Have we lost that Los Altos feeling?

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Curt Powell suggests that the city embrace as an icon the bespoke lamp posts installed in the 1960s by his father, whose vision of a modern village still has appeal among residents today.

As Los Altos prepares for changes to its downtown triangle, residents have varying opinions on the features and characteristics important to them.

The downtown visioning process will bring scenarios for growth, and two new office buildings – one nearly complete at First Street and San Antonio Road and another on the drawing board for State and First streets – will bring more workers to the streets.

Business Briefs

Photograph courtesy of Dinah’s Garden Hotel
The Poolside Restaurant at Dinah’s Garden Hotel in an earlier era. The landmark hotel’s proprietors are asking Los Altos residents to share their memories of dining there and staying at the hotel.

The local business community celebrates awards and memories this week and prepares for spring in Silicon Valley.

Dinah’s Garden Hotel asks for local memories

Dinah’s Garden Hotel, an El Camino Real institution since 1957, is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Built as a waystation for San Franciscans looking for a getaway, the Palo Alto hotel, with its koi ponds and bespoke rooms, has become a unique landmark for business travelers coming to Silicon Valley.

Downtown theater could be economic driver for Los Altos

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A consultant study reported to the city that a downtown theater might serve as an effective driver of economic growth.

A consultant opened an old Pandora’s box at the March 14 Los Altos City Council meeting when he revived a proposal to build a performing arts theater in the downtown area.

Bill Lee, senior partner at Land Econ Group, the consultant responsible for the economic vitality strategy of the downtown visioning process, promoted the financial benefits of new construction.

Hardware store offers "cheep" deal

Town Crier File Photo
Chicks will be available for purchase at Los Altos Hardware by the end of March. The shop also plans to sell coop supplies to help owners prepare for a decade of eggs.

Baby birds will be sold in downtown Los Altos this spring – but not in a pet store. Just in time for Easter, Los Altos Hardware plans to sell chicks beginning March 31.

The First Street True Value store also will sell the necessary supplies, including a chick starter kit.

Business Briefs

Courtesy of WE Los Altos
Members of WE Los Altos met at Enchanté Boutique Hotel to celebrate International Women’s Day March 8 by sharing stories of their business careers.

Following is a roundup of comings and goings in Los Altos’ business community.

Women’s Day with WE

Dozens of businesswomen celebrated Women’s Day together at Enchanté Boutique Hotel March 8.

Vision of downtown's future focuses on its parking issues

Asher Kohn/Town Crier
Contractors for Los Altos’ downtown visioning process recommend adding long-term parking to enable customers to do multiple things, like eat at a cafe and go to the bank, in a single trip.

The first glimpse of Los Altos’ downtown visioning process rests in a 102-page report scheduled for release at Tuesday’s Los Altos City Council meeting, after the Town Crier’s press deadline.

Compiled by a team of consultants, the report outlines an engagement strategy to discuss future scenarios and argues that more growth is necessary to maintain the “village feel” of Los Altos.

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