Mountain View implements safety measures at deadly El Monte intersection

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A woman crosses Marich Way at the El Monte Avenue intersection in Mountain View last week. Since Los Altos resident Michelle Montalvo was killed by a vehicle crossing El Monte last month, her family and friends have embarked on a mission to boost safety.

There was standing room only at Michelle Louise Montalvo’s memorial service; her family felt it only fitting that seating be scarce at a meeting held to prevent future pedestrian deaths.

And so it was: Montalvo’s family and friends and concerned members of the public packed Mountain View City Hall Nov. 18 to hear what the city’s Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) had to say about proposed safety improvements at the El Monte Avenue/Marich Way intersection where an SUV struck and killed Montalvo, 54, last month.


LAH City Council addresses traffic safety concerns

Days are potentially numbered for a contentious crosswalk used by some Gardner Bullis School students to cross Fremont Road.

During their monthly meeting Thursday, Los Altos Hills City Councilmembers voted unanimously to instigate a 30-day public notice period announcing their intention to remove the crosswalk, located on the east side of Fremont Pines Lane in front of the school. The crosswalk is the site of at least one vehicle-versus- pedestrian accident and several near misses.


Mtn. View residents push for El Monte-Marich safety measures

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Mountain View residents want the city to add a traffic signal and other safety measures to the intersection of El Monte Avenue and Marich Way, site of a recent pedestrain death.

The day after a vehicle struck and killed Michelle Louise Montalvo on El Monte Avenue in Mountain View, another vehicle nearly hit Paul Lesti’s wife and daughter as they lay flowers at the accident scene.


Plans proceed on Loyola Corners update

Los Altos has initiated the process for updating the 25-year-old Loyola Corners Neighborhood Commercial Center Specific Plan.

Following direction from the Los Altos City Council Sept. 15, city staff will develop an approach, likely first securing a consultant to assess viable industry for the commercial center.


VTA says review validates El Camino Real rapid-bus project

An outside review of the controversial El Camino Real bus project that prioritizes public transit, released last week, largely affirmed Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s analysis of impacts to traffic and neighborhood streets.

The VTA proposal could set aside two of El Camino’s six vehicle lanes for dedicated bus transit, including the portion running through Los Altos and Mountain View.


Loyola Corners under moratorium, council to update area's plan

Traffic circulation around Fremont Avenue, currently impacted by Loyola Bridge construction, will likely be a key aspect in updates to the area’s specific plan.

Now is the time for Loyola Corners residents and merchants to weigh in on their neighborhood’s future.

Los Altos officials are in the midst of planning a potential update to the Loyola Corners Neighborhood Commercial Center Specific Plan – a document more than 25 years old with numerous requirements that were never implemented. The city will review the plan and possibly amend its policies, zoning regulations and design standards.


Mountain View urges VTA to rethink transportation planning; LA, LAH on board

Officials from the city of Mountain View have coordinated an effort with the mayors and city managers of eight other Santa Clara County cities to urge the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) to rethink its approach to transportation planning and focus more on the current and anticipated needs of West Valley and North County communities.

In a letter dated Aug. 27 addressed to VTA Chairman Perry Woodward, representatives from the nine cities requested that VTA take a stronger systems perspective for mass transit and review community-level needs that invest in first- and last-mile transportation strategies. Specifically, they asked VTA to initiate a comprehensive study to develop a systemwide plan, with an initial focus on the changing commuter dynamics of routes 85, 101, 237 and 280, which they claim adversely affect residents and businesses throughout the county.


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