After lawsuit threat, LA council reconsiders vote against splitting 831 Arroyo Road

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A notice posted in the branches of a tree in front of 831 Arroyo Road informs neighbors that the Los Altos City Council will again consider a subdivision of the lot.

The Los Altos City Council was scheduled Tuesday – after the Town Crier’s press deadline – to either adopt or deny a resolution allowing 831 Arroyo Road to be split into two parcels. 

Hills survey to gauge interest in undergrounding, recreation

Undergrounding Los Altos Hills’ utility wires will take approximately 1,000 years if the town proceeds at its current pace of exploring the project, Councilman George Tyson told his colleagues Thursday at their monthly council meeting. Statewide, however, infrastructure is in such disarray that burying all of California’s wires won’t happen for another 3,300 years.

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Abraham

“Holy cow,” Councilwoman Courtenay C. Corrigan said. “You’re appealing to our competitive side.”

Quarry expansion plan prompts questions, concerns at meeting

Long-standing cement plant and quarry operations in the foothills south of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills continue to prompt fears of adverse environmental impacts and frustrations over a perceived lack of enforcement despite oversight by numerous regulatory agencies.

Those frustrations surfaced subtly during a Feb. 13 public information meeting about Lehigh Southwest Cement Co. plans, as 13 officials across five regulatory agencies assured worried residents that the overwhelming number of violations levied against Lehigh are minor – often procedural – and the company has addressed them.

County eliminates rape kit backlog, expedites processing of evidence

Santa Clara County officials this month celebrated the announcement that the backlog of untested rape kits sitting in crime labs has been cleared and the processing period for active kits has far exceeded state requirements.

In February 2018, now-Board of Supervisors President Cindy Chavez asked the District Attorney’s Office and the county crime lab to consider a proposal requiring that Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) kits be processed within 30 days of collection. This would cut the average processing time – approximately 94 days – by two full months. It also would put the county ahead of state requirements by approximately three months.

How to: Vote using the Presidential Primary’s new options


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Booths await early voters in Los Altos Hills.

Early voting started in Los Altos Hills over the weekend and anyone in Santa Clara County eligible to vote can head up to town hall at 26379 W. Fremont Road to acquire and cast a ballot. The rules have changed this year – county voters can vote early, change ballots, change registrations and even register for the first time.

Los Altans searching for pet owner after their dog was killed near Lincoln Park Sunday

Heartbroken dog owners Martin and Shaye Chirotarrab seek help from the Los Altos Police Department and the community to find the owner of a dog that attacked their canine Sunday in Lincoln Park, causing injuries that resulted in the death of their pet the next day.


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