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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill Road home April 27 and...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

The Dow...

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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Office development plan navigates city approval process


Courtesy of City of Los Altos

Southgate Partners LLC submitted plans for a three-story, 17,156-square-foot office building at 467 First St. If approved, the structure would be built on the corner of First Street and San Antonio Road, former site of a Chevron gas station.

A development proposal for the construction of a downtown office building is making its way through the city’s approval process.

According to Los Altos Senior Planner Zach Dahl, Southgate Partners LLC submitted plans earlier this year for approval of a three-story, 17,156-square-foot office building at 467 First St. The project as proposed would include 16 surface-lot parking spaces and 29 parking spaces on one level of underground parking.

The structure would be built on land that includes the lot at the corner of First Street and San Antonio Road, former site of a Chevron gas station, in addition to parcels that house the Burger Town restaurant and The Barking Lot, a pet grooming and boarding service. The site also contains an alley owned by the city that would be sold to the applicant as a condition of final approval, Dahl said.

He noted that the development – if approved – could be a beneficial addition to the downtown triangle.

“It’s nice to see a development for a site that has been largely vacant,” said Dahl, referring to the empty corner lot. “Office use definitely provides more feet on the street for businesses in the downtown core.”

The project has already been through an initial study session by the city’s Planning and Transportation Commission and review by the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission in September, according to Dahl.

The project’s next step is to undergo the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review process. Dahl noted that previous owner Chevron conducted remedial cleanup work on the site in 2010 – the result of old underground gasoline tanks that contaminated water.

“That’s really what kept the site from being developed sooner,” he said.

Dahl added that he doesn’t foresee “too many issues” that can’t be mitigated during the environmental review. The Planning and Transportation Commission is slated to review the project again after the CEQA process – possibly in November – for a recommendation of approval before it heads to the Los Altos City Council.

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