LAH council considers multipurpose facility

Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
Plans for a proposed multipurpose facility adjacent to city council chambers in Los Altos Hills could involve relocating emergency supplies from the historical Heritage House.

Last week’s Fremont earthquake left Bay Area residents rattled and seismologists warning of the next “big one.” Coincidentally, the quake occurred just days after the Los Altos Hills City Council began discussing a possible alternative location for emergency equipment needed during such a disaster.

The July 16 council discussion began with a gentle push to construct a multipurpose facility adjacent to council chambers. The town’s History Committee seeks a home for historical documents and photographs, while the Parks and Recreation Department wants room for town-sponsored classes, workshops and meetings. History Committee Chairwoman Carol Crites and Sarah Gualtieri, community services supervisor, collaborated with town architect Peter Duxbury to develop a preliminary conceptual site plan.


ECH board elects Chen as new director

The El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors last month elected a new member – Lanhee J. Chen, J.D., Ph.D., a Stanford University lecturer and political consultant. Chen’s three-year term began July 1.

District officials interviewed three candidates during their June 16 meeting and elected Chen to replace Nandini Tandon, Ph.D., who chose not to seek an additional term on the five-member board.


Police Blotter


July 22, 8:29 a.m., 100 block of Main Street: A resident reported a suspicious man sleeping in the downstairs area of an office complex. When officers responded, they discovered that the 48-year-old male had two warrants for his arrest – a misdemeanor out of Los Altos for possession of stolen property and a felony out of San Francisco for burglary. He was arrested on the scene and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

July 26, 12:13 a.m., Portland Avenue and Miramonte Avenue: A resident reported a motorist swerving erratically and driving with her vehicle’s hazard lights turned on. Responding officers found the 67-year-old motorist near Mc-Kenzie Park asleep at the wheel and determined that she was under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.


Cal Water says no E. coli in water; limits boiling advisory area

Cal Water officials said today that preliminary water quality test results were negative for E. coli were negative and "only a single hydrant" in the South El Monte area of Los Altos showed the presence of total coliform. They reduced the "boil your water" advisory to an area of a few streets Tues evening (July 28), see map below. 

Officials stopped short of lifting their boiling water advisory entirely and is conducting additional testing. 

Following a repair to a broken water main, Cal Water advised customers July 26 in the South El Monte area of Los Altos to boil water for one minute or use bottled water for drinking and other uses after water samples taken following a main repair tested positive for the contaminants. Crews flushed water lines in the area and began taking follow-up water quality samples in accordance with state Division of Drinking Water protocol.

“We are committed to returning the water system back to normal service as soon as possible; however, we want to ensure it is safe for customers to use for drinking and cooking before we do so,” said Chris Wilson, customer service manager. “We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.”

Residents who opt for using bottled water during this advisory can bring their receipts for reimbursement to the Cal Water Customer Center at 949 B St., Los Altos, 94024, or mail them to the same address to the attention of Chris Wilson. For questions, call the Cal Water Customer Center at 917-0152.

Cal Water serves about 67,940 people through 18,800 service connections in Los Altos and portions of Cupertino, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and Sunnyvale. For more information, visit


Bacteria in water supply put Los Altos on high alert

Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
In the wake of an E. coli alert, Los Altos resident Lou Dadok stocks up on bottled water at the downtown Safeway.

California Water Service Co. earlier this week enacted emergency response protocol and alerted hundreds of Los Altos customers that their tap water is temporarily unsafe to drink.

Cal Water officials issued a notice July 26 that the company discovered E. coli and total coliform in a portion of the local water supply. The bacteria can make people sick, particularly infants, children, seniors and those with weakened immune systems.


Council initiates intention for $65M bond for community center

Alicia Castro/ Town Crier
Members of the Covington Critters Swim Team turned out in force at the July 14 Los Altos City Council meeting to voice support for a public aquatic center as part of the Hillview center remodel.

Hillview Community Center and Park is one step closer to potential upgrades.

The Los Altos City Council last week unanimously adopted a resolution and ordinance that pave the way for a $65 million general obligation bond to partially fund the recreation-space renovation. The council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on calling for a November bond election.


Palo Alto cyclist dies following MV collision with car

Courtesy of MVPD
A bicyclist died after sustaining injuries from a collision with a car at the intersection of San Antonio Road and El Camino Real.

A bicyclist struck by a car near the intersection of San Antonio Road and El Camino Real has died, Mountain View Police reported Thursday.

Palo Alto resident Eric Palmquist, 63, collided with a Honda Civic July 10 and succumbed to his injuries July 15, according to police and the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office.


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