LAH council considers multipurpose facility

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Plans for a proposed multipurpose facility adjacent to city council chambers in Los Altos Hills could involve relocating emergency supplies from the historical Heritage House.

Last week’s Fremont earthquake left Bay Area residents rattled and seismologists warning of the next “big one.” Coincidentally, the quake occurred just days after the Los Altos Hills City Council began discussing a possible alternative location for emergency equipment needed during such a disaster.

The July 16 council discussion began with a gentle push to construct a multipurpose facility adjacent to council chambers. The town’s History Committee seeks a home for historical documents and photographs, while the Parks and Recreation Department wants room for town-sponsored classes, workshops and meetings. History Committee Chairwoman Carol Crites and Sarah Gualtieri, community services supervisor, collaborated with town architect Peter Duxbury to develop a preliminary conceptual site plan.


ECH board elects Chen as new director

The El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors last month elected a new member – Lanhee J. Chen, J.D., Ph.D., a Stanford University lecturer and political consultant. Chen’s three-year term began July 1.

District officials interviewed three candidates during their June 16 meeting and elected Chen to replace Nandini Tandon, Ph.D., who chose not to seek an additional term on the five-member board.


Council initiates intention for $65M bond for community center

Alicia Castro/ Town Crier
Members of the Covington Critters Swim Team turned out in force at the July 14 Los Altos City Council meeting to voice support for a public aquatic center as part of the Hillview center remodel.

Hillview Community Center and Park is one step closer to potential upgrades.

The Los Altos City Council last week unanimously adopted a resolution and ordinance that pave the way for a $65 million general obligation bond to partially fund the recreation-space renovation. The council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on calling for a November bond election.


Purissima Hills, fire district partner on Neary Tank seismic upgrade

Neary Tank upgrades enable Los Altos Hills to expand its water-storage capabilities.

Come earthquake or wildfire, Los Altos Hills is in fighting shape, thanks to a $3 million seismic upgrade to district water tanks and pipes.

Over the course of approximately two years of design and construction, the Neary Tank Utilization Project extended district pipes by 6,000 linear feet and seismically retrofitted the district’s chief water storage tank, a 3-million-gallon behemoth. In the process, the effort garnered recognition from the American Public Works Association by claiming the Silicon Valley chapter’s Project of the Year Award for 2015.


City hires facilitator to address Senior Commission 'dysfunction'

Division among members of the Los Altos Senior Commission prompted the city to hire a facilitator to “help set the stage for respectful interactions,” according to City Manager Marcia Somers.

During the Los Altos City Council’s mid-year update last week, discussion turned to what some councilmembers described as “dysfunction” on the Senior Commission.


Committee organizes LAH vintners' event

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Tom Smith of Los Altos Hills grows grapes on his property. The town plans to host a wine event featuring local vintners Oct. 25.

There are plenty of topics Los Altos Hills City Councilmembers don’t agree on. An appreciation for wine, however, doesn’t seem to be among them.

With a unanimous vote July 16, all five councilmembers gave their blessing to the Vines and Wine Committee’s plans to bring a tasting event featuring local wineries to town hall Oct. 25.


Local eradication begins for fruit fly

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
After confirming local presence of the Oriental Fruit Fly, state officials are treating trees and utility poles with insecticide.

The scene could be cut from a sci-fi film: A gloved arm attached to and protruding from an aperture cut into a pick-up’s passenger window aims a gun into the air and fires.



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