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Debate over senior group continues at council

Two Los Altos City Councilmembers this month tested their colleagues’ opinions on re-chartering the waylaid Los Altos/Los Altos Hills Senior Commission. Their central idea – revive the commission – stuck.

“The designation of ‘commission’ became such a touchstone of concern and consternation; I think we should stick with the commission,” said Councilwoman Mary Prochnow. “I think that’s the right thing to do.”

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Hills anthology project proceeds, but with hurdles



Byron Davenport, from left, and his mother, May Davenport, attend the April 19 Los Altos Hills History Committee meeting, during which members discussed supporting a town digital anthology project. Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier

There’s an ongoing tug-of-war for Los Altos Hills’ history – which stories are told and who gets to tell them. Taxpayers, however, will not be footing the bill just yet.

City councilmembers earlier this month denied anthology project coordinator Duffy Price’s request to provide $31,500 for a 210-page electronic expansion of the town’s existing 40-page publication. The original anthology was published to commemorate the town’s 60th anniversary in January. Councilmembers allocated $6,200 for the digital version and private donors covered the printing cost, $3,800.

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Los Altos hires interim city manager


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The city of Los Altos has hired Christopher Jordan as its interim city manager. In his new capacity, Jordan will serves as the administrative head of government and CEO of the city.

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It's all systems go for clean-electricity authority


Gary Hedden/Special to the Town Crier
Silicon Valley Clean Energy Board of Directors members Jeannie Bruins and John Harpootlian represent Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, respectively, at the group’s first board meeting.

Planning for Silicon Valley Clean Energy implementation is underway.

Participating jurisdictions, including Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, will pool their purchasing power to buy sustainable electricity as an alternative to PG&E.

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LA manager receives severance package


The Los Altos City Council last week unanimously approved a separation agreement releasing the city’s top official with a severance package.

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MV rent-control supporters take action to go before voters



Mountain View Tenants Coalition members, clockwise from left, Evan Ortiz, Steve Chandler, Juliet Brodie and Joan MacDonald file a proposed rent-control ballot measure. Special to the Town Crier

Mountain View rent-control proponents have a new goal: win at the ballot box.

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Retail, apartment building OK'd for Loyola Corners


Courtesy of the city of Los Altos
The two-story mixed-use structure at 1540 Miramonte Ave. is the area’s first new building in more than a decade. It will also be the only project built during a development moratorium expected to last through summer.

Developer Brooke Shaw will soon construct a mixed-use building on his family’s Loyola Corners commercial property – making it the area’s first site to redevelop in more than a decade.

The two-story building at 1540 Miramonte Ave. features nearly 1,600 square feet of retail space at ground level and four apartments on the second story. The project provides 11 outdoor parking stalls, with four dedicated to residents and their guests. An indoor garage adds five more residential parking stalls and bicycle parking.

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