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City initiates refresh of Loyola Corners Specific Plan

While Loyola Corners stakeholders seek to be heard, Los Altos city staff has begun the process of revising the area’s decades-old planning document.

“As we go into an update process, we don’t have to reinvent the wheel,” interim Community Development Director Steve Piasecki said at the Feb. 23 city council meeting.

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Downtown roadwork to create four-way stop

Motorists traveling along San Antonio Road near Foothill Expressway can anticipate minor traffic delays Monday.

Contractors improving the traffic signal at the intersection of First Street/Cuesta Drive and San Antonio Road are scheduled to activate the new signal lights.

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Los Altos officially joins clean-energy alliance

The Los Altos City Council Feb. 23 authorized the implementation of a Community Choice Aggregation program, which will enable Silicon Valley jurisdictions to purchase clean electricity for their residents and businesses. PG&E will continue maintaining the delivery and billing systems.

Councilwoman Jan Pepper will represent Los Altos on the joint powers authority’s board of directors. The council Feb. 23 unanimously selected Environmental Commissioner Don Bray as the alternate to the board of directors.

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Council seeks to engage school-aged parents

Two Los Altos City Councilmembers are scheduled to host two community engagement events Thursday for parents of school-aged children who attend any public or private school in the area. The town-hall events are slated 9 a.m. at Blach Intermediate School, 1120 Covington Road, and 7 p.m. at Almond School, 550 Almond Ave.

The effort follows on Mayor Jeannie Bruins and Councilwoman Jan Pepper’s Community Engagement Roundtable in August 2014. Pepper and Councilwoman Mary Prochnow will host this year’s event. The format will be primarily question and answer.

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Police Blotter

Arrests

Feb. 23, 12:20 a.m., San Antonio Road and Fayette Drive: Officers conducted a traffic stop and found the driver to be intoxicated. The 28-year-old male was arrested and booked into jail.

Feb. 25, 7:18 p.m., South El Monte Avenue and University Avenue: A resident reported a traffic collision and believed the other driver may have been driving under the influence. Police determined the 47-year-old male motorist to be over the legal limit and arrested him for drunken driving.

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LAH survey shows lukewarm response to community center

Thursday’s Los Altos Hills City Council meeting proved a doozy with an agenda chock-full of meaty topics – including the substandard lot debate (see article on page 4) – councilmembers and city staff have reviewed for months.

Town survey complete

An official town satisfaction survey that originated with a proposal to build a new town community center is now complete, and the results reveal overwhelming approval of Los Altos Hills residents’ general quality of life but lukewarm response to the community center idea.

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City halts parking committee following accusations of 'subterfuge'

Los Altos city officials have suspended Citywide Parking Committee meetings while reviewing allegations of legal and ethical violations, according to City Manager Marcia Somers.

David Casas, board president of the oversight group Friends of Los Altos, told the Los Altos City Council Feb. 9 that he believes several committee members violated the California Brown Act “through the subterfuge of interlocking and overlapping subject matters” in subcommittee discussions. The Brown Act guarantees the public’s right to attend and participate in local government meetings by preventing private deliberative gatherings.

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