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If not history, then baseball: Author Doris Kearns Goodwin draws a crowd at book signing


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Los Altos resident Jackie Wallace, left, engages in a conversation with author Doris Kearns Goodwin, right, at Main Street Cafe & Books. Dozens of guests waited in line to get books signed by the famous author.

Author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin passed through Los Altos last week, speaking at the Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series and signing books at Main Street Cafe & Books.

Goodwin described pausing amid sprees of presidential writing to pay ardent attention to her other great love, the Boston Red Sox. Baseball fans dotted the crowd waiting for a word and an autograph last week. But presidents still proved the primary draw.

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Downtown pop-up park returns this summer


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While the State Street Green will grace downtown Los Altos again this summer, negotiations continue over its precise location.

The State Street Green pop-up park is making a comeback this summer – though it may need a name change.

The Los Altos City Council last week voted 4-1 in favor of reviving the temporary park in the downtown area after the completion of the annual Arts & Wine Festival this summer.

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LA City Council approves drafting parking plaza reconfiguration rule


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The Los Altos City Council is drafting a policy to address persistent parking problems downtown. The proposal gives property owners the ability to fund the reconfiguration of public parking plazas and satisfy minimum parking requirements.

Downtown property owners simultaneously trying to redevelop their land and meet city-mandated parking requirements may soon have a mechanism to accomplish their goals.

The Los Altos City Council last week voted 4-1 in favor of developing a policy that would give property owners on Main and State streets the ability to fund the reconfiguration of public parking plazas and satisfy minimum parking requirements imposed by the city on developments.

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Police Blotter

Los Altos Police arrested a Mountain View resident Thursday on multiple charges after a solo drunk driving crash killed a passenger in his car.

Police and Santa Clara County Fire responders arrived at the crash site on Fremont Avenue and Marymeade Lane at 11:07 p.m. and found a 2005 Chevrolet with extensive damage on its passenger side and a passenger gravely injured.

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BCS, district wrangle on eve of facilities offer

As Los Altos School District trustees labored to put the finishing touches on their facilities offer for Bullis Charter School last week, they received an earful from charter school parents.

More than 20 Bullis Charter School parents pleaded with trustees during their March 24 board meeting for more equitable facilities for their children, claiming that the district discriminates against charter school students.

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LAH Education Committee reports enrollment data, receives a grilling

When the Los Altos Hills Education Committee appeared before the city council March 20 to present its annual report, councilmembers focused more on the committee’s objectives and responsibilities than its enrollment and financial numbers.

“I’d like to know, if anything, what your Education Committee has done to promote choice in education here in Los Altos Hills in the past year,” said Councilwoman Courtenay C. Corrigan, who has children enrolled at Bullis Charter School. “In the two years I’ve been watching the committee, you’ve been challenged to diversify the committee and, as I understand, there is no one serving on the committee from BCS.”

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Los Altos Hills boosts fees for building permits

Residents will have a little less spare change after Los Altos Hills raises fees for building permits and other town services and staff time May 21.

The first fee increases since 2008 are necessary to ensure that fees reflect the rising costs of doing business, according to an analysis conducted by an outside consulting firm. Currently, the town recovers only 60 percent of its expenses.

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