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SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues


Graphic courtesy of Don Gardner
Activists claim that a new SFO flight path leaves a “sound shadow” that impacts Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Sky Posse Los Altos Team – more simply known as SPLAT – seeks to squelch the noise overhead. And they’re not the only ones.

Midpeninsula residents have banded together in the past year to combat the increase in aircraft noise caused by the implementation of NextGen, a Federal Aviation Administration program that converts ground-based radar systems to satellite-based navigation.

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Marijuana ordinances adopted just before deadline repealed

Gov. Jerry Brown has removed a deadline pressuring California cities and counties to address medical marijuana regulations – but not before local officials moved toward establishing their own rules to avoid state ones.

Late last month, the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills city councils both voted unanimously to adopt urgency ordinances largely banning medical marijuana operations in each town.

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Residents' group focuses on Hillview and gathering spaces


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The newly formed Community Center Alliance plans to lobby the Los Altos City Council to plan for recreation facilities, parks and gathering spaces, like at Hillview, left, that meet residents’ expectations.

Following the overwhelming defeat of Measure A last fall, the bond proposal to overhaul Hillview Community Center and Park, a group of residents is looking toward the future of all of Los Altos’ recreation assets.

The Community Center Alliance hosted a kickoff meeting Jan. 23 attended by more than 40 residents.

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LASD opens line of credit for construction funds

While Los Altos School District officials have not issued any of the $150 million in bond funds received through Measure N, they recently opened a line of credit to pay off a few enrollment-growth capital projects.

The district entered into a note purchase agreement with Wells Fargo Bank, which has agreed to lend the district up to $50 million. According to Randy Kenyon, assistant superintendent for business services, the district will only draw money as needed to fund capital projects authorized under Measure N, passed by voters two years ago.

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MVPD's traffic tips for school trips

The Mountain View Police Department’s Traffic Unit offers the following safety tips to motorists traveling to and from schools.

• Leave plenty of time to find parking.

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Police Blotter

Suspicious activity

Feb. 2, 11:29 a.m., near the intersection of East Edith Avenue and North Gordon Way: Report of a suspicious vehicle.

Feb. 2, 5:16 p.m., near the intersection of Solana Drive and Jardin Drive: Report of a suspicious vehicle.

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Mountain View braces for Super Bowl crowds


Graphic Courtesy of City of Mountain View
The purple parking lots above indicate where paid parking for the Super Bowl is allowed in downtown Mountain View. Other lots are open but still carry three-hour time constraints.

Downtown Mountain View will be the transit hub for Super Bowl 50 Sunday. Translation: Expect a huge crowd of people.

Travelers using public transit from either San Francisco or the Peninsula will arrive at the hub – the Mountain View Caltrain station – where they will be shuttled by light rail to Levi’s Stadium. Police plan street closures and a special parking pilot program in anticipation of the spectator surge.

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