Group wants pool funding included in community center

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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

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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.


Council upholds controversial design appeal – with conditions

Rendering courtesy of City of Los Altos
Anand Ganesan’s home design proposal for 1055 Ray Ave. includes a basement and 3,278 square feet of space on the first and second floors.

A proposed home reconstruction project in Los Altos is creating tension among neighbors, the applicant and the city.

Residents in the Ray Avenue neighborhood expressed concerns about a potential “bulking” that could occur if the city approves an application to build a larger home at 1055 Ray Ave.


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