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Council approves water conservation resolution

The Los Altos City Council June 24 unanimously approved a resolution that calls on the city to follow more stringent water conservation measures.

The council’s 5-0 vote came after the Santa Clara Valley Water District reported in May that several of its reservoirs stood at less than 40 percent of its average storage over the past 20 years. In January, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency, requesting that Californians reduce their water consumption by 20 percent to help offset demand during the current severe drought conditions. Los Altos adopted a water conservation resolution in 2009 that called for a 15 percent reduction, compared with the city’s 2004 water use.

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Milk Pail owner: Parking deal revoked


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A parking agreement between Merlone Geier Partners and The Milk Pail Market was revoked after the Mountain View City Council last week delayed a vote on the second phase of The Village at San Antonio Center project.

A new parking agreement to save The Milk Pail Market in Mountain View has been revoked, according to its owner.

In an email to the Mountain View City Council Sunday, longtime Milk Pail owner Steve Rasmussen said a deal with Merlone Geier Partners was revoked by the developer after the Mountain View City Council delayed a vote on Phase 2 plans for The Village at San Antonio Center last week. The council postponed its vote over concerns about a lack of housing in the proposed project. Attempts to contact Merlone Geier ahead of the Town Crier’s press deadline were unsuccessful.

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City eyes August finish for Portola project


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City officials expect the construction work on a new sidewalk on Portola Avenue to be finished ahead of the 2014-15 school year. The new sidewalk will connect the two existing pathways.

Construction crews recently began work on a $284,000 Portola Avenue project to construct a new pathway.

According to Los Altos Assistant Civil Engineer Kathy Small, the project calls for construction of a new 5-foot-wide sidewalk, plus curbs and gutters, on the southern side of Portola Avenue, between Egan Junior High School and Westminster Lane. Small called the new sidewalk the “missing link” that connects existing sidewalks along the street. The city is also installing a new crosswalk as part of the project at the shared intersection with Carmel Avenue.

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LAH council renews Sheriff’s Office contract

Los Altos Hills residents can expect to see familiar faces patrolling their streets after the city council voted to renew its contract with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office through 2024.

The contract includes 5,041 hours of law enforcement at $164 an hour. The $1 million annual expense is among the lowest for such services in the area.

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Milk Pail owner: Parking deal revoked

ONLINE MILKPAIL ExteriorA new parking agreement to save The Milk Pail Market in Mountain View has been revoked, according to its owner.

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BCS, LASD announce 5-year agreement

NEWS BlachThe Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School announced a peace treaty Wednesday  (July 2). The term sheet, which covers the next five years, aims to "resolve their long standing dispute."

Representatives of the Bullis Charter School and Los Altos School District boards drafted the document, and will be soliciting public response until the boards vote on a final agreement July 28.

Highlights:

In the term sheet, the charter school and school district: 

  • Agreed to student enrollment projections.
  • Agreed to drop all pending litigation in Santa Clara County Superior Court and to initiate no new lawsuits.
  • Located charter school facilities at Egan and Blach, with expanded space at Blach by ending lease with Stepping Stones Pre-School.
  • Capped enrollment at BCS to approximately 900 students.
  • Phased out Bullis Charter School admissions preference for Los Altos Hills residents in the Bullis-Purissima Elementary School attendance area.
  • BCS agreed to cooperate in a bond measure for the Nov 2014 ballot, and work together to draft ballot language. 
  • BCS agreed to add a section to its website and other promotional materials providing more information as to how it successfully educates various groups of students with unique needs, including those requiring the full spectrum of special education services and/or classroom accommodations and ELL students.
  • For 2014-2015 and beyond, BCS will have on-site access to an Occupational Therapist, a Speech Therapist, a psychologist, and a teacher with an Educational Specialist Credential to work with students with disabilities.

Read the full text here. Check back for more coverage and a full story in the July 9 issue. 

MV police seek help identifying bank robber

bankrobberThe Mountain View Police Department seeks the public’s help in identifying a male suspected of robbing a downtown bank Tuesday (July 1).

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