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Interim city director fills vacant position


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As the city of Los Altos seeks a new community development director to fill the position left vacant in October, officials have hired a retired city planner in the interim.

Steve Piasecki joins the city staff part-time with a “great deal of community development experience,” City Manager Marcia Somers said.

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Los Altos Hills approves digital anthology

Los Altos Hills will pay $6,200 to fund the cost of designing and producing a digitized historical anthology in honor of the town’s 60th anniversary Jan. 27, councilmembers unanimously decided.

Duffy Price, leading the anthology effort, had initially requested approximately $10,000 – $6,200 for design and production and $3,800 for printing physical books distributed at the town’s Jan. 30 anniversary gala – but councilmembers Courtenay C. Corrigan, Roger Spreen and Gary Waldeck expressed concern about the printing cost.

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School-zone measure limits drivers to 15 mph


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Officials hope to improve pedestrian safety with newly reduced speed limits near Los Altos schools.

The city of Los Altos recently began implementing 15 mph speed zones within 500 feet of all local schools.

The safety measure is part of the city council-approved Pedestrian Master Plan, which aims to improve pedestrian safety and mobility throughout the city.

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Energy partnership pitches electric alternative

Electricity in Silicon Valley may soon get a green boost.

The Silicon Valley Community Choice Energy (CCE) Partnership is scheduled to host an informational meeting about a yet-unformed public agency that could cut greenhouse gas emissions and set competitive electricity rates. The meeting is slated 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

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City hosts senior chats

 

The city of Los Altos is scheduled to host two “Coffee, Cider and Conversation” events, an opportunity for seniors to share with city leaders their interests and concerns.

The events are slated noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 13 in the Grant Park Community Center Multipurpose Room, 1575 Holt Ave., and 11 a.m. to noon Jan. 15 at Hillview Community Center, Room 12, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Los Altos Hills elects new mayor, considers choice energy partnership


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
New Los Altos Hills Mayor John Harpootlian receives the city gavel from outgoing mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan at a ceremony Dec. 17.

The lure of Chef Chu’s was too great; typically loquacious Los Altos Hills city councilmembers breezed through their agenda in record time Dec. 17 to feast on the local restaurateur’s cuisine at a town hall reception honoring out-going Mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan and in-coming Mayor John Harpootlian.

“Thank you for joining me on this occasion,” Harpootlian said. “While assuming the mayorship is largely ceremonial, the celebration is real. I’m looking forward to sharing a glass of wine and some very special Chinese food from our chef, Larry Chu Sr.”

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MV appoints new assistant city manager


After a search that yielded more than 90 applicants, Mountain View hired Audrey Seymour Ramberg as assistant city manager, effective Feb. 8.

Ramberg replaces Melissa Stevenson Diaz, who resigned in September to become city manager in Redwood City.

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