Loyola Corners under moratorium, council to update area's plan

Traffic circulation around Fremont Avenue, currently impacted by Loyola Bridge construction, will likely be a key aspect in updates to the area’s specific plan.

Now is the time for Loyola Corners residents and merchants to weigh in on their neighborhood’s future.

Los Altos officials are in the midst of planning a potential update to the Loyola Corners Neighborhood Commercial Center Specific Plan – a document more than 25 years old with numerous requirements that were never implemented. The city will review the plan and possibly amend its policies, zoning regulations and design standards.


Cal Water updates emergency contact procedures

California Water Service Co. wants something from its customers – emergency contact information.

After a potential E. coli contamination this summer put hundreds of Los Altos residents under a boil-water alert, Cal Water plans to improve its notification procedures.


Mountain View urges VTA to rethink transportation planning; LA, LAH on board

Officials from the city of Mountain View have coordinated an effort with the mayors and city managers of eight other Santa Clara County cities to urge the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) to rethink its approach to transportation planning and focus more on the current and anticipated needs of West Valley and North County communities.

In a letter dated Aug. 27 addressed to VTA Chairman Perry Woodward, representatives from the nine cities requested that VTA take a stronger systems perspective for mass transit and review community-level needs that invest in first- and last-mile transportation strategies. Specifically, they asked VTA to initiate a comprehensive study to develop a systemwide plan, with an initial focus on the changing commuter dynamics of routes 85, 101, 237 and 280, which they claim adversely affect residents and businesses throughout the county.


LAH looks to fill vacant council seat

The town of Los Altos Hills is accepting applications through Monday to fill a city council vacancy.

The appointee will fill Councilman Rich Larsen’s seat, a term that ends in November 2016. Larsen announced his resignation amid an impending move to Carmel with his family.


Local DUI crackdown nets 211 arrests

An 18-day Santa Clara County DUI Task Force ended last week with the arrest of 211 individuals operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

The local campaign, called “Avoid the 13” in reference to the 13 area law enforcement agencies participating, consisted of DUI checkpoints and ramped-up efforts to identify impaired drivers. The high-visibility enforcement campaign is part of “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” a nationwide DUI crackdown involving 10,000 law enforcement agencies across the country. The operation coincided with Labor Day weekend, a popular time for impaired driving.


Police Blotter

Grand theft

Sept. 6, 8:07 p.m., 100 block of Cuesta Drive: An unknown suspect stole a laptop from a vehicle, which the victim believed to have been locked but showed no signs of forced entry.


Guide: Mtn View Arts & Wine Festival

Click through to read the complete Town Crier Art & Wine guide.

The 44th Annual Mountain View Art & Wine Festival is scheduled 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 12-13) along Castro Street.


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