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Residents weigh Stevens Creek Trail options


Courtesy of city of Sunnyvale
An illustration accompanying the Stevens Creek Trail Joint Cities Feasibility Study shows various options for connecting the trail from Mountain View to Cupertino.

Michael Eiger loves trails. The Fallen Leaf Lane resident isn’t convinced, however, that his street is the right place for one.

Eiger is a member of Citizens for Responsible Trails, a group comprising residents of Los Altos, Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Cupertino that last month weighed in on the recently completed Stevens Creek Trail Joint Cities Feasibility Study. The study sought to determine routes that would connect the Mountain View and Cupertino segments of the multiuse trail.

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Report recommends increased salary ranges for Los Altos Hills staff


Courtesy of Koff & Associates
A report from Koff & Associates details the proposed increases in salary ranges for Los Altos Hills town staff.

By and large, most Los Altos Hills town staff members make less than their counterparts in similar-sized, nearby communities, but proposed changes to salary ranges could eventually remedy that.

With a unanimous vote May 21, the Los Altos Hills City Council formally received a 2015 townwide compensation report bumping up the salary ranges for the town’s 18 staff positions. But the report’s adoption of the new guidelines merely increases the salary range for each position; actual salary adjustments are based on performance.

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LA City Council considers splitting Hillview bond


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A proposal to split a city bond measure would prioritize replacing the aging buildings at Hillview Community Center.

Los Altos voters may see more than one bond measure in November.

The Los Altos City Council May 27 preliminarily supported developing two bond measures to fund construction of a new Hillview Park and Community Center. Measure A would fund replacement of the aging buildings and playing fields. Measure B – an added feature that couldn’t pass without Measure A – would underwrite an aquatic center.

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'Prowler' proves benign in Los Altos

It turns out that video footage of a man entering a Los Altos backyard last week was a painter looking for his job site – not a prowler.

The Los Altos Police Department Monday (June 2) issued an alert to the media that included a screen capture of the man wearing a Golden State Warriors playoffs T-shirt. He entered a backyard on Delphi Circle, looked around and into a window, then left.

After police began circulating his description, the man contacted the department with details about his work. Tuesday, the police updated their alert as resolved.

MV vehicle collision leaves one dead

A traffic accident Thursday morning (May 28) on Moffett Boulevard, near the Highway 85 overpass in Mountain View, has left one man dead.

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office identified the victim as Karl Holladay, a 24-year-old Gilroy resident. He was the only person injured in the accident, according to the Mountain View Police Department.

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Drought surcharges due to hit Los Altos

Potable water is at a premium, and overconsumption will soon come at a cost.

Beginning in June, California Water Service Co. will assign each Los Altos water consumer a “water budget,” and those who exceed their allotted amount will incur a drought surcharge of $8.16 per unit of water.

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County officials nix plans for cellphone surveillance technology

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office’s plans to acquire a controversial, taxpayer-funded mobile phone triangulation system are dead – but not as a result of privacy advocates’ protests.

County executives abandoned the purchase of the $500,000 system earlier this month after negotiations between staff and representatives from the manufacturer, Harris Corp., fell through.

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