Los Altos city clerk quits after six months

The city of Los Altos lists nine job openings on its website. The total will be 10 when city clerk Dennis Hawkins departs next month.

Residents, city officials put discussions of natural gas ban on back burner

The coronavirus threat has prompted postponement of Sunday’s scheduled Los Altos forum on the pros and cons of a natural gas ban. A local grassroots group, Los Altos Residents, had organized the discussion. A makeup date has yet to be announced.

The Los Altos City Council is considering a ban on natural gas in new home construction and in major remodels. Several residents voiced opposition to the ban when members of the city’s Environmental Commission discussed reach codes at their March 9 meeting. Reach codes are building energy codes that “reach” beyond minimum state requirements in building design and construction.

Flying the coop: Bird-loving artist reclaims State Street sculpture

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Artist Eileen Fitz-Faulkner’s “Mutha Hen” sculpture, installed on State Street as part of the Los Altos sculpture loan program for the past two years, is set to return to the artist – unless a local resident wants to purchase it and donate it to the city.

With its earth tones and short stature, the “Mutha Hen” statue largely melds into the landscape fronting the Pho Cabin restaurant at the corner of State and Third streets. Passersby have gotten used to the chicken – described by its creator as “a friendly barnyard hen” – and its presence in downtown Los Altos over the past two years.

Funding from LA nonprofits for bocce ball at Grant Park faces residents' objections

Grant Park
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A city maintenance worker aerates the grass next to the basketball courts in Grant Park in late February. Bocce ball enthusiasts have proposed the area, which sits alongside the Newcastle Drive and Holt Avenue portion of the park, as a location for two courts.

The bocce ball will soon be in the Los Altos City Council’s court. 

But before the council decides whether or not to accept a $40,000 grant from two local philanthropic groups to build two bocce ball courts in Grant Park, the Parks and Recreation Commission will review the proposal next month. The possibility was discussed at the city’s Senior Commission meeting March 2 – and members recommended accepting the grant. 

Local ADU experts answer questions about new laws

More than 120 people attended “The Nuts and Bolts of ADUs in Los Altos,” a panel discussion the Los Altos Affordable Housing Alliance hosted last week, intent on learning about new state legislation on accessory dwelling units and its impact on city policy.

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