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Downtown green park pops up again in August


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The Third Street Green debuts Aug. 3 on the 300 block of State Street in downtown Los Altos.

Another temporary park is poised to pop up in downtown Los Altos this summer.

According to Brooke Ray Smith, community development director for Passerelle Investment Co., the Third Street Green is slated to open Aug. 3 and will remain in place through the end of the month. Located on Third Street between State Street and Plaza North, the pop-up park is the second of its kind to appear in the downtown triangle this summer.

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PTC green lights one project, continues another


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The Planning and Transportation Commission approved BevMo!’s plan to move from Mountain View to El Camino Real in Los Altos.

The Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission last week narrowly recommended approval of a commercial building expansion while holding off on a final decision on another nearby project.

During its July 17 meeting, the PTC voted 4-3 in favor of an El Camino Real commercial building remodel and expansion that will serve as the future home of BevMo! Commissioners Mike McTighe, Ken Lorell and Jon Baer cast the dissenting votes. The project must now head to the Los Altos City Council at an undetermined date for final ap- proval.

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Passerelle hosts Foothill Expressway workshop


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A public workshop for residents seeks input on improving safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Foothill Expressway.

Passerelle Investment Co. is slated to host a public workshop Tuesday in downtown Los Altos to discuss safety measures for pedestrians and cyclists crossing Foothill Expressway.

Brooke Ray Smith, the company’s community development director, said the public input from the workshop will be included in the Safe Routes to Downtown Los Altos study by consultant Nelson Nygaard Consulting Associates. The study examines existing safety conditions for two of the county expressway’s intersections: Main Street and Edith Avenue.

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Mordo seeks council seat – this time in Los Altos


Jean Mordo, who served eight years on the Los Altos Hills City Council, recently announced that he is seeking a seat on the city council in Los Altos, his new hometown, in the Nov. 4 election. In the following interview with the Town Crier, Mordo discusses his civic experience and financial acumen.

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MV Police investigate sexual battery incident

Mountain View Police are searching for a male suspect in his 20s who allegedly groped a 20-year-old woman July 13 at Pioneer Memorial Park.

According to police, officers responded to an emergency call from the Mountain View woman, who said the man grabbed her from behind while she was walking home on Church Street. After a brief struggle, the suspect fled the scene through the park. He remains at large.

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Local tank drainage concerns water-conscious Los Altos resident

Los Altos resident Frank McKee recently watched water flowing down Valencia Drive and knew something wasn’t right.

The water was emptying from a 30,000-gallon California Water Service Co. tank on Valencia, near Los Altos High School. The water flowed for several hours, McKee said, pouring out of a storm drain.

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San Antonio developer asked to swap office space for housing

The Mountain View City Council’s July 2 directive for more housing at The Village at San Antonio Center complex may mean one less office building on the 20-acre site but more living space for dozens of potential residents.

Motivated by pressure to address the city’s jobs-housing imbalance, the council unanimously agreed that developer Merlone Geier Partners’ Phase 2 plans should include residential units. Some of that pressure came from the advocacy group Campaign for a Balanced Mountain View, whose members staged a rally outside city hall prior to the council meeting.

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