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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.

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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PG&E, police warn residents about utility-worker scam

The Los Altos Police Department and PG&E last week warned local residents about a scam involving thieves fraudulently posing as utility workers.

PG&E initially issued the warning after reports of home burglaries in Vallejo, Oakland and San Carlos. In each case, according to the utility company, thieves dressed as PG&E utility workers to contact the victims in person and stole money and jewelry from them after gaining access to their residences. Company officials noted that they are working with local law enforcement agencies to help resolve the cases.

They also cautioned the public about a second scam in which victims receive calls from thieves posing as PG&E representatives who tell them that their service will be cut off if they fail to pay a past-due bill via credit card, gift card or wiring money from a checking account.

Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis told the Town Crier that residents need to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police.

“This is really just about making the public aware that this is going on,” said Younis, who added that his department sent out the PG&E warning last week via its Nixle alert system.

Younis noted that Los Altos is no stranger to such scams and that residents should exercise extra caution when approached by anyone claiming to represent a service or agency.

“We’ve had similar incidents occur in the past couple of years in Los Altos,” he said. “A team of two will come to a home, one will distract the victim (and draw them) away from the house while an accomplice enters the home and steals items.”

PG&E officials said residents could take several precautionary steps if approached by someone claiming to represent their company, including asking to see a valid form of identification before allowing anyone posing as a utility worker inside their home.

“Residents can challenge people and ask them for identification,” Younis said. “All legitimate employees from these agencies, including PG&E, have photo IDs that represent them and their company.”

In addition, residents can call PG&E’s customer service line to verify an appointment if they feel uncertain – even after the person claiming to be a PG&E employee produces identification. Customers with appointments receive an automated call back within 48 hours prior to a scheduled visit, according to company officials, or receive a personal call from a PG&E representative ahead of time.

Los Altos customers with concerns about the legitimacy of a call claiming the need for payment on a past-due bill that requires the release of personal information are advised to call PG&E’s customer service line at (800) PGE-5000 or the Los Altos Police Department at 947-2770.

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