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City chips in $7,000 for SFMOMA installation


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The Los Altos City Council earmarked $7,000 for the purchase of Chris Johanson’s artwork.

The city of Los Altos will contribute $7,000 toward the purchase of a $28,000 art installation featured in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley” exhibition.

The Los Altos City Council voted 4-0 at last week’s meeting – with Councilman Jarrett Fishpaw absent – to partially fund the permanent installation of “Door Sculpture to Talk About the Idea of Different Possibilities You May Have to Process Your Life” at Lincoln Park.

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Council rejects $88,000 request for additional wayfinding signs


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Los Altos councilmembers last week rejected additional funding to replace some of the city’s older directional signs.

The Los Altos City Council last week declined to sign off on $88,000 in additional funding for the first phase of the city’s Wayfinding Sign Program.

The request came after the council originally approved the first portion of the two-phase project last summer with a slimmer $165,000 budget – cutting nearly $300,000 from its proposal. The project calls for the replacement and, in several cases, the addition of more streamlined-looking signs that direct motorists to the downtown triangle and other business districts.

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Los Altos Hills boosts fees for building permits

Residents will have a little less spare change after Los Altos Hills raises fees for building permits and other town services and staff time May 21.

The first fee increases since 2008 are necessary to ensure that fees reflect the rising costs of doing business, according to an analysis conducted by an outside consulting firm. Currently, the town recovers only 60 percent of its expenses.

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Group reiterates requests for community center

A city-sponsored user-group meeting last week resulted in familiar feedback when it listed the public’s suggestions for inclusion in a new Los Altos community center.

Thursday’s meeting at Hillview Community Center, which the city aims to include in the update of its 2009 Civic Center Master Plan, featured a mix of Los Altos residents. Current users, nonusers and potential users of community-center services and facilities attended to contribute to the discussion. City officials have scheduled a public workshop on the community center Tuesday.

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LAH Council Preview

The Los Altos Hills City Council is scheduled to meet 5:30 p.m. Thursday at town hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road. In addition to the agenda items below, the Water Conservation and Education committees are slated to give presentations.

Caltrans project update

Los Altos Hills city engineer Richard Chiu Jr. is scheduled to provide the council an update on the proposed Caltrans signalization project for the intersection of Interstate 280 and Page Mill Road.

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Los Altos council OKs MVLA preschool relocation


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The 45-year-old Mountain View Los Altos Parent Education Program plans to relocate to Foothill Covenant Church.

A preschool and day care facility currently housed on the grounds of Mountain View High School will soon have a new home.

The Los Altos City Council Feb. 27 approved the relocation of the Mountain View Los Altos Parent Education Program (MVLA PEP) to the Foothill Covenant Church campus by a 4-1 vote. The new location at 1555 Oak Ave. is approximately one-half mile from its current home on Bryant Avenue. Relocation plans include the construction of three portable classrooms and two playgrounds on an empty lot on church property – located across the street from Mountain View High’s football stadium and near Oak Avenue School.

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News Briefs

City seeks input on ADA transition plan

The city of Los Altos is soliciting citizens’ input on a plan to improve programs and facilities for those with disabilities.

The city council is scheduled to consider adoption of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan at its April 8 meeting. Work on the federally mandated self-evaluation and transition plan kicked off approximately a year ago.

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