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E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk


Courtesy of Microbe World
Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

Local un...

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


courtesy of
Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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Comment

The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Magazine

Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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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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