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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...

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Schools

Santa Rita students put on Kranky Kids Radio Show

Santa Rita students put on Kranky Kids Radio Show


Traci Newell/ Town Crier
Neighborhood volunteer Lishka DeVoss, center, introduces members of Santa Rita School’s Kranky Kids Radio Club to their interviewee last week. The students star in the Kranky Kids Radio Show, which airs Fridays on KZSU.
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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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Sports

Eagles make school history

Eagles make school history

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos High School Eagles defeated Santa Clara High School Tuesday to advance to the Central Coast Section basketball finals Saturday.

The Eagles are headed where no Los Altos High boys basketball team has gone...

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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

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los Altos home. Sensors are placed around a city, below, and fou...

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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

JACK JOSEPH CRANE

JACK JOSEPH CRANE

Long time Los Altos resident, Jack Joseph Crane, loving husband and devoted father of two children, passed away peacefully at the Terraces in Los Altos, Saturday, February 21, 2015. He was 95 years of age. Jack was born on June 22, 1919. He is prec...

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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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LA Council gives final approval to climate plan


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The Los Altos Climate Action Plan, approved last week, includes bicycle and pedestrian measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
LA Council gives final approval to climate plan

The Los Altos City Council last week voted unanimously to adopt the city’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) – a policy that outlines reductions in Los Altos’ greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

In addition, the council voted 5-0 in favor of certifying a negative declaration of environmental impact for the plan.

The move comes after a unanimous vote in September to initiate an environmental review of the CAP, which aims to reduce the city’s emissions to at least its 1990 levels. The CAP specifically calls for a reduction of as much as 17 percent below the city’s 2005 level of 182,830 metric tons of carbon-dioxide equivalent.

Los Altos resident Gary Hedden, a member of the city’s Environmental Commission speaking on his own behalf, urged the council to move forward, noting that the CAP “makes sense” by including reduction measures such as pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure improvements.

“We all realize that Los Altos cannot solve the greenhouse gas emissions problem on its own – no city can,” he said. “Nevertheless, we can do something. We can approve this plan.”

According to a city staff report, the Los Altos plan falls in line with the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act, passed in 2006, which outlines a statewide goal of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

The city council took the following additional actions at its Dec. 10 meeting.

Agreement allows ‘double badging’

The council voted unanimously to direct Los Altos City Manager Marcia Somers to develop an agreement that would allow some of the city’s police officers to work in a similar role at the new 49ers football stadium.

According to a staff report, the indemnity agreement among Los Altos, the city of Santa Clara and the Santa Clara Stadium Authority would allow the Santa Clara Police Department to officially hire – or “double badge” – off-duty Los Altos officers as reserve police. The purpose behind the practice, the report stated, is to allow some Los Altos officers – as well as those from other agencies – to serve as peace officers at Levi’s Stadium, the home of the San Francisco 49ers beginning in 2014.

The indemnity agreement essentially releases Los Altos from liability from actions taken by officers working under the Santa Clara Police Department’s double-badging system.

New commissioners fill vacancies

The council voted unanimously to appoint five new Los Altos residents to fill seats on the city’s Design Review, Financial and Senior commissions.

The council appointed residents Ray Ahshordi, Amy Pearl and Ritu Varma to serve on the Financial Commission, which had two vacancies with terms expiring in February 2018 and an unexpired seat that ends in February 2016.

Paul Gonella will fill an unexpired term through February 2015 on the city’s Senior Commission, and Tracey Moison a term that expires in February 2018 on the Design Review Commission.

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