It's not easy being green in LA, or is it?

swales
Courtesy of GreenTown Los Altos
A revised shoulder policy would mandate installing asphalt swales for remodels affecting 50 percent or more of a home.

GreenTown Los Altos leader Tami Mulcahy was thrilled to discover that city officials were working to introduce green infrastructure into their “antiquated” Shoulder Paving Policy instituted in 2001. Mulcahy was less thrilled to learn the changes involve working around a feature she and other environmentalists believe causes water pollution.

Mulcahy and fellow GreenTown members have sent letters to those who will make recommendations on adoption or revision to the Public Works Department’s update before it is finalized – including the Complete Streets Commission and the Environmental Commission – in an effort to denounce further use of concrete and asphalt swales.

Two injured Monday in collision on Cuesta Drive in Mountain View

Two people were moderately injured Monday morning in Mountain View after a car headed toward Los Altos allegedly collided with a parked trailer on Cuesta Drive near Fordham Way, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Katie Nelson.

Hillview Community Center planners host open house to solicit feedback

Community Center fly-over
Courtesy of the city of Los Altos
A screenshot from a city of Los Altos-provided flyover video shows the newest community center plans. The video was first seen during Mayor Jean Mordo's State of the Cities address. View the video below.

The city of Los Altos has scheduled an open house next month to reveal the newest design for rebuilding Hillview Community Center.

The event is slated 5:30-6:30 p.m. July 10 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road. City staff and members of the project team will be on hand to field questions and address any concerns about the design.

LASD now targeting larger Kohl's site for 10th school

Kohl’s
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District is now eyeing the Kohl’s site in Mountain View for a 10th campus, larger than the previously targeted property.

A letter Los Altos School District Superintendent Jeff Baier sent to the Mountain View city manager June 8 revealed that the district has changed course in its plan to purchase land for a 10th school site.

Baier unveiled the district’s plans to acquire Federal Realty’s land on the eastern side of The Village at San Antonio Center, where Kohl’s department store sits, rather than continuing to pursue the Old Mill site near California Avenue and San Antonio Road.

LAH council set to choose new Planning Commissioners

Ed Smith
Smith

Los Altos Hills City Council members at Thursday’s meeting will interview and consider five applicants vying for two Planning Commission vacancies: two current Environmental Design & Protection Committee members, a semiretired business owner, a financial planner and a former tech executive.

The new Planning Commission members will replace Kavita Tankha and Richard Partridge, whose terms expire this month. They will serve for four years.

Investigation underway after shoplifting at Kids Only

A woman known to roam stores in downtown Los Altos, admire the merchandise and leave with nothing is suspected of recently walking out of one store with something – stolen goods.

Shoplifting
Courtesy of Rita Tjhoi
Video surveillance footage from Kids Only on Main Street captures a suspect shoplifting.

Rita Tjhoi, owner of Kids Only at 248 Main St., alleged that the woman shoplifted dresses and barrettes from her store, and she has surveillance video to prove it. Tjhoi reported the theft to police, who are investigating.


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