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Council further expands design review process

Story poles won’t be the only attention-grabber for new construction projects – larger posters and more accessible video simulations will alert residents to potential development.

As part of a new Open Government Policy, the Los Altos City Council requested in January that two of the city’s commissions consider expanding public notification for new construction projects.

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Council eyes bond for Hillview center


The Los Altos City Council accepted an $87.5 million cost model for its preferred layout for replacing Hillview Community Center. 

Residents could cast their votes as soon as November on a bond measure to partially fund the redevelopment of Hillview Park and Community Center.

For the public recreation space, the Los Altos City Council March 24 unanimously supported a two-pronged action: work toward a Nov. 3 bond election and accept an overall cost model of $87.5 million.

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Q&A: Meet Los Altos' new recreation director


The city of Los Altos has hired three new department directors in the past eight months. The Town Crier will profile each of the new hires over the next few weeks to find out more about their backgrounds, goals for the year and visions for the future.

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Water district brings tax debate to Los Altos Hills

Among the agenda items the Los Altos Hills City Council will mull over during their specially scheduled March meeting is a water tax some property owners have paid the Santa Clara Valley Water District for more than three decades without receiving water from the district.

The meeting, scheduled both Monday and Tuesday, will include a brief presentation by Purissima Hills Water District Board of Directors member Steve Jordan on what he deemed the “inherent unfairness” of the State Water Project tax.

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Los Altos affordable housing program could see changes

The Los Altos City Council directed staff March 10 to pursue means of supporting – and possibly altering – the city’s affordable housing program.

The city currently has 149 below-market-rate (BMR) living units: 105 multiple-family living units – apartments, condominiums and townhouses – and 44 affordable second-living units, usually considered small, backyard dwellings.

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MVLA tenure denial generates tears, questions about process


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Mountain View High students wield signs professing their support for drama teacher Rob Seitelman, who was denied tenure by the district.

Last week’s denial of permanent employee status to a Mountain View High School drama and English teacher left his students in sobs and their parents furious.

The announcement also led to questions concerning how the high school equivalent of the tenure process works and how a beloved instructor might be deemed unworthy of the designation.

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Citywide Parking Committee to take stock, seek solutions

Location, location, location – it’s nothing without adequate parking, and the new ad hoc Citywide Parking Committee aims to even out the ratios.

At the Feb. 24 Los Altos City Council meeting, councilmembers voted 4-1 in favor of forming the group, which plans to review how development has impacted parking and consider how to eke out more spots.

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