Interim city director fills vacant position


As the city of Los Altos seeks a new community development director to fill the position left vacant in October, officials have hired a retired city planner in the interim.

Steve Piasecki joins the city staff part-time with a “great deal of community development experience,” City Manager Marcia Somers said.


Police Blotter

MV police arrest man for kidnapping

A Mountain View man was arrested last week after he allegedly kidnapped his girlfriend, brandished a gun at a tow truck driver and issued criminal threats.

At approximately 12:15 p.m. Jan. 13, Mountain View police responded to the 600 block of Mariposa Avenue on reports of a domestic disturbance. When police arrived, the victim told police that her boyfriend, identified as Orlando Rivera, had come to her work in Los Altos and forced her at gunpoint to drive them both back to Mountain View.


El Niño conditions expected to continue

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Local residents brave the wet weather, expected to continue into next week.

Better keep those umbrellas and galoshes on hand: It’s raining. And it’s gonna keep on raining.

The National Weather Service last week announced that current El Niño conditions have “tied” those of the 1997-1998 season as the strongest on record and will remain powerful throughout the winter and neutralize in late spring or early summer. That means persistent storm systems and wet weather for much of the Bay Area. The strong, wet system of widespread rain and gusty winds that began Tuesday will continue today and potentially bring up to nearly an inch of rain to urban areas and up to 2.5 inches in coastal areas, according to the National Weather Service’s local forecast. By Thursday, a weaker system will move in from the west, and three or four additional systems could strike the region this weekend.


Traffic delays continue amid construction on bridges

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Crews have widened Loyola Bridge to accommodate upgrades in both directions, prompting traffic delays.

Motorists can anticipate upcoming delays and closures at Loyola Corners as crews work to complete two ongoing bridge projects.

The Loyola and Fremont bridges projects have temporarily slowed and rerouted traffic while Granite Construction Co. crews upgrade two of the area’s connectors.


Family of cyclist killed on Page Mill seeks witnesses


Dissatisfied with the results of a California Highway Patrol report, the family of a bicyclist who died after a collision with a car on Page Mill Road is seeking witnesses to the accident to come forward.

Palo Alto resident Jeffrey Phillip Donnelly, 52, died Nov. 3 from injuries sustained during a collision with a Volkswagen Golf near the intersection of Page Mill Road and Christopher Lane. The driver of the car, a 19-year-old Palo Alto man, was not injured in the crash.


VTA leaders consider trial bus lane

A proposed pilot project for restricted bus lanes along El Camino Real would operate in the right-most lanes of the 17-mile corridor. Courtesy of Valley Transportation Authority

Officials guiding the future of El Camino Real will consider a pilot project in coming months for restricted bus lanes along the entire 17-mile corridor that includes Los Altos and Mountain View.

The trial lanes, one in either direction in the right-most lane, would operate similar to commuter lanes on the freeway: restricted to transit, high-occupancy vehicles and right-turning cars during weekday peak hours, then open to all vehicles the remainder of the time.


Los Altos Hills approves digital anthology

Los Altos Hills will pay $6,200 to fund the cost of designing and producing a digitized historical anthology in honor of the town’s 60th anniversary Jan. 27, councilmembers unanimously decided.

Duffy Price, leading the anthology effort, had initially requested approximately $10,000 – $6,200 for design and production and $3,800 for printing physical books distributed at the town’s Jan. 30 anniversary gala – but councilmembers Courtenay C. Corrigan, Roger Spreen and Gary Waldeck expressed concern about the printing cost.


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