VTA fund freeze not stalling projects - yet


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Heavy traffic along Foothill Expressway in Los Altos is a common sight late weekday afternoons. This photo was taken at the San Antonio Road intersection this month.

A lawsuit holding money from the Measure B transportation bond in escrow continues to wind its way toward appeals court, more than six months after a judge’s initial ruling found the bond measure valid.

The local projects awaiting its funding, however, are largely progressing through preliminary planning phases funded by other sources.

Locals concerned FAA not addressing airplane noise

As Federal Aviation Administration officials move to implement adjusted flight paths this year for airplane arrivals, local officials and residents alike are concerned that airplane noise over some communities – including Los Altos – could get worse.

The result could undermine a 2016 agreement between FAA officials and local representatives to address a spike in airplane noise that has generated hundreds of thousands of complaints since a change in flight paths nearly three years ago.

Nov. 15 forum to address housing needs

When some people hear the term “affordable housing,” they picture urban blight. It’s a phrase advocates for such housing want to avoid as they look to address what they see as a systemic problem in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and across the Bay Area.

Members of the Los Altos Women’s Caucus are sponsoring a forum focused on affordable housing solutions in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the headquarters of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, 2440 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View.

Developer cancels First Street Green project


Renderings of Los Altos Community Investment’s First Street Green project show a three-story office building next to a public village square above underground parking.

The local development company planning an office redevelopment and public park in downtown Los Altos has cancelled its plans for the project.

Paving project to affect traffic on Grant, El Monte

A citywide pavement project will affect traffic on two well-traveled streets over the next two weeks, according to a press release issued by the city of Los Altos.

Grant Road between Foothill Expressway and April Lane is scheduled to be repaved and repainted Tuesday and Oct. 11. El Monte Avenue between Foothill Expressway and Springer Road is slated to receive similar street treatments Oct. 19 and 20.

MV council votes to remove El Monte Avenue crosswalk, site of pedestrian fatality in '15


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Flowers mark the scene where a driver struck and killed pedestrian Michelle Montalvo early one October morning in 2015.

Amid emotional pleas from family members of a Los Altos woman killed crossing El Monte Avenue at Marich Way two years ago, the Mountain View City Council last week approved a host of traffic improvements at the intersection.

Perhaps the most notable of the upgrades earning unanimous council support was the proposal to eliminate the northern crosswalk at the intersection. It was at this crosswalk where pedestrian Michelle Montalvo was fatally hit by a car in October 2015.


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