Incoming Heat Wave
Below is a message from PG&E
The weather forecasts show significant, multi-day heat through the Labor Day weekend, which might trigger substantial unplanned, heat-related outages territory-wide.
Fair and dry weather is expected with low clouds near the coast and slightly warmer inland temperatures. More robust warming by about 5-10 degrees is anticipated in the next few days with highs in the 103-108F range in the California interior. Temperatures will peak over the Labor Day Weekend as a very strong ridge of high pressure builds, with widespread triple-digit heat expected immediately inland from the coast. Daytime highs in the 108-110F range or warmer are possible in the Central Valley during this time, with 90s to low 100s in coastal valleys.
The National Weather Service has issued multiple Excessive Heat Watches and Warnings.
You can visit www.pge.com/weather for updated information. As well as PGE Emergency Site - PSPS 7-Day Forecast is also helpful.
The heat along the coast is expected to subside next Tuesday Sept 6, but hot conditions will continue in the interior through at least the latter part of next week. While Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) events are not expected for now, Enhanced Powerline Safety Settings (EPSS) technology is active on circuits in high fire threat areas.
Click here to review a letter from PG&E on ways to conserve energy during this heat wave.
Extremely hot weather can result in heatstroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn, heat rash, and in some instances death. Please take safety measures to stay safe and lend a helping hand to family, friends, and neighbors. If you know of a vulnerable person without air conditioning, such as an elderly or infirm neighbor or someone with a drug or alcohol disorder or severe mental illness, please help them get to an air-conditioned space between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. If you see someone on the street who may be having a life-threatening reaction to the heat, please call 911. Thank you for doing your part to keep people safe during a heat crisis. Santa Clara County Cooling Centers are open today until Wednesday, September 7th, or as conditions persist. A list of cooling centers in the County can be found HERE.
Battery Backup Energy Storage System (BESS)
The Town has an agreement with Syserco Energy Solutions for the design and build of this project at Town Hall. Please see the hyperlink below for weekly updates on the project.
City Manager Out of the Office
The City Manager will be out of the office on September 5th for Labor Day and then attending the California League of Cities annual conference in Long Beach September 8-9. He will be returning to the office September 13th.
Legacy Giving Ad Hoc Committee Meeting - September 1 at 1pm
This week the Ad Hoc Committee met to discuss the next steps in establishing a donation fund for the Town. The Committee completed its initial research and will be having a short discussion at the upcoming City Council meeting to share their findings on how to move forward.
Broadband Community Meeting – Scheduled for October 5, 2022
The Town has engaged with a Broadband Consultant, Government Technology Group, LLC, to complete a Strategic Broadband Feasibility Study for Los Altos Hills. One part of their study includes a community meeting to listen to the residents of the Town and discuss their current internet connectivity and their thoughts on how the Town can help in identifying options and project's that can improve the availability of fiber internet. The meeting will be held in a hybrid format – on zoom and in-person at Town Hall – on October 5th at 6:00pm. Residents will be receiving a postcard in the mail soon with more information about this event.
Meeting with the New Fire Chief
Town management staff had an introductory meeting this week with the new Fire Chief of the Santa Clara County Fire Department, Suwanna Kerdkaew. The Town and the Fire Department reaffirmed their commitment to helping residents plan for development and mitigate fire dangers in the community. We discussed the upcoming fire code adoption, as well as fire truck egress and ingress requirements. We agreed their needs to be additional communication in this area.
The County is updating the Stanford Community Plan which is part of their General Plan and works like a “mini general plan” for Stanford. To stay informed and provide feedback residents can reach out to County Supervisors, participate in study session meetings with the County Planning Commission, engage with the HLUET Committee, or contact County Planning staff (See list of dates and contacts below). Specific email address to provide feedback are listed below as well.
2023 Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury Annual Recruitment
The Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara is now accepting applications for service on the 2023 Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury. To be considered please visit the Santa Clara County Court's website
and complete the application. The deadline to apply is September 16, 2022.You’re invited to Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Academy TrainingLet’s get together Join us for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Hybrid Academy Training, starting September 8, 2022 at 6:30 PM. In the event of a disaster or public safety emergency, CERT volunteers will be able to assist their family and neighbors when first responders are not immediately available to help. Participants will learn disaster preparedness, disaster medical operations, disaster psychology, fire suppression, light search and rescue, and terrorism awareness. Nine online, evening courses with two in-person skill dates. Click Register for more information. We hope to see you soon!Thursday, September 8, 2022 6:30 PM. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Hybrid Academy Training. Register. See picture below.
Planning and Building
Code Enforcement Cases*
* Aug 26 – Sept 1, 2022
Public Hearings on Development Projects
Site Development / Fast Track Public Hearing
On August 30, 2022, Staff held a public hearing to review the following agenda item:
- 27385 Deer Springs Way – File #ZP22-0008 – Lands of Angquist
Zoning Permit to approve a front yard fence and driveway gate requiring an exception from minimum requirements. The fence was approved.
The video recording of the meeting can be accessed here: https://losaltoshillsca.portal.civicclerk.com/
under the specific meeting date. Planning Commission Public Hearing
On September 01, 2022, Planning Commission held a public hearing to review the following three (3) items:
- 14403 Kingsley Ave – File # SD21-0081– Lands of Bibl
Site Development Permit for landscape screening, fence, and driveway gate for approved new residence. The project was approved with conditions.
- 24020 Oak Knoll Circle – File #SD22-0015 – Lands of Qing Trustee
Site Development Permit for a new approximately 1,350 sq.ft. swimming pool and spa, 1,976 sq.ft. sunroom, deck, and related hardscape improvements; and a request for a grading policy exception for the swimming pool deck.Staff missed out on the requirement of story poles for the proposed structure and recommended that the Planning Commission continue the item. The item was continued to next public hearing in October.
- 27640 Sherlock Road – File #VAR22-0003 – Lands of CDLJE Trust
Variance request to exceed Maximum Development Area (MDA) by 1, 191 sq.ft. for a new 640 sq.ft. deck and 560 sq.ft. of patios.Variance request was denied. Ongoing Projects StatusHousing Element
The State mandated Public Review Draft of the 6th Cycle Housing Plan 2023 – 2031 Housing Element (draft) for the Town of Los Altos Hills is available online for public review and comment. Provide your input/comments.
The Draft will be available for 30 calendar days from August 10 to September 8, 2022. The draft Housing Plan is available on Town's website, click here to view or download.https://www.losaltoshills.ca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5553
In addition, physical copies are available for review at Town Hall located at 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022. Comments may be submitted during the 30-day Public Comment Period viaOther Updates:
Staff continue to improve customer service for the residents. It is now possible to make online payments via etrakit for your planning and building permits. Upon submitting your application, we send you an invoice for the required fees along with a guide on how to make a payment via etrakit.
Maintenance Staff repairing a drinking fountain at the Barn
Assistant Engineer: Candidate were interviewed and we have identified an individual. We anticipate a start date of 9/12/22
Page Mill Road Tree Survey – Consultant updated that report may take until end of August currently in discussion with consultant to receive an updated date.
Matadero Creek Erosion – Based on the letter sent to the Water Board from the Mayor on July 19, 2022, the Town is working on a mitigation and monitoring plan. Staff is working with the consultant to prepare the plan and expect to have a draft next week.
East Sunset Drive roadway widening – Project COMPLETE!
2022 Pavement Rehabilitation and Drainage Improvement Project - City Council awarded a contract to Interstate Grading & Paving, Inc. on August 18 regular City Council meeting. A pre-construction meeting will be held on 9/6/2022.
Town Hall Existing Space Renovation – The Town has received two bids for the Town Hall renovation project. The scope includes replacing existing carpet, repainting interior walls, and converting our shared copy and storage area into a new finance office to add three workstations to replace the four that will be lost when we convert the Phase 2 Town Hall addition to a conference room for the staff and community. The award of this contract will be on the agenda of the September City Council meeting.
Corp Yard Site Improvements – Silicon Valley Paving, Inc. (SVP) mobilized onsite on Monday, August 29, 2022, and began construction on the same day. During the first week, the contractor established horizontal and vertical control, rough graded the site, and excavated two basins. Subsequently, the contractor built the lumber formwork and installed rebars for concrete curbs around the basins. The first concrete pour is scheduled on Friday, September 2. The entire construction is expected to take two weeks and should complete on September 12 or 13. Upon completion, the site will be able to contain surface runoffs onsite and improve site drainage during the next wet season.
EVSE Town Hall – Three Powerflex charging stations with four chargers were activated on August 26, 2022. With the two existing ChargePoint chargers, there are six EV chargers total at the Town Hall. The EV chargers, Parks & Rec building, Town Hall Building, and Council Chamber now draw electricity from the electrical room, and they are powered by renewable energy produced by solar panels during the day. Onboarding for staff will occur on next week.
Prop 68 contract award and schedule – The Town received the third round of review comments from a Plan Checker on August 19, 2022, with four comments. The Town responded to the comments on August 29, 2022.
Adobe Creek Sanitary Sewer Study – Engineering has scheduled a Team meeting with Freyer & Laureta, Inc. on September 2, 2022, to finalize the Basis of Design Report. Engineering has also received a cost proposal for topographic survey to conduct a feasibility study for a new sewer bypass to improve sewer flow and reduce the chance of blockage and eliminate capacity deficiencies identified in the Wastewater Collection System Master Plan (March 2018) for the Adobe Creek Sanitary Sewer network.
Sewer root foaming 2022 – Duke’s has completed root foaming on almost all of the 46,525 linear feet, except three sewer main segment. Root foaming will stunt the growth of protruding roots at sewer joints for at least two years and reduce the risk of sanitary sewer overflows.
Purissima Park and Westwind Community Barn Water Wells – Staff has selected Cal Engineering & Geology, Inc. to perform a desktop study and prepare a geologist report of the subsurface conditions at these two locations. Findings from this report will be used to develop an improvement plan to replace the existing water well at the Westwind Community Barn and drill a new water well at the Purissima Park.
Tree Assessment Survey
The tree assessment scope has been compiled, as well as a list of potential arborists. Looking to reach out to some arborists in order to determine capacity and availability.
2022-23 Pathway Projects – No change.
Summer Hill Pathway- City Council awarded a contract to Lea & Braze, Engineers for design services at the August 18 City Council meeting. Staff sent contract agreement to Lea & Braze via email on 8/26/2022.
Edgerton Path – Staff has reviewed and approved a preliminary pathway alignment proposed by a consultant. Staff has also provided review comments to improve pathway design.
Fremont to Redwood Grove Pathway – The Town of LAH and City of LA are still in discussion with the help of Certified Access Specialists to help us determine how, if possible, we can build and maintain a connector trail.
Page Mill Road Crosswalk at Foothills Park – Staff received one proposal for design services and waiting for additional proposal.
South Fork Lane to Natoma Oaks Subdivision off road path – Giuliani & Kull surveyor will mark the easement boundary with wooden stake between 9/8 and 9/15/2022.
Barley Hill Road to I-280 off road path – Giuliani & Kull surveyor will mark the easement boundary with wooden stake between 9/8 and 9/15/2022.
- Encroachment Permits: 1
- Sewer Permits: 2
After hours or weekend callouts
Number of Requests: 0
Fallen trees/major limbs down
Number of Requests: 2
PW Maintenance Crew
- Repair path on Elena rd. Remove broken concrete and replaced with new path base material
- ROW brushing and raising trees on streets to be resurfaced by engineering
- Repair gates and remove weeds, repair mounds, infields, and batters’ boxes at Purissima Park for Fall Ball start
- Locate manholes for WB Sanitation
- Water fountain repair at West Wind Barn
- Friday, trash pickup, turf mowing, and riding arena dragging at Purissima Park, DG pathway on W Fremont Rd repair
Work on the Corp Yard Improvement Project
Maintenance Staff repairing the baseball field
Attending to a fallen tree
Finance, Human Resources, IT Services
- Processed 120 invoices totaling the amount of $1,060,055.
- Received $237,130 in cash receipts and/or electronic funds transfer (EFT).
- Maintenance Seasonal Help in Public Works. Recruitment open until filled.
- Accounting Technician. Recruitment open until filled.
- Deputy Building Official/Plan Examiner. Recruitment closes September 23, 2022
- Assistant to the City Manager. Recruitment closes September 9, 2022
Saturday, September10 4-7 pm at Westwind Community BarnBanners are now installed around town. Mark your calendar for the Los Altos Hills Hoedown Saturday, September 10th from 4-7 pm at Westwind Community Barn. The event will include Equestrian Expo, Live Music, Line Dance Caller, Capelo’s BBQ, and arts and crafts. See you there!
Drive Thru Shred Event
Saturday, September 24 8-11am at Town Hall
Mark your calendar for the next Shred Event at Town Hall! Touch a TruckSaturday, October 1 9-11 am at Town Hall Parking LotDo you know a kid (of any age) who loves trucks? This is their chance to learn hands-on how they work and take pictures with trucks that service the Town of Los Altos Hills. Trucks attending: Town of Los Altos Hills Public Works, Santa Clara County Fire, Santa Clara County Sheriff, and GreenWaste Recovery, and Palo Altos Animal Services! Fall-Winter Activity Guide ReleaseThe Los Altos Hills Parks and Recreation Activity Guides has arrived in resident mailboxes. A digital version of the Activity Guide is available at losaltoshills.ca.gov/activity-guide.Recreation RegistrationAll fee-based classes & events have been uploaded to https://secure.rec1.com/CA/los-altos-hills-ca/catalog.
Adult Horseback Riding and Playdates and Ponies Camps
These camps are fully booked and started this week and next week respectively.
Town of Los Altos Hills and Los Altos Hills County Fire District collaborating at the CAPIO Conference learning innovative public information messaging, diversity, equity, inclusion, and community engagement.
Los Altos Hills staff and Los Altos Hills County Fire District at CAPIO Conference
Sheriff's Weekly Report
Visit the link to view the Sheriff's weekly report for August 22-28, 2022
The Sheriff’s weekly report is always for the week prior to the City Manager’s report
Are You Signed Up to Receive Emergency Alerts from the Sheriff’s Office?
The Sheriff’s Office uses a county wide notification system to alert residents in an effected area of potential safety or emergency information. This is known at the “AlertSCC” Emergency Alert System. AlertSCC is a free and easy way to get emergency alerts sent directly to your cell phone. Alerts can include:
- Safety alerts on crime incidents that affect your neighborhood
- Missing persons information
- Emergency evacuations
- Instructions during a disaster
The Sheriff’s Office will evaluate all circumstances for potential AlertSCC notification. In an effort to minimize the disturbance of our local residents, events occurring in the overnight hours that do not present any threat to public safety may not be sent out through the notification system.
To sign up for AlertSCC and receive alerts directly to your cell phone, visit www.alertscc.org, or use your phone to text your zip code to 888777,