Community development director steps down

The Los Altos City Council accepted the resignation of the Community Development Director James Walgren Oct. 27, voting 4-1 to approve the settlement and release agreement, with Councilwoman Megan Satterlee dissenting.

The vote came in closed session prior to the public council meeting. During the session, the council met with legal counsel to discuss two cases of anticipated litigation. The legal conference was the only item listed on the council’s closed-session agenda.

“I have no other comment than we wish him well,” Mayor Jan Pepper said.

“We wish him the best as he pursues his future endeavors,” echoed Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins. “I wish (City Manager) Marcia (Somers) well in terms of finding a replacement – it’s a critical position in the organization.”

Somers told the Town Crier that the city would begin the recruitment process for a new community development director.

"I wish him well," she said. "I have no additional comment."

When asked when Walgren’s last day was, she said: “I don’t know.”

Walgren did not return the Town Crier’s call for comment.

Los Altos Hills 60th anniversary party now on track


Despite some minor grumblings between organizers, progress is being made on preparations for Los Altos Hills’ 60th anniversary celebration.

“We have more than a quarter of a year to go,” said Roger Burnell, chairman of the town’s Community Relations Committee.


Los Altos family questions 'vague' tree policy

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos residents appealed to the city council to reconsider their tree-removal permit application. The residents argued that maintenance costs and problems have grown beyond the tree’s value.

The Los Altos City Council Oct. 13 denied a second-generation Los Altos family’s application to remove a front-yard oak tree.

“In the right place, it’s a wonderful tree,” appellant Cameron Hamblin told the Town Crier. “The cost of maintaining our property is just getting out of hand, and we really believe in preventing small problems from turning into big problems.”


Water district to award up to $250,000 in conservation grants

The Santa Clara Valley Water District has opened a grant application process that will award up to $250,000 to test new and innovative water conservation programs and technologies.

The 2016 Water Conservation Research Grant Program is part of the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program, funded through a parcel tax approved in 2012. The primary goal, according to district officials, is to identify promising water-saving devices and strategies that could help the water district meet its long-term goal of saving more than 32 billion gallons of water annually by 2030.


Measure A campaigning takes to the streets

Traci Newell/town crier
Signs for and against Measure A dot lawns in Los Altos ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

As the Nov. 3 election approaches, front-yard campaign signs stake residents’ claim on Measure A.

Proponents and opponents alike each distributed more than 200 signs representing their views on Measure A, the $65 million bond that would partially fund reconstruction of Hillview Community Center and Park.


LAH approves $30K contract for town survey

Interstate 280 repaved. Undergrounding of utilities. Improved Internet speeds. Any Internet access at all. Two thousand bucks of taxpayer money returned to each household. Piqued by word of an official town survey, Los Altos Hills residents are all aflutter about possible city-funded improvement projects.


Police detail targeting speeding, reckless cyclists

After two recent injury accidents, police are cracking down on speeders and reckless cyclists along Page Mill Road.

Cyclists beware: A series of serious accidents has local law enforcement cracking down on speeders and reckless riders.

Last weekend, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office launched a short-term campaign to increase patrol presence and ramp up enforcement of traffic laws on and near the stretch of Page Mill Road between Moody and Arastradero roads, a popular thoroughfare for cyclists. The campaign, expected to continue on Saturdays and Sundays for a few weeks, specifically targets aggressive cyclists.


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