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Hospital district seeks input as it weighs board structure

The El Camino Healthcare District plans to vote to change the structure of its board of directors in the coming months and seeks public input on the process.

The two options, an expanded model and an alternate model, will be discussed at a special district board meeting May 15. Public comment is due by May 3.

Changes at Loyola Corners scrapped

Despite an economic analysis that stated pedestrian-friendly businesses and more housing would help the neighborhood, the Loyola Corners district will not change one iota.

Ceding to residents’ wishes, members of the Los Altos City Council and the Planning and Transportation Commission last week directed staff to draft a memo ending the current development moratorium while clarifying the existing specific plan.

Supporters push for funding downtown library

Image courtesy of Bob Simon
Downtown library supporters offer an example of where a new building could be located – in this case, Parking Plaza 8 at Third and State streets.

Imagine a 40,000-square-foot public library occupying one of the city-owned parking plazas in downtown Los Altos. Imagine parking within the confines of the building, hidden from view. Imagine a large lecture hall and stage in the library that could house Los Altos Stage Company performances as well as library events.

Imaginations ran wild in the wake of a presentation that included such scenarios at an April 17 meeting of the Community Center Alliance (CCA), a grass-roots citizens group formed to provide input and direction on community center redevelopment.

Short-term rental rules on the horizon in LAH

In a perfect world, each of Los Altos Hills’ five city councilmembers would receive $200 toward the Airbnb stay of his or her choice. The experience, resident Scott Vanderlip suggested at Thursday’s council meeting, could influence the town’s ongoing development of short-term rental regulations.

“Get that whole perspective,” Vanderlip said. “I’d hate to see the town start to implement all these policies without really being on that side of the field. … It’s not as bad as it seems. In fact, it’s really pretty good.”

Downtown Vision kickoff solicits input from residents

Megan V. WInslow/town Crier
Residents draw their commutes through downtown Los Altos on a posterboard. City staff hope that by getting a sense of how people traverse the city, the Downtown Vision process could identify ways to make their lives easier.

Los Altos officials held a kickoff event for the city’s Downtown Vision project April 18 at Veterans Community Plaza, generating excitement over what the future of the downtown could hold.

Los Altos City Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins delivered opening remarks that laid out the city’s hopes to reach out to people as the first step in creating a plan for future development.

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