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New summer "green" eyed for downtown parking plaza


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A family plays on the Third Street Green in downtown Los Altos last summer. The city’s economic development manager hopes to host a similar green in the 71-stall Plaza 6.

If Jennifer Quinn has her way, a downtown Los Altos parking plaza will turn green this summer.

Piggybacking on the success of the Third Street Green pop-up park, the city’s economic development manager hopes to turn the 71-stall Plaza 6, located behind Veterans Community Plaza at Main and State streets, into a destination spot for special events and lounging around for the months of July and August.


Residents push for change in LAPD immigration enforcement

The Los Altos City Council was scheduled to sign a Diverse Community resolution at Tuesday’s meeting, after the Town Crier’s press deadline, but the local residents who pushed for inclusivity think it may not go far enough.

Residents involved with the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center delivered a letter last month requesting that the council draft a resolution to be a “welcoming” city and change city laws concerning how police enforce immigration policies. The resolution soon may be enacted, but the effects of policy changes remain to be seen.

Council searches for new city attorney

For the first time in 13 years, the Los Altos City Council is looking to hire a new city attorney.

Councilmembers reported at their Jan. 28 retreat that they are terminating the contract of Jolie Houston and her law firm, the San Jose-based Berliner Cohen LLP, effective at the end of the month. Houston, who has served the city since November 2003, will complete her last day as city attorney Feb. 28.

New VTA transit plan underway


Courtesy of VTA
A draft transit plan proposed by the Valley Transportation Authority shows increased bus service for Mountain View and St. Francis high schools and Foothill College.

 

NOTE: This story has been updated to correct errors made in the print edition.

A worst-case scenario for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is having to pay $160 per hour for the operation of a 40-foot bus with no riders.

With an emphasis on cost effectiveness and providing service where it’s most needed, the VTA has produced a draft plan for adding and, in some cases, eliminating bus routes throughout Santa Clara County.

LA residents slated to receive clean energy soon

Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View are set to join nine other communities in Santa Clara County in the switch from PG&E-supplied electricity to a new Community Choice Aggregator in April.

Local homeowners, renters and businesses will receive notices in the mail about the new energy provider – Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCEA) – in coming months.


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