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Council enacts 45-day freeze on new medical facilities


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The city will re-examine parking requirements for new medical-use applications in areas such as Altos Oaks Drive, above.

The Los Altos City Council unanimously approved a 45-day moratorium on parking requirements for new medical developments Sept 23.

Specifically, the council voted to direct Los Altos City Attorney Jolie Houston to draft an urgency ordinance that essentially freezes new medical development applications from moving forward in the city’s pipeline. Houston noted prior to the council’s vote that any ordinance changes would not affect existing facilities in the city.

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City council OKs framework budget for new community center


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The Los Altos City Council approved a preliminary budget of $60 million to $70 million to replace the aging Hillview Community Center.

The Los Altos City Council last week unanimously voted for a preliminary budget of $60 million to $70 million to replace the aging Hillview Community Center with a new 55,600-square-foot facility.

The decision is the latest step in the city’s bid to update its 2009 Civic Center Master Plan. The council also voted 5-0 in favor of a scheduling plan that calls for the potential placement of a bond measure on a 2015 mail-in ballot.

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Los Altos hosts community center design event

Plans are in the works for Los Altos to host a design charrette addressing Hillview Community Center and Park, according to city officials.

The event is part of the city’s 10-month process to update its 2009 Civic Center Master Plan, according to Los Altos City Manager Marcia Somers. The effort includes a particular focus on replacing Hillview with a multigenerational facility. The process is slated to conclude with a Nov. 25 final report to the Los Altos City Council.

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Box leaving Los Altos?

Los Altos-based Box Inc. recently agreed to a 12-year lease to occupy 334,000 square feet of office space in downtown Redwood City starting in 2015.

Kilroy Realty Corp. announced Sept. 16 that the storage and online file-sharing provider has agreed to lease 100 percent of its new two-building office project, Crossing/900, which is still under construction. The company’s offices are currently located at 4440 El Camino Real in Los Altos.

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City council approves relocation of Walter Singer bust


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The Walter Singer bust in Community Plaza is set for relocation to the Los Altos History Museum.

The Los Altos City Council last week voted 4-1 in favor of relocating the Walter Singer bust to a location near the Los Altos History Museum.

The bust of the late downtown business owner and Los Altos Rotarian – also known as “Mr. Los Altos” – is currently installed at Community Plaza, at the intersection of Main and State streets. The History Museum is located within the 18-acre civic center campus.

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Council mulls enhanced transparency regulations

The Los Altos City Council last week split over pursuing a new law that would make some of the city’s activities and communications more transparent.

A draft ordinance proposed by Councilwomen Jan Pepper and Val Carpenter calls for “more accessibility in some areas” of the city’s activities and communications than is legally required under the Ralph M. Brown Act, according to a city staff report. The state law – enacted in 1953 and authored by its namesake assemblyman – outlines the public’s right to attend meetings of local government bodies.

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Los Altos council mulls second downtown survey

A community survey on downtown Los Altos is in the works – but likely won’t be conducted until next year.

The council directed an ad hoc committee that includes Councilwomen Val Carpenter and Jan Pepper to further refine its objectives for a second telephone survey by consultant Godbe Research to gauge public opinion on the downtown triangle.

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