Local residents boil over botched response from Cal Water

In the aftermath of a potential water contamination last week, California Water Service Co. is in hot water over its emergency notification system.


Council denies Loyola Corners mixed-used project

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council rejected a developer’s Loyola Corners project, opting to update the area’s Specific Plan.

Loyola Corners is about to receive some serious attention.

After denying a high-profile commercial project last week, the Los Altos City Council agreed to consider freezing development while the city updates a 25-year-old plan for the area.


Airplane noise irks residents

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Local residents have turned to U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo to protest Federal Aviation Administration regulations that enable planes to fly at lower altitudes over metropolitan areas – including Los Altos – generating increased noise pollution.

Voicing the concerns of residents throughout the Bay Area – including those in Los Altos – over noise from airplanes flying low overhead, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-18th District) recently released a survey she plans to use in meetings with the Federal Aviation Administration to quiet the skies.

Noise complaints have increased significantly since spring, when San Francisco and Mineta San Jose international airports adopted new flight paths mandated by the FAA as part of an ongoing national program, NextGen. The program is designed to modernize airspace and accommodate increased demand. The regulations established tighter flight paths that save airlines fuel but require that planes fly at lower altitudes over metropolitan areas, such as Los Altos, that previously experienced little airplane noise.


LA City Briefs

Community center bond set for November ballot

The Los Altos City Council July 28 unanimously adopted an ordinance calling for a Nov. 3 bond election to raise funds for construction of a new Hillview Community Center and Park.

The city would use the $65 million bond to replace the nearly 70-year-old Hillview Community Center, construct an aquatic center and upgrade open space and sports fields. The city will fund underground parking – estimated to cost up to $25 million – from its reserves.


Police Blotter

Residential burglaries

July 27, 7:11 p.m., 600 block of Arboleda Drive: An unknown suspect entered through an open window and ransacked a residence, targeting jewelry.

Aug. 1, 10:03 a.m., 1700 block of Newcastle Drive: An unknown suspect kicked in the front door of a residence and ransacked the home. Police are in the process of obtaining a list of stolen items.


E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk

Courtesy of Microbe World
Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water Service Co., asked residents in the affected area to stop drinking tap water and began tracking down the source of contamination.


Police: Beware of water-service scammers stealing from LA residents

Courtesy of Los Altos Police Department
Surveillance cameras captured images of two suspected burglars.

Two burglary suspects impersonated water-service workers to gain entry to multiple Los Altos homes last week, according to a release from the Los Altos Police Department.

At 1 p.m. July 20 on the 700 block of Jordan Avenue, the suspects knocked on a resident’s front door and told him that the water supply to his home had possibly been contaminated by construction in the neighborhood.


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