Los Altos City Council disbands school site subcommittee

The Los Altos City Council last week voted unanimously to disband an ad hoc committee aimed at discussing school site options with the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees.

As part of its vote, the council requested “affirmative action” by the trustees and directed their recently appointed Facilities Master Plan committee “to consider all alternatives to address school enrollment growth” aside from parks, according to a city staff report. The report specifically listed 12 Los Altos parks – including Hillview.


Council mulls enhanced transparency regulations

The Los Altos City Council last week split over pursuing a new law that would make some of the city’s activities and communications more transparent.

A draft ordinance proposed by Councilwomen Jan Pepper and Val Carpenter calls for “more accessibility in some areas” of the city’s activities and communications than is legally required under the Ralph M. Brown Act, according to a city staff report. The state law – enacted in 1953 and authored by its namesake assemblyman – outlines the public’s right to attend meetings of local government bodies.


Police Blotter

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office has asked the public’s assistance in identifying two men who allegedly burglarized a home on Taaffe Road in Los Altos Hills Thursday.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the two burglars broke into the home at approximately 1:30 p.m. and forced an elderly male occupant into a closet before stealing various items, including a safe. The burglars fled the scene after another resident arrived at the home and interrupted them.


News Brief

The California Department of Motor Vehicles last week issued a reminder to drivers about the new law requiring them to give 3 feet of clearance to bicyclists traveling in the same direction. The Three Feet for Safety Act took effect Tuesday.

According to AB 1371, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown a year ago, if traffic or roadway conditions prevent motorists from giving cyclists 3 feet of space, drivers must “slow to a speed that is reasonable and prudent” and pass only when a cyclist would not be in danger.


Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimously at its Aug. 26 meeting in favor of installing two identification signs to direct motorists to the Woodland Plaza shopping district. The signs would be placed at the Arboretum Drive intersection and face both directions of Foothill Expressway, at a cost of $2,500 each.

The council declined a request by the district’s business and property owners for a third directional sign at Homestead Road just before it intersects Foothill Expressway, where there is an entry onto Grant Road and the Woodland Plaza shopping area. Grant Road originates at El Camino Real and provides an arterial road to Foothill Expressway. A couple of yards before the light at the junction, Grant Road makes a 90-degree turn east toward Homestead Road. It narrows to a frontage road for the Woodland Plaza businesses parallel to Foothill Expressway. The only break is at the Arboretum Drive intersection where there is a traffic signal.


Police Blotter

Los Altos resident dies in Sunnyvale accident

Los Altos resident Brian David Lazara, 50, was killed in a motor-vehicle accident Friday morning in Sunnyvale.

According to statements gathered by Sunnyvale police, he was driving a Vespa motor scooter in the intersection of Mary Avenue and Central Expressway when he came into contact with two other vehicles.


Los Altos council mulls second downtown survey

A community survey on downtown Los Altos is in the works – but likely won’t be conducted until next year.

The council directed an ad hoc committee that includes Councilwomen Val Carpenter and Jan Pepper to further refine its objectives for a second telephone survey by consultant Godbe Research to gauge public opinion on the downtown triangle.


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