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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

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
Former NFL tight end Eason Ramson visited with Blach Intermediate School students, Feb. 13 to share the perils of drug use. Now a motivational speaker, Ramson works with at-risk teens in San Francisco.

Although former ...

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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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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


Above Photo by Alicia Castro/Town Crier; Below Rendering Courtesy of SST inc.
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los A...

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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

HELEN KNOFLOCH

HELEN KNOFLOCH

Aug. 14, 1920 – Feb.12, 2015

Resident of Cupertino

Helen Knofloch, 94, loving wife and devoted mother passed away on Feb. 12th. She was born in Vienna, Austria and moved to Los Altos in 1949, where she met Andy, the love of her life. They resided...

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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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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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