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Downtown continues to thrive, but some longtime businesses bid goodbye


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Scenes from 2014, clockwise, from top left: Los Altos School District officials track election results; a construction crew puts the finishing touches on the new Safeway; local residents collaborate on the evolving design for a new civic center; the November election season generates a host of campaign signs; a dearth of downtown parking continues to confound city officials and residents alike; and then-Mayor Megan Satterlee, with umbrella, leads a walking tour highlighting downtown development.

The year 2014 was very good for the Los Altos community, by most standards. The booming economy meant better business for downtown merchants and the debuts of several new stores.

The heavy-duty construction on First Street had some local residents pondering either the end of one downtown era or the beginning of a new one. Los Altos welcomed a new Safeway, twice the size of the previous one, while work proceeded on a major three-story condominium project and a mixed-use, office-retail complex at the corner of Main and First streets. Enchanté, the three-story boutique hotel at Main and San Antonio Road, prepared to open its doors as the year drew to a close.


Breaking up with drugs isn't easy for teen users, but community can help


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Adults in the community play an important role in supporting teens as they confront social pressures.

This is the second in a two-part series exploring adolescent substance abuse in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. Part 1, published Dec. 10, examined the causes and circumstances of substance abuse from the teenage perspective. Part 2 delves into the recovery process and resources available to youth in the community.

Teens share how alcohol, drugs present obstacles to adulthood


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Social and academic pressure are factors that influence teen drug and alcohol use. In 2013, 12 percent of youth in Santa Clara County reported binge drinking during the past 30 days.

This is the first in a two-part series exploring adolescent substance abuse in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. Part 1 examines the causes and circumstances of substance abuse from the teenage perspective. Part 2 will delve into resources available to youth in the community.

Measure AA passes; sheriff re-elected

A local open-space bond measure squeaked by and voters re-elected Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith to a fifth term in the June 3 election.

As of Monday, results showed Measure AA passing with 67.8 percent of the vote, exceeding the two-thirds benchmark required. Walter Moore, president of Peninsula Open Space Trust, said the Measure AA campaign declared victory Monday afternoon.

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