Sutter, Blue Shield reach terms on two-year agreement

Sutter Health forged a new two-year contract with Blue Shield of California that preserves patient access to the doctors and care centers Blue Shield sold to patients during the fall open-enrollment period.

The contract applies to all Blue Shield plans in which Sutter Health providers historically participated, including HMO, PPO and those offered through Covered California. The agreement, which comes after a two-month standoff, means no lapse in coverage for Sutter Health patients.


LASD continues to prep for bond-fund spending

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When the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District built its newest classrooms, it used the Lease-Leaseback for construction delivery, a method trustees are considering for new projects.

Los Altos School District trustees are doing their homework before beginning to spend $150 million from a bond measure voters approved in November.

At a special meeting Jan. 26, the trustees heard a presentation from construction delivery and bond issuance experts.


Council rejects neighbors’ appeal of house design

The Los Altos City Council last week rejected a house design appeal filed by two neighbors concerned about their privacy.

The council voted 4-0 to reject the neighbors’ appeal of a two-story house design on Santa Rita Court, originally approved by the city’s Design Review Commission (DRC) in November. The neighbors – Wu Wang and Ravi Dronamraju – filed the appeal to address concerns that some second-story windows, which would be located on the right and rear sides of the proposed home, would encroach on their privacy. In addition, the neighbors claimed that the second-story design was too bulky compared with the rest of the neighborhood.


Police Blotter

Caltrain death in MV

A 28-year-old Palo Alto resident, Daniel Snyder, was struck and killed as a pedestrian on the Caltrain tracks south of Mountain View’s station Jan. 29. The incident occurred near the Highway 237 overpass, not at a crossing, according to Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunne. The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner ruled it a suicide.

Residential burglaries

Feb. 1, 12:04 p.m., 1500 block of Clay Drive: Sometime during the three-week period a resident was out of town, an unknown suspect broke a sliding glass door and ransacked the house.


LAH News Briefs

Following is a roundup of news from Los Altos Hills.

Mayor hosts weekly office hours

Mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan is scheduled to hold regular weekly office hours 10 a.m. to noon Mondays at the Heritage House (adjacent to town hall), 26379 W. Fremont Road.


Foothill to offer four-year degree: Foothill aims to launch dental hygiene degree in fall 2016

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students enrolled in Foothill College’s two-year dental hygiene program, above, can soon earn a four-year bachelor’s degree for approximately $10,000.

Foothill-De Anza Community College District Chancellor Linda M. Thor chose a serendipitous time for her biannual teeth cleaning last week.

Sitting in the dentist’s chair, her dental hygienist – a graduate of the Foothill College program – peppered her with questions about the recent announcement that the community college plans to offer a four-year baccalaureate degree for its dental hygiene students.


Call it the Cardinal Colonnade: Stanford agrees to lease entire Los Altos apartment complex

Rendering Courtesy of Sares-Regis Group
Stanford University leased the Colonnade apartment complex in Los Altos to provide housing for students, faculty and staff.

People interested in renting in Los Altos can scratch the yet-to-be-completed Colonnade apartment complex off their lists.

Stanford University last week reached an agreement with the Sares-Regis Group of Northern California to lease the entire 167-unit complex at 4750 El Camino Real. Stanford officials noted that the long-term agreement was in response to the tight local housing market.


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