Construction begins on Fremont Bridge

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
As Loyola Corners bridge construction ramps up, the city has introduced measures to help with traffic flow.

Construction began Monday on the Loyola Corners bridges, and the city of Los Altos has established measures to ensure that traffic flows smoothly.

The Fremont Avenue intersections at A Street and Miramonte Avenue will be on “flash stop control” to accommodate work on the Loyola and Fremont bridges. Signal lights at each intersection will flash red and function like a stop sign.


Communal enforcement: Residents help keep crime rates low

Los Altos and Los Altos Hills are among the safest cities in California, according to the most current FBI Crime Report.

ValuePenguin – a consumer-data research firm – analyzed the data and in June released a report ranking Los Altos as the seventh-safest midsize city (20,000-50,000 residents) and Los Altos Hills as the sixth-safest small city (5,000-20,000) in the state. The report reviewed 417 cities in the state, based on 2013 FBI data. Data for 2014 has yet to be released. For ValuePenguin’s report, violent crime was weighted at 90 percent, while property crime was weighted at 10 percent.


Police Blotter


July 6, 9:36 a.m., 300 block of First Street: An unknown suspect stole a laptop, school supplies and a debit card from an unlocked vehicle.

July 8, 8:57 a.m., 1100 block of Russell Avenue: An unknown suspect stole change and cash from the glove compartment of an unlocked vehicle.


Accident triggers spectacular gush of water

A truck struck a fire hydrant on the 600 block of West El Camino Real in Mountain View hydrantThursday afternoon, which triggered this towering blast of water. Police received a call about the incident about 2:10 p.m. July 9. According to a police spokesperson, the water was shut off and the city's water department picked up the hydrant. The department went to work on getting the hydrant replaced and back in working order. Photo taken by Scott Pankonen.

Fruit fly eradication efforts to begin in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills on Friday

Eradication efforts are set to begin in parts of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills today (July 10) following the discovery of the potentially devastating Oriental Fruit Fly.

As is state protocol following the detection of these produce-plundering pests, the California Secretary of Agriculture has declared an emergency proclamation authorizing immediate implementation of an eradication program, according to a Santa Clara County Public Affairs press release. State officials today are scheduled to begin affixing special species-specific pheromone flytraps to light poles and public trees within a 14-mile radius of the detection site. The treatment area is roughly bounded by Alma Street (in Palo Alto) to the north, Miramonte Avenue (Mountain View) on the east, Ravensbury Avenue (Los Altos Hills) to the south and La Cresta Drive (Los Altos Hills) to the west.

The first of two Oriental Fruit Flies were detected by California Department of Food and Agriculture officials June 29 in a residential neighborhood northeast of the Interstate 280 and El Monte Avenue interchange. A second specimen was dispatched to the office of the state's head entomologist last week, and officials have identified it as another Oriental Fruit Fly, said Michelle Thom, deputy agricultural commissioner with the Santa Clara County Division of Agriculture.

Each treatment to eradicate the insects will take two to three days to complete and state officials will repeat applications every two weeks for approximately eight weeks, according to the press release. The lures attract and kill male Oriental Fruit Flies, Thom said, enabling them from mating with females and reproducing,

Female Oriental Fruit Flies lay eggs in fruits and vegetables and their maggot offspring feed on the produce, causing it to decay and fall from the tree, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture. They are indiscriminate insects and have been known to attack more than 230 types of produce.

The species is widespread through much of the mainland of Southern Asia and typically arrives in the United States through contraband fruit transported by international mail and airplane passengers, Thom said.

West Nile fogging scheduled for Mountain View

 The detection of West Nile virus in Mountain View has led county officials to schedule fogging operations in affected neighborhoods next week to prevent it from spreading.

Adult mosquitoes collected in Mountain View's 94043 zip code have tested positive for the virus, according to the Santa Clara County Vector Control District. Infected mosquitoes were also found in parts of Palo Alto.


Council meets to discuss civic center bond measure

The Los Altos City Council has scheduled a special meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday to discuss placing a bond measure on the November ballot to overhaul the community center.

Councilmembers are considering the next steps for a bond to replace the aging Hillview Community Center, build a community pool and improve Hillview Park and its open space.


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