Tri-city sewer system upgrade kicks off Saturday

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A tri-city sewer main repair project launches Saturday, requiring some lane closures and traffic rerouting along El Monte Avenue.

A sewer main repair project that includes the cities of Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto is scheduled to begin Saturday and will require some lane closures into June.

The project encompasses repairs on El Monte Avenue between Spargur Drive and Marich Way, segments of the San Antonio Frontage Road, areas under Highway 101 at the San Antonio Road on- and off-ramps and the intersection of San Antonio Road and Bayshore Parkway.


Pedestrian plan headed for council study session this summer

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The city of Los Altos hosted a Pedestrian Master Plan workshop earlier this month to gather public feedback on potential projects.

The Los Altos City Council plans to schedule a June study session to review the document that will guide future policy decisions on pedestrian travel within the city.

According to Los Altos Transportation Projects Manager Cedric Novenario, the city’s ongoing Pedestrian Master Plan is slated to undergo a round of reviews this summer – beginning with the June study session – before the final vote on its adoption. He said a draft should be available within a month.


Website seeks feedback on downtown intersection

Passerelle Investment Co. of Los Altos has launched a Safe Routes to Downtown Los Altos website to solicit input from residents.

“Downtown Los Altos is a treasured amenity for both the Los Altos and the Los Altos Hills communities,” the website notes. “However, the roads that frame the ‘downtown triangle’ – Foothill Expressway, San Antonio Road and West Edith Avenue – can be perceived as physical and psychological barriers to would-be walkers and cyclists interested in making trips downtown.”


Safeway officials eye June opening

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Safeway officials anticipate a grand opening in late June for the new 45,000-square-foot market at 160 First St.

Safeway officials reported last week that construction of the new 45,000-square-foot grocery store on First Street will wrap up in time for a grand opening in late June.

According to Wendy Gutschall, Safeway’s Northern California Division public and government affairs manager, the podium-style market’s construction remains within the timeline officials originally set. Construction crews began razing the former single-story Safeway store – which served Los Altos for more than 45 years – in June 2013, more than a year after the Los Altos City Council approved the national grocer’s plans to rebuild at 160 First St.


Downtown pop-up park returns this summer

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While the State Street Green will grace downtown Los Altos again this summer, negotiations continue over its precise location.

The State Street Green pop-up park is making a comeback this summer – though it may need a name change.

The Los Altos City Council last week voted 4-1 in favor of reviving the temporary park in the downtown area after the completion of the annual Arts & Wine Festival this summer.


LA City Council approves drafting parking plaza reconfiguration rule

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The Los Altos City Council is drafting a policy to address persistent parking problems downtown. The proposal gives property owners the ability to fund the reconfiguration of public parking plazas and satisfy minimum parking requirements.

Downtown property owners simultaneously trying to redevelop their land and meet city-mandated parking requirements may soon have a mechanism to accomplish their goals.

The Los Altos City Council last week voted 4-1 in favor of developing a policy that would give property owners on Main and State streets the ability to fund the reconfiguration of public parking plazas and satisfy minimum parking requirements imposed by the city on developments.


Solution or snafu?: Residents, council rebuff traffic lights at Page Mill Road and Interstate 280

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A Caltrans proposal to install traffic lights at the north- and southbound I-280 off ramps onto Page Mill drew protest.

When Caltrans introduced a project that would add traffic signals at the exit ramps from Interstate 280 onto Page Mill Road to the Los Altos Hills City Council last April, a city planning commissioner predicted the arrival of residents with “pitchforks and torches.” Metaphorically speaking, the mob arrived at Thursday’s council meeting.

Councilmembers quelled the fears of anxious residents by emphasizing that they also had reservations with the proposal.


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