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Mountain View braces for Super Bowl crowds


Graphic Courtesy of City of Mountain View
The purple parking lots above indicate where paid parking for the Super Bowl is allowed in downtown Mountain View. Other lots are open but still carry three-hour time constraints.

Downtown Mountain View will be the transit hub for Super Bowl 50 Sunday. Translation: Expect a huge crowd of people.

Travelers using public transit from either San Francisco or the Peninsula will arrive at the hub – the Mountain View Caltrain station – where they will be shuttled by light rail to Levi’s Stadium. Police plan street closures and a special parking pilot program in anticipation of the spectator surge.

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Victim's body found in Los Altos-connected homicide


Kyle Myrick

Following a search that lasted nearly a week, San Jose police found the body of a homicide victim allegedly killed by a Los Altos man.

Police discovered the body of 28-year-old Kyle Myrick Jan. 28 near Jameson Creek Road in Santa Cruz County. Myrick’s friends and family, as well as police, took to social media last week to pursue leads on the whereabouts of the then-missing motorbike enthusiast from San Jose. Information led police to the remote Santa Cruz Mountains, where they uncovered Myrick’s body at approximately 4 p.m.

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LA, LAH green light local energy partnership

Los Altos and Los Altos Hills are planning to pool their purchasing power to buy renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

CCE
Courtesy of Silicon Valley Clean Energy Authority
The Silicon Valley Community Choice Energy option allows local jurisdictions to pool their purchasing power.

Both city councils agreed last week to move forward with joining the Silicon Valley Clean Energy Authority (SVCEA), a new public agency that intends to cut greenhouse gas emissions and set competitive electricity rates. The energy-supply model known as Community Choice Energy (CCE) creates an option for consumers where before there was none. Instead of automatically receiving energy from investor-owned PG&E, local jurisdictions are joining forces to buy renewable energy. And unlike PG&E, SVCEA is a public agency with no shareholders, so revenue can be reinvested into regional projects and programs.

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Public Lands Subcommittee considers new school sites


Traci Newell/ Town Crier
Los Altos Transportation Projects Manager Cedric Novenario explains the traffic flow in and out of Covington School if two schools colocate on the campus.

With the agenda for next week’s City of Los Altos/Los Altos School District Public Lands Subcommittee meeting still undetermined, both the city and the district are focusing on the constraints of the current 10th school site options.

At the Jan. 18 meeting, the subcommittee reviewed three options to house a 10th school site for the school district – colocating at Egan Junior High (19 acres), colocating at Covington School (15.5 acres) and using a portion of the city’s civic center (5.9 acres).

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Rejected Loyola developer's case considered "not ripe"


STEPHANIE SMITH/TOWN CRIER
A sign for property owner Gregg Bunker’s development still remains at his Loyola Corners site, despite being denied by the Los Altos City Council and mired in litigation.

A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge issued a tentative ruling last week on a lawsuit alleging unjust development denial in Loyola Corners, finding the petitioners’ argument to be “not ripe” for litigation.

Following a hearing Jan. 28, Judge Theodore Zayner opted to reconsider his tentative ruling. As of the Town Crier’s Monday press deadline, Zayner had not given an updated deliberation.

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LAH council mulls Byrne Preserve bicycle ban


Megan V. WInslow/Town Crier
An estimated 31 people spoke at the Jan. 27 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting on a Byrne Preserve bicycle ban. Residents fill out speaker cards at the meeting, above.

Blame it on Strava. The mobile app – and the cyclists who use it to brag about achieving top speeds on trails – weighed heavily in Los Altos Hills city councilmembers’ unanimous decision Jan. 27 to entertain an ordinance prohibiting bicycles from Byrne Preserve.

“I’m done with this as far as I’m concerned,” Councilman John Radford said. “The speed numbers that were talked about tonight are just incredibly unacceptable. I can’t even believe. Sorry, whoever’s done those apps and whoever puts that together – that just put a hole in the whole argument.”

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LASD proposal includes 3 percent raise for employees

After re-entering negotiations this year with its employee groups, Los Altos School District officials shared a proposed agreement last week that would include raises and settle contracts through the 2017-2018 school year.

Due to state funding changes, an upcoming expiring parcel tax and a state-mandated increase in contributions to employee retirement funds, district officials voted to reopen employee contracts – which included a 3 percent raise in the current school year.

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