Los Altos Hills proceeds with conceptual multipurpose facility plans

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Los Altos Hills town architect Peter Duxbury created the above draft conceptual design featuring the current council chambers (E) and the proposed multipurpose building (N).

As Los Altos continues to hash out a potential $87 million overhaul of its Hillview Community Center and Park, Los Altos Hills officials are beginning to consider plans for their own – albeit much smaller – multipurpose facility.


Water conservation program draws mixed feedback

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With water restrictions in place, some Los Altos lawns are faring better than others. Cal Water issues “Water Focus Reports” to help customers track their consumption.

If the grass is greener on the other side, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, according to California Water Service Co. representatives.

Los Altos’ water provider this summer began sending residential customers “Water Focus Reports” with their monthly bills. The personalized reports compare residents’ average daily water use to similar homes within the district. They also include tips for using water more efficiently and information on rebates and other conservation programs.


Finance director breaks down bond makeup

If Los Altos voters approve the city’s Measure A bond in November, the typical homeowner can anticipate an average tax increase of $187.40 annually for the next 30 years.

The $65 million bond would partially fund renovation of Hillview Community Center and Park. Taxpayer funds would cover three components: replacing the nearly 70-year-old community center with a new building, constructing pool facilities and improving the park, sports fields and open space, according to a letter from City Manager Marcia Somers. A portion of the city’s reserves – $20 million to $25 million – would fund underground and surface parking.


Hillview redo opponents say project 'doesn't add up'

Some Measure A opponents expressed concerned that the ultimate design of the renovated Hillview Community Center and Park would eliminate open space.

Five Los Altos residents last week submitted the primary argument against November’s Measure A, the $65 million bond that would partially fund the overhaul of Hillview Community Center and Park.

In the filed document, the concerned taxpayers contend that the project – estimated at $87 million total, including funds from the city’s reserves – “doesn’t add up.” The group claims that the project is too expensive, includes unknown costs, is oversized for residents’ needs and focuses on the wrong priorities.


Project stabilizes Redwood Grove creekside

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A Granite Rock Co. crew begins work on the city’s Redwood Grove rehabilitation project Monday. The project includes upgrades to the park’s walkways and creek stabilization.

Redwood Grove Nature Preserve is getting spruced up this week.

The Los Altos City Council July 28 budgeted $525,600 for a creek rehabilitation project and renovation of a trail stairway in the park. Work began Monday and is scheduled to wrap up in late October. The park will remain open during construction, but the park’s boardwalk, creek and pedestrian bridge will be closed in the areas undergoing upgrades.


LASD receives feedback and continues site acquisition search

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Local residents attend an April forum on Los Altos School District enrollment-growth solutions. The feedback from the April event helped shape recent online forum scenarios.

While taking no official action on how to spend the Los Altos School District’s $150 million in Measure N bond funds, district trustees continue to gauge community feedback to inform future decisions on how best to accommodate enrollment growth.

Board of Trustees President Steve Taglio said that after receiving input from online community forums last week, he thinks the majority of the board still favors “expanding the footprint” – that is, finding a new site to house a 10th school campus.


Council reconsiders Enchanté food service

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The Los Altos City Council will consider Enchanté's use-permit amendment that allowed the hotel to open its plaza for public food and beverage service.

The Los Altos City Council plans to review Tuesday the Planning and Transportation Commission’s decision to approve public food and beverage service on the Enchanté Boutique Hotel plaza.

The PTC is the decision-making body for use-permit applications for businesses proposed in existing structures, such as the hotel. In accordance with city code, two councilmembers may initiate a review of any decision that is appealable to the council. In this case, Councilwoman Megan Satterlee, Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins and Mayor Jan Pepper requested that the issue be added to an upcoming agenda.


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