Los Altos declares opposition to latest Lehigh quarry plan

Jitze Couperus/Special to the Town Crier
This 2013 photo shows the main quarry pit in the nearby foothills. Lehigh Southwest Cement Co.’s proposal to dig a new pit and fill the existing one by trucking in outside material has drawn protest.

Count Los Altos leaders among those opposed to a proposal that would add a second mining pit for limestone quarry operations in the foothills near the city and Los Altos Hills.

Lehigh Southwest Cement Co.’s updated reclamation plan, released earlier this year, bids to mine in a ridgeline protection easement and adversely impact the “viewshed,” Los Altos Mayor Lynette Lee Eng wrote to Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian July 31. The Los Altos City Council approved Lee Eng’s letter at its July 30 meeting.

Los Altos council passes 5G regulations, weighs in on housing bills

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Residents opposed to the installation of 5G small-cell node technology have posted signs around town.

At the July 30 Los Altos City Council meeting, Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins called for unity in furthering the Los Altos Community Center project, noting that the all-women council could represent female leaders everywhere by unanimously approving a funding request that would prompt contract signings and shovels hitting the pavement.

“This is a major accomplishment despite the fact that I am disappointed,” Bruins said of the split 3-2 vote allocating approximately $4 million more than anticipated for the project’s completion. “We could have shown how five women got this thing across the finish line.”

SWAT team from area involved in standoff

During hours when most Silicon Valley residents slumbered Aug. 3, members of the Mountain View-Los Altos Regional Special Weapons and Tactics team were positioned outside a Palo Alto home, awaiting signs of a gunman.

Although domestic violence suspect Adam Allen Smith didn’t surrender during the team’s approximately six-hour watch, their presence relieved the Palo Alto Police Department’s SWAT team amid a 29-hour standoff that would have otherwise drained its members’ mental and physical faculties.

Thieves breach unlocked vehicles

Los Altos police are investigating a spate of car break-ins reported over a five-hour span Aug. 4. All five vehicles were unlocked, according to police, and items were stolen from only two of them.

In one case, the suspect actually left something behind – a beer can. Police said the can was found in the backseat of a vehicle on the 200 block of Pasa Robles Avenue; nothing was stolen.

Water infrastructure project underway in Los Altos

California Water Service crews are at work in Los Altos’ Rancho neighborhood and the surrounding areas, installing a new water pipeline aimed at strengthening infrastructure reliability and resiliency for customers and enhancing fire protection in the area for first responders.

Mountain View law hits Airbnb providers with fees, restrictions

Mountain View residents offering short-term rentals on their properties will need to pay the city for that privilege after a new ordinance took effect last month.

The city council last October introduced an ordinance that establishes operating standards for such rentals, which are often conducted through online platforms like Airbnb. Under the new law, property owners offering short-term rentals (STRs) beginning July 1 were required to register with the city.

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