Survey indicates satisfaction with downtown

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Residents' satisfaction with downtown has increased over the past few years, according to two surveys conducted by Godbe Research.

The results of a recent survey indicate that Los Altos residents are significantly more satisfied with downtown than they were three years ago.

Godbe Research, which conducted this year’s survey, drew information from telephone interviews with 401 residents. The quantitative survey of a representative sample of residents included data-tracking questions to follow up a 2012 survey, as well as benchmark inquiries that hadn’t yet been asked.


LASD begins looking into parcel-tax renewal

The Los Altos School District might be asking voters for more money soon. District trustees got the ball rolling in that direction last week by hiring consultants to work with them on a parcel-tax plan.

Measure E – the district’s $193 parcel-tax addition – expires in June 2017. The measure, passed in 2011, was designed to help the district endure the economic slump at the time.


LAH council selects Spreen

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Fred Gallagher, right, congratulates Roger Spreen after the Los Altos Hills City Council appointed Spreen to the vacant council seat.

Neither cheers nor boos accompanied the announcement indicating which candidate would ascend to the Los Altos Hills City Council dais. Instead, council chambers remained silent as members of the audience and council absorbed the news.

“Roger Spreen,” Mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan said, reading the ballot Sept. 29. “We’d like to make an appointment of the open, vacated seat.”


LAH council cuts charitable grants to $30,000

The number of charitable grants approved by the Los Altos Hills City Council is on the decline – and so is the amount of money distributed.

Councilmembers Sept. 17 chose to divide $30,000 among four organizations during the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The funds – offered through the town’s Community Service Agencies Grant Program – are earmarked for the Community Health Awareness Council ($10,000), Hidden Villa ($10,000), Deer Hollow Farm ($5,000) and the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce ($5,000).


Plans proceed on Loyola Corners update

Los Altos has initiated the process for updating the 25-year-old Loyola Corners Neighborhood Commercial Center Specific Plan.

Following direction from the Los Altos City Council Sept. 15, city staff will develop an approach, likely first securing a consultant to assess viable industry for the commercial center.


Friends of LA favors Measure A

The nonprofit organization Friends of Los Altos is on board with Measure A.

The FOLA Board of Directors Sept. 28 revealed that it has endorsed the proposal to rebuild the Hillview Community Center. Los Altos residents are slated to vote on the $65 million bond measure Nov. 3.


VTA says review validates El Camino Real rapid-bus project

An outside review of the controversial El Camino Real bus project that prioritizes public transit, released last week, largely affirmed Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s analysis of impacts to traffic and neighborhood streets.

The VTA proposal could set aside two of El Camino’s six vehicle lanes for dedicated bus transit, including the portion running through Los Altos and Mountain View.


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