Community center update hits halfway point

Rendering Courtesy of City of Los ALtos
City consultants plan to develop site scenarios for the northwest and southeast quadrants of the civic center.

The Los Altos City Council last week inched past the midpoint of updating the city’s plan to build a new community center.

During a nearly four-hour session June 10, the council approved items to advance the city’s bid to replace Hillview Community Center into a phase that includes exploring site planning and financing scenarios.


LA Council Briefs

Rendering Courtesy of King Lear
Former Los Altos Councilman King Lear last week proposed a theater and parking structure project in Parking Plaza 3.

The Los Altos City Council took the following actions at its June 10 meeting.

Council hears project pitches

The city council heard project proposals during two 10-minute presentations to kick off its June 10 meeting.


Roads and sewers weigh heavy in proposed budget for Los Altos Hills

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos Hills’ 2014-2015 budget focuses on roads and sewers and allocates funds to clean up O’Keefe Preserve, above.

During a four-hour joint meeting of the Los Altos Hills City Council and the Finance and Investment Committee June 4, the council reviewed a tentative budget proposal of approximately $8 million in expenditures.

“Overall, it’s a good-news budget, but the devil is in the details,” City Manager Carl Cahill said.


Chamber of Commerce seeks parking discussion with city

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce wants to talk to the city about parking – or lack thereof – in the downtown area.

According to Julie Rose, chamber president, the organization aims to present at a future city council study session its own downtown parking report that calls for the construction of a multilevel parking structure. A chamber subcommittee unveiled the report at a meeting last week. The subcommittee includes Rose, former Councilman Ron Packard, property owner Jeff Morris and Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Superintendent Barry Groves.


Group wants pool funding included in community center

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Some families have backyard swimming pools, but a local group is advocating for a public one.

A local group wants the city to include a public pool as part of its plans for a new community center, with the public funding at least a portion of the swim facility.

Kamrin Knight-Desmond and Maridee Charlton of the Los Altos Community Pool Foundation told the Town Crier that the best path to building a new public pool facility in Los Altos might be to include it as part of a future bond measure to replace Hillview Community Center. The pool foundation formed after the closure of Covington Pool in 2001 and originally sought to fundraise privately for a pool as part of the city’s original 2009 Civic Center Master Plan.


Council OKs house design – with conditions

The Los Altos City Council last week upheld a Ray Avenue resident’s appeal to construct a new home deemed too bulky by some neighbors.

The council voted 4-1, with Councilwoman Jan Pepper dissenting, May 27 to uphold homeowners Anand and Stefi Ganesan’s appeal of a design review application for a 3,278-square-foot two-story home at 1055 Ray Ave. – provided that its overall mass is reduced to fit in with the surrounding neighborhood. The home’s design meets the city’s zoning requirements for the area, according to a city staff report, and includes a 2,337-square-foot basement not considered part of the overall floor area.


Commission offers lukewarm review of plaza reconfiguration

Town Crier File Photo
The Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission offered mixed opinions on a policy proposal that would allow developers to reconfigure the city’s nine downtown parking plazas. File photo

A proposed policy allowing developers to reconfigure downtown parking plazas to meet their city-mandated parking requirements received mixed reviews from the Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC).

PTC commissioners offered a host of varied opinions May 15 – and ultimately a handful of refinements and additions – on a draft version of the policy. The Los Altos City Council in March voted 4-1 to move forward with drafting a policy that would give downtown property owners a way to redevelop and meet city-imposed parking requirements – by funding the reconfiguration of a downtown parking plaza to create more spaces.


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