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Loyola lawsuit alleges unjust development denial

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The owners of the proposed three-story building at 999 Fremont Ave., above, are suing the city for an “arbitrary” rejection.

Loyola Corners developers are suing the city of Los Altos for denying their mixed-use project for reasons “unreasonable, inequitable and improper,” according to the complaint filed Oct. 23 with the Superior Court of Santa Clara County.

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Whipple Funds may become nest egg for library redo

The Los Altos City Council last week weighed control versus return over the scattered Whipple Funds earmarked for local libraries.

Virginia Whipple, a member of Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community, bequeathed $2.8 million to the Los Altos Library in 2004. But her will didn’t specify which particular entity should receive the funds, so the Santa Clara County Library District – which operates the Los Altos libraries – and the Los Altos Library Endowment split the money.

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LA City Briefs

Signal improvement project underway

Work began on the traffic signal at the intersection of San Antonio Road and First Street/Cuesta Drive recently, temporarily slowing vehicle flow at the heavily trafficked crossroads.

To mitigate inconvenience for motorists and pedestrians, the city of Los Altos has limited work hours to 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. The city is working closely with developers at the nearby 467 First St. construction site to coordinate work schedules, according to Public Information Officer Erica Ray. She said the contractor has 120 working days to complete the signal work, which began Oct. 26.

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Police Blotter

Burglary and theft

Nov. 10, 9:36 a.m., 1000 block of North San Antonio Road: An unknown suspect stole $1,000 from a safe at a restaurant.

Nov. 15, 7:05-7:27 p.m., 100 block of Main Street: An unknown suspect kicked in the doors to three downtown businesses and stole an undisclosed amount of money from cash registers. Police investigators are reviewing available video surveillance for leads.

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Measure A crushed in election

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Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Volunteers await voters at a polling place.

Los Altos voters last week soundly rejected Measure A, the $65 million bond measure that would have enabled an overhaul of Hillview Community Center and Park.

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Cyclist killed on Page Mill Road

A 52-year-old male cyclist from Palo Alto died Nov. 3 after a collision with a vehicle on Page Mill Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The accident between cyclist Jeffrey Donnelly and the driver of a black Volkswagen Golf occurred at approximately 6:50 a.m. near the intersection of Page Mill Road and Christopher Lane, the CHP reported.

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Public meeting addresses residents' concerns about Lehigh cement facility


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The Lehigh Southwest Cement Co., located south of Los Altos, is surrounded by residential neighborhoods.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian last week hosted a public information meeting in Cupertino to share developments related to the Lehigh Southwest Cement Co. facility, now under fierce local, state and federal scrutiny due to environmental violations.

During the meeting, staff members from oversight agencies including the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health answered questions posed by Simitian and members of the public.

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