Effective today, library cards free again in Los Altos

Both Los Altos libraries should see a spike in use soon. After the elimination of an $80 annual card fee that had been in place since 2011, nonresidents will receive free library cards at local libraries, effective today.

Residents of Mountain View and other cities can freely check out books and use the Internet at Los Altos’ main library and Woodland Branch, along with all of the other libraries in the Santa Clara County Library District. The change is due in part to a better economy, healthier budgets and greater distribution of library users. Newly opened city libraries in Palo Alto and San Jose have eased the burden on the county district branches.


Water reductions could squeeze city's green assets

Alicia Castro/town crier
Phil Doetsch predicts that the city’s landmark apricot orchard will survive the drought.

When Phil Doetsch discusses the Los Altos apricot orchard, it’s with both reverence and pragmatism.

“This whole area grew up on apricots,” he said. “With the drought, we just have to learn how to manipulate nature.”


Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge

Photo by Kira Gunderson/Special to the Town Crier
A coyote prowls Rancho San Antonio Preserve earlier this year

 A recent coyote attack in Mountain View that left a neighborhood cat dead has local residents concerned, but animal services officials said pet owners can take simple precautionary measures to avoid such encounters.


LAH residents fight for public road classification

Courtesy of Town of Los Altos Hills
The results of a Los Altos Hills debate over public versus private road ownership could have costly consequences.

It wasn’t until 2008, when residents of Deer Springs Way and Byrne Park Lane sought to bring Comcast into their homes, that they learned they lived along private – not public – roads.


Developer fee would fund public art

The Los Altos Public Arts Commission Thursday recommended amending the city’s zoning code to include a 1 percent development fee to fund public art.

The arts commission approved the proposal with three changes the Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) endorsed at its meeting a week earlier.


Police Blotter

Residential burglaries

June 23, 11:25 a.m., 100 block of Garland Way: An unknown suspect broke through a roll-up garage door and stole two high-end bicycles.

June 26, 10:21 p.m., 1 block of Middlebury Lane: An unknown suspect crawled through a large dog door and stole an undisclosed amount of jewelry.


LAH council approves Page Mill Road expansion

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Los Altos Hills City Council endorsed a plan to widen the congested Page Mill Road to six lanes between the Interstate 280 interchange and Foothill Expressway.

Infamously congested Page Mill Road should be widened to six lanes between the Interstate 280 interchange and Foothill Expressway, the Los Altos Hills City Council decided Thursday night.

It was one of four actions councilmembers approved by a 3-2 vote after the Santa Clara County Transportation Department delivered its latest status report on the ongoing Page Mill Corridor Study. As proposed by Councilman Rich Larsen, the council would also seek to establish communication with Caltrans on the interchange’s contested park-and-ride lot, request that Stanford Research Park accept responsibility for traffic congestion and urge the county to proceed with improvements to the interchange intersection.


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