Los Altan of the Year: Kathryn Hanson – ALearn founder leads less-fortunate students to better future

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Kathryn Hanson launched a nonprofit from her Los Altos home that has grown to serve thousands. The Town Crier has named Hanson its 2014 Los Altan of the Year.

Several years back, Kathryn Hanson reviewed local high school statistics and noticed very few low-income students enrolling in Advanced Placement classes and a wide achievement gap versus the rest of the student body.

“This is unacceptable,” Kathryn told educators. “What are we doing about this?”


New Year's 5K run draws crowd despite frigid weather

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Clyde Noel/Special to the Town Crier
Residents of all ages jog down Main Street Jan. 1 during the Los Altos Recreation Department’s annual New Year’s Day Fun Run.

With the temperature at 34 degrees at 9 a.m. Jan. 1, local residents huddled in their cars waiting for the start of the Los Altos Recreation Department’s 2015 New Year’s Day Fun Run.

When Los Altos Mayor Jan Pepper rang the bell for the 13th annual 5K run, approximately 1,000 eager runners and walkers assembled at the Community Plaza starting line to kick off the event.


Mtn. View Community Shuttle offers inaugural rides in January

Courtesy of City of Mountain View
Mountain View’s Community Shuttle officially launches Jan. 9 with routes from Shoreline Boulevard and Pear Avenue to El Camino Hospital and from San Antonio Center to Sylvan Park.

While residents may begin using the Mountain View Community Shuttle as early as Monday, an inaugural ride event is scheduled 11 a.m. Jan. 9 at the Mountain View Transit Center to officially launch the service.

In addition to the shuttle, attendees will get a preview of the new Mountain View Transportation Management Association’s MVGo commuter shuttle, which will begin service Jan. 12.


Report predicts home sales to increase slightly in 2015

California’s housing market will see fewer investors, more available homes and a return to traditional homebuyers as home sales rise modestly and prices flatten out in 2015, according to the California Association of Realtors’ 2015 California Housing Market Forecast.

Leslie Appleton-Young, the association’s vice president and chief economist, delivered an expanded forecast during the California Realtors Expo 2014, held in October at the Anaheim Convention Center.


Police Blotter


Dec. 20, 6:30 p.m., 2300 block of Homestead Road: An unknown suspect stole a wallet from an unlocked vehicle while the victim was shopping at Trader Joe’s. Police noted that the wallet was in a visible location inside the vehicle at the time of the incident.

Residential burglaries

Dec. 20, 5:46 p.m., 1200 block of Portland Avenue: An unknown suspect attempted to break into a home twice – via a locked window and later a locked door. The suspect fled the scene after triggering the home’s alarm.


Downtown continues to thrive, but some longtime businesses bid goodbye

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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.


Merry spirits: Traditional holiday drinks and memories that surround them

Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Town Crier columnist Christine Moore’s holiday drink menu includes her take on the Moscow Mule, the Bucking Reindeer.

Growing up, our dogs were always outside dogs. We lived in the country, which made us outside children. The arrangement worked just fine for canines and kids alike.


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