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LA council approves budget, capital projects

The Los Altos City Council last week approved the city’s 2014-2015 fiscal year operating budget with a unanimous vote. The council also voted 3-2 in favor of adopting an updated 2014-2015 to 2018-2019 capital improvement program (CIP).

The split vote came after Mayor Megan Satterlee successfully sought the elimination of a $50,000 special projects and studies provision of the CIP in future years that the city has previously used to fund new, unanticipated opportunities. The city’s installation last year of new electric-vehicle charging stations at the civic center and Parking Plaza 3, for example, were funded through the special projects and studies provision.

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Police News


Mtn. View names new police chief

A longtime Mountain View resident is scheduled to take the reins of the Mountain View Police Department in August. City Manager Dan Rich announced Friday that Capt. Max Bosel would fill the role vacated by Scott Vermeer, chief for the past 13 years, who retired in June to work in the private sector.

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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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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