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Changes in employer pension funding hit LASD


The financial outlook for the Los Altos School District appeared a little less bright after changes to the state budget required increasing employer contributions to state pension funds.

The expectation was that with rising property-tax collections, the district would be in a healthier financial position than in the past few years.

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Report details cost-recovery efforts for city recreation services


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Community-supported services for seniors, among other groups, recovered 28 percent of direct costs in 2012-2013.

A report at the Los Altos City Council’s June 17 meeting revealed that the city’s recreation programming is subsidized at a lower rate than some nearby cities.

Los Altos Recreation Director Beverly Tucker told the council that her department – which manages approximately 2,000 activities annually – operated at a combined 89 percent direct cost-recovery level during the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

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Mtn. View names new police chief


Max Bosel

A longtime local will take the lead at Mountain View's police department in August. City Manager Dan Rich announced today (June 27) that Max Bosel would fill the role.

Bosel joined the department as an officer in 1995 and rose to the rank of captain, running three divisions and serving as both interim police chief and interim assistant city manager.

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City, LASD weigh options for school sites


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Members of the Los Altos City Council and the Los Altos School District met last week to discuss potential school sites, including Rosita Park.

Officials from the city of Los Altos and the Los Altos School District met last week to discuss potential solutions for the district’s burgeoning enrollment and a permanent site for Bullis Charter School. They also pledged to keep talking.

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Symphony back in black as embezzlement case continues


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Supporters rallied to rebuild Peninsula Symphony’s funding this year, holding together a music nonprofit that performs in parks and local schools as well as concert halls.

The former executive director of Los Altos’ Peninsula Symphony is expected back in court July 16 for a plea hearing in his alleged misuse of the nonprofit organization’s funds.

Stephen Jay Carlton, charged with embezzlement, grand theft and tax evasion, was arrested in February – six months after board members discovered that the symphony’s two bank accounts were nearly empty.

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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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