University/Edith crosswalk tops schools route project list

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Residents supporting safe routes to school hope that a crosswalk at West Edith and University avenues will improve safety.

After more than a year of pedestrian advocacy, a group of neighbors last week secured the Los Altos City Council’s go-ahead for a new crosswalk.

The $198,875 project at University and West Edith avenues will feature street striping and roadside signs, possibly with flashing warning lights.


LASD trustees discuss input process for bond spending

As the deadline for the acquisition of a 10th school site looms, the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees last week discussed gathering community input on the process.

The details of acquiring a new school site are addressed in closed session, but trustees continue to speak hypothetically about purchasing a site in their open sessions. Earlier this year trustees agreed that if a 10th site isn’t identified by mid-June, they would alternately pursue using existing district property to accommodate enrollment growth.


Police arrest duo in drug bust

Local law enforcement agencies arrested two people April 28 after discovering drugs, an assault rifle and a butane honey oil extraction lab at a residence in Los Altos.

Detectives from both Mountain View and Los Altos – along with the Regional Auto Theft Task Force, the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and the Mountain View Police Department’s Cybercrime Unit – served a search warrant at approximately 3:30 p.m. at a residence on the 700 block of Terrace Court in Los Altos after receiving information about possible drug activity occurring near the Mountain View/Los Altos border.


Council hosts forum on aircraft noise

The Los Altos City Council has scheduled an open forum on the area’s increased airplane noise 7-9 p.m. May 11 in the Grant Park Community Center Multipurpose Room, 1575 Holt Ave.

The forum will address the cause of increased aircraft noise and its impact on the community. Los Altos City Councilman Jean Mordo, alternate member on the new Select Committee of South Bay Arrivals, will discuss how local officials are working to resolve the problem. Various noise-reduction advocacy groups will then present their research and suggestions for moving forward. Time will be allotted for public comments.


MV officer recovers stolen packages

An alert Mountain View police officer recognized and ultimately arrested a suspected mail thief in a neighborhood off San Antonio Road, according to a police report.

Officer Ruben Gonzalez was on patrol on the 300 block of Monroe Drive the afternoon of April 27 when he encountered Javier Ortega, whom he had met on a prior occasion and knew as a transient, the report stated. Gonzalez subsequently learned of an outstanding warrant for Ortega’s arrest and arrested him. He reportedly found three packages in Ortega’s backpack that did not belong to him.


Councilmembers hold open office hours

eduled open office hours at locations throughout the city. Each week, one councilmember is available for a two-hour period to answer questions, receive input and discuss topics of interest with local residents.

Upcoming sessions are slated 1-3 p.m. today in the Grant Park Community Center Multipurpose Room, 1575 Holt Ave.; 4-6 p.m. Monday at Peet’s Coffee & Tea, 367 State St.; 3-5 p.m. May 15 at Enchanté Boutique Hotel, 1 Main St.; 6-8 p.m. May 26 at the Community Plaza on the corner of Main and State streets; and 6-8 p.m. June 1 at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave.


Loyola Corners economics, traffic rise to top of planning concerns

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Loyola Bridge construction parallel to the Fremont Avenue frontage may lead officials to alter circulation plans for the area.

Loyola Corners stakeholders last week mulled the issues that will likely shape the area’s future: traffic circulation and economic vitality.

The Los Altos City Council and the Planning and Transportation Commission held a joint study session April 21 to move forward on amending the Loyola Corners Neighborhood Commercial Center Specific Plan, a document that guides development in the area.


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