Los Altos honors resident for historical preservation

The Los Altos City Council recognized Margaret Thompson, third from right, as its 2014 Historic Preservation Award winner last week. Pictured with Thompson, from left, are Linda Eckols and Historical Commissioners Walter Chapman, Denise Welsh, Janis Ahmadjian-Baer and Robert Mabe.

The Los Altos City Council last week honored Margaret Thompson as the city’s 2014 Historic Preservation Award recipient.

Mayor Megan Satterlee presented Thompson – known for the annual Historical Essay Contest that bears her name – with a proclamation that acknowledged her “contributions to historic preservation of our city.”


Council narrowly approves controversial house project

The Los Altos City Council last week narrowly approved a Ray Avenue family’s home reconstruction project, despite some neighborhood concerns about its size and appearance.

The council voted 3-2 in favor of Stefi and Anand Ganesan’s resubmitted plans to construct a 3,278-square-foot, two-story home at 1055 Ray Ave. Councilwomen Jeannie Bruins and Jan Pepper voted against the project.


LAH Council Briefs

The Los Altos Hills City Council voted to advance a preliminary proposal for a 1.64-acre dog park near the intersection of Purissima and Elena roads.

Following are highlights from the June 19 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting. For details of the town’s budget discussion, see the story in the June 25 paper. The next meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. July 16 at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road.

Bats keep swinging at Purissima fields

The council unanimously renewed a three-year contract with Los Altos and Los Altos Hills Little League for use of Purissima Park.


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.


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.


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.


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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