Los Altos Hills Town Hall rides employee turnover wave

Los Altos Hills Town Hall
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The afternoon sun casts long shadows outside Los Altos Hills Town Hall. Since last August, eight employees have left their jobs with the town, a not insignificant number on a staff comprising 22 full-time and two part-time positions.

Los Altos Hills residents who haven’t ventured to town hall in recent months should notice a host of new faces, thanks to a recent surge of staff departures and hires.

Candidates, ballot measures abound as filing deadline nears

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A pedestrian strolls past the Mountain View City Hall polling place on Election Day in June.

With two days until Friday’s filing deadline for the Nov. 6 election, local ballot measures and council races are shaping up to be competitive – and controversial.

Downtown Vision preview: Outdoor Central Plaza

Rendering Courtesy of Jon Biggs 
After local residents expressed an interest in wanting greater activity and more places to gather downtown, the city of Los Altos proposed replacing three parking plazas with an outdoor Central Plaza. The plaza could extend out from existing establishments and incorporate overhangs, outdoor dining and pieces of art.

Over the next few weeks, the Town Crier will highlight various aspects of Los Altos’ Downtown Vision project, which is entering its final stages. Following is a preview of a feature city staff have dubbed “the community living room”: the outdoor Central Plaza.

Car vs. delivery truck collision injures one in Los Altos

Walgreens accident
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A Buick Electra is pictured where it came to rest Monday afternoon after passing over the sidewalk in front of the downtown Los Altos Walgreens store. The driver of the car, an elderly man, was the only person injured in the accident.

An elderly man sustained moderate injuries Monday (Aug. 6) afternoon when his car suddenly veered within feet of a store entrance, drove along a sidewalk and then rammed the side of semi-trailer truck in downtown Los Altos. No others were injured in the accident, according to police.

Pair of four-way stop signs coming to Main

A pair of new four-way stop signs will be installed on Main Street as soon as this week, according to city officials.

City maintenance workers will begin to install the stop-sign poles at approximately 10 a.m. today and will continue with street striping Friday. At that time, the multistop intersections will “go live” to the public, city spokeswoman Erica Ray said.

Grants help fund Mtn. View homeless resource consortium

Courtesy of Sanjay Dave
Local leaders gather to celebrate the Hope’s Corner donations. Pictured from left are: Maddie Pascua, Community Health Awareness Council; Mountain View Mayor Lenny Siegel; Kathi McShane, pastor, Los Altos United Methodist Church; Siteri Maravou, Trinity United Methodist Church; Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian; Mountain View City Council members John McAlister and Margaret Abe-Koga; Javier Gonzalez of Google; and Leslie Carmichael, president of Hope’s Corner.

Local leaders announced a $1 million grant from Google Inc., last week, money that allows for a consortium of homeless resources housed at Trinity United Methodist Church in Mountain View to move forward. The grant will supplement another $1 million in funding from the county and other sources.

The money will fund services that include a shelter, a kitchen and onsite case management.

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