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San Antonio developer asked to swap office space for housing

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Lenny Siegel of Campaign for a Balanced Mountain View (center in blue shirt), addresses a pro-housing group outside Mountain View City Hall prior to the July 2 council meeting.

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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New Safeway to open Friday


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Crews apply the finishing touches to the new Safeway store on First Street in Los Altos, due to open Friday.

The new Safeway store in downtown Los Altos is scheduled to open its doors 8 a.m. Friday.

In 13 months, the 160 First St. property – which housed one of the oldest Safeway stores in the region – has morphed from a demolition site of mangled concrete and steel to a sleek two-story brick-and-glass structure that anchors the corner of First and State streets.

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Neighbors unite to protect park


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A modern-art sculpture graces McKenzie Park in Los Altos, the subject of recent discussion as a possible school site.

A group of residents recently launched a petition effort to prevent McKenzie Park from being considered as a future school site.

Clinton Road resident John Snedigar told the Town Crier via email that he’s among a group of nearby residents and business owners who established a Change.org petition website and created a Facebook page, Save McKenzie Park, to preserve the park and prevent it from being designated a school site.

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Police Blotter


Police arrest woman on fraud charges

Los Altos Police last week arrested a 20-year-old Daly City woman for fraudulently using one victim’s bank account to cash the forged check of a second victim.

According to Los Altos Police Sgt. Scott McCrossin, officers arrested Yolanda Beltran July 7 as she was crossing San Antonio Road in the downtown area shortly after noon.

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Council, LASD, hospital board candidates surface

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Three additional local candidates last week declared their intent to run in the Nov. 4 election.

Incumbents Tammy Logan of the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees and Dave Reeder of the El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors said they plan to run for re-election. Former Los Altos Hills City Councilman Jean Mordo, now a Los Altos resident, plans to run for a seat on the Los Altos City Council.

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Grant Road sewer work set to start Monday

The city of Los Altos is slated to begin sewer-main replacements Monday on a small stretch of Grant Road.

According to Los Altos Public Works Director Jim Gustafson, the project will replace and upgrade approximately 400 linear feet of 50- to 55-year-old 15-inch pipes with new 18-inch piping to increase capacity. The work – between Portland and Miravalle avenues – is scheduled to take approximately three weeks to complete. The project is identical to work completed by the city earlier this year on segments along El Monte Avenue.

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Investors sue over lack of progress on proposed office building for 40 Main St.

Two of Ted and Jerry Sorensen’s investors have run out of patience with the brothers’ protracted efforts to build a three-story office building at 40 Main St. in downtown Los Altos.

Sean and Erik Corrigan of the Los Altos-based Old Trace Partners LP filed a lawsuit June 19 seeking the return of their $284,000 investment in the Sorensens’ project.

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