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Milk Pail, developer working on new parking deal


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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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Police Blotter

Fire damages Los Altos Hills home

Santa Clara County firefighters extinguished a structure fire on West Loyola Drive in Los Altos Hills Sunday afternoon.

According to officials, the fire appeared to be unintentional and was contained to a bedroom and the hallway in the home. Officials reported smoke damage throughout the structure and estimated the loss at approximately $100,000.

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Death by drought: LAH faces pine loss


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos Hills County Fire District has removed 2,872 dying trees in the past few years. O’Keefe Lane, above, was particularly hard hit.

Extracting fallow trees is a full-time job for Stu Farwell, who operates the Los Altos Hills County Fire District’s Dead Tree Program.

Although private property owners have kept his team busy with assessments and tree removals since the program launched in 2000, in recent months they have reported an uptick in requests to clear away dead or dying Monterey pine trees. The fire district has removed 2,872 trees since 2011 – the majority of which were pine species, according to Farwell.

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Los Altos Briefs

City earns bike-friendly status

The League of American Bicyclists recently recognized Los Altos as a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community.

This is the second time the organization awarded Los Altos the bronze-level designation – one of four assigned to cities by the league. The city first applied for and received the status in 2011.

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First St. closure set for Saturday

First Street in downtown Los Altos will be closed Saturday (Nov. 22) between West Edith Avenue and Shasta Street for street paving. The closure is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In the event of poor weather, the work will be rescheduled for a later date.

Questions about the construction schedule can be directed to Erica Ray, City of Los Altos public information coordinator, at (650) 947-2611.

LA council votes to delay community center update


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council voted to delay adoption of a community center conceptual design plan last week. The plan includes elements from a design charette held earlier this fall, left.

The Los Altos City Council last week opted to delay the review and approval of a community center conceptual design plan until after its two newest members take their seats.

At a specially scheduled Nov. 11 meeting, the council voted 4-1 to hold off on reviewing – and potentially adopting – a conceptual plan to replace Hillview Community Center so that councilmembers-elect Jean Mordo and Mary Prochnow can have a say in the matter.

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