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LAH water rates set to increase incrementally, effective July 1


Courtesy of Bartle Wells Associates
The graph shows proposed water-rate increases approved by the Purissima Hills Water District Board of Directors last week. Although monthly readiness-to-serve charges will remain the same, Los Altos Hills residents will notice an increase in water-consumption charges in bills mailed on or after July 1.

Los Altos Hills residents may start rethinking their water-use habits as rates begin a three-year upward trajectory next month.

With a unanimous vote, the Purissima Hills Water District’s five-member board of directors approved a resolution June 10 outlining rate hikes. The district’s customers – two-thirds of Los Altos Hills’ residents (approximately 6,150 people) and 10 businesses – will see the changes reflected on bills sent on or after July 1.

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LASD may backtrack on teacher raises, seek parcel-tax renewal


Before the Los Altos School District adopts its budget at Monday’s board meeting, trustees must agree on strategies to prevent depleting reserves below the 3 percent state-mandated minimum.

Budget projections show that district reserve funds will be drained by the 2017-2018 school year because of the parcel-tax expiration, enrollment growth, increases in district contributions to the State Teachers’ Retirement System and 10 percent annual growth in health insurance costs.

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Miramonte/Covington upgrades to include sidewalk, crosswalk – not stoplight


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council voted June 9 to continue working toward its pedestrian-safety upgrades at the Miramonte Avenue and Covington Road intersection.

Pedestrian upgrades are en route to the corner of Miramonte Avenue and Covington Road.

The Los Altos City Council unanimously directed staff June 9 to move forward with the Blach Neighborhood Traffic Study’s current plan for upgrades, which includes a sidewalk with pedestrian ramps and enhanced crosswalk striping.

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Construction continues at The Terraces

The Los Altos City Council at its May 26 meeting granted The Terraces at Los Altos an additional 18 months to complete an ongoing construction project.

As construction proceeds, the continuing-care retirement community at 373 Pine Lane is home to 95 seniors.

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Police Blotter

Intoxication

June 11, 12:08 a.m., 400 block of Casita Way: Someone anonymously called the police department to report that his friends were smoking marijuana and were about to drive. The subjects left prior to officers’ arrival, and the call was transferred to the Mountain View Police Department based on their reported direction of travel.

“Driving while high is a crime – it’s a DUI – and a lot of people don’t realize that,” Los Altos Police Agent Katie Krauss said. “Calling was a good thing. If you’re going to call because someone is about to drive intoxicated, get a vehicle description, license plate number and direction of travel or destination.”

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Pedestrian injured by hit-and-run driver in Mtn. View

Mountain View Police seek a hit-and-run suspect who struck a pedestrian at the intersection of Castro Street and El Camino Real last week.

The pedestrian suffered minor abrasions to the foot and hand, according to police.

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Brush fire contained at Foothill and 280


Courtesy of Saema Adeeb
Fire races up a hillside towards eucalyptus trees in Los Altos Hills Monday (June 15).

Dry grass spread a late-afternoon fire from the edge of Interstate 280 up toward Arboretum Drive in Los Altos last week, but responders halted the blaze before it reached the homes and eucalyptus trees at the top of the hill.

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