Check out Tom O'Brien's suggestion for a zig-zag approach to the steps design, at Walnut Creek Patch.

From the end of Stow to California Blvd.
The proposed Stow Stairs were presented Tuesday night (7/19/2011) at the City Council meeting. If you haven't heard about the proposed stairs, going down to California Street from the end of Stow, see News Affecting our Neighborhood.  Great to see the neighborhood working together on this!