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LA councilwoman echoes former campaign manager's concerns


 

Councilwoman Lynette Lee Eng devoted extra attention to two items on the June 13 Los Altos City Council meeting agenda – the same issues her former campaign manager Roberta Phillips raised as a member of the public earlier in the meeting.

During the public comment portion of the council meeting, Phillips emphasized two issues: the Los Altos General Plan and street resurfacing.

Los Altos Hills volunteers lambast consultant's assessment


Courtesy of Management Partners
A “word cloud” from Management Partners’ supplemental report assessing the town operations of Los Altos Hills includes terms residents participating in a focus group selected to best describe their town.

Some incredulous snorting emanated from the back of the council chambers when Los Altos Hills Mayor Gary Waldeck summed up the $44,000 assessment councilmembers commissioned to evaluate town operations.

“In the end, I think it was a pretty good assessment,” went the offending summary.

DMV cracks down on placard abuse

Recent DMV investigations to curb disabled parking placard abuse resulted in four citations in Mountain View last month.

Two of the citations were issued to drivers caught using their respective mothers’ parking placards, according to Jessica Gonzales of the California DMV public affairs office. She noted that the other two drivers were cited for displaying placards that belonged to an ex-father-in-law and a deceased mother-in-law.

El Camino Hospital board names new CEO


The El Camino Hospital Board of Directors approved the appointment of Dan Woods as the hospital’s new CEO at its June 14 board meeting.

Woods replaces interim CEO Donald C. Sibery, hired after the hospital opted not to renew the contract of the previous CEO, Tomi Ryba, last August.

LA council to review First Street plaza Tuesday



A new rendering of the First Street Green shows an amphitheater and shady areas provided by trees, trellises and umbrellas. A backdrop to the stage, seen at the bottom right of the image, buffers residents from the sound of concerts at night. Rendering Courtesy of LACI

The Los Altos City Council is scheduled to review a proposal for an open-space plaza on First Street during a study session at Tuesday’s council meeting.

The public park is being offered through Anne Wojcicki’s foundation. Plans call for the half-acre park to occupy a portion of Public Parking Plaza 7. Developers at Wojcicki’s Los Altos Community Investments (LACI) are filing a separate formal design review application this week for a neighboring three-story office building with three levels of underground parking. An estimated 67 above-ground spaces at the current site of the plaza would be replaced by 107 public underground stalls, a net gain of 40 spaces.

Measure N watchdog suggests residential land for 10th school site


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A 10th school site could provide a new campus for Bullis Charter School, which currently shares land with Egan Junior High on West Portola Avenue in Los Altos, left, and Blach Intermediate School.

As the Los Altos School District continues to explore commercial Mountain View properties for housing a new school site, a member of the committee tasked with overseeing the purchase is questioning whether it makes more sense to target residential properties in Los Altos or Los Altos Hills instead.

In two open letters presented to the district board of trustees early this month, Measure N Bond Citizens Oversight Committee member John Swan offered three examples of residential properties priced or valued between $1 million and $3.5 million per acre, a comparatively paltry sum compared to the estimated $15 million-per-acre cost for commercial Mountain View land.


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