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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


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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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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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Milk Pail owner: No solution in sight


Town Crier File Photo
The owner of The Milk Pail Market, a Mountain View mainstay, continues his standoff with developer Merlone Geier Partners over sale of the property.

The long-term future of The Milk Pail Market in Mountain View remains uncertain, despite a recent overture by its next-door neighbor, according to the market’s owner.

Steve Rasmussen told the Town Crier that his market at 2585 California St. continues to face a questionable future because of parking, or a lack thereof in the coming years. The nearly 40-year-old market has just five spaces onsite and depends on a pair of shared-parking agreements with neighboring tenants to augment its supply for customers. Those lots, however, will eventually disappear when developer Merlone Geier Partners begins work on the second phase of The Village at San Antonio Center project.

The Mountain View City Council reviewed the Phase 2 project last week, a session that revealed an offer from the developer to house Rasmussen’s market in a new building in the Phase 2 footprint on Pacchetti Way. Rasmussen, however, said he’s owned the market land “free and clear” for 25 or more years, allowing him to keep prices low for his customers.

“I had some misgivings about it,” said Rasmussen, who previously met with the developer to discuss alternate locations for the market, but to no avail. “It’s impossible for The Milk Pail to remain The Milk Pail, given the high (lease) rate that was offered.”

Merlone Geier’s second-phase mixed-use project calls in part for the construction of a 70,000-square-foot movie theater, 121,000 square feet of commercial space, a 150,000-square-foot hotel and more than 360,000 square feet of office space on a four-parcel, 9.9-acre site fronting San Antonio Road and California Street.

Rasmussen, who didn’t provide specifics about the offer, said he last communicated with Merlone Geier in August and is still “awaiting a response.”

Merlone Geier partner Mike Grehl said, “We continue to be hopeful the Milk Pail will be part of the project.”

Rasmussen said he believes there’s still time to work out a solution, noting that his parking agreements expire in approximately two years.

“So I have two years, I guess, to get my house in order,” he said.

Rasmussen added that he knew that his “world was going to be changing” when the developer originally purchased the old San Antonio Shopping Center site and had its Phase 1 plan – which includes a new Safeway store and 330 apartment units – approved by the council in June 2011.

Since that time, Rasmussen added, he and Merlone Geier met several times to discuss alternate locations for the market – including the former Dittmer’s Gourmet Meats & Wurst-Haus Inc. location at 400 San Antonio Road. He characterized the offers as “not sufficient,” adding that even if he accepted the offer for a new building on the Phase 2 site, no viable temporary locations exist for the market during construction.

“I have made many, many efforts to seek alternative locations,” he said, calling the cost of relocating the market “extraordinary.” “I’ve got two children in college, I’ve got 40 families that the Milk Pail supports because we offer our employees health care and a profit-sharing plan. There’s a whole community I feel responsible for.”

In the meantime, Rasmussen said he “truly appreciates” the support he’s received from customers and the Mountain View City Council, adding that he’ll continue to work toward a solution that has the market’s long-term interests in mind.

“I’m hoping that the Milk Pail finds a way to successfully survive this change that is upon us,” he said, “whether it’s surviving where we are or elsewhere in Mountain View.”

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