LA council votes to delay community center update

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The Los Altos City Council voted to delay adoption of a community center conceptual design plan last week. The plan includes elements from a design charette held earlier this fall, left.

The Los Altos City Council last week opted to delay the review and approval of a community center conceptual design plan until after its two newest members take their seats.

At a specially scheduled Nov. 11 meeting, the council voted 4-1 to hold off on reviewing – and potentially adopting – a conceptual plan to replace Hillview Community Center so that councilmembers-elect Jean Mordo and Mary Prochnow can have a say in the matter.


Spate of affordable housing coming soon to Los Altos

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Randy Lamb’s First Street condominium development includes five below-market-rate units for sale.

Three significant construction projects in Los Altos should be completed within the next 12-18 months, and all include affordable housing units.

According to Los Altos Planning Services Manager David Kornfield, the city is slated to add 24 below-market-rate (BMR) units – including 17 rentals – in the next year and a half. The new BMRs will be offered at the 48-unit condominium project at 100 First St., the Colonnade apartments at 4750 El Camino Real and the mixed-use office and 20-unit condo development at 86 Third St.


Monitoring, new tools may help fend off flu epidemic

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To prevent the flu from spreading, Bullis Charter School students receive hand wipes as they enter the classroom, above. Apps like SickWeather, left, track flu outbreaks.

In cyclical fashion, the flu season emerges each fall, prompting a rush to local pharmacies and doctors’ offices for preventive shots or nasal sprays.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between 5 and 20 percent of the population fall victim to the virus each year. The CDC recommends flu shots for everyone 6 months of age and older. Although a flu shot is highly effective in preventing the onset of influenza – a CDC study reports a 77 percent reduction in flu-related hospitalizations for vaccinated adults over the age of 50 – risks still exist, particularly if those who are contagious act irresponsibly.


Police Blotter


Nov. 16, 2:53 a.m., Grant and Covington roads: Police arrested a male motorist for driving under the influence of alcohol after he failed a field sobriety test. The suspect was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.


Nov. 15, 4:33 p.m., 900 block of North San Antonio Road: Police admonished a homeless man for panhandling near the restroom area of the ARCO gas station. The transient left the property without incident, police reported.


LAH Council Briefs

Following are highlights from the Nov. 10 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting. The next meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. Dec. 11 at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road.

New policy bolsters ability to collect donations

In a unanimous vote, councilmembers approved a new town policy for accepting donations.


News Brief

Federal grand jury indicts Feathers

Los Altos resident Mark Feathers was arrested last week and released on bond after being charged by a federal grand jury with 29 counts of fraud.

The securities and mail fraud charges relate to Feathers’ Small Business Capital Corp., which the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission brought to court more than two years ago for misusing investor funds and overstating its financial stability. S.B. Capital had collected approximately $50 million in investments.


LAHS 20-year reunion set for Nov. 29

Los Altos High School Class of 1994 tickets are on sale for the 20-year reunion, scheduled 7 p.m. next Saturday (Nov. 29) at First and Main Bar & Grill in downtown Los Altos. Tickets are $60 each and are sold on
For more information, visit the reunion Facebook page:

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