LA residents chime in on plans for new civic center

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Los Altos residents take part in a site-planning exercise last week.

A workshop aimed at gathering public input on where to place a new community center produced a wide range of opinions from Los Altos residents.

The Aug. 19 workshop at the Los Altos Youth Center was a step in the city’s 10-month bid to update its 2009 Civic Center Master Plan to build a multigenerational facility to replace Hillview Community Center.


‘We can’t arrest our way out of this’

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Anne DeGheest speaks at a crowded Los Altos Hills City Council meeting that included a report on the recent spikes in burglaries.

Sheriff's Office, LAH residents collaborate to stop burglaries

It wasn’t the type of surprise Joe Yang wanted to wake up to – the sound of two burglars in his Stirrup Way home in Los Altos Hills.

“I’m either lucky or unlucky,” said Yang, who described thwarting the burglary attempt to town residents who packed Thursday’s Los Altos Hills City Council meeting.

The break-in at Yang’s home brings the number of burglaries in Los Altos Hills to 34 this year – exceeding the 10-year annual average of 28.3. Unlike the other 33, the Yang home was occupied at the time.


Guy Shoup House modifications headed for public review Monday

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The owners of the Guy Shoup House, designated a historical-landmark home in Los Altos, seek approval to replace the detached garage.

A plan to make modifications to a historical-landmark home in Los Altos is headed for public review, according to city officials.

Los Altos Planning Services Manager David Kornfield told the Town Crier that the owners of the former University Avenue home of Guy Shoup – brother of Los Altos founding father Paul Shoup – are seeking approval to demolish a detached garage on the property and construct a new one in its place. Plans include adding a second-story rear balcony to the home.


Sizable crowd attends city roundtable

An event aimed at determining how the city of Los Altos could communicate better with its residents and vice versa drew more than 80 participants Aug. 12.

City officials hosted a two-and-a-half-hour communications roundtable at the Los Altos Youth Center – an effort spearheaded by Los Altos City Councilwomen Jan Pepper and Jeannie Bruins. Los Altos Public Information Coordinator Erica Ray, Palo Alto Director of Development Services Peter Pirnejad and Mountain View Administrative and Neighborhood Services Manager Linda Lauzze presented examples of current public engagement practices.


Workshop for community center slated Tuesday night

City officials are slated to host a workshop Tuesday to gather resident input on site planning options for a new community center.

The event, scheduled 6-9 p.m. at the Los Altos Youth Center at 1 N. San Antonio Road, is open to the public.


Neighborhood network, local advocacy group consolidate

Two local volunteer organizations are becoming one.

The Los Altos Neighborhood Network (LANN) is folding into Friends of Los Altos (FOLA), an organization founded by three former members of the Los Altos City Council in 2013. The boards of the two Los Altos organizations jointly announced the decision last week.


City schedules roundtable on communication

Two Los Altos City Councilwomen want to know how the city can better engage residents – and vice versa.

Councilwomen Jeannie Bruins and Jan Pepper are slated to host a community roundtable in a bid to improve the city’s communication methods with the public. The roundtable – scheduled 6:45-9:15 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road – is open to all residents.


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