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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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Owner of Boardwalk building seeks updated look

A building that has served as the longtime home to a familiar Los Altos restaurant needs a facelift – and more space – according to property owner RKT Group LLC.

The Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) is scheduled Thursday to review an expansion project for 4940 El Camino Real – home of The Boardwalk restaurant. If PTC approves the project, it would go before the Los Altos City Council for a final review.

The proposal would add 3,647 square feet to the nearly 40-year-old mixed-use building, which has housed The Boardwalk since 1975 and also includes first- and second-floor office space. The project received a recommendation of approval Nov. 20 from the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission.

“It’s going to be a whole new look for the area,” said Sierra Davis, the city’s assistant planner, of RKT Group’s goal to increase the size of the two-story structure and update its facade.

Davis noted that RKT Group seeks a 915-square-foot addition to the front of the building, which faces El Camino Real, and a ground-level outdoor patio with customer seating.

“It’ll either be a cafe on the bottom or an expansion of The Boardwalk restaurant,” Davis said.

She added that the building’s expansion plan meets all zoning code requirements – with no outstanding development circumstances to prevent its potential approval.

“There are no variances for this. It’s a pretty straightforward application,” Davis said.

A staff report noted that expansion plans include an additional 2,764 square feet of first- and second-story office space with bathrooms, storage, stairways and a new main entrance and lobby area at ground level for office tenants. New indoor and outdoor architectural elements would aim to update the overall look of the 1960s-era building.

Improvements would include additional parking spaces that meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, new landscaping and a pedestrian pathway connecting the building to the sidewalk. The property’s current configuration requires pedestrians accessing the building to cross its parking lot.

The additions as proposed, Davis said, would expand the building’s size to 15,227 square feet (gross) and reduce its setback from El Camino Real from 50 feet to approximately 26 feet.

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