Anti-DUI campaign nets more than 100 arrests

The local extension of a national anti-DUI campaign led to the arrests of more than 100 impaired drivers during the Labor Day holiday period, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office reported last week.

Like “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s high-visibility enforcement program, Santa Clara County’s “Avoid the 13” campaign ran from Aug. 19 through Sept. 5, Labor Day. The effort is named for the 13 participating law enforcement agencies, including the Sheriff’s Office, the California Highway Patrol, the Los Altos Police Department and the Mountain View Police Department, all of which worked together to establish two DUI checkpoints and 42 roving DUI saturation patrols during the 18-day period. By Sept. 7, participating agencies reported 114 arrests.

Local committee targets Nov. 17 for recommended airplane noise solutions

Local representatives continue to work with Federal Aviation Administration officials on a solution to the increased airplane noise that has triggered tens of thousands of complaints from Los Altos to Santa Cruz since the FAA changed flight paths 18 months ago.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, chairman of the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals, which comprises representatives from all of the affected cities, said last week that the committee has held two “roll up your sleeves” working meetings per month with FAA officials since July. The meetings followed three high-profile public input gatherings earlier this year that drew standing-room-only audiences.

LAH budget reflects community survey

Graphic Courtesy of Town of Los Altos Hills
A bar graph compares expenditures between the city of Los Altos Hills’ 2015-2016 fiscal year and its 2016-2017 fiscal year.

A community survey commissioned to gauge Los Altos Hills residents’ satisfaction and establish town project priorities played a significant role in developing the adopted governmental operating and capital budget of $10.9 million for fiscal year 2016-2017, according to city officials.

“If we have the funds, that’s where we should be putting the money – on what the community needs, not what we think the community needs,” said Pak Lin, town finance and administrative services director.

Meet the candidates for the Mtn. View City Council

Eight candidates are running for four seats on the seven-member Mountain View City Council. Incumbents Chris Clark and John McAlister are running for re-election, and former Councilwoman Margaret Abe-Koga seeks a return to the council after a two-year absence. Joining them on the Nov. 8 ballot are Ken “Kacey” Carpenter, Greg Coladonato, Thida Cornes, Lisa Matichak and Lucas Ramirez.

The Town Crier asked the candidates to discuss some of the issues pertinent to Mountain View residents.

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VTA seeks citizen input via I-280 survey

Silicon Valley residents are invited to share their two cents about the infamously congested Interstate 280 corridor via an online Valley Transportation Authority survey.

The survey, available at, is designed to help VTA officials develop a strategic plan and prioritize future projects along the 22-mile stretch of highway within Santa Clara County. By selecting “points of concern,” including the Page Mill Road, El Monte Road, Magdalena Avenue and Foothill Expressway interchanges, participants can document their concerns and read those expressed by other participants. VTA encourages comments about proposed bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements, interchange modifications and carpool lane expansion.

Santa Clara County Sheriff warns of gift-card telephone scams

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office is cautioning residents of Los Altos Hills and surrounding areas about phone calls from individuals threatening legal action unless fines are paid – with gift cards.

“The Sheriff’s Office would never accept payment over the phone,” said Detective Sgt. Mark Roggia of the West Valley Substation.

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