Feds initiate aircraft noise studies

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The chart reveals a marked increase in airplane noise complaints filed by Bay Area residents since implementation of NextGen.

In response to public outcry over aircraft noise above Los Altos and other Bay Area cities, the Federal Aviation Administration last week issued a plan to consider changes to flight traffic.

The FAA in October began analyzing potential modifications to its aircraft paths, including offshore routes, higher-altitude travel and reduced nighttime operations.


Mountain View implements safety measures at deadly El Monte intersection

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A woman crosses Marich Way at the El Monte Avenue intersection in Mountain View last week. Since Los Altos resident Michelle Montalvo was killed by a vehicle crossing El Monte last month, her family and friends have embarked on a mission to boost safety.

There was standing room only at Michelle Louise Montalvo’s memorial service; her family felt it only fitting that seating be scarce at a meeting held to prevent future pedestrian deaths.

And so it was: Montalvo’s family and friends and concerned members of the public packed Mountain View City Hall Nov. 18 to hear what the city’s Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) had to say about proposed safety improvements at the El Monte Avenue/Marich Way intersection where an SUV struck and killed Montalvo, 54, last month.


Los Altos onlooker in Paris saw resilience, denial as attacks began

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Police respond in the aftermath of the cafe shootings in Paris Nov. 13, just outside the basement Los Altos resident Noah Neiman hid in with co-workers.

Within an hour of hearing gunfire and seeing fleeing survivors in Paris Nov. 13, Los Altos resident Noah Neiman entered the “surreal” world of a witness sought by news organization trying to understand the attacks.

“I felt like I was in an episode of ‘The Newsroom,’” he said, describing the requests that were coming in everywhere from Instagram to his parents’ telephone.


Police Blotter


Nov. 16, 10:43 a.m., Chester Circle and North San Antonio Road: An officer pulled over a vehicle for a code violation and found the driver and a passenger in possession of stolen property out of Mountain View and Palo Alto. Police arrested and booked into jail suspects Brandon Groover, 40, and Steven Fox, 25.

Auto burglary

Nov. 18, 12:49 p.m., 4600 block of El Camino Real: An unknown suspect smashed the windows of three vehicles parked in an underground parking lot. The suspect stole a small bag and discarded it in a stairwell. Police believe that the suspect was searching for cash.


Los Altos pilots online public comment platform

Los Altos residents seeking to address local officials have a new way to be heard.

The city of Los Altos last week launched Open City Hall, an online public comment platform accessible through the city’s website. The program asks topical questions related to current events in Los Altos, and residents can respond and review compiled feedback.


LAH City Council addresses traffic safety concerns

Days are potentially numbered for a contentious crosswalk used by some Gardner Bullis School students to cross Fremont Road.

During their monthly meeting Thursday, Los Altos Hills City Councilmembers voted unanimously to instigate a 30-day public notice period announcing their intention to remove the crosswalk, located on the east side of Fremont Pines Lane in front of the school. The crosswalk is the site of at least one vehicle-versus- pedestrian accident and several near misses.


LAH News Briefs

Water-tank retrofit delays Page Mill traffic

Cyclists and motorists are urged to use caution on the stretch of Page Mill Road near its intersection with the Charlie Brown Fire Road in Los Altos Hills.

Through March, the Purissima Hills Water District is retrofitting a water tank at 11150 Page Mill Road, and the associated construction will prompt lane closures and traffic delays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. The construction site is located approximately 1,600 feet west of Moody Road.


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