Green is good: Los Altos Hills buys first town EV

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Los Altos Hills City Councilman Roger Spreen grins from the driver’s seat of the town’s new electric vehicle, a Kia Niro. The purchase marks the first EV for town staff to use while conducting business, but more could follow.

It may not boast the flash of a Model S, but the newest addition to the Los Altos Hills town staff vehicle fleet delivers where it counts in a community of steep inclines: ground clearance. The 2019 Kia Niro bests the Tesla by more than half an inch.

 “It’s not trying to make a visual statement – it’s performing a serious job,” said Councilman Roger Spreen, who recently took the black crossover hatchback for a spin. “It doesn’t need to do zero to 60 in 4 seconds. It needs to carry our town staff and supplies up and down our hills, to and from every remote corner of our town, eight hours a day, five days a week, 52 weeks a year.”

Los Altos council denies Verizon, AT&T cell node appeals

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Between March and May of this year, AT&T and Verizon submitted permit requests to install a combined 13 cell nodes across the city of Los Altos. When their applications were denied in September, they appealed the decision. The Los Altos City Council had its final say Tuesday (Dec. 18) when it rejected all of the cellular providers' appeals.

After hearing from engineers, lawyers, doctors and residents gathered in the Los Altos Youth Center Tuesday night (Dec. 18), the Los Altos City Council denied appeals by Verizon and AT&T to install 13 small cell node sites in town.

Construction approaches for Foothill Expressway widening

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Cars breeze up and down Foothill Expressway near the San Antonio Road intersection Thursday morning, causing orange markers in the expressway median to flap in the wind. According to Los Altos City Manager Chris Jordan’s weekly update from Dec. 6, preparation for the Santa Clara County-led improvement project, described in detail at left, began with the removal of trees from the island and shoulder of Foothill Expressway. The effort ran Dec. 5-8.

Construction bids opened Thursday on a Santa Clara County-led improvement project that will widen Foothill Expressway in Los Altos between the San Antonio Road and El Monte Avenue intersections.

Prep work for the project has begun, with trees removed from the expressway median.

Los Altos leaders approve housing complex, announce purchase of Loyola Corners land

The Los Altos City Council started and ended its meeting last week with good news.

First, Mayor Jan Pepper announced that the lawsuit between the city and 999 Fremont Ave. property owner Gregg Bunker would be settled and the city would be purchasing the site. Then, the council voted to green-light 28 affordable housing units by approving the 5150 El Camino Real condominium and townhome complex owned by Dutchints Development LLC.

Los Altos Hills leaders reflect on last, next years

In anticipation of the Los Altos Hills City Council’s reorganization meeting Thursday, the Town Crier queried outgoing Mayor Roger Spreen and Vice Mayor Michelle Wu, his likely successor, about the past 12 months and their expectations for the next 12.

Home organizer reflects on past, future struggles to find commercial space in LA

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Story-pole flags sail high above 444 First St. in downtown Los Altos on a cloudy day early this month. The city’s Planning Commission unanimously recommended Dutchints Development LLC’s plans for a four-story condo project, causing uncertainty for Amanda Kuzak, whose Kuzak’s Closet business is located in the building.

Updated Dec. 19 at approximately 10:30 a.m.

This is the final article in a three-part series on Los Altos business owners who have been – or may soon be – displaced by construction of state-mandated affordable housing units zoned for the commercial areas they once operated from. Parts 1 and 2 ran Dec. 4 and 11, respectively.


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