Hills seeks residents to serve on Planning Commission

Los Altos Hills residents are encouraged to apply for one of three Planning Commission positions that will soon become available. 

County considers Lehigh violation resolved

Nearly a year after issuing a Notice of Violation against Lehigh Southwest Cement Co., Santa Clara County planners certified last week that the problems leading to the violation are resolved. 

Hidden Villa to host presentation on puma safety

Update, Wednesday (March 11): The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has canceled Thursday's presentation on pumas due to concerns about the Coronavirus.

"While the risk of infection remains low, out of an abundance of caution Midpen is suspending docent-led activities, volunteer projects and school field trips for the next three weeks," wrote Nicky Crummett, Hidden Villa community programs manager, in an email to those who registered for the event.

The next "Coexisting with Cougars" talk is scheduled for May 14.


Hidden Villa is scheduled Thursday to host a free informational session on mountain lions and staying safe in mountain lion territory. The program, titled “Coexisting with Cougars,” is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Los Altos Hills preserve, 26870 Moody Road. 

Public meeting scheduled to address controversial Lehigh quarry plans

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Lehigh Southwest Cement Co. officials are proposing expansion plans, which will likely be discussed at a public meeting in Cupertino Feb. 13. Critics are concerned about the alleged visual and environmental impacts.

Lehigh Southwest Cement Co.’s latest proposals to expand operations likely will be discussed at an upcoming public information meeting scheduled 7-9 p.m. Feb. 13 at Cupertino Community Hall.

Los Altos council raises minimum wage, reviews condo project

Local cities raise minimum wage

The minimum wage in Los Altos is now $15.40 an hour.

The Los Altos City Council approved an ordinance in 2016 raising the minimum wage to $15 last year, and to $15.40 effective Jan. 1, per the Bay Area Consumer Price Index. The ordinance applies to employees working two or more hours per week.

Temporary comfort: Los Altos plaza gets new gear

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A visitor to Veterans Community Plaza in Los Altos takes a snooze with the aid of the plaza’s new furniture.

Although the Los Altos City Council did not rank the Veterans Community Plaza Shade Structure Project as one of its top five priorities during a Capital Improvement Project discussion at its Sept. 24 meeting, city officials recognized the need to satisfy residents’ desire to improve the plaza and took action last week.

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