News Brief

The California Department of Motor Vehicles last week issued a reminder to drivers about the new law requiring them to give 3 feet of clearance to bicyclists traveling in the same direction. The Three Feet for Safety Act took effect Tuesday.

According to AB 1371, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown a year ago, if traffic or roadway conditions prevent motorists from giving cyclists 3 feet of space, drivers must “slow to a speed that is reasonable and prudent” and pass only when a cyclist would not be in danger.


Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimously at its Aug. 26 meeting in favor of installing two identification signs to direct motorists to the Woodland Plaza shopping district. The signs would be placed at the Arboretum Drive intersection and face both directions of Foothill Expressway, at a cost of $2,500 each.

The council declined a request by the district’s business and property owners for a third directional sign at Homestead Road just before it intersects Foothill Expressway, where there is an entry onto Grant Road and the Woodland Plaza shopping area. Grant Road originates at El Camino Real and provides an arterial road to Foothill Expressway. A couple of yards before the light at the junction, Grant Road makes a 90-degree turn east toward Homestead Road. It narrows to a frontage road for the Woodland Plaza businesses parallel to Foothill Expressway. The only break is at the Arboretum Drive intersection where there is a traffic signal.


Police Blotter

Los Altos resident dies in Sunnyvale accident

Los Altos resident Brian David Lazara, 50, was killed in a motor-vehicle accident Friday morning in Sunnyvale.

According to statements gathered by Sunnyvale police, he was driving a Vespa motor scooter in the intersection of Mary Avenue and Central Expressway when he came into contact with two other vehicles.


Los Altos council mulls second downtown survey

A community survey on downtown Los Altos is in the works – but likely won’t be conducted until next year.

The council directed an ad hoc committee that includes Councilwomen Val Carpenter and Jan Pepper to further refine its objectives for a second telephone survey by consultant Godbe Research to gauge public opinion on the downtown triangle.


News Briefs

Commission approves mixed-use San Antonio Road project

The Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) last week recommended approval of a new mixed-use project on the site of a former gas station.

PTC members voted 4-1 in favor of recommending the construction project, which calls for approximately 2,000 square feet of office space and four second-story residential units at 897 N. San Antonio Road. Commissioner Jon Baer cast the lone dissenting vote. Commissioners Phoebe Bressack and Jerry Moison did not attend the meeting.


League of Women Voters release election forum schedule

The Los Altos-Mountain View League of Women Voters’ has scheduled several forums for the Nov. 4 election. The events are free, except where noted, and open to the public. The schedule follows:

• Lunch with the League – Propositions 1, 45 and 46 and the water bond 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 19 at Ristorante Bella Vita, 376 First St., Los Altos. Cost: $27. Register at


Football season off and running

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Football players from Los Altos (above) and Mountain View high schools prepare for the season, scheduled to kick off later this week.

Both teams are practicing on new turf fields installed over the summer. Season previews for the Eagles and Spartans appear on page 26 of this week's paper and online here.


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