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Grant Park undergoes makeover

The Los Altos City Council received an update on the Grant Park Community Center Improvement Project – a $475,000 plan to replace the building’s roof and upgrade the center overall. Of the total fund, $175,000 went to roof replacement.

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Council transfers funds for retiree benefits

The Los Altos City Council has approved transfers of $2.2 million of unrestricted fund balance to high-priority needs, including reserves for operating, technology and post-employment health benefits. The transfers leave $5 million remaining in unrestricted funds for other council priorities.

The highest transfer of $1.15 million went to the city’s reserve for retiree health care benefits.

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LAH council provides survey update

A townwide satisfaction survey meant to reveal what Los Altos Hills residents consider the most pressing town priorities will cover eight topics, the survey ad hoc committee of Mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan and Councilman Roger Spreen reported Nov. 19 during the city council’s monthly meeting.

Survey questions will fall into eight categories: Quality of Life, Town Services, Sense of Community, Parks and Recreation, Public Work Services, Spending Priorities, Communication and Demographics.

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Halsey House slated for council discussion


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The dilapidated Halsey House in Redwood Grove could soon undergo renovation for adaptive reuse.

The Los Altos City Council Tuesday will weigh the benefits of adaptive reuse or demolition of the shuttered Halsey House, the designated local historic landmark in Redwood Grove.

The privately funded Halsey House Feasibility Study recently made its way through two city commissions, both endorsing adaptive reuse of the building.

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Fate of Los Altos-contracted shelter still up in the air

Ask Scottie Zimmerman about her hopes for the Palo Alto Animal Shelter, and her visions prove nearly endless: dog runs, cat rooms, obedience classes, kids’ educational programs, summer camps – even a cat cafe.

“We want a new shelter that abides by the progressive nature of PHS or SVACA,” said Zimmerman, president of Friends of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter.

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Los Altos council, residents ponder next steps for Hillview


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“What now?” is the main question being asked in the wake of public rejection of a bond measure to rebuild Hillview Community Center.

In the wake of Measure A’s resounding defeat, the Los Altos City Council last week mulled ways to move forward with plans for Hillview Community Center and Park.

Measure A would have enabled the city to issue $65 million worth of bonds to fund an expanded community center building, pool facilities and upgraded playing fields. The plan also included underground parking funded through city reserves.

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Los Altos pilots online public comment platform

Los Altos residents seeking to address local officials have a new way to be heard.

The city of Los Altos last week launched Open City Hall, an online public comment platform accessible through the city’s website. The program asks topical questions related to current events in Los Altos, and residents can respond and review compiled feedback.

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