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Police stress need for low speed in school zones


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After two recent accidents involving cyclists and motorists, police urge caution – on both sides.

After two recent incidents of vehicles striking student bicyclists, Los Altos Police urge residents to exercise caution when traveling through school zones.

An Oct. 17 bicyclist-vehicle accident at the intersection of Magdalena Avenue and Foothill Expressway resulted in a local elementary school student being transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

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County unveils potential expressway improvements


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County officials unveiled several potential design concepts for Foothill Expressway, including a squared-off corner at the El Monte Avenue intersection.

County officials last week disclosed potential improvement concepts for Foothill Expressway intersections in Los Altos.

During an hour-plus public meeting Oct. 21, officials from the Santa Clara County Roads and Airport Department presented the local improvement concepts included in the county’s ongoing Expressway Plan 2040 plan. The plan is essentially an update to the long-term 2003 Comprehensive County Expressway Planning Study, which itemizes improvement projects, maintenance and funding needs for the county’s 62-mile expressway system.

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Los Altos School District election supporters are big spenders


Financial support continues to flow in for the campaigns for Los Altos School District candidates and the Measure N school bond.

A new Political Action Committee appeared on the scene Oct. 15, raising more than $23,000 over the past few weeks, according to updated campaign financing disclosures. LASD Parents for Great Schools has sent direct-mail pieces in support of school board candidates Martha McClatchie, John Swan and incumbent Tamara Logan and supporting Measure N.

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Council approves new crosswalk for West Portola


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Installation of a crosswalk on West Portola Avenue, circled in red, is designed to improve safety for students traveling to and from Santa Rita, Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools.

The Los Altos City Council Sept. 14 voted 3-2 in favor of moving forward with a new crosswalk installation on West Portola Avenue. The crosswalk would be installed as part of the city’s annual street restriping project, slated to kick off Monday.

According to the city staff report, the crosswalk was a late addition to the West Portola Avenue sidewalk construction project this summer in response to the more than 20 school parents who expressed safety concerns for students walking to and from nearby Egan Junior High, Bullis Charter and Santa Rita schools.

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Election Day resources: Where to find what you need


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Voters can vote in person or deliver their mail-in-ballot to Santa Clara County polling locations between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Whether you’re voting in person or dropping off a mail-in ballot over the next few days, you have options as to where and how you vote Tuesday.

On Election Day, Los Altos residents can vote in person at their assigned polling places. To find your polling place, visit eservices.sccgov.org/rov or check the sample ballot you received in the mail.

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Police Blotter


Solo accident

Oct. 23, 10:37 a.m., 1100 block of Riverside Drive: The driver of a white Tesla mistook the car’s gas pedal for the brake while parking. The car subsequently hopped the curb and crashed into a vacant storefront, above, taking out a plate-glass window and two support beams. The driver was not injured.

Residential burglaries

Oct. 21, 1:03 p.m., 100 block of Pepper Court: An unknown suspect removed a window screen and pried open a kitchen window to enter the home. The victims reported approximately $2,200 worth of electronics missing.

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LAH Council Briefs

Following are highlights from the Oct. 16 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting. The next meeting is scheduled 4 p.m. Nov. 10 at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road.

Council approves grants

After reducing the town’s budget for nonprofit grants and boosting program accessibility by inviting new groups to submit proposals, the council allocated $30,000 in grants to a dozen nonprofits.

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