LAH measure could boost sewer rates significantly

The Los Altos Hills City Council’s approval of a series of sewer service rate increases means residents could soon see a hefty jump in their tax bills.

There are 1,749 single-family residential units within Los Altos Hills and each currently pays $733 a year for sewer service. But with the council’s unanimous adoption of a May 21 resolution, that rate will likely increase 39 percent during fiscal year 2015-2016 (July 1 to June 30, 2016), with 39 percent, 3 percent, 3 percent and 3 percent increases in each of the following fiscal years.


Residents weigh Stevens Creek Trail options

Courtesy of city of Sunnyvale
An illustration accompanying the Stevens Creek Trail Joint Cities Feasibility Study shows various options for connecting the trail from Mountain View to Cupertino.

Michael Eiger loves trails. The Fallen Leaf Lane resident isn’t convinced, however, that his street is the right place for one.

Eiger is a member of Citizens for Responsible Trails, a group comprising residents of Los Altos, Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Cupertino that last month weighed in on the recently completed Stevens Creek Trail Joint Cities Feasibility Study. The study sought to determine routes that would connect the Mountain View and Cupertino segments of the multiuse trail.


Report recommends increased salary ranges for Los Altos Hills staff

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A report from Koff & Associates details the proposed increases in salary ranges for Los Altos Hills town staff.

By and large, most Los Altos Hills town staff members make less than their counterparts in similar-sized, nearby communities, but proposed changes to salary ranges could eventually remedy that.

With a unanimous vote May 21, the Los Altos Hills City Council formally received a 2015 townwide compensation report bumping up the salary ranges for the town’s 18 staff positions. But the report’s adoption of the new guidelines merely increases the salary range for each position; actual salary adjustments are based on performance.


LA City Council considers splitting Hillview bond

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A proposal to split a city bond measure would prioritize replacing the aging buildings at Hillview Community Center.

Los Altos voters may see more than one bond measure in November.

The Los Altos City Council May 27 preliminarily supported developing two bond measures to fund construction of a new Hillview Park and Community Center. Measure A would fund replacement of the aging buildings and playing fields. Measure B – an added feature that couldn’t pass without Measure A – would underwrite an aquatic center.


Drought surcharges due to hit Los Altos

Potable water is at a premium, and overconsumption will soon come at a cost.

Beginning in June, California Water Service Co. will assign each Los Altos water consumer a “water budget,” and those who exceed their allotted amount will incur a drought surcharge of $8.16 per unit of water.


LAH council schedules meeting on substandard lots

In response to Los Altos Hills’ heated “substandard” lot debate, the City Council has called a special June 3 meeting to discuss a potential moratorium on Conditional Development Permit (CDP) applications, required filings for developing such lots.

The meeting is scheduled 9 a.m. in city council chambers.


Council gauges public interest in Hillview bond

Courtesy of the City of Los Altos
The Civic Center Master Plan’s core site design concept showcases, lower right, the first phase of the overall project – the redo of Hillview Park and Community Center to include an aquatic center, sports fields, a larger community center building and underground parking.

Eyeing a November bond election, the Los Altos City Council plans to roll out a renewed effort to gauge public interest in the proposed Hillview Park and Community Center renovation.

“In essence, what we’re evaluating is our residents’ appetite to move forward with something,” said Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins at the council’s April 28 meeting. “In order for the residents to determine that appetite, they need a good enough understanding, a consistent understanding, of what it is we’re asking for funding on via a bond measure.”


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