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City kicks off road resurfacing project


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The Public Arts Commission has proposed moving the bust of Walter Singer from Community Plaza to another site in the city.

Los Altos’ annual street resurfacing and asphalt repair project is scheduled to kick off Monday.

Los Altos Public Works Director Jim Gustafson told the Town Crier that the multiphase annual project – at a cost of approximately $768,000 – is expected to be completed by December. He noted that the project is slightly more robust compared with past years, when economic uncertainty at the state government level forced city officials to take a more conservative approach to maintenance expenses.

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Sizable crowd attends city roundtable

An event aimed at determining how the city of Los Altos could communicate better with its residents and vice versa drew more than 80 participants Aug. 12.

City officials hosted a two-and-a-half-hour communications roundtable at the Los Altos Youth Center – an effort spearheaded by Los Altos City Councilwomen Jan Pepper and Jeannie Bruins. Los Altos Public Information Coordinator Erica Ray, Palo Alto Director of Development Services Peter Pirnejad and Mountain View Administrative and Neighborhood Services Manager Linda Lauzze presented examples of current public engagement practices.

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Candidates finalized for schools, councils


Election season is officially in full swing, as eligible candidates for various city council and school district seats met Friday’s filing deadline set by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters.

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Draeger's eyes expansion


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Draeger’s Market management recently submitted plans to expand the storage and loading dock areas of its Los Altos store on First Street.

Draeger’s Market has its sights set on expanding its grocery store at 342 First St., according to city planning officials.

Los Altos Senior Planner Zach Dahl told the Town Crier that the family-owned grocer – which has additional locations in Menlo Park, San Mateo and Danville – submitted plans in early July to expand the rear portion of its existing 21,000-square-foot store. Draeger’s has called its First Street store home since December 1986, when the company purchased the former Whitecliff Market property and remodeled the building. A call to Draeger’s management was not returned by the Town Crier’s press deadline.

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Miranda project tackles Gunn High congestion


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The Miranda Avenue project offers vehicular traffic a second legal drop-off at Gunn High School.

Bumper-to-bumper traffic on Arastradero Road – which runs through Los Altos Hills and Palo Alto – is common during the morning rush hour, especially when school is in session. Having only one official drop-off location for students attending Gunn High School on Arastradero didn’t help the situation.

“It’s pretty hectic when we’re looking at 8:25 a.m.,” said James Lubbe, dean of students at Gunn, of the scene on campus. “We tell students, ‘If you’re planning on coming up Arastradero Road from El Camino Real (approximately 1 mile), you need to start coming up the street at least 20 minutes early.’”

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Entrepreneur's story turns into film


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Lisa Belcher and Steve Wayneturned Wayne’s 10-year-old story, “The Gift,” into a 25-minute film, shot on location in Hong Kong, left. courtesy of Lisa Belcher

A Los Altos businessman has teamed up with his sister to turn a coming-of-age story he wrote a decade ago into a film.

Steve Wayne and his sister, Lisa Belcher, are in the midst of completing work on “The Gift,” a 25-minute film adaptation of a fictional tale Belcher described as a “coming-of-age, adventure story.”

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LASD board approves bond measure that spares Rosita and McKenzie parks


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The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees filed a bond measure for the November ballot last week that includes language prohibiting the district from using Rosita and McKenzie parks as a 10th school site.

After several special meetings this summer at which members of Save Los Altos Parks (SLAP) voiced their disapproval of transforming either park into a school site, district trustees acceded to their request to include language that bars bond money from being used to build a school at Rosita or McKenzie.

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