Free VTA rides for Earth Day

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority is celebrating Earth Day by offering free rides throughout the county Friday.

The promotion, good for all bus and light-rail travel, is intended to encourage public transportation novices to give it a try.

The benefits, according to VTA, range from environmental to financial. The independent special district estimates households can save $6,251 each year by relying on public transportation instead of a personal car.

VTA travel ambassadors will be stationed at select transit centers Friday to hand out free Clipper Cards and offer helpful advice, according to a VTA press release.

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LA manager receives severance package

The Los Altos City Council last week unanimously approved a separation agreement releasing the city’s top official with a severance package.


MV rent-control supporters take action to go before voters

Mountain View Tenants Coalition members, clockwise from left, Evan Ortiz, Steve Chandler, Juliet Brodie and Joan MacDonald file a proposed rent-control ballot measure. Special to the Town Crier

Mountain View rent-control proponents have a new goal: win at the ballot box.


Potential VTA sales-tax measure to 'Envision' traffic relief

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A proposed VTA sales-tax measure targets relieving commuter traffic along Foothill Expressway and would likely fund the busy roadway’s expansion.

Santa Clara County voters in November may be casting their ballots on a tax measure designed to relieve the area’s traffic congestion.

Valley Transportation Authority’s Envision Silicon Valley sales-tax measure would likely cost consumers a 30-year, half-cent sales tax to generate approximately $6 billion over its lifetime. The initiative would require approval from two-thirds of voters to pass.


Candidates off to an early start in race for Mountain View City Council

The ongoing controversy over rising housing costs in Mountain View has spurred at least one resident to declare his intent to run for city council.

Lucas Ramirez, a native of Mountain View and chairman of the city’s Human Relations Commission, formally announced his candidacy March 29 for one of four open seats on the seven-seat council in the Nov. 8 General Election.


Retail, apartment building OK'd for Loyola Corners

Courtesy of the city of Los Altos
The two-story mixed-use structure at 1540 Miramonte Ave. is the area’s first new building in more than a decade. It will also be the only project built during a development moratorium expected to last through summer.

Developer Brooke Shaw will soon construct a mixed-use building on his family’s Loyola Corners commercial property – making it the area’s first site to redevelop in more than a decade.

The two-story building at 1540 Miramonte Ave. features nearly 1,600 square feet of retail space at ground level and four apartments on the second story. The project provides 11 outdoor parking stalls, with four dedicated to residents and their guests. An indoor garage adds five more residential parking stalls and bicycle parking.


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Police host traffic seminar

The Los Altos Police Department has scheduled a free traffic education seminar 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Grant Park Multipurpose Room, 1575 Holt Ave.

Attendees can learn more about the new 15 mph school speed zones, teen driving laws and other traffic issues in Los Altos. The Police Traffic Unit will be on hand to answer questions and offer resources on traffic-related matters.


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