Won't you be my neighbor?: Friends of the Library asks to stay at civic center after committee fails to agree on long-term plan

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Friends of the Library volunteers congregate outside the 330-square-foot portable they’ve been using to sort books since they were displaced from the Hillview Community Center by construction there. The portable is located beside the Hillview Soccer Field in the Los Altos Library parking lot.

The Los Altos City Council last month granted the ad hoc committee charged with finding space for Friends of the Library of Los Altos more time to come up with a solution that will allow the nonprofit group to continue operations while the new community center is under construction.

Friends – whose volunteers sort, store and sponsor used-book sales to raise funds for the libraries – worked out of 1,000 square feet of classroom space at Hillview Community Center for 44 years, before the center was razed in October to make way for the new Los Altos Community Center, expected to be completed in December.

Green is good: Los Altos Hills buys first town EV

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Los Altos Hills City Councilman Roger Spreen grins from the driver’s seat of the town’s new electric vehicle, a Kia Niro. The purchase marks the first EV for town staff to use while conducting business, but more could follow.

It may not boast the flash of a Model S, but the newest addition to the Los Altos Hills town staff vehicle fleet delivers where it counts in a community of steep inclines: ground clearance. The 2019 Kia Niro bests the Tesla by more than half an inch.

 “It’s not trying to make a visual statement – it’s performing a serious job,” said Councilman Roger Spreen, who recently took the black crossover hatchback for a spin. “It doesn’t need to do zero to 60 in 4 seconds. It needs to carry our town staff and supplies up and down our hills, to and from every remote corner of our town, eight hours a day, five days a week, 52 weeks a year.”

Los Altos council denies Verizon, AT&T cell node appeals

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Between March and May of this year, AT&T and Verizon submitted permit requests to install a combined 13 cell nodes across the city of Los Altos. When their applications were denied in September, they appealed the decision. The Los Altos City Council had its final say Tuesday (Dec. 18) when it rejected all of the cellular providers' appeals.

After hearing from engineers, lawyers, doctors and residents gathered in the Los Altos Youth Center Tuesday night (Dec. 18), the Los Altos City Council denied appeals by Verizon and AT&T to install 13 small cell node sites in town.

Construction approaches for Foothill Expressway widening

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Cars breeze up and down Foothill Expressway near the San Antonio Road intersection Thursday morning, causing orange markers in the expressway median to flap in the wind. According to Los Altos City Manager Chris Jordan’s weekly update from Dec. 6, preparation for the Santa Clara County-led improvement project, described in detail at left, began with the removal of trees from the island and shoulder of Foothill Expressway. The effort ran Dec. 5-8.

Construction bids opened Thursday on a Santa Clara County-led improvement project that will widen Foothill Expressway in Los Altos between the San Antonio Road and El Monte Avenue intersections.

Prep work for the project has begun, with trees removed from the expressway median.

Los Altos leaders approve housing complex, announce purchase of Loyola Corners land

The Los Altos City Council started and ended its meeting last week with good news.

First, Mayor Jan Pepper announced that the lawsuit between the city and 999 Fremont Ave. property owner Gregg Bunker would be settled and the city would be purchasing the site. Then, the council voted to green-light 28 affordable housing units by approving the 5150 El Camino Real condominium and townhome complex owned by Dutchints Development LLC.

Los Altos Hills leaders reflect on last, next years

In anticipation of the Los Altos Hills City Council’s reorganization meeting Thursday, the Town Crier queried outgoing Mayor Roger Spreen and Vice Mayor Michelle Wu, his likely successor, about the past 12 months and their expectations for the next 12.

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