Last updateWed, 30 Nov 2016 4pm

Close margins in three local races trigger recounts

Official recounts began Monday for close races in Santa Clara County, and the Los Altos area was overrepresented – three races of interest to local residents will receive a closer look this week.

Countywide, 10 races triggered a recount with margins of fewer than 25 votes or 0.5 percent. According to spokeswoman Anita Torres, the registrar’s office will work throughout the week and weekend to finish all recounts prior to the mandatory election certification deadline Dec. 8.

Airplane noise committee delivers recommendations to Congress

The ball is back in the court of the U.S. Congress and the Federal Aviation Administration to address the relentless airplane noise that has become a major quality-of-life issue for some residents of Los Altos and other Peninsula communities.

Culminating months of research and dozens of public meetings, the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals delivered to congressional representatives a 30-page final report last week with numerous and specific noise mitigation recommendations. The report details problems with lower altitude and higher concentrations of flights coming into and out of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose international airports in the wake of a NextGen program designed to improve flight efficiency.

Downtown visioning to proceed apace

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Los Altos’ downtown will be the subject of a new visioning project led by city official Jon Biggs and a group of outside contractors.

The city of Los Altos and its many partners for downtown visioning will begin the project in early December.

The Los Altos City Council cited formulating a downtown plan among its highest priorities in 2016, with the goal to develop and implement a visioning process that will provide the foundation for the process.

Annual public meeting on Lehigh draws sizable crowd

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Santa Clara County Department of Planning and Development Planning Manager Rob Eastwood, second from right, answers audience questions during the annual Lehigh Public Information meeting Nov. 16 in Cupertino.

Approximately 100 people attended Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian’s recent public information meeting on Cupertino’s Lehigh Southwest Cement Co., operator of a factory and quarry in the foothills near Los Altos.

The Nov. 16 meeting at the Cupertino Community Center wasSimitian’s annual effort to bring transparency to operations at Lehigh, which has drawn the ire of nearby residents for its air, water and noise pollution.

Loyola Corners at crossroads as council looks for clarity on growth

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City officials hope to move JP Liquors and build new housing in its place. The relocation is part of Los Altos’ updated Specific Plan for Loyola Corners.

The updated Loyola Corners Specific Plan is expected to offer guidance once the area’s yearlong moratorium is lifted in July. Adopted in 1990, the Specific Plan needed an update, according to city staff.

The new Specific Plan recommends three-story buildings with a “small-scale, warm, human quality” along Fremont Avenue to take advantage of Loyola Corners’ central location.

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