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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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Real estate poised for better year

The housing market in Santa Clara County experienced a bounce-back year in 2013, and realtors expect 2014 to be just as good or even better, according to Moise Nahouraii, broker/owner of Referral Realty in Cupertino.

Nahouraii, a member of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors (SILVAR), recently shared data with other members of the local trade association, revealing signs of a healthy market in Santa Clara County. Nahouraii’s data reported 1,765 single-family homes and condominiums/townhomes for sale in October 2013, up 32 percent from October 2012.

“We are doing better and selling a lot more,” he noted, adding that closed sales have also greatly improved.

Nahouraii’s findings showed that of the 12,373 total home sales closed between Nov. 1, 2012, and Oct. 31, 2013, only 11.6 percent were distressed sales (REOs and short sales), compared with 29.2 percent the previous year and 50.5 percent in 2009.

More than half (53.7 percent) of all homes sold at prices between $500,000 and $1 million.

In addition, the median price for a single-family home in October 2013 was $778,500, compared with $450,000 during the downturn in October 2009. The highest median home price during the peak years was $800,000.

Sales of condos and townhomes are also coming back strong – but not because single-family homes aren’t selling, Nahouraii noted. He pointed to the low available inventory, while more condos and townhomes are being built.

Nahouraii listed declining county unemployment numbers as another sign of good things to come. An examination of employment figures before, during and after the recession indicated that Santa Clara County experienced a faster pace of recovery compared with the rest of the state and the nation. The county, with a population of 1.7 million and a labor force of 923,400, shows a 6.4 percent unemployment rate – lower than the statewide unemployment rate of 8.7 percent and the 7.3 percent rate nationwide.

According to monthly labor force data for all counties in California, based on October 2013 figures, Santa Clara County is among the top 10 counties in California reporting the lowest unemployment rate.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors provided information for this article. For more information, email Rose Meily at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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