNA member Ross Lappin said the group remains opposed to “any kind of trail” connection along Los Altos residential streets.

“There is no good answer for running that trail down a residential street,” he said. “It just won’t work if they want to put in a full-blown trail.”

Lappin added that the study’s expanded trail connection search was a step in the right direction, noting that FLLNA would be “tickled pink” if a trail along Fremont Avenue, Grant Road and portions of Foothill Expressway was considered. Those roads, according to Lappin, are included in a preferred route outlined in a 2008 Los Altos-commissioned feasibility study – and one favored by FLLNA.

Citizens group expands

Bruins said the policy team agreed May 13 to expand a separate citizen advisory group for the study by one resident per participating city. The citizen group – which is assisting in the development of a trail connection concept – currently comprises two residents from each city.

Part of the expansion, Bruins added, includes lifting a previous restriction prohibiting those within 500 feet of the creek from participating in the group.

“Some Sunnyvale and Los Altos residents felt that it was unfair,” she said of the 500-foot restriction, put in place by previously elected representatives of the policy group. “That rule is typically applied to elected or appointed officials only. … The current (policy) group was not comfortable with the previous body’s decision.”

Residents interested in applying for the citizen working group can find more information by visiting the city’s website at www. ci.los-altos.ca.us. The application deadline is June 7.

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