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Airplane noise committee delivers recommendations to Congress

The ball is back in the court of the U.S. Congress and the Federal Aviation Administration to address the relentless airplane noise that has become a major quality-of-life issue for some residents of Los Altos and other Peninsula communities.

Culminating months of research and dozens of public meetings, the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals delivered to congressional representatives a 30-page final report last week with numerous and specific noise mitigation recommendations. The report details problems with lower altitude and higher concentrations of flights coming into and out of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose international airports in the wake of a NextGen program designed to improve flight efficiency.

Reaching readers: Library makes strides to attract new cardholders

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Patrons of the Los Altos main library may soon benefit from expanded hours. Santa Clara County Library District and North County Library Authority representatives were expected to mull additional evening and weekend hours this month.

It’s a lofty goal – obtain the highest per capita membership in the country – but Santa Clara County Library District data presented in a year-end service report late last month reveals strides toward making it a reality.

Currently, 56 percent of the district population possesses a library card, and during fiscal year 2015-2016, 64 percent of cardholders checked out a book, according to the report, presented at an Oct. 27 library district Joint Powers Authority (JPA) meeting.

Los Altos Hills council shoots down expansion of Pinewood intersection

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An instersection change would add turn pockets on Fremont Road.

In the grand scheme of things, a 10-vehicle backup just wasn’t enough.

The Los Altos Hills City Council declined to vote yea or nay Thursday to a proposal to rework Fremont Road’s intersection with Weston Drive and Pinewood School’s driveway, a source of annoyance for some morning commuters.

Mtn. View council passes urgency ordinance on just-cause evictions

In a special meeting last week, the Mountain View City Council voted in favor of an urgency ordinance to implement a just-cause requirement for evictions that was included in Measure V, passed by voters earlier this month.

The council took action after a reported increase in the number of no-cause evictions and threats of evictions in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 8 election, according to a city press release issued after the Nov. 15 meeting. The urgency ordinance took effect immediately, while Measure V is being certified.

Petition asks city to revisit online parking system

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New parking stickers (blue) replaced the old ones (green) in October. The new system allows only online payment of tickets.

A petition requesting that the Los Altos City Council and the Los Altos Police Department revisit the city’s new online parking system has accrued 323 signatures.

The petition asserts that the new system, administered by the Las Vegas-based iParq, discriminates against business owners who do not use computers or credit cards.

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