Senior Commission secures designated space

If Los Altos builds its new community center, senior residents will have their own space.

The Los Altos City Council last week voted 4-1 to support the Senior Commission’s recommendation of 10,000 square feet designated for senior use.


Local trees targeted as part of PG&E pipeline safety program

PG&E’s Community Pipeline Safety Initiative may initially impact Los Altos residents more by what’s above ground than below it.

The utility company has identified 285 city trees sitting above underground gas pipelines, 43 of which must be removed and replaced to allow access by emergency personnel, according to PG&E representative Jeff Smith. By contrast, PG&E has identified eight trees atop pipelines in Los Altos Hills, with one requiring removal/replacement.


Local, regional efforts flying high to address increased airplane noise over Los Altos area

Courtesy of Don Gardner
The above graphic shows the growing the number of air flights per day and the altitudes at which they fly over Los Altos.

Lawmakers at the local and national levels continue to push the Federal Aviation Administration to address concerns about increased aircraft noise in Los Altos and other areas of Santa Clara County. Meanwhile, the noise complaints are piling up.

“My life has changed from open windows, quiet, gardening and long walks to a more interior one with windows closed, fan on, radio on and earplugs in at night,” said Los Altos resident Jean Kirk, after FAA changes earlier this year allowed planes to take lower-altitude flight paths.


Small businesses, advocates weigh in on wage increases

As South Bay cities organize an effort to set a regional minimum wage, advocates for small and local businesses want their voices heard.

“I am of the opinion that it’s better to take a regional approach rather than each city get picked off one by one,” said Matthew Mahood, president and CEO of the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. “I think you need to go to the negotiation table.”


Heated LAH meeting addresses residents' development concerns

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Mark Breier, a Los Altos Hills resident who lives near town hall, shares his opposition at an ad hoc meeting to a town proposal to construct a 6,000-square-foot multipurpose building.

There’s a running joke among Los Altos Hills City Councilmembers concerning how often the words “rural” and “character” are recited at council meetings: If frequency were measured by a drinking game, all participating parties would surely end up drunk.

But “facts” nearly eclipsed the competition last week during a specially scheduled ad hoc committee meeting called to address residents’ concerns about a preliminary proposal for construction of a $4 million, 6,000-square-foot multipurpose building at town hall.


LAH council selects Spreen

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Fred Gallagher, right, congratulates Roger Spreen after the Los Altos Hills City Council appointed Spreen to the vacant council seat.

Neither cheers nor boos accompanied the announcement indicating which candidate would ascend to the Los Altos Hills City Council dais. Instead, council chambers remained silent as members of the audience and council absorbed the news.

“Roger Spreen,” Mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan said, reading the ballot Sept. 29. “We’d like to make an appointment of the open, vacated seat.”


LAH council cuts charitable grants to $30,000

The number of charitable grants approved by the Los Altos Hills City Council is on the decline – and so is the amount of money distributed.

Councilmembers Sept. 17 chose to divide $30,000 among four organizations during the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The funds – offered through the town’s Community Service Agencies Grant Program – are earmarked for the Community Health Awareness Council ($10,000), Hidden Villa ($10,000), Deer Hollow Farm ($5,000) and the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce ($5,000).


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