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City appoints teen to Parks and Rec Commission

When the city of Los Altos appointed Grace Lilygren to the Parks and Recreation Commission early this summer, she made history. At 16, she is believed to be the youngest resident ever to serve on the commission.

The Los Altos High School junior applied for the position in May, and, after being interviewed by Los Altos City Councilmembers in June, she secured one of the two open positions.

First Street Green project heads to city commissions

Courtesy of LACI
Renderings of Los Altos Community Investment’s First Street Green project show a three-story office building next to a public village square above underground parking.

Early Friday morning, nearly two dozen Los Altos residents gathered on the Downtown Green to learn about the plans for another one – the First Street Green.

The Los Altos Community Coalition hosted the Los Altos Community Investments presentation at the pop-up park, where LACI development adviser Kelly Snider told attendees that the First Street Green project is scheduled for its first public hearing – after 17 months of planning. Snider said the project is on the agenda for the Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (tentatively scheduled Sept. 6) and Planning and Transportation Commission (Oct. 19) meetings.

ZIP-a-dee-doo-dah: LAH mayor pushes for unique postal code

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Los Altos and Los Altos Hills share three zip codes: 94022, 94023 and 94024.

Los Altos and Los Altos Hills currently share three ZIP codes – 94022, 94023 and 94024 – but Hills Mayor Gary Waldeck is campaigning to secure five digits exclusive to his town. He formally proposed the idea at last month’s Los Altos Hills City Council meeting.

“It turns out, there’s quite a number of people who’d like to do it,” Waldeck said. “There’s a number of people who, I think, are fearful of what it would mean.”

Children's Corner negotiates with city for future at Hillview

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Children’s Corner students participate in a clothing drive last year on their campus at Hillview Community Center, which they are fighting to keep.

Children’s Corner is not quite ready to leave its Los Altos home at 97 Hillview Ave.

The preschool, which has been at its Hillview Community Center location since 1981, has faced an uncertain future in recent years as city officials discuss rebuilding the center. But with an architectural firm selected and plans being drawn up for the renovation, Children’s Corner has been forced to start looking for a new site – at least temporarily.

Berkeley firm to head community center design

Rendering Courtesy of Noll & Tam
Noll & Tam Architects, the firm selected to design Los Altos’ renovated civic center, previously reimagined the Los Gatos Public Library, above.

The Hillview Community Center task force selected an architect intent on making Los Altos’ new civic center a “great place to hang out,” according to a presentation last week.

James Gwise, project manager for Noll & Tam Architects and Planners, offered a brief overview of the firm’s plans at a public meeting July 25.

Los Altos' density bonuses on deck at PTC meeting

Los Altos could go a long way toward expanding housing opportunities in the city when the Planning and Transportation Commission addresses density bonus regulations at its meeting Thursday.

Los Altos residents and the state housing authority found earlier drafts of the density bonus regulation law lacking, but the latest iteration could receive the commission’s recommendation, advancing it to the city council for review and adoption later this month.

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