Two homes damaged in Mtn. View fire

FIRE3The Mountain View Fire Department this afternoon (March 19) responded to a fire at a home in the 100 block of Wortham Court in Mountain View.

The first wave of responders arrived on the scene at 2:50 p.m., according to Jaime Garrett of the Mountain View Fire Department, before a second alarm was initiated at 2:55 p.m.


City eyes traffic-light fixes at some intersections

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The intersection at Foothill Expressway and San Antonio Road in Los Altos frequently backs up during peak commute hours. The city is targeting mitigation measures.

The city is hoping to ease the stress – if only a little – for local commuters bogged down in traffic near Foothill Expressway.

A Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission meeting March 6 revealed that city engineers are working to repair equipment that has led to faulty timing at some signalized intersections.


LA City Council approves downtown office project

Rendering courtesy of City of Los Altos
The Los Altos City Council green-lighted the design for a building at First and San Antonio.

By a 3-1 vote, the Los Altos City Council last week approved a downtown office project for the corner of First Street and San Antonio Road.

Councilwoman Jan Pepper cast the lone dissenting vote; Councilman Jarrett Fishpaw recused himself because he owns property within 500 feet of the project.


BCS defends itself against county letter

Bullis Charter School Superintendent Wanny Hersey sent a letter to the Santa Clara County Office of Education last week defending the school’s enrollment process.

The letter is a response to a Feb. 20 letter from the county questioning the charter school’s enrollment practices – which include requiring parents to present a driver’s license – and claiming that a meeting held outside school district boundaries proved a violation of the Brown Act, the state’s open meetings law.


Police Blotter

Arson suspected in Mountain View fire

A home on Fordham Way in Mountain View was rendered uninhabitable after a two-alarm fire Sunday morning that investigators believe was intentionally set.

A joint investigation by the Mountain View Fire, Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives determined that the fire was caused by arson and originated inside the home. Officials also believe that the fire may be connected to a light-blue 2003 Audi A4 that was stolen from the residence.


LAH researches ways to reduce water bills

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The Little League Fields at Purissima Park in Los Altos Hills require copious amounts of water to maintain. The town is pursuing ways to reduce water consumption and save money.

Keeping the town’s baseball fields green is costing more green than the Los Altos Hills City Council wants to spend.

Taken aback by water bills for the town-owned Purissima Park that totaled an estimated $110,000 cumulatively over the past six years, the council is reviewing its options to conserve water – and money.


LASD requests additional enrollment data from charter school


Los Altos School District trustees said they need additional enrollment information from Bullis Charter School officials before they are willing to allocate expanded facilities for the next school year.

The discrepancy between the facilities charter school officials requested and what the school district is willing to provide boils down to a gap in their respective enrollment projections. In its request for facilities, the charter school estimated 678 students – and now reports a total of 698 students registered for the 2014-2015 school year. The school district, on the other hand, developed its offer with a projection of 605 in-district charter school students, based on its historical projections.


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