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Council extends medical-office parking moratorium


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The Los Altos City Council last week extended a moratorium on parking for new, relocating or expanding medical businesses, such as those on Altos Oaks Drive.

The Los Altos City Council Nov. 25 voted unanimously in favor of extending a parking moratorium on medical businesses in the city.

The vote came after the September approval of a 45-day freeze that would prohibit the relocation, expansion or development of new facilities while city staff reviewed the various parking demands by medical businesses. Existing facilities are not affected by the moratorium.

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LA City Council Briefs

The Los Altos City Council took the following actions at its Nov. 25 meeting.

Council moves forward with downtown survey

The council unanimously approved conducting a new resident survey on downtown Los Altos.

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Police Blotter

Los Altos man arrested for child pornography

Los Altos Police last week arrested 68-year-old Los Altos resident Edward Voorhees Jr. for alleged possession of child pornography.

According to Sgt. Mark Bautista, officials from the Santa Clara County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force contacted Los Altos Police last year after they learned that someone in the city had downloaded “harmful matter depicting persons under the age of 18 in a sexual manner.”

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VTA plans for El Camino Real prompt skepticism


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A Valley Transit Authority proposal to convert general-use right lanes on El Camino Real to bus-only use received a chilly reception last week.

A Valley Transit Authority proposal that prioritizes public transit along El Camino Real drew a largely skeptical reaction from residents who spoke at one of two public hearings last week.

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After feast comes frolic: Festival of Lights Parade set for Sunday


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The Festival of Lights Parade rolls into downtown Sunday evening.

The 38th annual Festival of Lights Parade, with its floats, bands and costumed characters, is scheduled to light up downtown Los Altos 6 p.m. Sunday along Main and State streets.

This year’s hourlong affair features 59 entries, according to parade volunteer and spokeswoman Nancy Schneider. Entries include 22 floats and marching bands from Los Altos, Mountain View, Homestead, St. Francis and Fremont high schools, among others. Costumed performers from classic fairy tales will be marching along, including new “Alice group cards,” according to Schneider. The popular Snow Queen and her court also will be on hand, waving to the crowd.

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Milk Pail, developer working on new parking deal


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Developer Merlone Geier Partners is working toward a parking agreement with The Milk Pail Market as part of its Phase 2 Village at San Antonio Center development.

A new parking agreement may be on the horizon for a longtime Mountain View market.

The Milk Pail Market owner Steve Rasmussen told the Town Crier last week that he is working with developer Merlone Geier Partners on a parking deal to keep his 40-year business afloat. An email to Merlone Geier Vice President Mike Grehl was not returned by the Town Crier’s press deadline.

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Local businessman launched international chicken phenomenon


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Los Altos businessman Pete Harman’s legacy includes his downtown Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise.

Longtime Los Altos businessman Leon Weston “Pete” Harman, Kentucky Fried Chicken’s first franchisee, died Nov. 19. He was 95.

Mr. Harman’s family restaurant had grown into a multinational phenomenon after he allied with Col. Harland Sanders to dish up Kentucky Fried Chicken. As the chain’s initial franchisee, Harman and his wife, Arline, built a large food service corporation, Harman Management Corp., and for the last half century based it on First Street in Los Altos. First Street also hosted a KFC branch through the mid-1990s.

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