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Council adjusts fees for downtown EV stations


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The Los Altos City Council last week approved a fee adjustment for the city’s downtown electric-vehicle charging stations, setting the new rate at 32 cents per kilowatt-hour. The city previously charged $1 per hour.

The Los Altos City Council last week unanimously approved a fee change for its downtown electric-vehicle charging stations in an effort to recoup operating costs.

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Charity or community engagement: Los Altos Hills grants trigger discussion


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The Los Altos Hills City Council is discussing the benefits of its service grants to nonprofit organizations like Hidden Villa.

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Community center update hits halfway point


Rendering Courtesy of City of Los ALtos
City consultants plan to develop site scenarios for the northwest and southeast quadrants of the civic center.

The Los Altos City Council last week inched past the midpoint of updating the city’s plan to build a new community center.

During a nearly four-hour session June 10, the council approved items to advance the city’s bid to replace Hillview Community Center into a phase that includes exploring site planning and financing scenarios.

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LA Council Briefs


Rendering Courtesy of King Lear
Former Los Altos Councilman King Lear last week proposed a theater and parking structure project in Parking Plaza 3.

The Los Altos City Council took the following actions at its June 10 meeting.

Council hears project pitches

The city council heard project proposals during two 10-minute presentations to kick off its June 10 meeting.

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Roads and sewers weigh heavy in proposed budget for Los Altos Hills


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Los Altos Hills’ 2014-2015 budget focuses on roads and sewers and allocates funds to clean up O’Keefe Preserve, above.

During a four-hour joint meeting of the Los Altos Hills City Council and the Finance and Investment Committee June 4, the council reviewed a tentative budget proposal of approximately $8 million in expenditures.

“Overall, it’s a good-news budget, but the devil is in the details,” City Manager Carl Cahill said.

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Chamber of Commerce seeks parking discussion with city

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce wants to talk to the city about parking – or lack thereof – in the downtown area.

According to Julie Rose, chamber president, the organization aims to present at a future city council study session its own downtown parking report that calls for the construction of a multilevel parking structure. A chamber subcommittee unveiled the report at a meeting last week. The subcommittee includes Rose, former Councilman Ron Packard, property owner Jeff Morris and Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Superintendent Barry Groves.

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Group wants pool funding included in community center


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
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.

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