LAH city staff makes case for expanded facilities amid meeting-room hopscotch

Los Altos Hills town hall
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos Hills Community Service Supervisor Sarah Robustelli and members of the Parks and Recreation Committee last week pack up their things to vacate the staff lunch room so that the Investment Club could meet. Proposals circulating to expand town hall would provide additional space for residents to meet and for city employees to work.

The Dec. 10 Parks and Recreation Committee meeting, centered on a potential Los Altos Hills Town Hall expansion that could provide additional meeting and activity space for the overtaxed facility, had been underway for a quarter of an hour when members of another group began trickling in and hovering around the table. Wasn’t a Public Art Committee meeting scheduled to commence at that same table in mere minutes?

The room was double booked.

Los Altos council looking to fix traffic problems at Blach

Although police at the Dec. 11 Los Altos City Council meeting confirmed that the “No Stopping” signs on Carmel Terrace and Altamead Drive have not been enforced since 2010, council members decided the signs will remain until there’s a public meeting to discuss a better traffic-calming plan for the area around Blach Intermediate School. 

LA council aims to boost plaza shading design options

Veterans Community Plaza
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A pedestrian walks through Veterans Community Plaza in downtown Los Altos last week. The Los Altos City Council recently decided against spending $90,000 for two shade sails at the plaza. Council members will instead pursue less expensive options for providing shade and/or improvements at the plaza.

Los Altos City Council members determined last week that nearly $90,000 for installation of a shading apparatus at the downtown Veterans Community Plaza was too expensive, opting instead to pay for project designs they could review.

City staff, with support from Rotary Club of Los Altos members, recommended an $89,000 allocation to fund two large “shade sails” at the plaza at the Dec. 11 council meeting.

New Los Altos City Council addresses old divisions at swearing-in ceremony

Lynette Lee Eng
Melissa Hartman/Town Crier
Supporters cheer and wave signs at the swearing-in ceremony of Los Altos’ new mayor, Lynette Lee Eng, pictured at right with Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman.

The two new members of the Los Altos City Council took their seats on the dais Dec. 4, and the council promptly elected Lynette Eng mayor and Jan Pepper vice mayor.

Minimum-wage increases set for LA, MV

Mountain View will raise its minimum wage to $15.65 per hour Jan. 1, while Los Altos will increase its minimum wage to $15.

Both cities have ordinances that mandate incremental hikes over a period of years. Mountain View’s, adopted in 2014, raised wages from $10.30 per hour to $15 effective Jan. 1 of this year. Its ordinance stipulates further increases based on Consumer Price Index inflation adjustments, which accounts for the 2019 increase.

In wake of scandal, Los Altos Planning Commission aims to move forward

 Area 151
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The owners of Area 151 Arcade plan to relocate their business to 127 First St., above. The new space, which will undergo construction before the move, features two floors and an outdoor patio.

Los Altos Planning Commissioner Doo Ho Lee addressed the elephant in the room – the absence of Chairman Alexander Samek – at Thursday’s meeting by briefly stating that all commissioners were present but Samek and Sally Meadows. Just like that, commissioners moved on to approving their minutes. 

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