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Pedestrian plan headed for council study session this summer


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The city of Los Altos hosted a Pedestrian Master Plan workshop earlier this month to gather public feedback on potential projects.

The Los Altos City Council plans to schedule a June study session to review the document that will guide future policy decisions on pedestrian travel within the city.

According to Los Altos Transportation Projects Manager Cedric Novenario, the city’s ongoing Pedestrian Master Plan is slated to undergo a round of reviews this summer – beginning with the June study session – before the final vote on its adoption. He said a draft should be available within a month.

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Pinewood on edge after ‘threatening’ emails

An emailer described as a former Pinewood School student recently sent a series of messages to school officials that put the private-school community on edge.

An anonymous letter delivered to the Town Crier April 16 noted that the former Pinewood high school student “has sent many emails to counselors and teachers as to how he wants to bring carnage to the school, students and faculty.” The writer of the letter to the Town Crier, claiming close affiliation with Pinewood, called the emails “death threats” and added, “I’m concerned for our well-being and safety.”

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Police agencies roll out consolidated dispatch system

In an effort to consolidate dispatch operations, the Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto police departments recently implemented a new computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system.

The new system by Intergraph Corp., an engineering software company, is the primary component for the “virtual consolidation” project, according to a joint press release issued March 21 by the three police agencies.

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Website seeks feedback on downtown intersection

Passerelle Investment Co. of Los Altos has launched a Safe Routes to Downtown Los Altos website to solicit input from residents.

“Downtown Los Altos is a treasured amenity for both the Los Altos and the Los Altos Hills communities,” the website notes. “However, the roads that frame the ‘downtown triangle’ – Foothill Expressway, San Antonio Road and West Edith Avenue – can be perceived as physical and psychological barriers to would-be walkers and cyclists interested in making trips downtown.”

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City chips in $7,000 for SFMOMA installation


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The Los Altos City Council earmarked $7,000 for the purchase of Chris Johanson’s artwork.

The city of Los Altos will contribute $7,000 toward the purchase of a $28,000 art installation featured in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley” exhibition.

The Los Altos City Council voted 4-0 at last week’s meeting – with Councilman Jarrett Fishpaw absent – to partially fund the permanent installation of “Door Sculpture to Talk About the Idea of Different Possibilities You May Have to Process Your Life” at Lincoln Park.

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First candidate declares for fall LASD board race


Los Altos resident Martha McClatchie, mother of three Bullis Charter School students, is the first candidate to declare her intent to run for a seat on the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees in the November election.

Three seats will be up for grabs – the terms of Trustees Tammy Logan, Doug Smith and Mark Goines expire this year.

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Council rejects $88,000 request for additional wayfinding signs


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Los Altos councilmembers last week rejected additional funding to replace some of the city’s older directional signs.

The Los Altos City Council last week declined to sign off on $88,000 in additional funding for the first phase of the city’s Wayfinding Sign Program.

The request came after the council originally approved the first portion of the two-phase project last summer with a slimmer $165,000 budget – cutting nearly $300,000 from its proposal. The project calls for the replacement and, in several cases, the addition of more streamlined-looking signs that direct motorists to the downtown triangle and other business districts.

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