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LA council approves amended medical-parking ordinance


The Los Altos City Council recently gave its initial approval for an amended medical-parking ordinance that more clearly defines the various types of medical businesses in Los Altos – and their parking demands.

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LAH residents seek road rights, improved Internet access


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Residents of Byrne Park Lane in Los Altos Hills are lobbying town officials to reclassify their street from private to public. Comcast Corp., the city’s cable provider, is not required to service private roads, hampering Internet access.

Although Los Altos Hills sits in the heart of Silicon Valley, it feels like the dark ages for 29 homeowners living on private roads like Byrne Park Lane and Deer Springs Way.

Comcast Corp. isn’t required to provide cable and Internet service to those living on private roads – and won’t do so without charging residents thousands of dollars.

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LAH council urges petition to push I-280 repaving


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
In an effort to reduce noise during rush hour, Los Altos Hills residents are promoting a plan to install rubberized asphalt along the Interstate 280 corridor.

Interstate 280 can be loud and dirty – particularly at rush hour – but members of the Los Altos Hills City Council don’t think the stretch of highway that borders town has to be.

Neither do the more than 800 residents from Los Altos Hills and surrounding communities who have signed an online petition lobbying Caltrans to prioritize the repaving of a 5-mile expanse of I-280 between Page Mill Road and Foothill Expressway with rubberized asphalt. Rubberized asphalt reduced sound by 5.3 decibels on average when Caltrans installed the material during long-term studies on test highways in California.

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Council rejects neighbors’ appeal of house design

The Los Altos City Council last week rejected a house design appeal filed by two neighbors concerned about their privacy.

The council voted 4-0 to reject the neighbors’ appeal of a two-story house design on Santa Rita Court, originally approved by the city’s Design Review Commission (DRC) in November. The neighbors – Wu Wang and Ravi Dronamraju – filed the appeal to address concerns that some second-story windows, which would be located on the right and rear sides of the proposed home, would encroach on their privacy. In addition, the neighbors claimed that the second-story design was too bulky compared with the rest of the neighborhood.

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Call it the Cardinal Colonnade: Stanford agrees to lease entire Los Altos apartment complex


Rendering Courtesy of Sares-Regis Group
Stanford University leased the Colonnade apartment complex in Los Altos to provide housing for students, faculty and staff.

People interested in renting in Los Altos can scratch the yet-to-be-completed Colonnade apartment complex off their lists.

Stanford University last week reached an agreement with the Sares-Regis Group of Northern California to lease the entire 167-unit complex at 4750 El Camino Real. Stanford officials noted that the long-term agreement was in response to the tight local housing market.

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New on-ramp metering lights activated at Fremont Avenue


Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Caltrans recently installed a metering light at the Fremont Avenue entrance to southbound Highway 85.

Los Altos residents who travel to and from work using Highway 85 likely experienced a change in their morning commutes last week.

According to Los Altos officials, Caltrans activated seven new on-ramp metering lights Jan. 21 for southbound 85, including one at Fremont Avenue – just inside Sunnyvale’s shared border with Los Altos. The new on-ramp lights meter traffic during the peak commute hours of 3-7 p.m.

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City council picks community center design concept: Financing still a chief concern among members


Renderings courtesy of city of Los Altos
The Los Altos City Council voted in favor of a core design concept, above, to replace Hillview Community Center and park. Alternative concepts included a parking structure, below, and one with swapped locations for playing fields, bottom. Red lines indicate vehicle access points and yellow lines represent pedestrian and bike access.

The Los Altos City Council last week opted to move forward with a new community center and park design concept – despite concerns about financing.

The council voted unanimously in favor of a core design concept – roughly estimated by city consultant Anderson Brulé Architects (ABA) to cost $49.92 million – to replace the aging Hillview Community Center.

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