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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


Palmer

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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Letters to the Editor

Kudos to project manager for rapid response

I would like to commend and thank Los Altos Transportation Project Manager Cedric Novenario. In response to my email regarding the need for crossing lights on Berry Avenue at Loyola School, he took the time to come out and observe for most of an hour the dangerous situation for children at that location.

He explained the process to get these lights or, at the very least, a crossing guard. He followed up with an email on how to proceed, then a phone call the following week checking on progress.

While it is too late for this school year, my hope is that next year it will be addressed by the people who can make this happen.

Kudos to you, Mr. Novenario.

Marty Loughran

Los Altos

Flood-retention plan deserves better research

There is a battle going on over the Permanente Creek project, which includes McKelvey Field and Rancho San Antonio County Park.

At the May 14 Mountain View City Council meeting, councilmembers cast their votes in favor of the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s moving forward on the flood-retention basin project at McKelvey and Rancho San Antonio parks, even though the final design has not yet been drawn up. The dollar amount needed for this project has changed like the wind.

The other two sites (Blach Intermediate School and Cuesta Annex) considered, which the water district initially said were crucial to the entire project, have been dropped due to residents’ outrage.

Most importantly, the data being used to support this unnecessary project are based on Saratoga Creek, in addition to technically incorrect information.

At the May 14 meeting, three councilmembers stated pertinent information on why the project should not move forward, but then all but one voted for it to move forward! Even when an amendment regarding the final design approval (a reasonable compromise) was discussed, the water district back-stepped and stated that the project would not move forward if the city council included such an amendment.

Why are the water district and the Mountain View City Council pushing so hard for this project without proper and adequate data/research or with the availability of final (not conceptual) designs? What sound business agrees and commits to plans it has not seen? Do successful, trustworthy businesses ignore ever-changing dollar amounts for their projects with no accountability? Why are they ignoring the real facts about the water overflow statistics of Rancho San Antonio and Permanente Creek? And, why are they basing their decisions on stats from another creek altogether?

Denise Pinto

Mountain View

Put roundabout idea into ‘lunatic basket’

My wife and I recently spent two weeks conducting an estate sale at a home we have in Brighton, Colo.

I had an opportunity to ask lots of folks what they thought about their single roundabout in that small town.

Not one person liked it – not one! They have had it for approximately 10 years, yet people have problems figuring out who has the right-of-way, etc. Large trucks pulling trailers have a real problem getting through the intersection.

I went through the roundabout and ended up going in the wrong direction (trying to head for Denver).

I put the Los Altos idea to install a roundabout at Edith Avenue and San Antonio Road into the same lunatic basket as the recent proposal to create a bus-only lane on El Camino Real through Los Altos, Mountain View and Sunnyvale.

Our poor little town needs a rest from the developers and the city councilmembers who are ruining our village.

Bob Jones

Los Altos

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