Rotarians lead effort for veterans plaza at Foothill College

Rendering Courtesy of Rotary Club of Los ALtos
Preliminary plans for a new plaza at Foothill include a garden element and an “S” wall.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos is partnering with Foothill College to build a new campus plaza for student veterans, horticulture students and students with disabilities.

The plaza, to be located adjacent to the Veterans Resource Center, will be dedicated in memory of Capt. Matt Manoukian, a U.S. Marine killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan in 2012. Manoukian is the son of Los Altos Hills residents Superior Court Judge Socrates “Pete” Manoukian and state appellate court Associate Justice Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian.


City manager granted raise, added job security


The Los Altos City Council Oct. 27 unanimously approved a pay raise and job-security measure for City Manager Marcia Somers.

The council selects, appoints and annually evaluates the city manager’s performance. According to a report prepared by Mayor Jan Pepper and Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins, this year’s “favorable overall ratings” earned Somers a new base salary of $209,040, boosting her pay by 3 percent over the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The new salary is retroactive to July 1.


Controversial city official resigns


The Los Altos City Council accepted the resignation of the Community Development Director James Walgren Oct. 27, voting 4-1 to approve the settlement and release agreement, with Councilwoman Megan Satterlee dissenting.

The vote came in closed session prior to the public council meeting. The agreement, discussed with legal counsel, grants Walgren $20,000 and paid leave through March 31, unless he is employed elsewhere for more than 24 hours per week.


LAH Planning Commission considers new antenna policies

Imagine a Loma Prieta-grade earthquake in Los Altos Hills: The power is out, fires blaze, cellphone signals are jammed and emergency officials are spread thin – too thin.


Stevens Creek Trail project may move on without Los Altos

After analyzing potential routes to connect the Stevens Creek Trail, a regional team has issued its final recommendations – and none includes a designated path through Los Altos.

“I feel confident that the recommendation the four cities came up with is the best recommendation from the trail perspective and respectful of the residential perspective,” said Los Altos Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins, the city’s representative on the joint effort.


Simitian headlines Lehigh status meeting

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian is slated to host a public information meeting on the Lehigh Southwest Cement Co. quarry 7 p.m. today at Cupertino Community Hall, 10350 Torre Ave.

The meeting will address the status of the various oversight agencies and permits for the cement plant and quarry, located on Stevens Creek Boulevard in Cupertino. Agency staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions from the public.


Measure A fails by wide margin

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Town Crier File Photo
Election polling places popped up throughout Los Altos today.

At the conclusion of Election Day tallying, the majority of Los Altos voters rejected Measure A, the $65 million bond measure that would have enabled the overhaul of Hillview Community Center and Park.


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