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Los Altos public works director calls it a career


Public Works Director Jim Gustafson plans to retire from public service after a 35-plus year career that began in the U.S. Navy and ends here in Los Altos. Friday is his final day.

Reached by the Town Crier, Gustafson said he opted to retire in part because of the daily demands of the position.

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LA council approves installation of two new sculptures


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The Los Altos City Council approved the installation of “Dancing Moon Rollers,” left, at the corner of West Edith and Los Altos avenues. It also green-lighted the installation of “Jazzy” in front of 127 First St. Both sculptures are slated for installation in early 2015.

The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new sculptures in the downtown triangle.

The council voted 4-1 Nov. 25 for the installation of “Jazzy” by artist Marie-Pierre Philippe-Lohezic in front of 127 First St. As part of its vote, the council also approved the installation of “Dancing Moon Rollers” by artist Reven Marie Swanson at the northwest corner of Los Altos and West Edith avenues.

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LA council votes to delay community center update


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The Los Altos City Council voted to delay adoption of a community center conceptual design plan last week. The plan includes elements from a design charette held earlier this fall, left.

The Los Altos City Council last week opted to delay the review and approval of a community center conceptual design plan until after its two newest members take their seats.

At a specially scheduled Nov. 11 meeting, the council voted 4-1 to hold off on reviewing – and potentially adopting – a conceptual plan to replace Hillview Community Center so that councilmembers-elect Jean Mordo and Mary Prochnow can have a say in the matter.

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County libraries – including Los Altos – are free again


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Patrons enjoy the offerings of the Los Altos Library.

The Santa Clara County Library District Joint Powers Authority (JPA) Board voted Thursday to eliminate the $80 annual library-card fee for users who do not live in the library district.

The vote was 8-3 in favor of the motion made by County Supervisor Joe Simitian, serving his second year on the JPA.

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LA City Council approves stricter downtown parking measures


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Former Los Altos Community Services Officer Mark Bennett checks tires in a downtown parking lot a few years ago.

Enhanced parking enforcement is coming to downtown Los Altos.

The Los Altos City Council last week unanimously approved the implementation of graduated parking fines for repeat offenders in the downtown area. The fines would range from $54.50 for a first-time parking offense to $90.80 for a second offense and $151.40 for a third and subsequent violations.

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LA City Council OKs additional funds for Redwood Grove


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The Los Altos City Council approved an additional $355,000 for the Redwood Grove Bank Stabilization project.

The Los Altos City Council last week unanimously appropriated an additional $355,000 for the Redwood Grove Bank Stabilization project.

The city is using park-in-lieu dollars to fund the bulk of the project’s new $727,000 price tag. The project also received a $90,000 grant from the Santa Clara Valley Water District. The city originally earmarked $372,000 for the project, according to a staff report.

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Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council continues to explore options to address parking constraints in the downtown triangle.

The Los Altos City Council last week held the first of two study sessions to discuss the potential construction of a parking garage in the downtown triangle.

The session came after a Los Altos Chamber of Commerce subcommittee completed its own report on downtown parking solutions – including potential design and funding scenarios for a garage – and sought further discussions with the city on the matter.

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