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Street crack-sealing project begins Monday, May 4

The City of Los Altos is beginning a city-wide street crack-sealing project on Monday (May 4).

City officials said the traffic impact for this project will be minimal. No streets will be closed and vehicles can resume normal traffic flow shortly aft...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer app...

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Community

CHAC appoints new leader

CHAC appoints new leader

Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, LCSW, has been named the new executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). A seasoned nonprofit leader, Nakano-Matsumoto is scheduled to assume duties July 1. She takes over for outgoing executive direct...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Comment

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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Realtors get a peek at local redevelopment


Photo By: Town Crier file photo
Photo Town Crier File Photo

Los Altos’ planning services manager previewed ongoing efforts such as the San Antonio Road streetscape project, above, at SILVAR’s district realtor tour meeting in May.
Town Crier Report

Los Altos Planning Services Manager David Kornfield offered Silicon Valley Association of Realtors members a preview of the city’s redevelopment plans at their local district realtor tour meeting in May.

Describing Los Altos as a “very special place” with a traditional downtown, Kornfield said the city has tried to maintain the village character while keeping up with the times. He conceded that in an effort to retain the community’s charm, the city had intentionally created cumbersome zoning regulations. Over time, officials came to realize that the city must evolve.

Los Altos has faced many challenges as a result of dated facilities, according to Kornfield. In the past few years, the city has focused on planning for the future with the help of committees comprising residents who represent all interests – from homeowners to business owners.

Kornfield said the city has come a long way in its mission to create a more vibrant downtown and increase its economic potential while keeping its traditional character intact. Over the past three years, he noted, the city has removed some zoning restrictions, eased regulations for office development and increased building height limits. In addition to zoning changes, the city has invested in infrastructure and underground utilities and improved its sewer lines, Kornfield said.

Money has been spent to revitalize downtown, he added, pointing to the city’s First Street and San Antonio Road streetscape projects, among other efforts.

“Now, everything is coming together,” he said.

Private investment soon followed public investment, Kornfield said, highlighting projects such as the Packard Foundation headquarters on Second Street and mixed-use and residential developments throughout downtown. He labeled other ongoing developments, including Enchanté, the boutique hotel at the corner of Main Street and San Antonio Road, “assets” for the city.

While Los Altos is in the midst of considerable redevelopment, it still faces some constraints – including a shortage of parking spaces, Kornfield concluded.

“This issue affects the business environment and needs to be addressed,” he said, citing the city’s ongoing development of a Downtown Parking Management Plan.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors provided information for this article. For more information, email Rose Meily at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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