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Residents, county support roundabout proposal for Page Mill Road


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
After public oppostion to a traffic signal proposed for the Page Mill Road I-280 off-ramps, above, the Los Altos Hills City Council is considering a roundabout.

When residents of Los Altos Hills turned out en masse to oppose Caltrans’ proposal for traffic signals at the north- and southbound off-ramps at Interstate 280 last year, the county responded.

A working group comprising representatives from the cities of Los Altos Hills and Palo Alto, Santa Clara County and Caltrans convened with a vision to “take a fresh look at improvements with a corridor approach,” according to one of the members. The group reviewed the technical details for new proposals and gathered public input via email and three public meetings last fall. Eight months later, consensus is emerging regarding an alternative proposal to solve the growing traffic gridlock on Page Mill Road – a roundabout.

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Dusty debate: Pathways Element resurfaces for review


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos Hills boasts 85 miles of pathways, including the above path in Byrne Preserve, used for the annual Pathways Run.

After a heated referendum debate in 2002 and an update in 2008, Los Altos Hills’ Pathways Element has come under the microscope once again.

Mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan initiated a conversation at the Feb. 9 city council meeting about amending the language of the Pathways Element document. A former Pathways Committee member, Corrigan said the “confusing” policy needs editing to reflect the town’s actual intent for its 85 miles of pathways.

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City, LASD hire two new crossing guards


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students cross Foothill Expressway with the aid of a new crossing guard, recently added to ensure the safety of those crossing at Magdalena Avenue.

The Los Altos School District and the city of Los Altos added two new crossing guards last week, an effort to ensure students’ safety.

One crossing guard will cover the Foothill Expressway and Magdalena Avenue crossing and the other will be stationed at the Covington Road and Golden Way crossing.

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County Board of Supervisors reviews election process


The Nov. 4 election tested the patience of many local voters and candidates, who watched as results trickled in daily after Election Day and changed the outcomes in some tight races.

Now that the dust has settled, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, chairman of the Finance and Government Operations Committee, held a special hearing Jan. 28 to discuss election matters involving the county’s Registrar of Voters.

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Council inspired by straightforward strategy on selling civic center redo

Keep it simple. That’s the message Los Altos City Councilmembers needed last week to take a big step forward in putting a civic center master plan before voters.

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News Briefs

New police to join force

Five new faces will be sporting a Los Altos Police uniform this year.

Hiring is underway for a new traffic officer, a position frozen and unfilled since the economic downturn. The Los Altos City Council added it back into the 2014-2015 budget.

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Senator to hold online town hall meeting

State Senator Jerry Hill, whose district includes Los Altos, is holding an online town hall meeting 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 18. Visit http://sd13.senate.ca.gov/AskJerry2015 to participate. Visitors also may use that link to submit questions for the online town hall before or during the event. The town hall is accessible only online. For more information including an FAQ about the online town hall, visit: http://sd13.senate.ca.gov/event/2015-02-18-online-town-hall-ask-jerry .

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