Complete Streets Commission OKs traffic plan for Cuesta

At last week’s Los Altos Complete Streets Commission meeting, Sgt. Liz Checke said she and her Los Altos Police Department traffic enforcement team have consistently clocked drivers traveling 38-42 mph on Cuesta Drive. The posted speed limit: 25 mph. 

Concerns arise over housing bill

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Senate Bill 827 has generated some pushback about ultra-high-density housing constructed near transit centers, such as the one at Castro Street and Evelyn Avenue in Mountain View.

A bill winding its way through the State Legislature promises the same kind of sweeping change for housing as Proposition 13 did for property taxes. But even in pro-housing cities like Mountain View, city officials are wary of potential impacts.

State Sen. Scott Wiener’s Senate Bill 827 bids to allow ultra-high-density housing along established transit corridors, such as El Camino Real, casting aside local restrictions to make way for multifamily housing up to eight stories high, or higher, to bridge the state’s housing gap.

Supes vote to place traffic relief measure on ballot

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors recently voted to adopt a resolution to place Regional Measure 3 on the June 5 ballot.

RM3 was developed to help solve the Bay Area’s growing congestion problems. If a majority of voters approve RM3, the measure will fund traffic relief projects in the Bay Area by increasing tolls on the region’s seven state-owned toll bridges.

Foothill Expressway design plans up for review today in Los Altos

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Improvements suggested for Foothill Expressway, above, include widening the road from four to six lanes.

Santa Clara County representatives are scheduled to present an update on the Foothill Expressway Improvement Project before members of the city’s Complete Streets Commission 7 p.m. today at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Officials for the county, responsible for the upkeep of the heavily traveled expressway, have proposed constructing auxiliary lanes between El Monte Avenue and San Antonio Road, widening the expressway from four to six lanes by extending right-turn lanes and improving the intersection at El Monte and San Antonio.

MV forum explores ongoing issue of vehicle dwellers

Crisanto RVs
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RVs line up on Crisanto Avenue in Mountain View, above. According to city officials, 250-300 people are living in their vehicles in town.

Silicon Valley success has triggered sky-high housing prices that have forced many residents from four walls to four-wheeled vehicles. The city of Mountain View estimates between 250 and 300 RVs and other vehicles are parked on city streets that residents call home.

Addressing the city’s increasing homeless and vehicle-dwelling population – and its impacts – was the focus of a Feb. 8 League of Women Voters-sponsored forum at the Mountain View Senior Center. The event featured three panelists approaching the problem from different perspectives – humanitarian (Tom Myers, executive director of Community Services Agency), management/enforcement (Mountain View Police Sgt. Wahed Magee) and administrative/policymaking (Kimberly Thomas, assistant to Mountain View City Manager Dan Rich).

Los Altos school route improvements scheduled for discussion

A city of Los Altos open house and Complete Streets Commission meeting to discuss school route improvement projects is scheduled Monday at Grant Park Community Center, rooms 2 and 3, 1575 Holt Ave., Los Altos.

The open house will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the commission meeting at 7 p.m.

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