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Los Altos resident dies in Sunnyvale accident

Los Altos resident Brian David Lazara, 50, was killed in a motor-vehicle accident Friday morning in Sunnyvale.

According to statements gathered by Sunnyvale police, he was driving a Vespa motor scooter in the intersection of Mary Avenue and Central Expressway when he came into contact with two other vehicles.


Los Altos council mulls second downtown survey

A community survey on downtown Los Altos is in the works – but likely won’t be conducted until next year.

The council directed an ad hoc committee that includes Councilwomen Val Carpenter and Jan Pepper to further refine its objectives for a second telephone survey by consultant Godbe Research to gauge public opinion on the downtown triangle.


News Briefs

Commission approves mixed-use San Antonio Road project

The Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) last week recommended approval of a new mixed-use project on the site of a former gas station.

PTC members voted 4-1 in favor of recommending the construction project, which calls for approximately 2,000 square feet of office space and four second-story residential units at 897 N. San Antonio Road. Commissioner Jon Baer cast the lone dissenting vote. Commissioners Phoebe Bressack and Jerry Moison did not attend the meeting.


League of Women Voters release election forum schedule

The Los Altos-Mountain View League of Women Voters’ has scheduled several forums for the Nov. 4 election. The events are free, except where noted, and open to the public. The schedule follows:

• Lunch with the League – Propositions 1, 45 and 46 and the water bond 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 19 at Ristorante Bella Vita, 376 First St., Los Altos. Cost: $27. Register at


Football season off and running

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Football players from Los Altos (above) and Mountain View high schools prepare for the season, scheduled to kick off later this week.

Both teams are practicing on new turf fields installed over the summer. Season previews for the Eagles and Spartans appear on page 26 of this week's paper and online here.


Loyola bridge renovation delayed until next year

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Work on Loyola Corners bridge is slated to begin in February after several months of delay.

The anticipated renovation of the Loyola bridge, thought earlier this year to wrap up in September, still has yet to launch. The project won’t kick off until a vibrations monitoring consultant renders an assessment, with construction predicted to begin in February.

Vibration monitoring detects vibration-related damage to surrounding structures that could occur during construction.


City rejects parking reconfiguration proposal

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week rejected a policy that would give downtown property owners the ability to expand their parking supply by funding the restriping of public parking plazas.

The Los Altos City Council last week nixed a policy proposal that would allow downtown property owners to redevelop their land to add more public parking – on their own dime.

The council voted 5-0 against the policy, a mechanism for owners to simultaneously redevelop downtown properties and meet the city’s parking mandates by funding the restriping of plazas on a “first come, first served” basis. The council’s vote came after its March directive for city staff to develop the draft policy. The city’s 2013 Downtown Parking Management Plan outlined the cost of reconfiguring plazas at $8.3 million for a gain of 76 spaces – an average of $110,000 per stall. Conversely, the plan noted that a stand-alone parking structure downtown could likely cost $10.3 million and add up to 276 spaces.


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