Local trees targeted as part of PG&E pipeline safety program

PG&E’s Community Pipeline Safety Initiative may initially impact Los Altos residents more by what’s above ground than below it.

The utility company has identified 285 city trees sitting above underground gas pipelines, 43 of which must be removed and replaced to allow access by emergency personnel, according to PG&E representative Jeff Smith. By contrast, PG&E has identified eight trees atop pipelines in Los Altos Hills, with one requiring removal/replacement.


Police Blotter

Police ID burglary suspect

A San Jose man suspected of burglarizing 11 Los Altos homes is now in custody.

Police took Marcus Anthony Trevino, 40, into custody Oct. 15 and booked him into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on burglary charges.


Local, regional efforts flying high to address increased airplane noise over Los Altos area

Courtesy of Don Gardner
The above graphic shows the growing the number of air flights per day and the altitudes at which they fly over Los Altos.

Lawmakers at the local and national levels continue to push the Federal Aviation Administration to address concerns about increased aircraft noise in Los Altos and other areas of Santa Clara County. Meanwhile, the noise complaints are piling up.

“My life has changed from open windows, quiet, gardening and long walks to a more interior one with windows closed, fan on, radio on and earplugs in at night,” said Los Altos resident Jean Kirk, after FAA changes earlier this year allowed planes to take lower-altitude flight paths.


Flu season prep may include a call to insurance

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
A Walgreens pharmacist administers a flu shot last week at the Second Street store. Pharmacies typically offer the shots on a walk-in basis – but it may cost you.

Flu shots serve a private and public good in the community – vaccinated individuals are less likely to get sick themselves and the inoculations help reduce the dangers of exposure for high-risk people such as babies, seniors and pregnant women.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend annual influenza vaccination for everyone, including children 6 months of age and older. Vaccinated co-workers, classmates and family members act as a kind of human shield for those who are particularly vulnerable to the flu.


Small businesses, advocates weigh in on wage increases

As South Bay cities organize an effort to set a regional minimum wage, advocates for small and local businesses want their voices heard.

“I am of the opinion that it’s better to take a regional approach rather than each city get picked off one by one,” said Matthew Mahood, president and CEO of the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. “I think you need to go to the negotiation table.”


Heated LAH meeting addresses residents' development concerns

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Mark Breier, a Los Altos Hills resident who lives near town hall, shares his opposition at an ad hoc meeting to a town proposal to construct a 6,000-square-foot multipurpose building.

There’s a running joke among Los Altos Hills City Councilmembers concerning how often the words “rural” and “character” are recited at council meetings: If frequency were measured by a drinking game, all participating parties would surely end up drunk.

But “facts” nearly eclipsed the competition last week during a specially scheduled ad hoc committee meeting called to address residents’ concerns about a preliminary proposal for construction of a $4 million, 6,000-square-foot multipurpose building at town hall.


Police Blotter

Car burglaries, thefts

Oct. 6, 10:14 a.m., 2200 block of Homestead Court: An unknown suspect stole a locked 1997 Honda Civic parked along the street. Police recovered the car in Sunnyvale.

Oct. 7, 8:19 a.m., 2200 block of Homestead Court: An unknown suspect smashed a vehicle window and stole construction tools valued at $4,000.


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