Call it the Cardinal Colonnade: Stanford agrees to lease entire Los Altos apartment complex

Rendering Courtesy of Sares-Regis Group
Stanford University leased the Colonnade apartment complex in Los Altos to provide housing for students, faculty and staff.

People interested in renting in Los Altos can scratch the yet-to-be-completed Colonnade apartment complex off their lists.

Stanford University last week reached an agreement with the Sares-Regis Group of Northern California to lease the entire 167-unit complex at 4750 El Camino Real. Stanford officials noted that the long-term agreement was in response to the tight local housing market.


New on-ramp metering lights activated at Fremont Avenue

Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Caltrans recently installed a metering light at the Fremont Avenue entrance to southbound Highway 85.

Los Altos residents who travel to and from work using Highway 85 likely experienced a change in their morning commutes last week.

According to Los Altos officials, Caltrans activated seven new on-ramp metering lights Jan. 21 for southbound 85, including one at Fremont Avenue – just inside Sunnyvale’s shared border with Los Altos. The new on-ramp lights meter traffic during the peak commute hours of 3-7 p.m.


Hunches by Hills resident, LA dentist lead to arrests

Franky Organez, left, and Irving Organez, right.

A Los Altos Hills resident’s decision to call the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office when two suspicious men knocked on his door may have thwarted a burglary.

The Loyola Drive resident’s report to the Sheriff’s Office Jan. 19 led to the arrest of one of the men, Irving Organez, 22, of San Jose, for auto theft and outstanding warrants. The other suspect, 22-year-old Franky Organez of San Jose, fled the scene but was arrested on multiple warrants when he showed up at a dentist’s office in Los Altos the following morning asking to use the phone.


Police seek burglary suspects responsible for dangerous escape

Two burglary suspects recently experienced how difficult it is to escape Los Altos during rush-hour traffic.

Los Altos Police Capt. Andy Galea told the Town Crier that investigators are seeking two male suspects who allegedly burglarized a car parked near Chef Chu’s restaurant shortly after 6 p.m. Jan. 14. The suspects, he noted, hastily fled the scene in a getaway car after being confronted by a restaurant employee – only to get stuck in rush-hour traffic on San Antonio Road. That prompted the suspects to drive onto the sidewalk and smash into two vehicles as they made their escape, Galea added.


Los Altos-based Box Inc. debuts IPO

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Box, located in Los Altos, above, began offering public stock on the open market Friday.

Los Altos-based Box Inc., the cloud storage company located at 4440 El Camino Real, finally traded on the open market Friday, debuting 44 percent higher than its initial public offering price of $14 a share.


Big week for community colleges: Local leaders react to Obama's free-tuition proposal


In his State of the Union address last week, President Barack Obama’s proposal to offer students two years of free community college tuition put the spotlight on the advantages of attending a community college like Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

“What the president has done for community colleges is phenomenal,” said Linda M. Thor, chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. “The national discussion that is taking place would not be happening if not for him. For some odd reason, community colleges have always been the Rodney Dangerfield of high education. I really think we are seeing that shift with this whole discussion.”


Watch Los Altan of the year in action

Read the full story of Kathryn Hanson's life as a founder, businesswoman and Los Altos parent here and explore photos of the event in her honor here. 

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