Food truck ordinance finalized

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In a 4-1 vote on Jan. 28 the Los Altos city council voted to ban mobile food trucks, like the one above, from parking within 300 feet of public schools, parks, playgrounds and recreational facilities.

The Los Altos City Council last week voted 4-1 in favor of an ordinance that would regulate food truck operations within city limits.

Councilwoman Jan Pepper cast the lone dissenting vote after asking her colleagues to forgo the ordinance in favor of a community workshop with the affected residents “to come up with something that’s workable for everyone.”


LASD conducts survey on potential school bond

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Bullis Charter School students file into a portable classroom. A potential school bond may include portable classroom replacement and new multipurpose rooms for the school among other facility projects.

A bond measure to improve local school facilities may be on the horizon.

The Los Altos School District is surveying likely voters on what they would support in terms of a possible November bond. In December, the district board of trustees approved a contract with EMC Research to poll local voters on whether they would approve a school bond and the parameters for an affirmative vote.


LASD submits preliminary facilities offer to BCS

The Los Altos School District delivered its preliminary facilities offer for the 2014-2015 school year to Bullis Charter School Saturday, lifting site-specific grade-level restrictions.

Similar to the charter school’s current configuration, the introductory offer would split facilities between Egan Junior High and Blach Intermediate schools. The district’s offer allocated facilities assuming that K-4 charter school students would attend Egan and students in grades 5-8 would attend Blach.


Police Blotter

Residential burglary

Jan. 28, 9:23 a.m., 1200 block of Brentwood Street: An unknown suspect entered a home construction site overnight by cutting a lock. Tools and other items were stolen.

Mail thefts

Jan. 28, 3:21 p.m., 100 block of Hawthorne Avenue: A resident contacted police after learning that an unknown suspect stole a mail package containing personal checks she recently ordered from her bank. The resident declined to file a police report.


Open Space District approves vision plan, considers bond measure

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The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District selected Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve as one of 25 priority projects in its long-term vision plan.

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District officials propose improvements to Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve in their long-term vision plan.

At the conclusion of a nearly 10-month vision planning process, the district prioritized projects for the next 40 years based on scientific analysis and public input gathered via five public meetings and its online website.


Council approves funds for civic center update

The Los Altos City Council last week unanimously approved funding of up to $184,000 for the services of a consultant to lead the update of its five-year-old Civic Center Master Plan.

The decision to retain the services of Anderson Brulé Architects – a consultant for the original 2009 master plan – came after the council opted earlier in January to move forward with a 10-month time frame for the revamp design. As previously reported by the Town Crier, the update focuses primarily on replacing the aging Hillview Community Center with a new multiuse, multigenerational facility.


News Brief

Reeder receives leadership award

David Reeder, member of the El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors, received the 2013 Leadership in Governance Award from the California Hospital Association.

Reeder was appointed to the board in 1999 and has since been re-elected three times. His current term expires in November.


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