LAH council mulls Byrne Preserve bicycle ban

Megan V. WInslow/Town Crier
An estimated 31 people spoke at the Jan. 27 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting on a Byrne Preserve bicycle ban. Residents fill out speaker cards at the meeting, above.

Blame it on Strava. The mobile app – and the cyclists who use it to brag about achieving top speeds on trails – weighed heavily in Los Altos Hills city councilmembers’ unanimous decision Jan. 27 to entertain an ordinance prohibiting bicycles from Byrne Preserve.

“I’m done with this as far as I’m concerned,” Councilman John Radford said. “The speed numbers that were talked about tonight are just incredibly unacceptable. I can’t even believe. Sorry, whoever’s done those apps and whoever puts that together – that just put a hole in the whole argument.”


LASD proposal includes 3 percent raise for employees

After re-entering negotiations this year with its employee groups, Los Altos School District officials shared a proposed agreement last week that would include raises and settle contracts through the 2017-2018 school year.

Due to state funding changes, an upcoming expiring parcel tax and a state-mandated increase in contributions to employee retirement funds, district officials voted to reopen employee contracts – which included a 3 percent raise in the current school year.


Police warn of home repair fraud

Following recent illegal solicitations, Los Altos Police remind residents to beware of unlicensed contractors and home repairmen.

Common types of home repair fraud include roofing repair, driveway sealing or pressure washing and automobile repair. It is unlawful for contractors to solicit services door-to-door in Los Altos.


Police Blotter


Jan. 25, 10:28 a.m., 1 block of San Antonio Road: Arrest by warrant.

Burglary, theft

Jan. 25, 11:46 a.m., Pico Lane and East Portola Avenue: Grand theft.


Los Altos resident arrested for suspected murder of missing man

A Los Altos man was arrested Jan. 23 in the presumed murder of another man who went missing the day before, according to San Jose Police Deparment officials.


Cannabis conundrum: Will LAH permit medical marijuana deliveries?

Somewhere off a winding road in Los Altos Hills lives an elderly glaucoma patient anxiously awaiting her next joint. But she won’t need to fret about receiving her medical marijuana if the town’s planning commissioners get their way – they believe its delivery should be legal and sanctioned.

“I want a 94-year-old woman at the end of her life, who has legitimate use of medical marijuana, to have it delivered and not have to find a way to pick it up,” said Planning Commissioner Susan Mandle.


Loyola Corners mixed-use project secures PTC approval


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Courtesy of city of Los Altos
The Los Altos City Council will soon review the two-story mixed-use building project at 1540 Miramonte Ave. The city's Planning and Transportation Commission approved the proposal last week.

Despite a development moratorium, Loyola Corners may soon see construction of a new mixed-use building.

The Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) last week unanimously supported a two-story development at 1540 Miramonte Ave. – a project whose application squeezed through staff approval one week before the Los Altos City Council imposed a freeze on the area’s commercial development last September.


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