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Final civic center forum tonight

The final presentation on the proposed rebuilding of the Los Altos Civic Center is scheduled 7 p.m. tonight in the city’s Grant Park multipurpose room, 1575 Holt Ave.

“It’s everyone’s last chance to get educated via a live person,” said civic center meeting presenter Duncan MacVicar. “Future meetings on this subject will probably be by a campaign committee, designed to motivate people to vote yes, whereas these meetings are designed to be objective and educational.”

Former Mayor Lou Becker is scheduled to conduct the presentation. He will explain the motivation behind the proposal and describe the master plan to replace the existing facilities in the civic center. The public is invited to attend, ask questions and provide input.

“Los Altos residents need to become educated about this development so that they can make informed decisions when the issue comes to a ballot as a bond measure,” MacVicar said.

The civic center plan includes rebuilding city hall, the police station and the former Hillview school that houses the Los Altos Senior Center. The estimated cost of Phase 1, which includes these renovations, is $81 million, $65 million of which would be funded by a bond. Supporters plan a citywide survey next month, followed by a bond measure in August, pending sufficient public support.

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