LAH residents seek road rights, improved Internet access

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Residents of Byrne Park Lane in Los Altos Hills are lobbying town officials to reclassify their street from private to public. Comcast Corp., the city’s cable provider, is not required to service private roads, hampering Internet access.

Although Los Altos Hills sits in the heart of Silicon Valley, it feels like the dark ages for 29 homeowners living on private roads like Byrne Park Lane and Deer Springs Way.

Comcast Corp. isn’t required to provide cable and Internet service to those living on private roads – and won’t do so without charging residents thousands of dollars.


LAH council urges petition to push I-280 repaving

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In an effort to reduce noise during rush hour, Los Altos Hills residents are promoting a plan to install rubberized asphalt along the Interstate 280 corridor.

Interstate 280 can be loud and dirty – particularly at rush hour – but members of the Los Altos Hills City Council don’t think the stretch of highway that borders town has to be.

Neither do the more than 800 residents from Los Altos Hills and surrounding communities who have signed an online petition lobbying Caltrans to prioritize the repaving of a 5-mile expanse of I-280 between Page Mill Road and Foothill Expressway with rubberized asphalt. Rubberized asphalt reduced sound by 5.3 decibels on average when Caltrans installed the material during long-term studies on test highways in California.


Sutter, Blue Shield reach terms on two-year agreement

Sutter Health forged a new two-year contract with Blue Shield of California that preserves patient access to the doctors and care centers Blue Shield sold to patients during the fall open-enrollment period.

The contract applies to all Blue Shield plans in which Sutter Health providers historically participated, including HMO, PPO and those offered through Covered California. The agreement, which comes after a two-month standoff, means no lapse in coverage for Sutter Health patients.


LASD continues to prep for bond-fund spending

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When the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District built its newest classrooms, it used the Lease-Leaseback for construction delivery, a method trustees are considering for new projects.

Los Altos School District trustees are doing their homework before beginning to spend $150 million from a bond measure voters approved in November.

At a special meeting Jan. 26, the trustees heard a presentation from construction delivery and bond issuance experts.


Council rejects neighbors’ appeal of house design

The Los Altos City Council last week rejected a house design appeal filed by two neighbors concerned about their privacy.

The council voted 4-0 to reject the neighbors’ appeal of a two-story house design on Santa Rita Court, originally approved by the city’s Design Review Commission (DRC) in November. The neighbors – Wu Wang and Ravi Dronamraju – filed the appeal to address concerns that some second-story windows, which would be located on the right and rear sides of the proposed home, would encroach on their privacy. In addition, the neighbors claimed that the second-story design was too bulky compared with the rest of the neighborhood.


Police Blotter

Caltrain death in MV

A 28-year-old Palo Alto resident, Daniel Snyder, was struck and killed as a pedestrian on the Caltrain tracks south of Mountain View’s station Jan. 29. The incident occurred near the Highway 237 overpass, not at a crossing, according to Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunne. The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner ruled it a suicide.

Residential burglaries

Feb. 1, 12:04 p.m., 1500 block of Clay Drive: Sometime during the three-week period a resident was out of town, an unknown suspect broke a sliding glass door and ransacked the house.


LAH News Briefs

Following is a roundup of news from Los Altos Hills.

Mayor hosts weekly office hours

Mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan is scheduled to hold regular weekly office hours 10 a.m. to noon Mondays at the Heritage House (adjacent to town hall), 26379 W. Fremont Road.


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