MROSD board votes to place bond measure on June ballot

MROSD board votes to place bond measure on June ballot

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Board of Directors voted unanimously last week to move forward with a bond measure slated for the June 3 ballot. MROSD is based in Los Altos and has a seven-member board.

The bond would enable the district to fulfill major regional open-space projects within its tri-county boundaries, according to an MROSD press release issued after the Feb. 26 board meeting.


LA Commission Briefs

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After the Planning and Transportation Commission approved plans for 4940 El Camino Real, the fate of The Boardwalk remains unclear.

The Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) took the following actions at its Feb. 20 meeting.

4940 El Camino renovations recommended for approval

The PTC unanimously recommended approval for the expansion and renovation of the building that currently houses The Boardwalk restaurant.


Woodland Plaza needs more southern exposure, merchants say

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Mike Mansch of Alotta’s Deli & Catering suggests placing a prominent sign at a Grant Road intersection to help direct customers to Woodland Plaza.

Mike Mansch has spent most of his life living and working in south Los Altos. He remembers drumming up business as a shoeshine boy outside one of the businesses at Loyola Corners as far back as 1968. He has run his own business, Alotta’s Deli & Catering, at Woodland Plaza since 1985.

Benefiting from a long view of the area’s history, Mansch has seen how a lack of exposure has caused numerous businesses to close, especially after the installation of Foothill Expressway diverted drive-by traffic from Grant Road. He’d like to see the city of Los Altos erect more prominent, effective signage that better defines and attracts visitors to the area.


Loyola Bridge renovations scheduled for June start

Rendering Courtesy of City of Los Altos
After more than a decade of review, the Loyola Corners Bridge is slated for a summer revamp. The rendering of a revamped Loyola Corners Bridge shows columns to support the expansion of the roadway. Construction is slated to begin in June and finish by September.

The long-awaited renovation of the Loyola Corners Bridge may be just around the corner, according to a Santa Clara County engineer.

County project manager Amir Douraghy told the Town Crier last week that upgrades to the bridge – first outlined in the 2003 Comprehensive County Expressway Planning Study – are expected to begin sometime in June and require approximately 100 workdays. Douraghy estimated that work on the bridge, which spans Foothill Expressway and connects the Loyola Corners retail district to residential areas west of the expressway, should be completed by the end of September.


County challenges charter school admissions process

The Santa Clara County Office of Education sent a letter to Bullis Charter School last week ordering administrators to correct their enrollment practices to conform to state law.

After a local resident complained that Bullis Charter School was requiring applicants’ parents to provide a driver’s license, the county requested that the practice stop.


Stanford "Dish" parking proposal draws concerns

The Los Altos Hills City Council objected to a joint city of Palo Alto and Stanford University proposal to add parking to the Stanford Perimeter Trail – more commonly known as the “Dish.”

Following a presentation by the town’s Traffic Safety Committee Thursday, councilmembers voted unanimously to send letters to the city of Palo Alto, Stanford University and Santa Clara County challenging the current proposal and urging consideration of alternative Coyote Hill Road parking locations.


Los Altos city finance director leaving his post

Russ Morreale is heading home.

During the Feb. 11 Los Altos City Council meeting, Morreale revealed that he is leaving his post as the city’s finance and technology director at the end of this month for the same position with the Southern California coastal city of Palos Verdes Estates – which also happens to be his hometown. Morreale has called the city – located in Los Angeles County – home for the past six years, commuting back and forth on nearly a weekly basis to spend weekends with his wife and family.


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