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Enchanté plaza remains open to the public

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Alicia Castro/Town Crier
The plaza area at Enchanté Boutique Hotel now serves drinks and small plates.

The Los Altos City Council Aug. 25 voted unanimously in favor of Enchanté Boutique Hotel serving beverages and small plates to the public on the community plaza.

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Measure A proponents say recreation facilities support 'sense of community'

Historically low interest rates and construction costs make now the ideal time to rebuild Hillview Community Center and Park, according to proponents of the $65 million Measure A bond that would fund reconstruction, scheduled for the Nov. 3 ballot.

“Los Altos is more than an address – it’s a community,” wrote the bond’s proponents in the primary argument. “Let’s continue to make Los Altos a great place to live and raise a family.”

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Los Altos Hills proceeds with conceptual multipurpose facility plans


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Los Altos Hills town architect Peter Duxbury created the above draft conceptual design featuring the current council chambers (E) and the proposed multipurpose building (N).

As Los Altos continues to hash out a potential $87 million overhaul of its Hillview Community Center and Park, Los Altos Hills officials are beginning to consider plans for their own – albeit much smaller – multipurpose facility.

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Water conservation program draws mixed feedback

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Sana Khader/ Town Crier
With water restrictions in place, some Los Altos lawns are faring better than others. Cal Water issues “Water Focus Reports” to help customers track their consumption.

If the grass is greener on the other side, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, according to California Water Service Co. representatives.

Los Altos’ water provider this summer began sending residential customers “Water Focus Reports” with their monthly bills. The personalized reports compare residents’ average daily water use to similar homes within the district. They also include tips for using water more efficiently and information on rebates and other conservation programs.

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Dead birds prompt mosquito traps in Los Altos

The Santa Clara County Vector Control District was scheduled Tuesday to set mosquito traps in south Los Altos after the discovery of several dead birds infected with West Nile virus.

County officials planned to set approximately 40 traps near the intersection of Homestead and Grant roads, according to Noor Tietze, scientific technical services manager for the county vector control district. Genetic testing of the captured mosquitoes will determine whether fogging commences, but officials said they would notify residents before doing so.

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Finance director breaks down bond makeup

If Los Altos voters approve the city’s Measure A bond in November, the typical homeowner can anticipate an average tax increase of $187.40 annually for the next 30 years.

The $65 million bond would partially fund renovation of Hillview Community Center and Park. Taxpayer funds would cover three components: replacing the nearly 70-year-old community center with a new building, constructing pool facilities and improving the park, sports fields and open space, according to a letter from City Manager Marcia Somers. A portion of the city’s reserves – $20 million to $25 million – would fund underground and surface parking.

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Police Blotter

Burglary/theft

Aug. 17, 12:30 p.m., 600 block of Glen Alto Drive: An unknown suspect entered a garage, cut the lock and stole an expensive bicycle.

Aug. 18, 6 a.m., 1300 block of Garthwick Drive: Someone stole a 14-foot flatbed trailer.

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