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Water district explains "earthy" water, odor

A nontoxic alga in the water supply is causing concern for many Los Altos residents.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District assured consumers that the water still “meets or surpasses drinking-water standards” despite a bloom of geosmin in the Central Valley’s San Luis Reservoir.

Residents make noise with FAA over flight paths

Marit Barton/Special to the Town Crier
An FAA meeting on jet noise drew crowds in MV.

Los Altos resident Donald Gardner awoke at 5:55 a.m. July 1 to the roaring sound of a cargo plane – one of at least half a dozen, by his count, that are flying between midnight and 6 a.m. despite a Federal Aviation Administration assertion to the contrary.

The overnight planes are just one aspect of the overarching airplane noise problem plaguing residents day and night from South San Francisco to Los Altos down to Capitola.

Community Plaza may be renamed to honor veterans

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The downtown Community Plaza, at the intersection of Main and State streets, could undergo a name change if the council OK’s a proposal to rename it, “Veterans Plaza.”

The intersection of Main and State streets is unnamed on Google Maps, but a proposal to change the name of Community Plaza is a hot issue downtown.

LAH residents object to homeowner's "Motel 6" plan

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos Hills hopes to generate income by taxing short-term rentals, like this VRBO- listed home on Orchard Hill Lane.

Annie Leung was preparing to host a Christmas party when her doorbell rang.

“I rented your cottage,” said the stranger standing on Leung’s doorstep.

El Camino complex hits new snag

Rendering Courtesy of City of Los ALtos
At 62 feet high, the proposed condominium complex at 4880 El Camino Real exceeds the city’s height limit of 45 feet.

The only sure thing after the Los Altos City Council held its meeting on a proposed El Camino Real development is that another hearing is in the cards. The council voted 4-1 June 28 to continue design review on a contentious condominium complex.

The Lola LLC development, pegged for 4880 El Camino Real, will have 21 units, including three below-market-rate condos that even many skeptics of the project agree are sorely needed in the area. Those 21 units, however, will be built over five stories towering 62 feet high. That may explain the project’s opponents, who point to a height limit of 45 feet on the Los Altos side of El Camino Real.

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