"Query a Cop": Muffling those mufflers?


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A local resident wonders whether the city of Los Altos could fine motorcyclists for noisy mufflers. 

“Query a Cop” features readers’ questions fielded by Los Altos police officers.

Q: Aren’t there regulations concerning mufflers on motorcycles and toy Japanese minicars? There seem to be quite a few people running these vehicles apparently with fake decoy mufflers. While riding a bicycle on Foothill Expressway or El Monte Avenue between Foothill and Interstate 280, you could break an eardrum when these nitwits pass (more accurately accelerate) by. Perhaps we could boost Los Altos’ budget by fining these people. We can regulate leaf blowers; what happened to motor vehicles?

LAH council throttles proposed leaf-blower ban

One could almost feel sorry for the electric leaf blower – or at least the worker wielding it.

Los Altos Hills City Council members watched as the man in the video shuffled along the road, half-heartedly propelling puffs of debris. A second worker with a gas-powered blower suddenly enters the frame, and the machine’s deep hum absorbs the electric version’s high-pitched whine. The second man is purposeful in his movements, and he deftly shepherds a mini cyclone of leaves and dirt – everything the electric version missed – past the competition.

Dos Palos neighborhood calls on PG&E to provide residents with consistent power

PG&E outages
Grace Hase / Los Altos Town Crier
Jeff Greenwald, far left, airs his grievances with neighbors about the six PG&E power outages they endured over a few months.

There’s a power struggle raging in Los Altos resident Jeff Greenwald’s Dos Palos neighborhood.

The neighborhood has endured six electrical outages in the past six months, including one that stretched seven hours that left Green- wald with $110 worth of spoiled food he said PG&E refused to pay for. The company’s reason: PG&E isn’t contractually obligated to provide power on a continual basis.

'Hunger' hits the Hills in an 18-wheeler

This is Hunger exhibit
Megan V. Winslow / Los Altos Town Crier
Visitors at MAZON’s “This Is Hunger” traveling exhibit learn about the millions of Americans who struggle with hunger. Housed in a 53-foot-long expandable semitrailer, the interactive exhibit has traveled the country since November 2016.

An interactive exhibit spotlighting hunger in America drove into Los Altos Hills on the back of a semitruck last week. The big rig has been carrying “This Is Hunger” around the U.S. to chronicle who struggles with hunger, and why. Congregation Beth Am’s Associate Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit spurred the idea of inviting the exhibit to the Los Altos Hills synagogue.

LASD, city of Mtn. View to collaborate on 10th school site acquisition

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees gave district officials the green light to formally pursue land acquisition for a 10th school site.

At their Jan. 22 board meeting, trustees approved a letter of interest to engage with Miramar Capital, a prospective purchaser of the transfer of development rights (TDR) of the future school site, and authorized Superintendent Jeff Baier to execute a memorandum of understanding with the city of Mountain View regarding the TDR framework.

Survey: Downtown vibrancy, affordable housing top concerns

A majority of Los Altos residents favor a vibrant downtown and consider affordable housing an even more important issue than traffic, a recent formal polling of residents revealed.

The city of Los Altos-initiated “community survey,” conducted by professional surveyors Godbe Research, also reported that residents gave high marks (“very satisfied”) to police services and garbage collection and recycling.


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