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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

Santa Rita students put on Kranky Kids Radio Show

Santa Rita students put on Kranky Kids Radio Show


Traci Newell/ Town Crier
Neighborhood volunteer Lishka DeVoss, center, introduces members of Santa Rita School’s Kranky Kids Radio Club to their interviewee last week. The students star in the Kranky Kids Radio Show, which airs Fridays on KZSU.
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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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Sports

Eagles rally past Rams

Eagles rally past Rams


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Patrick McColl scores on a breakaway dunk Saturday against Willow Glen.

Patrick McColl’s breakaway dunk emphatically ensured Los Altos High’s greatest comeback win of the season, 45-37 over Willow...

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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

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los Altos home. Sensors are placed around a city, below, and fou...

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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

JACK JOSEPH CRANE

JACK JOSEPH CRANE

Long time Los Altos resident, Jack Joseph Crane, loving husband and devoted father of two children, passed away peacefully at the Terraces in Los Altos, Saturday, February 21, 2015. He was 95 years of age. Jack was born on June 22, 1919. He is prec...

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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.

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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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We’re all green thumbs-up: Editorial

We’ve been griping a bit much in recent weeks. So we’re taking a thumbs-up approach this time around to salute some good things happening in our community.

Thumbs-up: To the Sit and Share program, initiated with enthusiasm by Los Altos Hills resident Robin Katsaros. She’s led an effort to place attractive and durable patio furniture at the newly expanded street corners throughout downtown. Check out the nifty round table with orange umbrella and chairs at the corner of Main and Third streets in front of Satura Cakes. Sit and Share supporters are now campaigning to purchase furniture for other locations. The furniture comes with a purpose: encouraging people to stay downtown, mingle and, yes, walk and shop at the stores. With grassroots efforts like these, the future of downtown looks bright.

Thumbs-up: To the recent arrangement with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to bring a temporary exhibition to downtown Los Altos. The city of Los Altos, Passerelle Investment Co. and the museum are collaborating on the display, set to debut in November. “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley” will include works by prominent artists at both indoor and outdoor locations while SFMOMA undergoes a two-and-a-half-year expansion. This is a really big feather in Los Altos’ cultural cap that’s sure to draw positive attention and provide an economic boost.

Thumbs-up: To the ever-increasing green reputation Los Altos is cultivating, thanks in large part to the efforts of groups like the Living Classroom Program and GreenTown Los Altos. Living Classroom educates schoolchildren on growing their own vegetable gardens and their roles as producers and consumers. GreenTown advocates for a range of environmental causes, including recycling, bike travel and electric vehicles (members helped Los Altos install new EV charging stations).

Thumbs-up: And speaking of EVs, have you noticed the recent proliferation of Teslas in Los Altos? Purchases of the popular electric car are becoming fashionable here, although most owners will tell you it’s all about the great technology. Los Altos Mayor Jarrett Fishpaw, in his “State of the Cities” address a few weeks back, noted that Los Altos has 1,900 registered electric cars. That’s enough to put it in sixth place in the country – if it were a state! Now that’s something to brag about.

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