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City eyes August finish for Portola project


Diego Abeloos/ Town Crier
City officials expect the construction work on a new sidewalk on Portola Avenue to be finished ahead of the 2014-15 school year. The new sidewalk will connect the two existing pathways.

Construction crews recently began work on a $284,000 Portola Avenue project to construct a new pathway.

According to Los Altos Assistant Civil Engineer Kathy Small, the project calls for construction of a new 5-foot-wide sidewalk, plus curbs and gutters, on the southern side of Portola Avenue, between Egan Junior High School and Westminster Lane. Small called the new sidewalk the “missing link” that connects existing sidewalks along the street. The city is also installing a new crosswalk as part of the project at the shared intersection with Carmel Avenue.

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LAH council renews Sheriff’s Office contract

Los Altos Hills residents can expect to see familiar faces patrolling their streets after the city council voted to renew its contract with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office through 2024.

The contract includes 5,041 hours of law enforcement at $164 an hour. The $1 million annual expense is among the lowest for such services in the area.

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Milk Pail owner: Parking deal revoked

ONLINE MILKPAIL ExteriorA new parking agreement to save The Milk Pail Market in Mountain View has been revoked, according to its owner.

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BCS, LASD announce 5-year agreement

NEWS BlachThe Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School announced a peace treaty Wednesday  (July 2). The term sheet, which covers the next five years, aims to "resolve their long standing dispute."

Representatives of the Bullis Charter School and Los Altos School District boards drafted the document, and will be soliciting public response until the boards vote on a final agreement July 28.

Highlights:

In the term sheet, the charter school and school district: 

  • Agreed to student enrollment projections.
  • Agreed to drop all pending litigation in Santa Clara County Superior Court and to initiate no new lawsuits.
  • Located charter school facilities at Egan and Blach, with expanded space at Blach by ending lease with Stepping Stones Pre-School.
  • Capped enrollment at BCS to approximately 900 students.
  • Phased out Bullis Charter School admissions preference for Los Altos Hills residents in the Bullis-Purissima Elementary School attendance area.
  • BCS agreed to cooperate in a bond measure for the Nov 2014 ballot, and work together to draft ballot language. 
  • BCS agreed to add a section to its website and other promotional materials providing more information as to how it successfully educates various groups of students with unique needs, including those requiring the full spectrum of special education services and/or classroom accommodations and ELL students.
  • For 2014-2015 and beyond, BCS will have on-site access to an Occupational Therapist, a Speech Therapist, a psychologist, and a teacher with an Educational Specialist Credential to work with students with disabilities.

Read the full text here. Check back for more coverage and a full story in the July 9 issue. 

MV police seek help identifying bank robber

bankrobberThe Mountain View Police Department seeks the public’s help in identifying a male suspected of robbing a downtown bank Tuesday (July 1).

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Drought may cause increased coyote activity


Courtesy of Santa Clara County Vector Control
Coyotes are on the prowl in the area as they search for water amid the drought.

The drought is killing more than lawns in Los Altos – it also may be indirectly responsible for the death of cats in the city.

The lack of water has resulted in a dearth of resources in the hills for coyotes, according to Animal Control officers, leading some of the canines to venture into Los Altos for prey – including cats.

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Los Altos honors resident for historical preservation


The Los Altos City Council recognized Margaret Thompson, third from right, as its 2014 Historic Preservation Award winner last week. Pictured with Thompson, from left, are Linda Eckols and Historical Commissioners Walter Chapman, Denise Welsh, Janis Ahmadjian-Baer and Robert Mabe.

The Los Altos City Council last week honored Margaret Thompson as the city’s 2014 Historic Preservation Award recipient.

Mayor Megan Satterlee presented Thompson – known for the annual Historical Essay Contest that bears her name – with a proclamation that acknowledged her “contributions to historic preservation of our city.”

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