Commissions outline wants, needs for new community center

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Members of Los Altos’ various commissions rank their priorities for a new community center.

A handful of Los Altos city commissions met last week for one specific purpose – to create a preliminary wish list of programming for a new community center.

Members of the city’s Senior, Parks and Recreation, Youth and Public Arts commissions met Feb. 26 for more than two hours at Hillview Community Center, part of the ongoing 10-month effort to update plans to replace Hillview with a new community facility as outlined in the 2009 Civic Center Master Plan. Participants split into groups and prioritized programming needs for the various constituencies the new facility would serve, such as seniors, teens and children.


LA Commission Briefs

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After the Planning and Transportation Commission approved plans for 4940 El Camino Real, the fate of The Boardwalk remains unclear.

The Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) took the following actions at its Feb. 20 meeting.

4940 El Camino renovations recommended for approval

The PTC unanimously recommended approval for the expansion and renovation of the building that currently houses The Boardwalk restaurant.


Los Altos city finance director leaving his post

Russ Morreale is heading home.

During the Feb. 11 Los Altos City Council meeting, Morreale revealed that he is leaving his post as the city’s finance and technology director at the end of this month for the same position with the Southern California coastal city of Palos Verdes Estates – which also happens to be his hometown. Morreale has called the city – located in Los Angeles County – home for the past six years, commuting back and forth on nearly a weekly basis to spend weekends with his wife and family.


LAH Council Briefs

Following are highlights from Thursday’s Los Altos Hills City Council meeting.

The next meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. March 20 at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road.


LAH councilmen get early jump, declare quest for re-election

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When Gary Waldeck and John Radford first ran for Los Altos Hills City Council in 2010, they were political adversaries, each seeking a seat. Four years later, they not only get along well, Waldeck and Radford intend to run for re-election as a slate.

Waldeck and Radford announced their candidacies for the two open seats last week, well before the Aug. 8 filing deadline. The election is scheduled Nov. 4. They decided to run together to cut campaign costs and, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, suggested that it would burden residents with fewer election materials.


Left in the dark, residents question power outages

As the season’s first major rainstorms swept through the area earlier this month, some Los Altos residents expressed frustration with interruptions in their residential power service.

“Neighbors had various experiences with flashes of electricity going on, then off over a few minutes,” wrote one resident of Fallen Leaf Lane of a power outage Feb. 9. “My house on Fallen Leaf was dark for at least 20 minutes before we gave up trying to finish cooking dinner in the dark and went out to a restaurant to eat instead.”


Despite drought, LAH still swimming with pools

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Pools dot the landscape in Los Altos Hills, as demonstrated in this aerial view. The town has issued 241 pool permits over the past 15 years.

California may be experiencing chronic drought conditions, but local homeowners continue to build and use their swimming pools with no signs of stopping.

A quick glance at last week’s Los Altos Hills Planning Commission agenda revealed that each of the five development permit applicants request swimming pools onsite. If the permits are approved, the applicants will join 241 other homeowners in Los Altos Hills granted swimming-pool permits over the past 15 years, according to town records.


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