West Nile fogging commences today

Courtesy of the Santa Clara County Vector Control District
Fogging commences Wednesday within the highlighted area.

The detection of West Nile Virus-infected mosquitos means that Santa Clara County officials will begin mosquito fogging operations today in parts of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and San Jose.

Weather permitting, Santa Clara County Vector Control District staff will begin spraying Zenivex at 11 p.m. today and finish at approximately 4 a.m. Operations could continue into Thursday around 4 a.m.


Council freezes Loyola Corners development

Development in Loyola Corners is on hold for the next 45 days – and perhaps nearly two years – while Los Altos officials review plans for the area’s commercial projects.

The Los Altos City Council Aug. 25 voted 4-1 to adopt an interim urgency ordinance establishing a temporary moratorium on development at Loyola Corners. The council will decide Tuesday whether to extend the moratorium for up to 22 months and 15 days, which requires approval from four of the five councilmembers.


Labor Day weekend brings DUI crackdown

When it comes to alcohol-related crashes, Labor Day weekend may not be the deadliest time of year to hit the road – typically New Year’s Eve earns that distinction – but it’s no slouch, either.

In 2013, traffic safety officials across the country logged 424 crash fatalities over the Labor Day holiday weekend, with 48 percent of the deaths involving drivers who had been drinking, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Of the 424 deaths, 38 percent involved drivers with blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of 0.08 or higher, and 27 percent involved drivers with BACs of 0.15 or more.


Enchanté plaza retains food, beverage service

Photo by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Food and beverage service will resume on the plaza outside Enchanté Boutique Hotel in Los Altos.

The plaza outside Enchanté Boutique Hotel will remain open to the public, with small plates and wine available in the evenings and on weekends.

The Los Altos City Council unanimously voted Aug. 25 to permit public food and beverage service from 4 p.m. to midnight on weekdays and 7 a.m. to midnight on weekends, holidays and for up to six special events per year. The bistro is now open from 4 to 10 p.m. daily, according to hotel owner Abigail Ahrens.


Residents' concern prompts Moody Road speed study

Photo by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Traffic passes a memorial Los Altos Hills resident Tony Canova erected for his dog, Mona, on Moody Road.

The speed limit on Moody Road may be 30 mph, but vehicles have zoomed up and down the Los Altos Hills artery for as long as Tony Canova can remember.

As traffic volume ballooned and speeders progressed from mere annoyances to menaces, Canova emerged as a passionate advocate for implementing traffic-calming measures within his neighborhood. In June, however, the perpetual battle became personal – a speeding truck traveling along Moody struck and killed Canova’s 9-year-old rottweiler, Mona.


Police Blotter


Aug. 24, 11:26 a.m., 100 block of First Street: An unknown suspect pried open a cabinet in the Safeway pharmacy, stole $24,000 worth of narcotics and fled the scene. The burglar was not caught, but police processed the crime scene, which included footage of the suspect, and investigators have “promising leads,” according to Los Altos Police Sgt. Brian Jeffrey.

Aug. 24, 10:27 p.m., 200 block of Third Street: An unknown suspect smashed the side window of a rental car, popped open the trunk and stole three laptops and a watch. The incident occurred while the victim was dining downtown.


Enchanté plaza remains open to the public

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Alicia Castro/Town Crier
The plaza area at Enchanté Boutique Hotel now serves drinks and small plates.

The Los Altos City Council Aug. 25 voted unanimously in favor of Enchanté Boutique Hotel serving beverages and small plates to the public on the community plaza.


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