On the move: Hillview plans on track, on budget

Hillview update
Courtesy of Noll & Tam Architects
An additional 10,000 square feet of space sits east of the current Hillview Community Center in the schematic design. Last year, the Los Altos City Council requested the added space. To incorporate it, Noll & Tam Architects moved the building west and a bit closer to the civic center campus.

Plans are moving along as scheduled for the long-awaited Hillview Community Center rebuild.

Noll & Tam Architects presented a schematic design for the civic center renovation at a Los Altos City Council meeting this month, seeking feedback from the council before entering the four- to six-month design development phase. The architectural team last met with the council in December, when council members settled on a $34.7 million budget and selected the architects’ Concept C1, a triangle-shaped design, as their preferred option.

Residents turn the tide: LAH council nixes 'No Turn' signs

Turn restrictions
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos Hills residents queue during Thursday’s city council meeting to voice their opinions about a proposal to impose “no turn” restrictions” at two local intersections. Of the 30 people who spoke, only one expressed support for the proposal, which the council eventually nixed.

A proposal to impose turn restrictions at two Los Altos Hills intersections is dead, thanks in part to a standing-room-only crowd of residents who voiced opposition to the idea at Thursday’s city council meeting.

“We obviously have not come up with a solution that is acceptable to the town,” Mayor John Radford said. “I don’t think there will be a solution. We will continue to study it.”

MV meeting housing, homeless challenges, according to leaders

Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Mountain View Mayor Lenny Siegel paints a rosy picture of the city’s operations at last week’s Chamber of Commerce-sponsored “Annual Update 2018.” City leaders are proactively seeking solutions to housing and transportation challenges.

Mountain View leaders last week offered a predictably optimistic picture of their cutting-edge Silicon Valley city, even as they acknowledged the housing and transportation challenges brought on by unprecedented job growth.

Speaking March 22 at the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce-sponsored “Annual Update 2018” event, Mayor Lenny Siegel and City Manager Dan Rich touched on issues ranging from Google Inc.’s new campus to a Mountain View future populated by self-driving cars.

Take two: Public Arts Commission to redraft master plan

Town Crier File Photo
Los Altos City Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins cuts the ribbon of a new bike rack in 2016, a winner of the Bike Rack Design Competition. City Clerk Jon Maginot told frustrated Public Arts Commissioners at their March 8 meeting that the competition was an example of a small project the city supported.

Public Arts Commissioners recently decided to give art in Los Altos one more shot after the city council nixed the Public Art Master Plan – and dashed their hopes – last November.

Although council members last year committed $50,000 to hiring a consultant to draft the master plan, they ultimately opted not to adopt its proposals, which included establishing a part-time staff position overseeing public art and forming a nonprofit organization to seek private funding for public art.

Los Altos Hills residents fight for their rights -- and lefts

Elena Road traffic
James Fawcette / Special to the Town Crier
Traffic backs up on Elena Road near the Greenhills Court intersection in Los Altos Hills March 15. City council members at their meeting Thursday plan to rethink turn restriction signs meant to stem commuter cut-through traffic that causes such congestion.

The adjectives run the gamut: “idiotic,” “illogical,” “inconvenient,” “not fair,” “nuts,” “outrageous,” “preposterous,” “stupid,” “unbelievably stupid.” Each featured in Nextdoor.com comments from Los Altos Hills residents upset about a city council proposal to impose turn restrictions at a handful of local intersections.

“No Turn” signs scheduled for installation next week are meant to stop nonresident commuters from cutting through town, but the uproar from locals has proved powerful enough to convince council members that they need to revisit the idea. They’ll do so at Thursday’s council meeting, which is expected to draw a sizable crowd.

LA council expands nonsmoking policy across city

Residents may be breathing cleaner air soon after the Los Altos City Council unanimously approved a more encompassing smoking ban last week.

The original ordinance, reviewed by the council in October, would have extended the smoking ban to cover outdoor dining areas. However, the council asked staff to amend the ordinance because they felt it didn’t address all of the secondhand smoke concerns in the city.

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