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Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

 Gary Kremen

Los Altos Hills residents, city councilmembers and even the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board chairman have protested taxes for water the district doesn't deliver.

"We're getting taxed for something we're not receiving, ...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer appro...

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Community

Slideshow: Los Altos Live!

More than 20 acts performed to a soldout crowd April 25 at Los Altos High School's Eagle Theater for the seventh annual "Los Altos Live!" talent show. The show featured an eclectic range of acts, including rock bands, singers, dancers and the Broad...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographers guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographers guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of you to spen...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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News Briefs

News Briefs

Preschool move to church site OK’d by PTC

The Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) last week recommended approval for the relocation of a preschool and day care facility to the grounds of Foothill Covenant Church at 1555 Oak Ave.

The item is expected to go before the Los Altos City Council for final approval at an undetermined date.

“Who can be against a church and a preschool?” Commissioner Ken Lorell asked prior to his Jan. 23 vote, eliciting laughter from supporters who spoke in favor of the school’s relocation effort.

The PTC voted unanimously in favor of the use permit and design review application that essentially relocates the Mountain View Los Altos Parent Education Program from the Mountain View High School campus to the Foothill Covenant Church property.

Plans call for the construction of three portable classrooms and two playgrounds on a vacant lot next to the church.

“This is really in line with what we’re interested in doing, which is being a resource to our community,” Foothill Covenant Church Pastor Hans Eric Nelson told the commission.

An accompanying traffic report concluded that the school’s relocation would increase traffic on Oak Avenue by less than 1 percent.

School officials noted during the presentation that the facility would include student drop-offs and pickups on-site.

In addition, the facility will employ staggered start and finish times for the twice-daily sessions to minimize traffic conflicts with nearby Mountain View High and Oak Avenue schools.

“I see this as the best possible way of integrating what I think is an important, valued part of our community into a good location for it,” Commissioner Phoebe Bressack said.

Under the conditions of approval, the facility has a cap of up to 102 students per day. The facility, according to the city staff report, typically hosts two class sessions, capped at 48 students each, per day. The facility also offers a third session once per week in the late afternoon.

Commission OKs office building at 467 First St.

The PTC last week unanimously voted to approve an office-building project slated for the corner of First Street and San Antonio Road.

The project, which calls for the construction of a 15,000-square-foot office structure on the sites of The Barking Lot, Burger Town and a former Chevron Gas Station lot, will head to the Los Altos City Council for final approval at an undetermined date.

The landslide vote came approximately two months after the commission rejected a parking variance by developer Southgate Partners LLC because the project lacked parking spaces needed to meet city code requirements by seven spots.

At the time, several commissioners expressed concern that allowing the project to move forward with a variance would increase the already high demand for parking downtown.

However, the second time proved to be the charm for the project. It returned to the commission with a 315-square-foot reduction in building size and a reconfigured underground parking garage that netted an additional six spaces, allowing the three-story, 42-foot tall project to meet its 51-space requirement.

The project includes a new parking management plan for the property, which features a handful of tandem (two-car) parking spaces for office tenants, and a redesigned plaza feature at the corner of San Antonio and First.

– Diego Abeloos

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