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

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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.

Measure B transit tax faces legal challenge, delaying projects

A Saratoga resident and her attorney are continuing a lawsuit that ties up an estimated $6.3 billion in voter-approved funds for Santa Clara County transportation projects.

One such project facing construction delays is the redesign of Foothill Expressway in Los Altos.

Covington bike/pedestrian project slows traffic, mail deliveries

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Cyclists, above, make use of the new Covington Road bike lanes Thursday morning. Workers, below, smooth concrete for the lane on July 6. The project along Covington involved replacement of sidewalks, curbs and gutters.

The city of Los Altos met its target date for completing the Covington Road bicycle/pedestrian improvement project, wrapping up major construction last week.

“As is the case for most projects, we anticipate there will be some punch-list items which will be taken care of in early August,” said Susanna Chan, the city’s director of public works.

Mtn. View draws "avalanche" of downtown office proposals

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A former parking lot abutting Castro Street and St. Joseph’s Church on Hope Street is being remade into a four-story complex containing office space, 12 condominium units and ground-floor retail.

Hoping to capitalize on the vibrancy of Mountain View’s downtown core, developers have shown increasing interest in building out the area’s restaurant and retail sites to include office space.

“It almost feels like an avalanche of proposals for office space,” said Robert Cox, who has served for five years on Mountain View’s Environmental Planning Commission, which advises the city council on whether to approve development proposals.

Mtn. View panel: To house the "missing middle" allow smaller units, less parking

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Los Altos resident Sue Russell, second from left, explores the MicroPAD unit hauled to downtown Mountain View as an example of super-compact housing.

New housing developments have been rising in Mountain View at a rapid rate, but the city still faces an essential Silicon Valley conundrum: With going rates starting at nearly $3,000 a month for a new studio apartment unit and climbing from there, the “market rate” for new housing remains far above what is affordable – by any definition – for middle-class earners.

Additions to the local housing market typically take one of two forms: either high-end projects able to command “luxury” prices or subsidized affordable housing projects earmarked for specific tenants. New housing includes little – arguably, nothing – accessible to average middle-income earners.

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