LAH resident raises risks of gas leaf blowers


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Los Altos Hills Environmental Initiatives Committee member Pat Lang, from left, shows off her electric leaf blower as committee member Drew Grewal and resident Dave Fribush look on during last week’s committee meeting. Fribush is working to educate the town’s residents about the air and noise pollution caused by gas-powered leaf blowers.

Dave Fribush estimates there are 20 houses within sound range of his own abode. As most if not all of his neighbors employ a lawn service, he’s come to expect that at least part of every day he works from home will be disrupted.

“It adds up to hours over the course of a week,” Fribush said. “It’s just a constant drone of leaf blowers.”

Police reunite vintage photo album with owner


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Janice Anne Duncan, center, flips through pages of the World War II-era photo album she assembled as a young woman. Police officers found the album in a homeless encampment.

She remembered most of the faces and could recite the names: friends, boyfriends and even casual acquaintances who floated into her life and out again. There’s the portrait of her father and hammy stills of her sisters playing mirrored images on opposite sides of an ornate frame. She saw her 20-year-old self playing tennis and serving waffles to GIs during World War II.

“It’s like seeing an old friend,” Janice Anne Duncan said of the photo album before her.

Community center task force delivers design

Despite dealing with uncertain budget numbers and undefined uses for square footage, members of the Hillview Community Center Project Task Force used their final meeting Nov. 30 to deliver a conceptual design for a rebuilt center.

The 11-member task force collectively selected Concept C1, a 24,500-square-foot building footprint in the general area of the current facilities that includes gabled roofs and greater separation among the structures than the competing Concept C2 option.

Downtown Green, cannabis moratorium OK'd

The Los Altos City Council addressed a packed agenda last week, issuing a five-year renewal for the Downtown Green and approving an urgency ordinance for commercial cannabis uses, among other actions.

The Downtown Green, formerly the Third Street Green, is a summer pop-up park featuring events and entertainment originally sponsored by Los Altos Community Investments (LACI). Jennifer Quinn, the city’s economic development director, asked the council at its Nov. 28 meeting to formally adopt the program and budget $25,000 per year to cover costs for the next five years. According to Quinn, LACI has pledged the same amount to sponsor the program and will allow the city to use its artificial turf and furniture.

Police Blotter

Assault/battery

Nov. 30, 7:05 p.m.: 400 block of Poppy Place, Mountain View

Auto burglary

Nov. 30, 7:43 p.m.: 800 block of East El Camino Real, Mountain View

Questions remain after council stalls on art master plan

Los Altos’ Public Art Master Plan isn’t dead – but it isn’t active, either.

The city council’s Nov. 14 decision to accept but not implement the plan left members of the city’s Public Arts Commission discouraged and unsure of next steps.


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