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

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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

Megan V. Winslow / Los Altos Town Crier
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.

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