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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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Loyola Bridge work prompts expressway detour

Motorists exiting southbound Foothill Expressway at Loyola Corners can anticipate a detour from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Thursday as part of the ongoing Loyola Bridge widening project.

Traffic will be rerouted to Grant Road to return from the northbound direction while crews pave various intersections.

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City: Parking committee efforts could be stalled another month

An investigation into possible violations of the open-meetings law by the Los Altos Citywide Parking Committee could take at least a month to complete, according to City Manager Marcia Somers.

“The city is taking the allegations made by the Friends of Los Altos on February 9, 2016, very seriously and proceeding with an independent investigation,” Somers wrote in a Feb. 25 email to the Town Crier. “Once the city receives findings from the investigation, the city attorney (Jolie Houston) and city manager will make recommendations to the council on next steps.”

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Downtown roadwork to create four-way stop

Motorists traveling along San Antonio Road near Foothill Expressway can anticipate minor traffic delays Monday.

Contractors improving the traffic signal at the intersection of First Street/Cuesta Drive and San Antonio Road are scheduled to activate the new signal lights.

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Expect road closures at Loyola Corners starting Friday

Weather permitting, city and county officials plan to close Loyola Corners roads and lanes Friday through March 31 as part of the Santa Clara County Loyola Bridge Widening Project.

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