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SCC measures tackle two big challenges: Housing and transportation in Valley

Two measures on the Nov. 8 ballot address major issues that threaten to derail Silicon Valley growth and overall quality of life – affordable housing and transportation.

Measure A

Measure A proposes a $950 million bond to “acquire or improve real property” for affordable housing throughout Santa Clara County. Beneficiaries would include homeless residents, veterans, the disabled and victims of domestic violence.

LAH 'Enforcement Day' targets traffic violators

Traffic Saturation
Sheriff’s deputies monitor Foothill Expressway traffic Wednesday morning.

Drivers, cyclists and even pedestrians passing through Los Altos Hills should be extra mindful of traffic laws today, as local law enforcement agencies plan to saturate the town.

Today’s Los Altos Hills “Group Enforcement Day” will consist of “identifying violations related to traffic,” with officers roving across town, particularly on the town’s major thoroughfares, said Capt. Rich Urena of Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.

State propositions determine fate of plastic bags, death penalty, pot

By Eliza Ridgeway

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LAH council rejects orchard update, fire risk map

Thursday’s Los Altos Hills City Council meeting proved exhaustive, nearly reaching the five-hour mark with long-mulled topics such as the multipurpose building proposal and short-term rentals making brief appearances.

Following is a summary of some of the evening’s most prominent decisions.

Airplane noise committee offers proposals for relief

A U.S. Congress-appointed committee comprising leaders from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and other affected cities is set to discuss a set of draft recommendations Thursday aimed at addressing the rise in airplane noise – noise that has generated hundreds of thousands of complaints and left impacted residents desperate for solutions.

The Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals released a “discussion draft” Friday with more than 20 recommendations for mitigating a noise problem that grew out of the Federal Aviation Administration’s switch to a new ground track in March 2015. FAA officials acknowledged that they underestimated the noise ramifications of their changes, which created higher concentrations of planes flying at lower altitudes directly over Los Altos and Palo Alto.

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