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Parents upset with enrollment-growth options


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Parents and concerned residents turned out in force for the Los Altos School District Facilities Master Plan Committee meeting last week to voice their frustrations over the enrollment-growth scenarios under discussion.

More than 100 concerned parents and community members packed the Los Altos School District Board Room last week as the Facilities Master Plan Committee (FMPC) conducted its 11th meeting on enrollment growth.

The committee, comprising parents, teachers, principals, district officials and representatives from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, is reviewing seven possible scenarios for absorbing expanded enrollment in the district.

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LA council approves amended medical-parking ordinance


The Los Altos City Council recently gave its initial approval for an amended medical-parking ordinance that more clearly defines the various types of medical businesses in Los Altos – and their parking demands.

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Sentencing of former symphony director continues this week

Former Peninsula Symphony Executive Director Stephen Jay Carlton is scheduled to return to court this week as sentencing continues for his embezzlement conviction.

Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Judy Lee told the Town Crier that she anticipates a motion from the defense to dismiss a previous strike that would add time to Carlton’s sentence.

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Mobile food vendors to operate 24/7 in Mtn. View

The city of Mountain View is in the process of amending portions of its 2013 ordinance that regulates food trucks and other mobile vendors that sell outdoors on public and private properties.

The Mountain View City Council was scheduled to review a second reading of the revised ordinance Tuesday, after the Town Crier’s press deadline.

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City council mulls fee to fund public art in Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos is exploring ways to finance public art like “Musical Gambol,” now in Lincoln Park.

A new fee to help fund public art in Los Altos is in the works.

The Los Altos City Council last week held a study session to discuss the possibility of establishing the new fee – which would be levied against developers to provide a funding source for public art.

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LAH residents seek road rights, improved Internet access


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Residents of Byrne Park Lane in Los Altos Hills are lobbying town officials to reclassify their street from private to public. Comcast Corp., the city’s cable provider, is not required to service private roads, hampering Internet access.

Although Los Altos Hills sits in the heart of Silicon Valley, it feels like the dark ages for 29 homeowners living on private roads like Byrne Park Lane and Deer Springs Way.

Comcast Corp. isn’t required to provide cable and Internet service to those living on private roads – and won’t do so without charging residents thousands of dollars.

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LAH council urges petition to push I-280 repaving


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
In an effort to reduce noise during rush hour, Los Altos Hills residents are promoting a plan to install rubberized asphalt along the Interstate 280 corridor.

Interstate 280 can be loud and dirty – particularly at rush hour – but members of the Los Altos Hills City Council don’t think the stretch of highway that borders town has to be.

Neither do the more than 800 residents from Los Altos Hills and surrounding communities who have signed an online petition lobbying Caltrans to prioritize the repaving of a 5-mile expanse of I-280 between Page Mill Road and Foothill Expressway with rubberized asphalt. Rubberized asphalt reduced sound by 5.3 decibels on average when Caltrans installed the material during long-term studies on test highways in California.

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