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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...

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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 make school history

Eagles make school history

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos High School Eagles defeated Santa Clara High School Tuesday to advance to the Central Coast Section basketball finals Saturday.

The Eagles are headed where no Los Altos High boys basketball team has gone...

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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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Water district grants flow to local restoration projects


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

Grant money from the Santa Clara Valley Water District, including ,000 for Redwood Grove and ,000 for OKeefe Preserve, is funding local creek stabilization projects.

Los Altos and Los Altos Hills voters renewed the Clean, Safe Creeks and Natural Flood Protection Plan Parcel Tax in the November 2012 election, and a direct return on investment is on the horizon via two creek restoration grants.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District Board this month approved a $98,000 grant proposal from the town of Los Altos Hills to restore the habitat of Purissima Creek at O’Keefe Preserve and a $90,000 grant proposal from the city of Los Altos to continue the creek-bank stabilization of Adobe Creek at Redwood Grove. The district received 14 grant proposals and awarded six grants for projects that met the objectives of the Clean, Safe Creeks measure.

“It definitely makes us able to do this project,” said Redwood Grove Park Supervisor Damon Cockerham, who noted that funding from the district totals approximately 25 percent of the total capital improvement budget for Phase 2 of the Adobe Creek restoration project.

The city of Los Altos plans to pick up the remainder of the costs from the city’s park in-lieu fees, according to Cockerham.

“The hillside is eroding and we’re going to use a method to stabilize it using toe-wood installation, logs into the base of the stream bank, backfill cobble and brush layering,” said Cockerham of the project.

In addition to creek-bank stabilization efforts, a creek channel will be shifted to slow flowing water and a pedestrian bridge relocated. Restoration is scheduled to begin next spring and conclude by the end of the summer 2014.

Los Altos Hills residents can expect to see improvements to the banks of Purissima Creek at the O’Keefe Preserve, an 8-acre open space located near Interstate 280 and El Monte Road. Members of the town’s Open Space Committee said the grant would fund the removal of invasive plants along the creek bank and surrounding site. The town did not provide a project schedule to the Town Crier.

For the 2013 grant cycle, the Santa Clara Valley Water District also awarded grants for habitat enhancement at San Francisquito Creek, tidal marsh zone restoration at the Palo Alto Baylands, encampment cleanup at Coyote Creek and a trail along Ronan Channel.

According to district officials, 92 projects totaling more than $16.8 million have received funding through the grant program and other joint-funding partnerships since 2000.

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