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Los Altos council seeks residents' input on priorities for 2017

The Los Altos City Council plans to review its constituents’ priorities before councilmembers depart for their annual retreat Jan. 21.

To learn what Los Altos residents want to see accomplished in the coming year, the council posted an online public survey that can be filled out through midnight Jan. 18.

Law enforcement spotlights new rules

A new year introduces new laws to California’s books, and local law enforcement officials are keen on spreading awareness about a pair of driving-related mandates in particular: one pertaining to child safety seats and one pertaining to mobile device use.

The passage of Assembly Bill 53 means children under 2 years of age must ride in a rear-facing car seat unless they weigh 40 pounds or more or are 40 inches or taller. Existing California law requires everyone within a motor vehicle to wear some form of safety restraint, and passengers under 8 years old must be secured in an appropriate backseat restraint system.

New LAH mayor lays out 2017 priorities

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New Los Altos Hills Mayor Gary Waldeck outlines his 2017 city council priorities during the Dec. 15 council meeting.

New Los Altos Hills Mayor Gary Waldeck likes to think of his town, the staff and the city council collectively as a softball; rotating it in any direction presents a different perspective each time. And it’s embarking on a 360-degree analysis of that analogous sphere that tops Waldeck’s list of priorities he’d like the city council to tackle this year.

“I think this is good for the town, I think it’s good for the staff and it’s good for the council,” Waldeck said during the Dec. 15 city council meeting. “We can see, identify those strengths and build on them, and identify any weaknesses and fix them.”

Los Altos Library expands hours of operation

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Claire Lee, 4, of Mountain View explores the magical world of Dr. Seuss at the Los Altos main library on a rainy day last week. Thanks to funding from the North County Library Authority, the San Antonio Road branch is now open an extra five hours per week – meaning ample time for curling up with a favorite read.

The Los Altos main library is scheduled to be open an extra five hours each week beginning this month.

The expanded hours are a result of an additional $85,300 in funding from the North County Library Authority and the collaborative effort of Santa Clara County Library District staff in staffing and scheduling the new hours.

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