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Council OKs diversity resolution amid full house

s residents hold placards promoting the Diverse Community resolution at last week’s Los Altos City Council meeting. The council approved the resolution. courtesy of Nancy Bremeau

As placards flew, the Los Altos City Council Feb. 14 adopted a Diverse Community resolution that sets out to “oppose any attempts to undermine the safety, security and rights of members of our community and rejects bigotry in all its forms.”

The Peninsula Peace and Justice Center advocated for the resolution, approved 4-0 with Councilwoman Lynette Lee Eng abstaining. The resolution encourages law enforcement to hold all local residents, regardless of immigration status, to the same standards. Center representatives expressed concern over the safety of Latin Americans, Muslims and Jews during a time of what they see as rising intolerance.

Kitchen OK means kids may leave

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Seniors at the Grant Park Community Center will have a bit more space in 2017 after the Los Altos City Council approved a plan to expand senior services at the south Los Altos outpost.

The Los Altos City Council voted Feb. 14 to explore the option of installing a commercial kitchen at Grant Park as part of an expansion of community programs. In the process, a preschool at the center may need to find a new home.

The council vote, which went 4-1, with Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins opposed, will add space for seniors at the facility – space currently occupied by Petits Confettis, a 27-student French immersion school for children ages 2-5.

PTC encourages housing on El Camino

Concerns over tall buildings impacting those living near El Camino Real drew more than 30 Los Altos residents to the Feb. 16 Planning and Transportation Commission meeting.

Two separate plans determine building heights on El Camino Real and the setbacks required between commercial or multifamily homes and the single-family districts behind El Camino. The Planning and Transportation Commission Thursday suggested updates to the Commercial Thoroughfare zoning in an attempt to rationalize planning going forward.

Council's mudslinging clears path to committee term limits

A heated committee appointment session from December that has repeatedly pitted two Los Altos Hills city councilmembers against each other culminated Thursday night in guidelines for limiting town committee and commission membership.

Councilmembers Gary Waldeck, John Radford and Courtenay C. Corrigan voted to approve the measure capping committee volunteers to two consecutive four-year terms; Councilmembers Roger Spreen and Michelle Wu dissented.

LA city manager is "speechless" at council priorities


The Los Altos City Council had an opportunity to set its 2017 goals at last week’s council meeting, but a lack of consensus led to a moment of exasperation from the city manager.

After the five councilmembers offered their feedback on the city’s 2017 Strategic Priorities, City Manager Chris Jordan expressed shock at the changes suggested just weeks after the council retreat.

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