Dead birds prompt mosquito traps in Los Altos

The Santa Clara County Vector Control District was scheduled Tuesday to set mosquito traps in south Los Altos after the discovery of several dead birds infected with West Nile virus.

County officials planned to set approximately 40 traps near the intersection of Homestead and Grant roads, according to Noor Tietze, scientific technical services manager for the county vector control district. Genetic testing of the captured mosquitoes will determine whether fogging commences, but officials said they would notify residents before doing so.


Finance director breaks down bond makeup

If Los Altos voters approve the city’s Measure A bond in November, the typical homeowner can anticipate an average tax increase of $187.40 annually for the next 30 years.

The $65 million bond would partially fund renovation of Hillview Community Center and Park. Taxpayer funds would cover three components: replacing the nearly 70-year-old community center with a new building, constructing pool facilities and improving the park, sports fields and open space, according to a letter from City Manager Marcia Somers. A portion of the city’s reserves – $20 million to $25 million – would fund underground and surface parking.


Police Blotter


Aug. 17, 12:30 p.m., 600 block of Glen Alto Drive: An unknown suspect entered a garage, cut the lock and stole an expensive bicycle.

Aug. 18, 6 a.m., 1300 block of Garthwick Drive: Someone stole a 14-foot flatbed trailer.


Hillview redo opponents say project 'doesn't add up'

Some Measure A opponents expressed concerned that the ultimate design of the renovated Hillview Community Center and Park would eliminate open space.

Five Los Altos residents last week submitted the primary argument against November’s Measure A, the $65 million bond that would partially fund the overhaul of Hillview Community Center and Park.

In the filed document, the concerned taxpayers contend that the project – estimated at $87 million total, including funds from the city’s reserves – “doesn’t add up.” The group claims that the project is too expensive, includes unknown costs, is oversized for residents’ needs and focuses on the wrong priorities.


Fire authorities on high alert due to drought

Voracious wildfires threatening homes and forestlands across the state have attracted national attention, including the watchful eyes of local officials concerned that persistent drought conditions could contribute to similar blazes in the Bay Area.

Lightning fires ignited late last month continue to menace tens of thousands of acres within the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Within the Sierra National Forest, a blaze allegedly started by a teenage boy charred more than 5,700 acres. And in Southern California, the Anza fire between Temecula and Palm Desert grew to 500 acres before firefighters reached 100 percent containment last week.


Project stabilizes Redwood Grove creekside

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A Granite Rock Co. crew begins work on the city’s Redwood Grove rehabilitation project Monday. The project includes upgrades to the park’s walkways and creek stabilization.

Redwood Grove Nature Preserve is getting spruced up this week.

The Los Altos City Council July 28 budgeted $525,600 for a creek rehabilitation project and renovation of a trail stairway in the park. Work began Monday and is scheduled to wrap up in late October. The park will remain open during construction, but the park’s boardwalk, creek and pedestrian bridge will be closed in the areas undergoing upgrades.


LASD receives feedback and continues site acquisition search

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Local residents attend an April forum on Los Altos School District enrollment-growth solutions. The feedback from the April event helped shape recent online forum scenarios.

While taking no official action on how to spend the Los Altos School District’s $150 million in Measure N bond funds, district trustees continue to gauge community feedback to inform future decisions on how best to accommodate enrollment growth.

Board of Trustees President Steve Taglio said that after receiving input from online community forums last week, he thinks the majority of the board still favors “expanding the footprint” – that is, finding a new site to house a 10th school campus.


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