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LASD rethinks Measure N priorities


To avoid raising expectations, Los Altos School District officials are seeking additional direction from the board of trustees before discussing site-specific facility desires for Measure N bond spending.

At the Feb. 8 board of trustees meeting, Randy Kenyon, assistant superintendent for business services, showed several cost estimates for bond spending that address the board’s top priority – enrollment growth.

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Expect road closures at Loyola Corners starting Friday

Weather permitting, city and county officials plan to close Loyola Corners roads and lanes Friday through March 31 as part of the Santa Clara County Loyola Bridge Widening Project.

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City council offers open office hours

In an effort to engage residents in a new way, the Los Altos City Council has scheduled open office hours at locations throughout the city.

Each week, one councilmember will be available to the public for a two-hour period to answer questions, receive input and discuss topics of interest to community members. All are welcome.

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SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues


Graphic courtesy of Don Gardner
Activists claim that a new SFO flight path leaves a “sound shadow” that impacts Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Sky Posse Los Altos Team – more simply known as SPLAT – seeks to squelch the noise overhead. And they’re not the only ones.

Midpeninsula residents have banded together in the past year to combat the increase in aircraft noise caused by the implementation of NextGen, a Federal Aviation Administration program that converts ground-based radar systems to satellite-based navigation.

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Marijuana ordinances adopted just before deadline repealed

Gov. Jerry Brown has removed a deadline pressuring California cities and counties to address medical marijuana regulations – but not before local officials moved toward establishing their own rules to avoid state ones.

Late last month, the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills city councils both voted unanimously to adopt urgency ordinances largely banning medical marijuana operations in each town.

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Residents' group focuses on Hillview and gathering spaces


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The newly formed Community Center Alliance plans to lobby the Los Altos City Council to plan for recreation facilities, parks and gathering spaces, like at Hillview, left, that meet residents’ expectations.

Following the overwhelming defeat of Measure A last fall, the bond proposal to overhaul Hillview Community Center and Park, a group of residents is looking toward the future of all of Los Altos’ recreation assets.

The Community Center Alliance hosted a kickoff meeting Jan. 23 attended by more than 40 residents.

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LASD opens line of credit for construction funds

While Los Altos School District officials have not issued any of the $150 million in bond funds received through Measure N, they recently opened a line of credit to pay off a few enrollment-growth capital projects.

The district entered into a note purchase agreement with Wells Fargo Bank, which has agreed to lend the district up to $50 million. According to Randy Kenyon, assistant superintendent for business services, the district will only draw money as needed to fund capital projects authorized under Measure N, passed by voters two years ago.

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