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Now is the time to expand parking: Editorial

Just a few short years ago, vacancies dotted downtown Los Altos. Property owners had a hard time attracting businesses because there was a shortage of customers. That is no longer true. Now, the cry is: Where are my customers going to park?

The city has spent many of our tax dollars studying the parking problem, with little progress. Among the solutions being floated is to reconfigure the current plazas. That may provide more spaces, but perhaps only for smaller cars.

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Heads-up: Bond measures on deck

It goes without saying that the cost of living in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills is off the charts – and will only continue to rise.

The Town Crier last week ran four different stories in its first seven pages that involved the potential of floating bond measures or parcel taxes before the public to fund a slew of projects.

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More progress, not process for civic center

We appreciate that the Los Altos City Council and city staff want to move forward with replacing Hillview Community Center, an outdated facility that leaves much to be desired. But with all due respect, it’s déjà vu all over again.

Six years ago, the city employed consultant Anderson Brulé Architects to facilitate a series of meetings that captured residents’ opinions and priorities on the elements they wanted incorporated in the entire 18-acre civic center site. The two-year, $450,000 process resulted in the formulation of the Civic Center Master Plan.

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