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Los Altos condo project may stock 'Silicon Valley boulevard'

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The Los Altos City Council this month will consider a five-story residential complex proposed for the 4880 El Camino Real site.

A five-story condominium complex may soon fill the vacant site at 4880 El Camino Real in Los Altos.

The Los Altos City Council is slated Tuesday to review the 21-unit residential project at the former location of Hunan Home’s Restaurant. Despite mixed input from residents, the Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission recommended that the council give its go-ahead.

'Design thrash' propels revising downtown specs, height limits

The Los Altos City Council is pursuing new development standards that may help bypass the push and pull of designing downtown projects.

Following residents’ mixed reaction to recent construction – particularly the “canyon effect” along First Street – the council formed the Downtown Buildings Committee to determine next steps to ensure that buildings meet community expectations.

Joint meeting reviews substandard lot details

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Standards discussed at the Los Altos Hills City Council-Planning Commission study session last week could have saved the Deerfield Drive project, lots highlighted above, from months of limbo while council and commission members mulled sufficient objective criteria with which to judge their housing projects.

Mindful of the future annexation of unincorporated Santa Clara County slices into Los Altos Hills, town officials assembled May 23 to explore two issues routinely plaguing neighborly relations: substandard lots and pathways.

Although no finalizing measures were taken, the rare joint Los Altos Hills City Council-Planning Commission study session served to iron out the details of town policy.

Residents driven to share cost on Loucks speed humps

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Los Altos resident Don Gardyne, with his wife, Alison, initiated the effort to install speed humps on Loucks Avenue.

A year after a speeding car barreled through their front yard and flipped onto their neighbors’ lawn, Don and Alison Gardyne are one step closer to slowing down motorists.

“It takes desperation, which I think our neighborhood has,” Don Gardyne told the Town Crier. “That’s the only driving factor that got us to a solution in a timely manner.”

Commuters take to two wheels Thursday

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Wes Brinsfield, left, chairman of the Los Altos Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission, provides information to a past year’s Bike to Work Day cyclist.

Grab your helmet: May 12 is the 22nd annual Bay Area Bike to Work Day.

University/Edith crosswalk tops schools route project list

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Residents supporting safe routes to school hope that a crosswalk at West Edith and University avenues will improve safety.

After more than a year of pedestrian advocacy, a group of neighbors last week secured the Los Altos City Council’s go-ahead for a new crosswalk.

The $198,875 project at University and West Edith avenues will feature street striping and roadside signs, possibly with flashing warning lights.

Loyola Corners economics, traffic rise to top of planning concerns

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Loyola Bridge construction parallel to the Fremont Avenue frontage may lead officials to alter circulation plans for the area.

Loyola Corners stakeholders last week mulled the issues that will likely shape the area’s future: traffic circulation and economic vitality.

The Los Altos City Council and the Planning and Transportation Commission held a joint study session April 21 to move forward on amending the Loyola Corners Neighborhood Commercial Center Specific Plan, a document that guides development in the area.

Interim I-280/Page Mill improvements could arrive this year

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Paul Pascoal, right, of the county Roads and Airports Department explains potential changes to the I-280/Page Mill Road interchange.

Interim bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements could come to the Interstate 280/Page Mill Road interchange by the fall, local officials said last week.

The announcement came April 20 during a community meeting at Los Altos Hills Town Hall. Approximately 70 local residents attended to review proposed plans and share their concerns with a coalition of city, county and local transportation leaders.

Free VTA rides for Earth Day

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority is celebrating Earth Day by offering free rides throughout the county Friday.

The promotion, good for all bus and light-rail travel, is intended to encourage public transportation novices to give it a try.

The benefits, according to VTA, range from environmental to financial. The independent special district estimates households can save $6,251 each year by relying on public transportation instead of a personal car.

VTA travel ambassadors will be stationed at select transit centers Friday to hand out free Clipper Cards and offer helpful advice, according to a VTA press release.

For more information, visit www.vta.org, call (408) 321-2300 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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