Council reconsiders Enchanté food service

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The Los Altos City Council will consider Enchanté's use-permit amendment that allowed the hotel to open its plaza for public food and beverage service.

The Los Altos City Council plans to review Tuesday the Planning and Transportation Commission’s decision to approve public food and beverage service on the Enchanté Boutique Hotel plaza.

The PTC is the decision-making body for use-permit applications for businesses proposed in existing structures, such as the hotel. In accordance with city code, two councilmembers may initiate a review of any decision that is appealable to the council. In this case, Councilwoman Megan Satterlee, Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins and Mayor Jan Pepper requested that the issue be added to an upcoming agenda.


Council reviews priorities, projects

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A design charrette in November 2014, above, was among the many sessions involving public input for the Hillview project.

Now more than halfway through the year, the Los Altos City Council convened July 14 to target goals for the remainder of 2015.

The council in February adopted four major goals: continue prudent fiscal management, address aging infrastructure, develop a downtown plan and promote effective government. To accomplish each goal, the council identified various projects and target completion dates.


Los Altos' 'Downtown Abby' gets OK to open Enchanté plaza

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After a green light from the Planning and Transportation Commission, the plaza area at Enchanté Boutique Hotel now bustles with patrons enjoying drinks and small plates.

Local gourmands take note: Enchanté Boutique Hotel now serves beverages and small plates to the general public.

The Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission Thursday unanimously approved a use-permit amendment allowing the French-inspired bistro plaza to open at 1 Main St. for public service.


Library users reject new online catalog – old one returning

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After public outcry, the Los Altos library and other branches of the Santa Clara County Library District are reinstating their old online catalog system.

Avid Los Altos main library user Cindy Anderson was definitely not impressed with the library’s new online catalog system.

“Short of the rollout of Obamacare, I have never seen such a lousy IT system cutover for the public to use,” she said. “It definitely was not ready for primetime.”


News Briefs

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The Santa Clara Valley Water District provides free signs to promote water conservation.

Water district offers free drought signs

The Santa Clara Valley Water District, in collaboration with the city of Los Altos, will provide Los Altos residents with free “Brown Is the New Green” lawn signs and shower buckets for collecting irrigation water.

Supplies are available for pickup 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays at the Municipal Service Center at 707 Fremont Ave., and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hillview Community Center front office, 97 Hillview Ave.


Local residents boil over botched response from Cal Water

In the aftermath of a potential water contamination last week, California Water Service Co. is in hot water over its emergency notification system.


Council denies Loyola Corners mixed-used project

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The Los Altos City Council rejected a developer’s Loyola Corners project, opting to update the area’s Specific Plan.

Loyola Corners is about to receive some serious attention.

After denying a high-profile commercial project last week, the Los Altos City Council agreed to consider freezing development while the city updates a 25-year-old plan for the area.


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