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.


LAH Council Briefs

Following are highlights from Thursday’s Los Altos Hills City Council meeting.

The next meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. March 20 at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road.


Suspects arrested for skimming credit cards at local gas stations

Police arrested six members of a Southern California crime ring for allegedly using gas-pump skimmers to steal credit card information at several Bay Area gas stations – including in Los Altos.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday that the arrests resulted from a two-year investigation by its Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team (REACT).


Downtown street closures scheduled

Downtown Los Altos traffic will be impacted with the following four street projects according to the city of Los Altos. Construction hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for each project.

Today, Tuesday and Friday: First Street is scheduled to be closed between State Street and Plaza Central to allow for concrete pumping at the 400 Main St. construction site. Traffic controls, including detour signage, will be in place.

Today through Friday: One lane of West Edith Avenue is scheduled to be closed between First Street and Second Street to allow for storm drain installation that will service the new condominiums at 100 First St. Two-way traffic control will be in place to ensure safe vehicular flow through this area.

March 3-14: Additional storm drain work will require the closure of one lane of First Street between West Edith Avenue and Shasta Street. Traffic controls will be in place.

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