Enchanté plaza retains food, beverage service

Photo by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Food and beverage service will resume on the plaza outside Enchanté Boutique Hotel in Los Altos.

The plaza outside Enchanté Boutique Hotel will remain open to the public, with small plates and wine available in the evenings and on weekends.

The Los Altos City Council unanimously voted Aug. 25 to permit public food and beverage service from 4 p.m. to midnight on weekdays and 7 a.m. to midnight on weekends, holidays and for up to six special events per year. The bistro is now open from 4 to 10 p.m. daily, according to hotel owner Abigail Ahrens.


Residents' concern prompts Moody Road speed study

Photo by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Traffic passes a memorial Los Altos Hills resident Tony Canova erected for his dog, Mona, on Moody Road.

The speed limit on Moody Road may be 30 mph, but vehicles have zoomed up and down the Los Altos Hills artery for as long as Tony Canova can remember.

As traffic volume ballooned and speeders progressed from mere annoyances to menaces, Canova emerged as a passionate advocate for implementing traffic-calming measures within his neighborhood. In June, however, the perpetual battle became personal – a speeding truck traveling along Moody struck and killed Canova’s 9-year-old rottweiler, Mona.


Police Blotter


Aug. 24, 11:26 a.m., 100 block of First Street: An unknown suspect pried open a cabinet in the Safeway pharmacy, stole $24,000 worth of narcotics and fled the scene. The burglar was not caught, but police processed the crime scene, which included footage of the suspect, and investigators have “promising leads,” according to Los Altos Police Sgt. Brian Jeffrey.

Aug. 24, 10:27 p.m., 200 block of Third Street: An unknown suspect smashed the side window of a rental car, popped open the trunk and stole three laptops and a watch. The incident occurred while the victim was dining downtown.


Enchanté plaza remains open to the public

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Alicia Castro/Town Crier
The plaza area at Enchanté Boutique Hotel now serves drinks and small plates.

The Los Altos City Council Aug. 25 voted unanimously in favor of Enchanté Boutique Hotel serving beverages and small plates to the public on the community plaza.


Measure A proponents say recreation facilities support 'sense of community'

Historically low interest rates and construction costs make now the ideal time to rebuild Hillview Community Center and Park, according to proponents of the $65 million Measure A bond that would fund reconstruction, scheduled for the Nov. 3 ballot.

“Los Altos is more than an address – it’s a community,” wrote the bond’s proponents in the primary argument. “Let’s continue to make Los Altos a great place to live and raise a family.”


Los Altos Hills proceeds with conceptual multipurpose facility plans

Courtesy of Peter Duxbury
Los Altos Hills town architect Peter Duxbury created the above draft conceptual design featuring the current council chambers (E) and the proposed multipurpose building (N).

As Los Altos continues to hash out a potential $87 million overhaul of its Hillview Community Center and Park, Los Altos Hills officials are beginning to consider plans for their own – albeit much smaller – multipurpose facility.


Water conservation program draws mixed feedback

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Sana Khader/ Town Crier
With water restrictions in place, some Los Altos lawns are faring better than others. Cal Water issues “Water Focus Reports” to help customers track their consumption.

If the grass is greener on the other side, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, according to California Water Service Co. representatives.

Los Altos’ water provider this summer began sending residential customers “Water Focus Reports” with their monthly bills. The personalized reports compare residents’ average daily water use to similar homes within the district. They also include tips for using water more efficiently and information on rebates and other conservation programs.


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