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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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Milk Pail owner: No solution in sight


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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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