LA goes back to drawing board with Miramonte project

Rendering Courtesy of Susanna Chan 
Public Works Director Susanna Chan presented the current plans for the Miramonte Avenue pathway project at a July 10 study session, with a typical section of what the street would look like with dedicated walkways and bike lanes pictured above.

There was no masking the faces of dismay at last week’s study session on the Miramonte Avenue pathway project.

Los Altos Public Works employees and the consultants they have partnered with for the project did not look happy when told by the Los Altos City Council that they must re-evaluate their plan to improve safety on the busy road. Several local residents expressed their frustration as well.

Coroner rules woman's death as suicide

Police confirmed that a college student from Los Altos who died last month committed suicide.

Northwestern University senior Angelica Wilson died June 22, the day prior to commencement ceremonies at the college.

MROSD appoints Ruiz as general manager

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Board of Directors appointed Ana Maria Ruiz general manager at its regular public meeting June 14 in Los Altos.

Ruiz is the fourth general manager to lead the public agency, created by voters in 1972. She has been rising through the ranks of the organization for 20 years, earning the role of acting general manager after Steve Abbors retired in December.

Mountain View rent control countermeasure doesn't qualify for ballot, but fight carries on

Supporters of a countermeasure to the current rent control policy in Mountain View said they will continue to fight after failing to qualify their alternative initiative for the November ballot.

Falling short of the 5,500 required signatures, backers of the Mountain View Homeowner, Renter, and Taxpayer Protection Initiative said last week they will plan instead to place an initiative on the ballot in 2020.

LA council accepts Hillview center update, but expresses skepticism on project spending

Rendering Courtesy of Susanna Chan
Janet Tam of Noll & Tam Architects, the city-contracted firm responsible for the Hillview Community Center overhaul, offered this aerial view of the planned design to give greater perspective to city council members on the placement of each facility.

While the Los Altos City Council accepted the Hillview Community Center design update at its July 10 meeting, council members were not shy about giving direction to Noll & Tam Architects to ensure that the city gets the most bang for its buck.

Noll & Tam requested a contract amendment of $482,781 to compensate additional work not included in the original scope of services, enabling the firm to develop design elements including plans and drawings to supplement the council’s evaluation of allotting space for Children’s Corner preschool at the new center.

Vintage album discovered at LAH Town Hall finds a home

Deborah Padovan Jitze Couperus Maria Murtagh
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos Hills City Clerk Deborah Padovan, above, from left, and town History Committee member Jitze Couperus reunite Daly City resident Maria Murtagh with a vintage photo album once owned by her grandfather, Augusto Leonida Galdieri.

Maria Galdieri Murtagh thought the letter was a scam.

“To Whom It May Concern: We are looking for any descendants of (Augusto) Galdieri, who apparently owned a Pharmacy in San Francisco in the early 1900’s or any of his three children.”

But then Murtagh noticed her own face staring back at her among the envelope’s contents.

“I was shocked to turn the page over and see my high school graduation picture,” she said.

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