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Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Meet the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors candidates

Two candidates have filed to run for the District 7 seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors in the Nov. 4 election. The water district, established in 1929, oversees and protects water resources in Santa Clara County....

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Schools

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities

New LAHS assistant principal focuses on school activities


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Suzanne Woolfolk, assistant principal at Los Altos High, teaches a leadership course for Associated Student Body leaders.

Suzanne Woolfolk – new assistant principal at Los Altos High School – said she is happy...

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Community

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival

Petting zoo, car show highlight Chamber's annual Fall Festival


Courtesy of Los Altos Chamber of Commerce
The petting zoo is a highlight of the Los Altos Fall Festival. This year’s event is slated Oct. 4 and 5.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 23rd annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oc...

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Sports

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos

Burlingame bowls over Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High halfback Sean Lanoza looks for running room against Burlingame in Saturday’s home opener.

The opening drive of Saturday’s game against Burlingame couldn’t have gone much better for the Los Altos High fo...

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Comment

Does Los Altos have a parking problem, or is it a symptom? : Other Voices

Yes, and yes. It appears that the downtown Los Altos parking problem is a symptom of the city’s “Sarah Winchester” approach to planning that instead of resulting in staircases to nowhere resulted in a hotel without parking required by code.(1)

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Special Sections

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market

Los Altos landmark Four families later, Shoup House goes on the market


Courtesy of Matthew Anello
The Shoup House dining room, above, features original elements. The 100-year-old house on University Avenue earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, a nod to its legacy as the home of city founder Paul S...

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Business

Longtime banker readies for retirement

Longtime banker readies for retirement


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Joanne Kavalaris is retiring at the end of October after spending the past 25 years of her banking career in downtown Los Altos.

A longtime Los Altos banker is calling it a career in a few weeks.

Joanne Kavalaris, Bank o...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

Pear builds wonderful 'House'

Pear builds wonderful 'House'


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Betsy Kruse Craig portrays Trish in the Pear Avenue Theatre production of “House,” which closes Oct. 5.

Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre is staging an unusual theater-going experience – producing two plays...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also add ...

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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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