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LAH Councilman Larsen resigns


Los Altos Hills Councilman Rich Larsen will vacate his post effective Sept. 1, he announced Thursday at the monthly city council meeting.

Larsen, a longtime Los Altos Hills resident who served more than six years in public office, including a stint as mayor, plans to retire and move to Carmel with his wife, Daryl, and their children and grandchildren.

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PTC addresses plans for Loyola Corners

Following are highlights from the Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission’s June 18 meeting.

Loyola Corners building proposal

The PTC undertook a preapplication design review for a potential project at Loyola Corners to provide developers with early design input.

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Shared-lands committee mulls use of civic center


Courtesy of City of Los Altos
The Los Altos City-Schools Public Lands Ad Hoc Committee will discuss the possibility of sharing the city’s 18-acre civic center property, excluding Hillview Park and Community Center, lower right.

There’s a possibility that Los Altos’ next public school will share land with the city’s civic center.

The Los Altos City Council June 9 officially permitted the Los Altos City-Schools Public Lands Ad Hoc Committee to discuss leasing part of the civic center site to the Los Altos School District.

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LAH water rates set to increase incrementally, effective July 1


Courtesy of Bartle Wells Associates
The graph shows proposed water-rate increases approved by the Purissima Hills Water District Board of Directors last week. Although monthly readiness-to-serve charges will remain the same, Los Altos Hills residents will notice an increase in water-consumption charges in bills mailed on or after July 1.

Los Altos Hills residents may start rethinking their water-use habits as rates begin a three-year upward trajectory next month.

With a unanimous vote, the Purissima Hills Water District’s five-member board of directors approved a resolution June 10 outlining rate hikes. The district’s customers – two-thirds of Los Altos Hills’ residents (approximately 6,150 people) and 10 businesses – will see the changes reflected on bills sent on or after July 1.

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LASD may backtrack on teacher raises, seek parcel-tax renewal


Before the Los Altos School District adopts its budget at Monday’s board meeting, trustees must agree on strategies to prevent depleting reserves below the 3 percent state-mandated minimum.

Budget projections show that district reserve funds will be drained by the 2017-2018 school year because of the parcel-tax expiration, enrollment growth, increases in district contributions to the State Teachers’ Retirement System and 10 percent annual growth in health insurance costs.

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Miramonte/Covington upgrades to include sidewalk, crosswalk – not stoplight


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council voted June 9 to continue working toward its pedestrian-safety upgrades at the Miramonte Avenue and Covington Road intersection.

Pedestrian upgrades are en route to the corner of Miramonte Avenue and Covington Road.

The Los Altos City Council unanimously directed staff June 9 to move forward with the Blach Neighborhood Traffic Study’s current plan for upgrades, which includes a sidewalk with pedestrian ramps and enhanced crosswalk striping.

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Construction continues at The Terraces

The Los Altos City Council at its May 26 meeting granted The Terraces at Los Altos an additional 18 months to complete an ongoing construction project.

As construction proceeds, the continuing-care retirement community at 373 Pine Lane is home to 95 seniors.

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