LA council approves budget, capital projects

The Los Altos City Council last week approved the city’s 2014-2015 fiscal year operating budget with a unanimous vote. The council also voted 3-2 in favor of adopting an updated 2014-2015 to 2018-2019 capital improvement program (CIP).

The split vote came after Mayor Megan Satterlee successfully sought the elimination of a $50,000 special projects and studies provision of the CIP in future years that the city has previously used to fund new, unanticipated opportunities. The city’s installation last year of new electric-vehicle charging stations at the civic center and Parking Plaza 3, for example, were funded through the special projects and studies provision.


Report details cost-recovery efforts for city recreation services

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Community-supported services for seniors, among other groups, recovered 28 percent of direct costs in 2012-2013.

A report at the Los Altos City Council’s June 17 meeting revealed that the city’s recreation programming is subsidized at a lower rate than some nearby cities.

Los Altos Recreation Director Beverly Tucker told the council that her department – which manages approximately 2,000 activities annually – operated at a combined 89 percent direct cost-recovery level during the 2012-2013 fiscal year.


Charities take center stage during Los Altos Hills budget talks

Courtesy of the Town of Los Altos Hills
Although Los Altos Hills’ 2014-15 budget of $12.8 million carries a general fund deficit of $34,000, City Manager Carl Cahill reported that a $4 million general-fund balance and reserves for storm drain, pathway and street maintenance leaves the town in “sound fiscal health.”

While the allocation of $2.3 million for sewer costs was among the largest expenditures in Los Altos Hills’ 2014-2015 budget, the appropriation of $30,000 to continue community service grant programs monopolized the discussion at Thursday’s city council meeting.

After local residents characterized the town’s grant program as a “Tammany Hall-style” move by altruistic councilmembers who were “currying favor with nonprofits,” Mayor John Radford lashed out at the perception that had been prompted by what he implied was a rogue campaign by one of his colleagues – Councilwoman Courtenay C. Corrigan.


Council adjusts fees for downtown EV stations

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The Los Altos City Council last week approved a fee adjustment for the city’s downtown electric-vehicle charging stations, setting the new rate at 32 cents per kilowatt-hour. The city previously charged $1 per hour.

The Los Altos City Council last week unanimously approved a fee change for its downtown electric-vehicle charging stations in an effort to recoup operating costs.


Charity or community engagement: Los Altos Hills grants trigger discussion

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The Los Altos Hills City Council is discussing the benefits of its service grants to nonprofit organizations like Hidden Villa.


Community center update hits halfway point

Rendering Courtesy of City of Los ALtos
City consultants plan to develop site scenarios for the northwest and southeast quadrants of the civic center.

The Los Altos City Council last week inched past the midpoint of updating the city’s plan to build a new community center.

During a nearly four-hour session June 10, the council approved items to advance the city’s bid to replace Hillview Community Center into a phase that includes exploring site planning and financing scenarios.


LA Council Briefs

Rendering Courtesy of King Lear
Former Los Altos Councilman King Lear last week proposed a theater and parking structure project in Parking Plaza 3.

The Los Altos City Council took the following actions at its June 10 meeting.

Council hears project pitches

The city council heard project proposals during two 10-minute presentations to kick off its June 10 meeting.


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