Council considers freezing First St. development

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A pedestrian walks along First Street in downtown Los Altos last week. Future construction on the street could soon be barred by an emergency moratorium on development.

Further construction along First Street could be temporarily barred as soon as next week by an emergency moratorium on development.


Pesky perennial creeps into LAH

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
It may look pretty, but the proliferation of the perennial oxalis in Los Altos Hills prompted the city council to issue an “Invasive Plant Alert.”

It’s green. It’s mean. And it’s likely invading a garden near you.

Oxalis, that ubiquitous roadside, cloverlike weed with the bright-yellow flowers, has long been a formidable foe for Bay Area green thumbs, but it wasn’t until recently that the pesky perennial crept into Los Altos Hills lawns, meadows and ornamental flowerbeds. 


High-speed crash on Loucks raises residents' concern

Courtesy of Sriram Chelluri
A speeding vehicle rolled through fences and mailboxes Feb. 27 before landing upside down in a Loucks Avenue front yard.

A vehicle racing through a residential area Friday afternoon flipped and landed in the front yard of a house on Loucks Avenue.


LA man sustains fatal injuries after being struck by car

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Schwehr with his wife and granddaughter

Los Altos resident Robert Schwehr, an avid outdoorsman, was likely walking to REI when a car fatally struck him Feb. 16 in Mountain View, according to his family.

Schwehr, 68, was taken to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries two days later.


Citywide Parking Committee to take stock, seek solutions

Location, location, location – it’s nothing without adequate parking, and the new ad hoc Citywide Parking Committee aims to even out the ratios.

At the Feb. 24 Los Altos City Council meeting, councilmembers voted 4-1 in favor of forming the group, which plans to review how development has impacted parking and consider how to eke out more spots.


Police Blotter

Residential burglaries

The Los Altos Police Department reported the following residential burglaries on its website. Department officials could not confirm details before the Town Crier’s Monday press deadline.

• Feb. 25, 8 p.m., 2000 block of Fallen Leaf Lane


Downtown Buildings Committee members

The Downtown Buildings Committee is charged with reviewing new development downtown.

According to a report by Councilwoman Megan Satterlee, the committee will study development within the context of current city zoning ordinances and the city’s Downtown Design Guidelines, Downtown Design Plan and General Plan.


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