Council initiates intention for $65M bond for community center

Alicia Castro/ Town Crier
Members of the Covington Critters Swim Team turned out in force at the July 14 Los Altos City Council meeting to voice support for a public aquatic center as part of the Hillview center remodel.

Hillview Community Center and Park is one step closer to potential upgrades.

The Los Altos City Council last week unanimously adopted a resolution and ordinance that pave the way for a $65 million general obligation bond to partially fund the recreation-space renovation. The council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on calling for a November bond election.


Purissima Hills, fire district partner on Neary Tank seismic upgrade

Neary Tank upgrades enable Los Altos Hills to expand its water-storage capabilities.

Come earthquake or wildfire, Los Altos Hills is in fighting shape, thanks to a $3 million seismic upgrade to district water tanks and pipes.

Over the course of approximately two years of design and construction, the Neary Tank Utilization Project extended district pipes by 6,000 linear feet and seismically retrofitted the district’s chief water storage tank, a 3-million-gallon behemoth. In the process, the effort garnered recognition from the American Public Works Association by claiming the Silicon Valley chapter’s Project of the Year Award for 2015.


City hires facilitator to address Senior Commission 'dysfunction'

Division among members of the Los Altos Senior Commission prompted the city to hire a facilitator to “help set the stage for respectful interactions,” according to City Manager Marcia Somers.

During the Los Altos City Council’s mid-year update last week, discussion turned to what some councilmembers described as “dysfunction” on the Senior Commission.


Committee organizes LAH vintners' event

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Tom Smith of Los Altos Hills grows grapes on his property. The town plans to host a wine event featuring local vintners Oct. 25.

There are plenty of topics Los Altos Hills City Councilmembers don’t agree on. An appreciation for wine, however, doesn’t seem to be among them.

With a unanimous vote July 16, all five councilmembers gave their blessing to the Vines and Wine Committee’s plans to bring a tasting event featuring local wineries to town hall Oct. 25.


Local eradication begins for fruit fly

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After confirming local presence of the Oriental Fruit Fly, state officials are treating trees and utility poles with insecticide.

The scene could be cut from a sci-fi film: A gloved arm attached to and protruding from an aperture cut into a pick-up’s passenger window aims a gun into the air and fires.



Construction begins on Fremont Bridge

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
As Loyola Corners bridge construction ramps up, the city has introduced measures to help with traffic flow.

Construction began Monday on the Loyola Corners bridges, and the city of Los Altos has established measures to ensure that traffic flows smoothly.

The Fremont Avenue intersections at A Street and Miramonte Avenue will be on “flash stop control” to accommodate work on the Loyola and Fremont bridges. Signal lights at each intersection will flash red and function like a stop sign.


Fruit fly eradication efforts to begin in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills on Friday

Eradication efforts are set to begin in parts of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills today (July 10) following the discovery of the potentially devastating Oriental Fruit Fly.

As is state protocol following the detection of these produce-plundering pests, the California Secretary of Agriculture has declared an emergency proclamation authorizing immediate implementation of an eradication program, according to a Santa Clara County Public Affairs press release. State officials today are scheduled to begin affixing special species-specific pheromone flytraps to light poles and public trees within a 14-mile radius of the detection site. The treatment area is roughly bounded by Alma Street (in Palo Alto) to the north, Miramonte Avenue (Mountain View) on the east, Ravensbury Avenue (Los Altos Hills) to the south and La Cresta Drive (Los Altos Hills) to the west.

The first of two Oriental Fruit Flies were detected by California Department of Food and Agriculture officials June 29 in a residential neighborhood northeast of the Interstate 280 and El Monte Avenue interchange. A second specimen was dispatched to the office of the state's head entomologist last week, and officials have identified it as another Oriental Fruit Fly, said Michelle Thom, deputy agricultural commissioner with the Santa Clara County Division of Agriculture.

Each treatment to eradicate the insects will take two to three days to complete and state officials will repeat applications every two weeks for approximately eight weeks, according to the press release. The lures attract and kill male Oriental Fruit Flies, Thom said, enabling them from mating with females and reproducing,

Female Oriental Fruit Flies lay eggs in fruits and vegetables and their maggot offspring feed on the produce, causing it to decay and fall from the tree, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture. They are indiscriminate insects and have been known to attack more than 230 types of produce.

The species is widespread through much of the mainland of Southern Asia and typically arrives in the United States through contraband fruit transported by international mail and airplane passengers, Thom said.

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