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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.

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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.

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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..

Potential VTA sales-tax measure to 'Envision' traffic relief


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A proposed VTA sales-tax measure targets relieving commuter traffic along Foothill Expressway and would likely fund the busy roadway’s expansion.

Santa Clara County voters in November may be casting their ballots on a tax measure designed to relieve the area’s traffic congestion.

Valley Transportation Authority’s Envision Silicon Valley sales-tax measure would likely cost consumers a 30-year, half-cent sales tax to generate approximately $6 billion over its lifetime. The initiative would require approval from two-thirds of voters to pass.

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Pleas for pedestrian safety fail at council


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Students traverse the intersection at Edith and University avenues last week.

Los Altos resident Jennifer Denebeim feared the worst when a motorist struck her son’s bicycle as he crossed the street last week.

“Luckily, the car only struck the front tire of his bike, but if he’d entered the intersection a few seconds earlier, it could’ve been much worse,” she told the Los Altos City Council March 22.

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LAH to re-evaluate crossing-guard funds


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Crossing guard Amir Boulett helps a Gardner Bullis School student cross busy Fremont Road.

Students, teachers and even parents extend a fist when they see Amir Boulett. They know fist bumps are Boulett’s greeting of choice, and they happily oblige as they pass behind the crossing guard’s handheld stop sign.

“He’s terrific,” said Courtenay C. Corrigan, Los Altos Hills city councilwoman. “I can see the positive reports and thank-yous about having him there.”

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Google's new campus scaled down yet striking


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The 18.6-acre Google campus proposed for East Charleston Road in Mountain View includes scaled-down accommodations for 3,000 employees.

Even if their original plan was much larger and grander, Google Inc. officials’ revised proposal for a new campus off East Charleston Road in Mountain View is still in keeping with the tech giant’s tendency to make a big architectural splash.

The approximately 600,000- square-foot project on 18.6 acres, presented to Mountain View city officials last month, includes two floors and a basement, a public corridor through the middle of the campus and a large canopy roof. The corridor houses retail stores and cafes that would be available for public use. The campus is designed to accommodate 3,000 employees.

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