Preschool's quest for temporary home set for council agenda

Foothill Covenant Church
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos’ Children’s Corner preschool is seeking to relocate temporarily to Foothill Covenant Church, above, while its current home, Hillview Community Center, undergoes construction.

The long-running Children’s Corner preschool has strong roots in Los Altos, with operations dating back to 1979. Its future home, however, is still very much up in the air.

City is not running ongoing survey, spokeswoman says

Los Altos survey
Courtesy of Larry Baron
A screenshot from a mysterious survey requesting respondents’ views on community satisfaction in Los Altos is pictured above. The survey did not originate with the city.

Although residents may have received phone calls, text messages or emails requesting their views on community satisfaction in Los Altos, the survey was not a city effort, according to spokeswoman Erica Ray.

Loyola Corners building project resurfaces after developers, city reach settlement

Loyola lawsuit
Town Crier file photo
Loyola Corners Estates LLC’s proposed mixed-use building would replace Coffee Drive-Up at 999 Fremont Ave.

The developers of Loyola Corners Estates LLC and the city of Los Altos reached a tentative truce in their ongoing struggle after the city council extended the application period for a proposed building project at 999 Fremont Ave.

400 Main's contentious history tints upcoming initiative

First and Main Los Altos
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Developer Jeffrey A. Morris purchased 400 Main St. in 2010. and built a two-story, mixed-use complex on the site, above. In recent years, many parts of the building have remained vacant.

The city of Los Altos and developer Jeffrey A. Morris in 2010 signed an option to purchase agreement for city-owned property at 400 Main St.

Downtown property owner Kim Cranston sued the city of Los Altos in 2012, alleging that other developers were interested in submitting proposals for the site after the request for proposals deadline, but city staff prevented those developers from submitting bids.

City council counters citizens' initiative with move to protect parks in Los Altos

400 Main St. parking lot
Town Crier File Photo
The city of Los Altos agreed in 2010 to sell its property at 400 Main St., above, to developer Jeffrey A. Morris, a heavily criticized move. Morris subsequently built a two-story, mixed-use complex on the site. The deal has factored into recent discussions on the sale of city land.

Los Altos City Council members last week opted against a competing ballot measure aimed at countering the citizen-led Protect Our Parks and Public Lands Initiative in the Nov. 6 election, choosing instead to pursue a general plan amendment that would prohibit sale of city parkland without voter approval.

Los Altos City Hall to close every other Friday

Los Altos City Hall will soon be closed every other Friday as officials implement a new compressed work week designed to combat city employee commuter fatigue and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The first Friday closure is scheduled Sept. 7, according to a city press release.

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