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Chamber endorses candidates

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce recently endorsed Neysa Fligor, Alex Glew and Jeannie Bruins for city council.

Chamber representatives noted that all six candidates were well qualified to served on the council but believed that Fligor, Glew and Bruins would “best represent the interests of business in Los Altos.”

iParq contract reveals details of new parking system

Asher kohn/town crier
The new iParq-issued parking permit, with barcode, sits below the old-style parking permit. The new permits are made by contracted designers and read by iParq equipment.

The city of Los Altos recently paid approximately $13,000 for a new digital parking management service. The contract with iParq, obtained by the Town Crier, is effective through 2018, with the option to extend the agreement for an additional five years, through 2023.

According to Jennifer Quinn, Los Altos’ economic development manager, the contract involves a host of start-up expenses the city will not have to pay in future years.

Miyo is frozen out downtown

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Customers stand outside of Miyo, which closed last week.

When Miyo opened in winter 2008, co-owner Doug Matsumoto was optimistic because customers followed sunshine into his frozen yogurt shop.

“The sun comes out and people come in,” he said at the time.

35 condos proposed for El Camino Real

Rendering courtesy of Luxone llc
A schematic depicts Luxone LLC’s five-story condo complex proposed for El Camino Real.

A five-story condominium project on El Camino Real is up for preliminary review by the Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission at a special study session Thursday.

The proposed 0.72-acre site – at 4856 and 4846 El Camino Real – is currently home to Mohr Clocks and an adjacent commercial building. The complex would feature 35 units, including five below-market-rate units.

Economic development manager 'concerned' about city vacancies

asher kohn/town crier
Brown paper covers the windows of Cassalto at 169 Main St., next to The UPS Store. Cassalto, a home-furnishings store, looks like an empty storefront now, but Los Altos Economic Development Manager Jennifer Quinn noted the temporary nature of such vacancies.

Although she pointed out that not every empty storefront is an unrented space, Los Altos Economic Development Manager Jennifer Quinn expressed concern about the vacancies in downtown Los Altos.

“I’m always concerned (about vacancies), but I do know that we’re not alone in dealing with them,” she said. “A lot of cities are dealing with the changing retail landscape.”

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