Airplane noise irks residents

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Local residents have turned to U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo to protest Federal Aviation Administration regulations that enable planes to fly at lower altitudes over metropolitan areas – including Los Altos – generating increased noise pollution.

Voicing the concerns of residents throughout the Bay Area – including those in Los Altos – over noise from airplanes flying low overhead, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-18th District) recently released a survey she plans to use in meetings with the Federal Aviation Administration to quiet the skies.

Noise complaints have increased significantly since spring, when San Francisco and Mineta San Jose international airports adopted new flight paths mandated by the FAA as part of an ongoing national program, NextGen. The program is designed to modernize airspace and accommodate increased demand. The regulations established tighter flight paths that save airlines fuel but require that planes fly at lower altitudes over metropolitan areas, such as Los Altos, that previously experienced little airplane noise.


LA City Briefs

Community center bond set for November ballot

The Los Altos City Council July 28 unanimously adopted an ordinance calling for a Nov. 3 bond election to raise funds for construction of a new Hillview Community Center and Park.

The city would use the $65 million bond to replace the nearly 70-year-old Hillview Community Center, construct an aquatic center and upgrade open space and sports fields. The city will fund underground parking – estimated to cost up to $25 million – from its reserves.


LAH council considers multipurpose facility

Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
Plans for a proposed multipurpose facility adjacent to city council chambers in Los Altos Hills could involve relocating emergency supplies from the historical Heritage House.

Last week’s Fremont earthquake left Bay Area residents rattled and seismologists warning of the next “big one.” Coincidentally, the quake occurred just days after the Los Altos Hills City Council began discussing a possible alternative location for emergency equipment needed during such a disaster.

The July 16 council discussion began with a gentle push to construct a multipurpose facility adjacent to council chambers. The town’s History Committee seeks a home for historical documents and photographs, while the Parks and Recreation Department wants room for town-sponsored classes, workshops and meetings. History Committee Chairwoman Carol Crites and Sarah Gualtieri, community services supervisor, collaborated with town architect Peter Duxbury to develop a preliminary conceptual site plan.


ECH board elects Chen as new director

The El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors last month elected a new member – Lanhee J. Chen, J.D., Ph.D., a Stanford University lecturer and political consultant. Chen’s three-year term began July 1.

District officials interviewed three candidates during their June 16 meeting and elected Chen to replace Nandini Tandon, Ph.D., who chose not to seek an additional term on the five-member board.


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.


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