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LA council votes to delay community center update


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The Los Altos City Council voted to delay adoption of a community center conceptual design plan last week. The plan includes elements from a design charette held earlier this fall, left.

The Los Altos City Council last week opted to delay the review and approval of a community center conceptual design plan until after its two newest members take their seats.

At a specially scheduled Nov. 11 meeting, the council voted 4-1 to hold off on reviewing – and potentially adopting – a conceptual plan to replace Hillview Community Center so that councilmembers-elect Jean Mordo and Mary Prochnow can have a say in the matter.

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County libraries – including Los Altos – are free again


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Patrons enjoy the offerings of the Los Altos Library.

The Santa Clara County Library District Joint Powers Authority (JPA) Board voted Thursday to eliminate the $80 annual library-card fee for users who do not live in the library district.

The vote was 8-3 in favor of the motion made by County Supervisor Joe Simitian, serving his second year on the JPA.

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LA City Council approves stricter downtown parking measures


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Former Los Altos Community Services Officer Mark Bennett checks tires in a downtown parking lot a few years ago.

Enhanced parking enforcement is coming to downtown Los Altos.

The Los Altos City Council last week unanimously approved the implementation of graduated parking fines for repeat offenders in the downtown area. The fines would range from $54.50 for a first-time parking offense to $90.80 for a second offense and $151.40 for a third and subsequent violations.

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LA City Council OKs additional funds for Redwood Grove


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The Los Altos City Council approved an additional $355,000 for the Redwood Grove Bank Stabilization project.

The Los Altos City Council last week unanimously appropriated an additional $355,000 for the Redwood Grove Bank Stabilization project.

The city is using park-in-lieu dollars to fund the bulk of the project’s new $727,000 price tag. The project also received a $90,000 grant from the Santa Clara Valley Water District. The city originally earmarked $372,000 for the project, according to a staff report.

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Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage


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The Los Altos City Council continues to explore options to address parking constraints in the downtown triangle.

The Los Altos City Council last week held the first of two study sessions to discuss the potential construction of a parking garage in the downtown triangle.

The session came after a Los Altos Chamber of Commerce subcommittee completed its own report on downtown parking solutions – including potential design and funding scenarios for a garage – and sought further discussions with the city on the matter.

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City opens pilot program for seniors at Grant Park


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The kitchen and meeting room at Grant Park, above, will host a new drop-in for area seniors 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays from Oct. 29 through the end of January.

Los Altos’ services and programming for seniors won’t be limited to Hillview Community Center, starting this month.

The city is kicking off a pilot program at Grant Park for residents 50 and older that will serve as an extension of the Senior Center at Hillview. The initial program includes drop-in hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 29 with a grand opening and concluding at the end of January.

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Council enacts 45-day freeze on new medical facilities


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The city will re-examine parking requirements for new medical-use applications in areas such as Altos Oaks Drive, above.

The Los Altos City Council unanimously approved a 45-day moratorium on parking requirements for new medical developments Sept 23.

Specifically, the council voted to direct Los Altos City Attorney Jolie Houston to draft an urgency ordinance that essentially freezes new medical development applications from moving forward in the city’s pipeline. Houston noted prior to the council’s vote that any ordinance changes would not affect existing facilities in the city.

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