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Council gauges public interest in Hillview bond


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The Civic Center Master Plan’s core site design concept showcases, lower right, the first phase of the overall project – the redo of Hillview Park and Community Center to include an aquatic center, sports fields, a larger community center building and underground parking.

Eyeing a November bond election, the Los Altos City Council plans to roll out a renewed effort to gauge public interest in the proposed Hillview Park and Community Center renovation.

“In essence, what we’re evaluating is our residents’ appetite to move forward with something,” said Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins at the council’s April 28 meeting. “In order for the residents to determine that appetite, they need a good enough understanding, a consistent understanding, of what it is we’re asking for funding on via a bond measure.”

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Minimum wage increase subject of Los Altos forum

To ensure enough workers within their boundaries, local city councils aren’t waiting for the state and federal governments to raise the minimum wage – they are doing it themselves.

Five speakers discussed raising the state minimum wage from the current $9 per hour at a community forum, “Raise the Wage Los Altos,” May 4 at Los Altos United Methodist Church.

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Substandard lots vex LAH homeowners, commission

Cognizant of the potential to set precedents for substandard lot allowances, a divided Los Altos Hills Planning Commission sent proposals for two such lots back to the design table Thursday.

A proposed addition to a cottage at 25531 W. Fremont Road must be set back at least 9 feet from the property line, and the floor area of a proposed new home at 25608 Deerfield Drive is limited to 3,000 square feet. Three of the five planning commissioners backed each decision.

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Council approves analysis of green energy option

The city of Los Altos is considering a new way to cut greenhouse gas emissions – and potentially residents’ electric bills.

“We believe there’s an opportunity for our community to buy greener power at a lower cost than we buy conventional power off the grid today,” Environmental Commissioner Don Bray told the Los Altos City Council April 28.

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LASD, city move toward land discussions

The ice may be thawing a bit as the Los Altos School District and the city of Los Altos consider resurrecting discussions on the potential use of public land as a school site.

The city voted to discontinue conversations about civic land with the school district last September after a proposal to use parkland for a school site drew public ire.

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Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

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Los Altos Hills residents, city councilmembers and even the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board chairman have protested taxes for water the district doesn't deliver.

"We're getting taxed for something we're not receiving, and dagnabbit, it's unfair," said city councilmember Gary Waldeck during the council's specially scheduled April 20 meeting.

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More water restrictions trickling down the pipe

April was a rough month for water resources.

It began dismally April 1 when the Sierra Nevada snowpack measured 5 percent of the historical average – the lowest reading since 1950. In what were considered normal precipitation years, the snowpack supplied approximately 30 percent of California’s water needs as it melted in the spring and summer. Not this year.

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