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Charities take center stage during Los Altos Hills budget talks


Courtesy of the Town of Los Altos Hills
Although Los Altos Hills’ 2014-15 budget of $12.8 million carries a general fund deficit of $34,000, City Manager Carl Cahill reported that a $4 million general-fund balance and reserves for storm drain, pathway and street maintenance leaves the town in “sound fiscal health.”

While the allocation of $2.3 million for sewer costs was among the largest expenditures in Los Altos Hills’ 2014-2015 budget, the appropriation of $30,000 to continue community service grant programs monopolized the discussion at Thursday’s city council meeting.

After local residents characterized the town’s grant program as a “Tammany Hall-style” move by altruistic councilmembers who were “currying favor with nonprofits,” Mayor John Radford lashed out at the perception that had been prompted by what he implied was a rogue campaign by one of his colleagues – Councilwoman Courtenay C. Corrigan.

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Council adjusts fees for downtown EV stations


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved a fee adjustment for the city’s downtown electric-vehicle charging stations, setting the new rate at 32 cents per kilowatt-hour. The city previously charged $1 per hour.

The Los Altos City Council last week unanimously approved a fee change for its downtown electric-vehicle charging stations in an effort to recoup operating costs.

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Police Blotter

Residential burglary

June 16, 9:55 a.m., 0-100 block of Angela Drive: An unknown suspect pried open the side door to the garage of a home that was being remodeled. At the time of the police report, the victims were uncertain if any items were stolen from the home.

Disturbance

June 16, 1:44 p.m., 300 block of State Street: A resident called police to report that a group of juveniles skateboarding downtown nearly knocked over an elderly person.

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Rise in infected mosquitoes triggers local fogging


Courtesy of the Santa Clara County Vector Control District
Areas of Los Altos, Mountain View and Sunnyvale, in green, were scheduled to undergo fogging this week to stop the spread of West Nile virus.

The bite of summer’s notorious insect – the mosquito – is potentially packing a bigger punch this year. Mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus have popped up in the area, prompting the Santa Clara County Vector Control District to take steps to prevent the transmission from insect to human.

After responding to the report of a dead crow, a bird prone to West Nile virus, near the intersection of Fremont and Mary avenues in Sunnyvale, district officials confirmed the presence of the virus in mosquitoes at collection sites in Los Altos, Mountain View and Sunnyvale last week. The district authorized an Ultra Low Volume fogging of insecticides Tuesday – after the Town Crier’s deadline – over a 1-mile radius that included parts of Los Altos and Mountain View.

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Symphony to end bumpy season on high note


Town Crier File Photo
Peninsula Symphony closes out its season with a free concert in Los Altos Saturday.

Peninsula Symphony is scheduled to perform its final concert of the season 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday on the Hillview Soccer Field, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. The free performance is part of the city’s annual Summer Concert Series.

Comprising 105 volunteer musicians, the symphony will perform a program with the theme “Way Out West,” featuring popular songs from famous Western productions like Richard Rodgers’ “Oklahoma!” and Aaron Copland’s “Rodeo.” According to organizers, the musicians will sport cowboy hats and bandannas to support the theme and create a fun, family environment. Despite their casual appearance at the laid-back event, interim Executive Director Andrea Temkin said the symphony’s repertoire is “actually one of their more challenging programs.”

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Charity or community engagement: Los Altos Hills grants trigger discussion


Town Crier File Photo
The Los Altos Hills City Council is discussing the benefits of its service grants to nonprofit organizations like Hidden Villa.

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Community center update hits halfway point


Rendering Courtesy of City of Los ALtos
City consultants plan to develop site scenarios for the northwest and southeast quadrants of the civic center.

The Los Altos City Council last week inched past the midpoint of updating the city’s plan to build a new community center.

During a nearly four-hour session June 10, the council approved items to advance the city’s bid to replace Hillview Community Center into a phase that includes exploring site planning and financing scenarios.

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