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New standard mandates story poles for larger developments


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Story poles, like those erected in Los Altos Hills, above, will enable Los Altos residents to size up a project’s mass and scale during the design review process.

Los Altos residents have a new way to size up development projects.

The Los Altos City Council March 24 voted 3-2 in favor of requiring story poles for all commercial, multifamily and mixed-use projects.

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Council further expands design review process

Story poles won’t be the only attention-grabber for new construction projects – larger posters and more accessible video simulations will alert residents to potential development.

As part of a new Open Government Policy, the Los Altos City Council requested in January that two of the city’s commissions consider expanding public notification for new construction projects.

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Retirement and appointment leave LASD vacancies


Retirement, appointment leave LASD vacancies

The Los Altos School District appointed Sandra McGonagle assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, effective July 1.

McGonagle, current Blach Intermediate School principal and former principal of Santa Rita School, replaces Edsel Clark, who announced his resignation little more than a week ago.

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Burglaries and thefts

March 30, 10:51 a.m., 0-100 block of San Antonio Road: Sometime between Jan. 16 and 18, an unknown suspect stole an iPad from the Los Altos main library. The theft wasn’t reported until March 30.

April 4, 8:56 a.m., 4600 block of El Camino Real: An unknown suspect stole a cashbox and laptop from a suite in an office complex. Police said there was no sign of forced entry.

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Delays expected on Springer, Foothill

Motorists can anticipate delays on two well-traveled roads in Los Altos due to construction projects scheduled to begin this week and next.

Springer Drive sewer repair

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Council eyes bond for Hillview center


The Los Altos City Council accepted an $87.5 million cost model for its preferred layout for replacing Hillview Community Center. 

Residents could cast their votes as soon as November on a bond measure to partially fund the redevelopment of Hillview Park and Community Center.

For the public recreation space, the Los Altos City Council March 24 unanimously supported a two-pronged action: work toward a Nov. 3 bond election and accept an overall cost model of $87.5 million.

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LASD opens real estate negotiations


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees directed its real estate broker to launch negotiations for a parcel of land at 201 San Antonio Circle in Mountain View for a potential 10th school.

The search for the Los Altos School District’s 10th school site took a step forward last week after trustees approved a motion to begin negotiations on a parcel of land in Mountain View.

In a closed session March 23, trustees authorized the district’s real estate broker to open negotiations to purchase land at 201 San Antonio Circle.

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