Los Altos Hills changing-of-the-guard ceremony fraught with friction

George and Stephanie Tyson
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Newly elected Los Altos Hills City Councilman George Tyson, left, takes the oath of office Dec. 13 as his wife of 39 years, Stephanie, beams.

Los Altos Hills’ final city council meeting of the year – at first a jovial parade of presents and proclamations for outgoing members John Radford and Gary Waldeck – took an awkward turn Dec. 13 as two remaining figures on the dais scrapped for the vice mayorship.

Councilwoman Michelle Wu ultimately secured the title with four of five votes, including one from challenger Courtenay C. Corrigan, but the conflict exposed a rift between the two council members.

Cities brace for proposed housing legislation

Los Altos and Los Altos Hills leaders are publicly expressing fears over the way the CASA Housing Compact, a proposal presented at the Dec. 3 Metropolitan Transportation Commission meeting, could negatively impact city government decisions.

Convened by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments, the CASA committee’s Housing Compact aims to urge leaders from diverse communities to reach consensus and provide solutions to the jobs-housing imbalance.

Man found dead in car worked at downtown Los Altos Safeway

Los Altos Safeway
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A man discovered dead in a car parked in Mountain View last week worked for the Safeway in downtown Los Altos, above.

A man found dead in his car outside the McDonald’s on El Monte Avenue in Mountain View Dec. 14 has been identified as an employee of the Safeway in downtown Los Altos. 

LAH city staff makes case for expanded facilities amid meeting-room hopscotch

Los Altos Hills town hall
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos Hills Community Service Supervisor Sarah Robustelli and members of the Parks and Recreation Committee last week pack up their things to vacate the staff lunch room so that the Investment Club could meet. Proposals circulating to expand town hall would provide additional space for residents to meet and for city employees to work.

The Dec. 10 Parks and Recreation Committee meeting, centered on a potential Los Altos Hills Town Hall expansion that could provide additional meeting and activity space for the overtaxed facility, had been underway for a quarter of an hour when members of another group began trickling in and hovering around the table. Wasn’t a Public Art Committee meeting scheduled to commence at that same table in mere minutes?

The room was double booked.

Los Altos council looking to fix traffic problems at Blach

Although police at the Dec. 11 Los Altos City Council meeting confirmed that the “No Stopping” signs on Carmel Terrace and Altamead Drive have not been enforced since 2010, council members decided the signs will remain until there’s a public meeting to discuss a better traffic-calming plan for the area around Blach Intermediate School. 

Homestead Safe Routes to School project moves forward

Los Altos Hills town hall
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A cyclist rides across Homestead Road in Cupertino. The first Homestead Safe Routes to School community engagement meeting, held Nov. 26, gauged local residents’ opinions on how to improve the Homestead Road corridor. The thruway stretches from the intersection of Grant Road and Foothill Expressway in Los Altos to the intersection of Homestead Road, Hollenbeck Avenue and North Stelling Road in Cupertino.

With the first Homestead Road Safe Routes to School community meeting held last month and the next one set for January, the project to improve the thruway for cyclists and pedestrians is moving forward.

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