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Elevator holdup keeps condo project in suspense

Courtesy of Richard Haro
The Planning and Transportation Commission last week unanimously supported a mixed-use building with two condominium units and retail space. The project, located on Acacia Avenue behind Armadillo Willy’s and Chef Chu’s near El Camino Real, will soon head to the city council.

An outsized elevator in a proposed condominium complex on El Camino Real rose to the top of the Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission’s agenda last week.

The Los Altos City Council approved the five-story housing project last summer, after an intense, months-long negotiation led the developer to knock 4 feet off the building’s height.

Pedicabs pedal into downtown Los Altos

Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
Pedicab driver Monroe Lacy of Eco City Cycles chats with potential customers on Main Street in Los Altos Thursday.

There’s a new mode of transportation in downtown Los Altos: the pedicab. At least for the summer.

Based at the Downtown Green, the three pedicabs will transport people within a half-mile radius of downtown for $5, tips accepted. Hours of operation are 4-8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, through August.

LAH officials consider new "Waze" to combat commuters

Courtesy of the Town of Los Altos Hills
A graphic shows where proposed new signs would prohibit turns into Los Altos Hills during the weekly afternoon commute.

Bay Area commuters may soon experience further obstruction of their path through Los Altos Hills as officials consider adding turn restriction signs to a key town entrance point.

The proposed signage singles out nonresidents, prohibiting them specifically from making right and left turns from Arastradero Road onto Purissima Road 4-7 p.m. weekdays. The signs would join four existing “No Thru Traffic” signs the town erected in May to prod the Waze navigation app into no longer directing commuters around Interstate 280 jams.

LA Hills council to hear Waze update at Thursday meeting


Attendees of Thursday’s Los Altos Hills City Council meeting will hear updates on key town projects, including the regulation of short-term rentals and a status report on a new maintenance request application.

LA council repeals volunteer restriction

The Los Altos City Council last week repealed a controversial 2009 ordinance that prevented residents from volunteering with the city due to a perceived conflict of interest.

The council voted 3-1 July 11 to repeal Resolution 2009-33. Councilwoman Lynette Lee Eng was the lone dissenter, and Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins was absent.

LA council art critics reject sculpture as "out of place"


By Bruce Barton

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