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Wheels are in motion for downtown development

Courtesy of William Maston Architect & Associates
The architect of the 40 Main St. project received permission from the city to offer a restriping plan for Plaza 10. The proposal would create additional parking spaces and improve safety in the lot, according to the architect.

In a flurry of decisions made before the summer recess, the Los Altos City Council approved studies of both downtown development and parking restriping.

Officials promise relief ahead for Foothill Expressway

Courtesy of Santa Clara County Roads Department
Proposed Foothill Expressway designs involve the addition auxiliary lanes in both northbound and southbound directions between El Monte Avenue and San Antonio Road.

Santa Clara County traffic officials intend to fix the commute-hours bottleneck on Foothill Expressway in Los Altos between El Monte Avenue and San Antonio Road – and do it soon.

Representatives at a June 29 workshop in Los Altos offered three proposed expressway designs, each involving the addition of an auxiliary lane in both northbound and southbound directions between El Monte and San Antonio.

Landscape architect outlines plans for downtown plaza

Rendering Courtesy of LACI
Landscape architect Joni Janecki’s design for the new, privately funded First Street Green envisions a 21st-century community gathering space. The green space, seen above in a rendering, aims to evoke the village feel of Los Altos.

Landscape architect Joni Janecki presented her plans for the First Street Green to the Los Altos City Council last month, but that does not mean she wants local residents to sit back and wait for the next steps.

According to Janecki, the plans – part of the Los Altos Community Investments (LACI) First Street redevelopment project – can be modified to incorporate residents’ feedback.

App streamlines LAH maintenance requests

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The Los Altos Hills Connect app helps residents report quality-of-life concerns ranging from traffic signal problems to graffiti and illegal dumping.

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Council, public support LACI's First Street Green

Courtesy of LACI
Dozens of speakers await their turn at the podium to speak in support of First Street Green at a June 27 study session.

For the second time this year, a large crowd of green-clad supporters packed the Los Altos City Council meeting to promote a proposal that includes a park and underground parking on Plaza 7 along First Street.

Developer Los Altos Community Investments is backing the First Street Green as part of its plan to revitalize First Street.

Water district projects center on Permanente Creek

Courtesy of Santa Clara Valley Water District
A recently completed parking area increases capacity for cars at Rancho San Antonio County Park. Work continues on a 12-acre detention basis intended to control future floods.

Santa Clara Valley Water District work on Permanente Creek is progressing on several fronts.

Work is already underway at Rancho San Antonio County Park, where crews are building a 15-foot-deep detention basin across 12 acres to retain water in the event of major flooding. Plans include “mild slopes,” according to the district, contoured to the surrounding area with native trees and grass.

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