LA council aims to finalize budget for Hillview overhaul

The Los Altos City Council was scheduled this week to discuss and determine a final budget for rebuilding Hillview Community Center.

At Tuesday’s meeting, held after the Town Crier’s press deadline, councilmembers were set to vote on a staff recommendation of $30 million for the new 24,500-square-foot facility, which would replace the dilapidated old campus.

ECH continues multimillion-dollar campus upgrade

Rendering Courtesy of El Camino Hospital
Construction at El Camino Hospital continues apace, with the addition of a mental health and addiction services building and an integrated medical office building, an overhaul of the Women’s Hospital, demolition of the old main hospital site and expansion of the North Parking garage.

Construction trucks, steel beams and orange cones have become a staple on Grant Road in Mountain View over the past year as El Camino Hospital undergoes a multipart construction project to upgrade the campus.

Plans for the hospital include adding two new facilities – a mental health and addiction services building and an integrated medical office building – renovating the Women’s Hospital and demolishing the old hospital building.

All joking aside, LAH Council selects new leadership for 2018

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Gary Waldeck, left, Los Altos Hills’ outgoing mayor, wishes his successor, John Radford, well at a changing-of-the-guard ceremony Dec. 14.

The Los Altos Hills City Council selected its new mayor Dec. 14 during an uncharacteristically short monthly meeting long on quips.

“I’ve already alerted our council that I’m not ready to quit,” said Councilman Gary Waldeck, the outgoing mayor. “Unfortunately, they suggested I bend over and let them use something as a target, and I’m not really willing to do that either.”

More housing on the way in MV after council OKs North Bayshore plan

The Mountain View City Council last week signed off on a plan to transform the North Bayshore area dominated by Google Inc. into an urban center filled with high-rises, 3.6 million square feet of office space, mixed-use development and nearly 10,000 new housing units.

Councilmembers Dec. 12 approved a final environmental impact report and updated land-use and zoning maps as part of the city’s North Bayshore Precise Plan, a plan envisioning a future less “car-centric” and more dependent on alternative transportation.

Postal Service to decide LAH ZIP code fate

Los Altos Hills City Councilman Gary Waldeck’s quest to secure a unique ZIP code for his town has advanced following the submittal of a letter formally asking the U.S. Postal Service to grant the request.

Backed by the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills city councils, Waldeck mailed the letter and supporting materials Dec. 7. They outline various financial, logistical and safety benefits for separating Los Altos and Los Altos Hills by ZIP code; currently, the two towns share 94022, 94023 and 94024. Waldeck proposes redistributing the three ZIP codes to reflect geographical lines or, more desirably, assigning Los Altos Hills a new, uncommitted ZIP code.

LA Council receives Hillview recommendation, delays budget talks

Rendering Courtesy of Noll & Tam
Noll & Tam Architects, the firm behind the new Hillview Community Center design, presented a rendering, above, at the Dec. 13 Los Altos City Council meeting.

The Los Altos City Council received the Hillview Community Center Project Task Force’s recommendation for the new center last week. There was little discussion of the project’s budget, however.

The task force, which concluded last month after 13 public meetings, offered its input at the Dec. 13 council meeting, weighing in on interior space allocation, exterior design and layout as proposed in the chosen community center Concept C1.

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