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Enchanté plaza remains open to the public

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The plaza area at Enchanté Boutique Hotel now serves drinks and small plates.

The Los Altos City Council Aug. 25 voted unanimously in favor of Enchanté Boutique Hotel serving beverages and small plates to the public on the community plaza.

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E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk


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Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water Service Co., asked residents in the affected area to stop drinking tap water and began tracking down the source of contamination.

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Cal Water says no E. coli in water; limits boiling advisory area

Cal Water officials said today that preliminary water quality test results were negative for E. coli were negative and "only a single hydrant" in the South El Monte area of Los Altos showed the presence of total coliform. They reduced the "boil your water" advisory to an area of a few streets Tues evening (July 28), see map below. 

Officials stopped short of lifting their boiling water advisory entirely and is conducting additional testing. 

Following a repair to a broken water main, Cal Water advised customers July 26 in the South El Monte area of Los Altos to boil water for one minute or use bottled water for drinking and other uses after water samples taken following a main repair tested positive for the contaminants. Crews flushed water lines in the area and began taking follow-up water quality samples in accordance with state Division of Drinking Water protocol.

“We are committed to returning the water system back to normal service as soon as possible; however, we want to ensure it is safe for customers to use for drinking and cooking before we do so,” said Chris Wilson, customer service manager. “We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.”

Residents who opt for using bottled water during this advisory can bring their receipts for reimbursement to the Cal Water Customer Center at 949 B St., Los Altos, 94024, or mail them to the same address to the attention of Chris Wilson. For questions, call the Cal Water Customer Center at 917-0152.

Cal Water serves about 67,940 people through 18,800 service connections in Los Altos and portions of Cupertino, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and Sunnyvale. For more information, visit calwater.com.

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Pedestrian injured by hit-and-run driver in Mtn. View

Mountain View Police seek a hit-and-run suspect who struck a pedestrian at the intersection of Castro Street and El Camino Real last week.

The pedestrian suffered minor abrasions to the foot and hand, according to police.

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Brush fire contained at Foothill and 280


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Fire races up a hillside towards eucalyptus trees in Los Altos Hills Monday (June 15).

Dry grass spread a late-afternoon fire from the edge of Interstate 280 up toward Arboretum Drive in Los Altos last week, but responders halted the blaze before it reached the homes and eucalyptus trees at the top of the hill.

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Foothill President named next FHDA Chancellor

Miner mugThe Foothill De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees announced the selection of Judy C. Miner as district’s seventh permanent chancellor Monday (June 15). She succeeds Linda M. Thor, who retires June 30 as the district’s top executive.

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Hills council strikes down proposed moratorium on substandard lots

With a divided vote, the Los Altos Hills City Council Wednesday (June 3) struck down a proposed 45-day moratorium on substandard lot development.

Mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan and Councilmember John Radford cast dissenting votes opposing the moratorium on conditional development permit (CDP) applications. For the moratorium to pass, at least four of the five councilmembers needed to vote in favor of it.

“I’m not happy with some of what’s going on, but I think our current rules are sufficient,” Radford said.

Councilmembers John Harpootlian, Rich Larsen and Gary Waldeck voted in support of the moratorium.

CDP applications are required for expansion or new development when a residential property’s Lot Unit Factor – indicating how large a home can be – is less than half an acre. Although the town’s founding documents indicate a standard of 1-acre lot sizes, there are at least 50 lots of half an acre or less in Los Altos Hills.

Planning commission members have formed an ad hoc committee to examine existing CDP regulations, including the acceptable number of variances and exceptions allowed in conjunction with CDPs.

Approximately 20 Los Altos Hills residents and developers spoke during the public comment session of the morning meeting, an estimated half of whom favored the moratorium.

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