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Los Altos annual report reveals financial strength

Los Altos published its 2015-2016 annual report earlier this month, detailing police work over the past year and plans for decrepit city properties like Hillview Community Center.

The 19-page publication can be picked up at city hall, 1 N. San Antonio Road, or read online at losaltosca.gov/annualreports/2015-16.

Los Altos hires new administrative services director


The city of Los Altos recently hired Sharif Etman as its new administrative services director.

Etman will begin his new role Monday, overseeing the city’s finance, human resources and information technology divisions.

Congressional reps fully support airplane noise recommendations

Three local congressional representatives last week agreed with their appointed airplane noise committee to support moving a controversial flight path that has generated thousands of noise complaints from South San Francisco to Los Altos and Capitola since its implementation 18 months ago.

U.S. Reps. Anna Eshoo, representing the Los Altos-Palo Alto region; Sam Farr, the Santa Cruz area; and Jackie Speier, the upper Peninsula, approved recommendations developed by the 12-member Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals – chiefly addressing flights arriving at San Francisco International Airport.

Airplane noise committee delivers recommendations to Congress

The ball is back in the court of the U.S. Congress and the Federal Aviation Administration to address the relentless airplane noise that has become a major quality-of-life issue for some residents of Los Altos and other Peninsula communities.

Culminating months of research and dozens of public meetings, the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals delivered to congressional representatives a 30-page final report last week with numerous and specific noise mitigation recommendations. The report details problems with lower altitude and higher concentrations of flights coming into and out of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose international airports in the wake of a NextGen program designed to improve flight efficiency.

Reaching readers: Library makes strides to attract new cardholders

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Patrons of the Los Altos main library may soon benefit from expanded hours. Santa Clara County Library District and North County Library Authority representatives were expected to mull additional evening and weekend hours this month.

It’s a lofty goal – obtain the highest per capita membership in the country – but Santa Clara County Library District data presented in a year-end service report late last month reveals strides toward making it a reality.

Currently, 56 percent of the district population possesses a library card, and during fiscal year 2015-2016, 64 percent of cardholders checked out a book, according to the report, presented at an Oct. 27 library district Joint Powers Authority (JPA) meeting.

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