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VTA plans for  El Camino Real prompt skepticism

VTA plans for El Camino Real prompt skepticism


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Valley Transit Authority proposal to convert general-use right lanes on El Camino Real to bus-only use received a chilly reception last week.

A Valley Transit Authority proposal that prioritizes public transit alo...

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Schools

MVHS students attempt Guinness World Record

MVHS students attempt Guinness World Record


Barry Tonge/Special to the Town Crier
Local residents participate in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for making the most friendship braceletsNov. 9 at Mountain View High.

More than 300 Mountain View High School students gathered around...

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Community

Bigger, better days ahead for Foothill Veterans Resource Center

Bigger, better days ahead for Foothill Veterans Resource Center


Student veterans at Foothill College can seek support, access resources and socialize at the Veterans Resource Center.
Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Carmela Xuereb sees bigger things in store for the Foothill College Veterans Resource Center. One...

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Comment

Serving those who served us: Editorial

“Thank you for your service” often comes across as lip service to our veterans. As always, actions speak louder than words.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos has taken plenty of action, contributing time and money to improve opportunities for veterans th...

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Business

Report: Los Altos homes priciest in U.S.

Report: Los Altos homes priciest in U.S.


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The average cost of a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Los Altos is 30 times more than the price of a similar home in Cleveland, according to a Coldwell Banker report.

The average cost of one Silicon Valley home can purchase ...

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

RICHARD CAMPBELL WAUGH

RICHARD CAMPBELL WAUGH

Richard Campbell Waugh of Los Altos Hills, Ca. died at home October 31, 2014 surrounded by his family and caregivers.

Dick was born 1917, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He earned a BS in chemistry from University of Arkansas and a PhD in organic chemi...

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Travel

Weekday Wanderlust highlights the joys of armchair travel

Weekday Wanderlust highlights the joys of armchair travel


Dan Prothero/Special to the Town Crier
Travel writers at the October gathering of the Weekday Wanderlust group include, from left, James Nestor, Kimberley Lovato, Paul Rauber, Marcia DeSanctis and Lavinia Spalding.

Travel writing should either ̶...

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Stepping Out

Pacific Ballet's 'Nutcracker' opens Friday in downtown Mtn. View

The Pacific Ballet Academy is back with its 24th annual production of “The Nutcracker,” scheduled this weekend in downtown Mountain View.

The story follows young Clara as she falls into a dream where her beloved nutcracker becomes the daring prince ...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Open Space District approves vision plan, considers bond measure


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District selected Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve as one of 25 priority projects in its long-term vision plan.

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District officials propose improvements to Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve in their long-term vision plan.

At the conclusion of a nearly 10-month vision planning process, the district prioritized projects for the next 40 years based on scientific analysis and public input gathered via five public meetings and its online website.

The district narrowed the list of 73 potential projects into 25 priority projects for implementation in the “nearer-term,” defined by officials as the next 20 years or sooner. Projects range from campground and trail improvements to habitat conservation and watershed protection.

To qualify for inclusion on the tier-one priority list, a project needed public support at meetings and online, a high rating from members of the Community Advisory Committee and relevance to the goals of the vision plan.

After a final review last week, board members approved 23 tier-one projects in addition to two others that merited inclusion because of public interest and the large number of visitors that use the open spaces.

Improvements to Rancho San Antonio, the district’s most active preserve with nearly 13,000 visitors per day, made the priority project list. Enhancements at the preserve may include adding a visitors’ center, upgrading Deer Hollow Farm, extending bike trails, installing a bike-share station and coordinating bus service to reduce parking demands.

“We did a lot of upfront planning as to be as inclusive and open as possible,” said Curt Riffle, a Los Altos resident who represents Ward 4 on the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District board.

According to district officials, approximately 5 percent of all meeting participants and 10 percent of all online participants reside in Los Altos.

Riffle said local residents should be “pretty darn happy with what we’ve done.” In the 41 years since voters created the district to preserve open space, the district has acquired 62,000 acres of land. With less than 50 percent of district land currently open to the public, Riffle said the vision plan would make more open space accessible.

Now that the vision plan is approved, the board will evaluate costs for priority projects and examine supplemental funding options, such as a bond. According to a district estimate, the top 25 projects on the priority list could cost approximately $300 million.

“We think the public might be willing to pay a little more,” said Riffle of a bond measure that would generate funds to expedite the projects.

Board members will decide at their Feb. 26 meeting whether to place a General Obligation Bond on the June 2014 ballot.

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