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Local committee targets Nov. 17 for recommended airplane noise solutions

Local representatives continue to work with Federal Aviation Administration officials on a solution to the increased airplane noise that has triggered tens of thousands of complaints from Los Altos to Santa Cruz since the FAA changed flight paths 18 months ago.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, chairman of the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals, which comprises representatives from all of the affected cities, said last week that the committee has held two “roll up your sleeves” working meetings per month with FAA officials since July. The meetings followed three high-profile public input gatherings earlier this year that drew standing-room-only audiences.

LAH budget reflects community survey

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A bar graph compares expenditures between the city of Los Altos Hills’ 2015-2016 fiscal year and its 2016-2017 fiscal year.

A community survey commissioned to gauge Los Altos Hills residents’ satisfaction and establish town project priorities played a significant role in developing the adopted governmental operating and capital budget of $10.9 million for fiscal year 2016-2017, according to city officials.

“If we have the funds, that’s where we should be putting the money – on what the community needs, not what we think the community needs,” said Pak Lin, town finance and administrative services director.

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VTA seeks citizen input via I-280 survey

Silicon Valley residents are invited to share their two cents about the infamously congested Interstate 280 corridor via an online Valley Transportation Authority survey.

The survey, available at 280survey.vta.org, is designed to help VTA officials develop a strategic plan and prioritize future projects along the 22-mile stretch of highway within Santa Clara County. By selecting “points of concern,” including the Page Mill Road, El Monte Road, Magdalena Avenue and Foothill Expressway interchanges, participants can document their concerns and read those expressed by other participants. VTA encourages comments about proposed bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements, interchange modifications and carpool lane expansion.

Déjà vu for all involved in Mora Drive debate

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Developer Forrest Linebarger addresses the Los Altos Hills City Council Aug. 25 on his ongoing attempt to develop his land.

It’s “Groundhog Day” for residents of Mora Drive. Likewise for Los Altos Hills city councilmembers, planning commissioners, staff and developer Forrest Linebarger.

Much like the 1993 Bill Murray comedy, the same characters appear and a similar plot plays out again and again with each city meeting meant to resolve the contentious development of Linebarger’s Mora Drive properties.

Los Altos hires Jordan as new city manager

Approximately four months after he was named Los Altos’ interim city manager, Chris Jordan will take on the job permanently. The Los Altos City Council made the appointment at their Aug. 23 meeting.

Councilmembers expressed their enthusiasm about the unanimous appointment.

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