Mixed local excitement as new tier allows indoor dining

Giovanni Messina
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Giovanni Messina, above, owner of Tre Monti on Main Street, left, sets up for indoor dining Friday. Although the county has allowed restaurants to open up indoors with strict limitations, Messina said most of his customers still prefer to dine outdoors due to safety concerns.

Santa Clara County shifted into the orange, “moderate,” tier in the state’s COVID-19 tier system for counties Oct. 14, allowing indoor dining and gatherings for the first time since shelter-in-place orders were issued in March.

Quality-of-life issues surround Mountain View’s divisive Measure C

Crisanto Avenue RV’s
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier File Photo
RVs line Crisanto Avenue in Mountain View. Measure C, on the ballot in the November election, would prohibit parking of oversized vehicles on city streets less than 40 feet wide and has divided residents.

Major drama is playing out in Mountain View over the status and future of people living out of their vehicles. Central to that drama is Measure C on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Local restaurants preach caution as county might allow indoor dining

Olivia Treynor/Town Crier
Downtown restaurants are in the process of installing parklets to help with outdoor dining space, and owners are being cautious if the county were to allow indoor dining.

Santa Clara County announced last week that when it moves into the orange, or “moderate,” tier in the state’s new COVID-19 tier system for counties, restaurants can open indoors and indoor gatherings will be allowed.

Criticized Hills fire district secures reprieve pending further review

Updated Oct. 14, 2020: Extension of the pathway system. Undergrounding utilities. Expansion of town hall. There are plenty of contentious topics dividing Los Altos Hills residents. As evidenced by the Oct. 6 Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors meeting, however, the value of their fire district doesn’t rank among them; more than 130 Hills residents participating in the teleconference defended the embattled Los Altos Hills County Fire District, or LAHCFD.

Hills fire district supporters, critics prep for battle

In advance of a Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors meeting next week that could determine the fate of the Los Altos Hills County Fire District, both supporters and critics of the district are mobilizing to influence supervisors’ votes.

Attorneys opine on public access to Los Altos Hills pathway easements

Vazgen Babayan
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Atherton Court resident Vazgen Babayan stands on a pathway easement near his neighbor Yuri Milner’s fence. Babayan said some Hills residents are trespassing on his property by walking on the easement before an official pathway is constructed.

Each year, Los Altos Hills Pathways Committee members propose additions to the town’s ever-growing network of roadside and off-road paths. But whether the public possesses a legal right to transit upon incomplete paths has recently become a contentious topic of discussion.

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