Hillview redo opponents say project 'doesn't add up'

Some Measure A opponents expressed concerned that the ultimate design of the renovated Hillview Community Center and Park would eliminate open space.

Five Los Altos residents last week submitted the primary argument against November’s Measure A, the $65 million bond that would partially fund the overhaul of Hillview Community Center and Park.

In the filed document, the concerned taxpayers contend that the project – estimated at $87 million total, including funds from the city’s reserves – “doesn’t add up.” The group claims that the project is too expensive, includes unknown costs, is oversized for residents’ needs and focuses on the wrong priorities.


Fire authorities on high alert due to drought

Voracious wildfires threatening homes and forestlands across the state have attracted national attention, including the watchful eyes of local officials concerned that persistent drought conditions could contribute to similar blazes in the Bay Area.

Lightning fires ignited late last month continue to menace tens of thousands of acres within the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Within the Sierra National Forest, a blaze allegedly started by a teenage boy charred more than 5,700 acres. And in Southern California, the Anza fire between Temecula and Palm Desert grew to 500 acres before firefighters reached 100 percent containment last week.


Project stabilizes Redwood Grove creekside

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A Granite Rock Co. crew begins work on the city’s Redwood Grove rehabilitation project Monday. The project includes upgrades to the park’s walkways and creek stabilization.

Redwood Grove Nature Preserve is getting spruced up this week.

The Los Altos City Council July 28 budgeted $525,600 for a creek rehabilitation project and renovation of a trail stairway in the park. Work began Monday and is scheduled to wrap up in late October. The park will remain open during construction, but the park’s boardwalk, creek and pedestrian bridge will be closed in the areas undergoing upgrades.


LASD receives feedback and continues site acquisition search

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Local residents attend an April forum on Los Altos School District enrollment-growth solutions. The feedback from the April event helped shape recent online forum scenarios.

While taking no official action on how to spend the Los Altos School District’s $150 million in Measure N bond funds, district trustees continue to gauge community feedback to inform future decisions on how best to accommodate enrollment growth.

Board of Trustees President Steve Taglio said that after receiving input from online community forums last week, he thinks the majority of the board still favors “expanding the footprint” – that is, finding a new site to house a 10th school campus.


Council reconsiders Enchanté food service

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The Los Altos City Council will consider Enchanté's use-permit amendment that allowed the hotel to open its plaza for public food and beverage service.

The Los Altos City Council plans to review Tuesday the Planning and Transportation Commission’s decision to approve public food and beverage service on the Enchanté Boutique Hotel plaza.

The PTC is the decision-making body for use-permit applications for businesses proposed in existing structures, such as the hotel. In accordance with city code, two councilmembers may initiate a review of any decision that is appealable to the council. In this case, Councilwoman Megan Satterlee, Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins and Mayor Jan Pepper requested that the issue be added to an upcoming agenda.


Police Blotter

Police search

Much of southern Mountain View experienced a late night Saturday as a Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office helicopter hovered overhead until near midnight, assisting in a police search centered on El Camino Real and Grant Road.

Shino Tanaka, Mountain View Police public information officer, said witness reports of a bleeding man in the area at 9 p.m. prompted a two-hour search for a suspect in a possible assault with a deadly weapon. Near midnight on Castro Street, police identified a 19-year-old man described as a transient resident of Mountain View who was bleeding from a puncture wound on his abdomen. He was transported to the hospital.


Council reviews priorities, projects

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A design charrette in November 2014, above, was among the many sessions involving public input for the Hillview project.

Now more than halfway through the year, the Los Altos City Council convened July 14 to target goals for the remainder of 2015.

The council in February adopted four major goals: continue prudent fiscal management, address aging infrastructure, develop a downtown plan and promote effective government. To accomplish each goal, the council identified various projects and target completion dates.


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