Hillview Community Center project head leaves position

The project manager for the Hillview Community Center overhaul has stepped down after nearly two years of coordinating the preparation and planning for a redesign that could break ground as soon as June.

Los Altos City Manager Chris Jordan last week confirmed that Theresa Yee’s resignation was effective March 29.

Officials posted the job on the city website, along with listings for 11 other open positions. Other recent departures include Engineering Services Manager Chris Lamm and Transportation Services Manager Aruna Bodduna. Lamm left Los Altos in January after nearly five years with the city to take an assistant public works director job with the city of Menlo Park; Bodduna departed after just more than a year with Los Altos and was recently hired as transportation manager for the city of Mountain View

Jordan and his remaining staff have sought to fill the gap created by the resignations of Lamm, Bodduna and Public Works Director Susanna Chan – now the assistant general manager for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District – by hiring a few consultants to assist with projects in the engineering department. The consultants will now tack on management of the Hillview project to their list of responsibilities, Jordan said in an email to the Town Crier.

Chan and Bodduna both resigned from their posts after facing heavy criticism from residents opposed to the Miramonte Avenue pathway project (the delay of which resulted in the loss of a $1 million Valley Transportation Authority grant) and the West Portola Avenue crosswalk improvements project (now being altered), respectively.

When asked by the Town Crier about the surge in departures, all five members of the Los Altos City Council declined to comment.

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