Loyola Corners economics, traffic rise to top of planning concerns

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Loyola Bridge construction parallel to the Fremont Avenue frontage may lead officials to alter circulation plans for the area.

Loyola Corners stakeholders last week mulled the issues that will likely shape the area’s future: traffic circulation and economic vitality.

The Los Altos City Council and the Planning and Transportation Commission held a joint study session April 21 to move forward on amending the Loyola Corners Neighborhood Commercial Center Specific Plan, a document that guides development in the area.


Interim I-280/Page Mill improvements could arrive this year

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Paul Pascoal, right, of the county Roads and Airports Department explains potential changes to the I-280/Page Mill Road interchange.

Interim bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements could come to the Interstate 280/Page Mill Road interchange by the fall, local officials said last week.

The announcement came April 20 during a community meeting at Los Altos Hills Town Hall. Approximately 70 local residents attended to review proposed plans and share their concerns with a coalition of city, county and local transportation leaders.


Debate over senior group continues at council

Two Los Altos City Councilmembers this month tested their colleagues’ opinions on re-chartering the waylaid Los Altos/Los Altos Hills Senior Commission. Their central idea – revive the commission – stuck.

“The designation of ‘commission’ became such a touchstone of concern and consternation; I think we should stick with the commission,” said Councilwoman Mary Prochnow. “I think that’s the right thing to do.”


Hills anthology project proceeds, but with hurdles

Byron Davenport, from left, and his mother, May Davenport, attend the April 19 Los Altos Hills History Committee meeting, during which members discussed supporting a town digital anthology project. Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier

There’s an ongoing tug-of-war for Los Altos Hills’ history – which stories are told and who gets to tell them. Taxpayers, however, will not be footing the bill just yet.

City councilmembers earlier this month denied anthology project coordinator Duffy Price’s request to provide $31,500 for a 210-page electronic expansion of the town’s existing 40-page publication. The original anthology was published to commemorate the town’s 60th anniversary in January. Councilmembers allocated $6,200 for the digital version and private donors covered the printing cost, $3,800.


FHDA chancellor recommends new Foothill president

Foothill De-Anza Community College District Chancellor Judy Miner recommended Thuy Thi Nguyen as the next president of Foothill College. Pending board approval Monday, Nguyen would begin work July 1.

“Based on her record of innovation in promoting student access and diversity, I believe that Thuy will lead Foothill College in advancing a culture of student equity and in closing the achievement gap,” Miner said. “I am confident she will offer the kind of leadership and inspiration that will help the college achieve its most ambitious goals and further enhance the state and national leadership role for which our district is known.”


Los Altos hires interim city manager


The city of Los Altos has hired Christopher Jordan as its interim city manager. In his new capacity, Jordan will serves as the administrative head of government and CEO of the city.


It's all systems go for clean-electricity authority

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Silicon Valley Clean Energy Board of Directors members Jeannie Bruins and John Harpootlian represent Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, respectively, at the group’s first board meeting.

Planning for Silicon Valley Clean Energy implementation is underway.

Participating jurisdictions, including Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, will pool their purchasing power to buy sustainable electricity as an alternative to PG&E.


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