Downtown Green, cannabis moratorium OK'd

The Los Altos City Council addressed a packed agenda last week, issuing a five-year renewal for the Downtown Green and approving an urgency ordinance for commercial cannabis uses, among other actions.

The Downtown Green, formerly the Third Street Green, is a summer pop-up park featuring events and entertainment originally sponsored by Los Altos Community Investments (LACI). Jennifer Quinn, the city’s economic development director, asked the council at its Nov. 28 meeting to formally adopt the program and budget $25,000 per year to cover costs for the next five years. According to Quinn, LACI has pledged the same amount to sponsor the program and will allow the city to use its artificial turf and furniture.

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Auto burglary

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Questions remain after council stalls on art master plan

Los Altos’ Public Art Master Plan isn’t dead – but it isn’t active, either.

The city council’s Nov. 14 decision to accept but not implement the plan left members of the city’s Public Arts Commission discouraged and unsure of next steps.

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Residents explore downtown of future

Los Altos residents had another opportunity last week to weigh in on what the future of their downtown could look like.

Residents offered input on four planning scenarios Nov. 29, during the second of two Downtown Vision workshops.

Under new management, animal shelter to get upgrades, potential new facility

Pets In Need
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Pets In Need Executive Director Al Mollica poses with terrier Melanie outside the nonprofit’s Redwood City shelter last week.

Following years of financial uncertainty, Palo Alto Animal Services may soon secure the monetary and managerial stability stakeholders seek to upgrade the existing shelter or to even build a new one.

Next week board members of Pets In Need, the Redwood City-based nonprofit organization selected to assume operations of the Palo Alto shelter, will consider a management agreement containing a $1.86 million funding request for addressing deficiencies there. PAAS is the contracted provider of animal services for Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Police reunite vintage photo album with owner

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Mountain View Police Department officers Mike Taber, from left, and Wahed Magee speak to Los Gatos resident Janice Anne Duncan and her sister, Nancy Rose, after presenting the women with Duncan’s once-lost World War II-era photo album.

She remembered most of the faces and could recite the names: friends, boyfriends and even casual acquaintances who floated into her life and out again. There’s the portrait of her father and hammy stills of her sisters playing mirrored images on opposite sides of an ornate frame. She saw her 20-year-old self playing tennis and serving waffles to GI’s during World War II.

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