A conversation with new Los Altos Hills mayor

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Los Altos Hills Mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan presides over a recent city council meeting.

Courtenay C. Corrigan became mayor of Los Altos Hills in December and will serve through 2015. The Town Crier recently sat down with Corrigan to learn more about her first months on the job and her goals for the year ahead.


Year elected to council: 2012


Crime awareness meetings focus on blocking burglaries

The string of burglaries in and around Los Altos last week has prompted police to schedule two community meetings next week to remind residents to be vigilant.

Police responded Feb. 18 to five reports of residential burglaries – three in Los Altos and two near the city’s borders with Mountain View and Sunnyvale, respectively.


Ladera update: Business not forced out

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Property owners of the site for Ladera Auto Works, formerly Village Motors, said they did not force their tenant to relocate.Ladera owner Steve West is leaving of his own accord.

Ladera Auto Works is scheduled to leave its 465 First St. location in a matter of days, but not for the reasons described in last week’s Town Crier business article about the auto repair shop.

The site’s owners, who have had the property the past 20 years, said they have not sold the property, as Ladera owner Steve West claimed in last week’s story, and they were not forcing the business to leave.


Police Blotter

Disneyland ticket scammer nabbed in Mtn. View

A Mountain View family of four went to Disneyland Feb. 12 to use Park Hopper tickets purchased for $500 from a seller found on Craigslist. The tickets proved invalid.

Mountain View Police arrested 25-year-old David Kao of San Francisco in connection with case. Charged with two counts of theft and possession of marijuana for sale and transport, Kao was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail without incident.


LAH Council Roundup New rules set for attendance at committee meetings

Following are highlights from the Feb. 9 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting. The next meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. March 30 at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road.

Lack of attendance, engagement lead to new rules

Members of Los Altos Hills’ 14 town committees and commissions may be volunteers, but a council vote in February subjects them to new rules for attendance and Brown Act training.


Residents, county support roundabout proposal for Page Mill Road

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After public oppostion to a traffic signal proposed for the Page Mill Road I-280 off-ramps, above, the Los Altos Hills City Council is considering a roundabout.

When residents of Los Altos Hills turned out en masse to oppose Caltrans’ proposal for traffic signals at the north- and southbound off-ramps at Interstate 280 last year, the county responded.

A working group comprising representatives from the cities of Los Altos Hills and Palo Alto, Santa Clara County and Caltrans convened with a vision to “take a fresh look at improvements with a corridor approach,” according to one of the members. The group reviewed the technical details for new proposals and gathered public input via email and three public meetings last fall. Eight months later, consensus is emerging regarding an alternative proposal to solve the growing traffic gridlock on Page Mill Road – a roundabout.


Dusty debate: Pathways Element resurfaces for review

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Los Altos Hills boasts 85 miles of pathways, including the above path in Byrne Preserve, used for the annual Pathways Run.

After a heated referendum debate in 2002 and an update in 2008, Los Altos Hills’ Pathways Element has come under the microscope once again.

Mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan initiated a conversation at the Feb. 9 city council meeting about amending the language of the Pathways Element document. A former Pathways Committee member, Corrigan said the “confusing” policy needs editing to reflect the town’s actual intent for its 85 miles of pathways.


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