Los Altos Community Center on track for December completion, officials say

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A crew member examines the first of the walls going up at the site of the new Los Altos Community Center. Completition is scheduled by the end of the year.

Despite winter weather, construction of the new Los Altos Community Center is going smoothly, according to an update city of Los Altos officials issued last week.

Officials announced via email Feb. 3 that demolition is officially over, the foundation is being poured and framing is on the horizon.

Los Altos council sets preliminary focus for year

From affordable housing to emergency preparedness, Los Altos City Council members reviewed a grab-bag of issues as they sought to set 2020 priorities at a Feb. 5 special council meeting billed as a “retreat.”

Ranging from land use to the environment, council members outlined a set of what they deemed realistic goals for the year. At the same time, members laid the groundwork for discussing major projects in the years ahead, such as a downtown performing arts center.

Local coalition sponsors Feb. 23 presentation on running for office

The group Los Altos Residents has scheduled a discussion with Councilwoman Anita Enander on what it takes to run for local office 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday in the Orchard Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Enander will address what each city commission does, how residents are appointed to serve on commissions, how to run for a seat on the city council, and more.

City, Friends to sign lease renewing civic center space

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The next Friends of the Library of Los Altos book sale starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday (Feb. 7) at a new location: the Los Altos Youth Center (LAYC).

The Los Altos City Council last week unanimously authorized entering a lease agreement with Friends of the Library of Los Altos that will guarantee the nonprofit organization remains on the civic center campus.

In exchange for the city paying for power consumption for the space, Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins said Friends would be responsible for “all capital costs.” The costs were defined as those to establish power, for maintenance and for additional site-preparation expenses for the 330-square-foot portable and sheds Friends has been renting and occupying on the land between the Los Altos Police Department and the Los Altos History Museum.

Voters to decide on oversized vehicle parking restrictions

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An RV is parked in a lot on California Street in Mountain View near Shoreline Boulevard, a popular destination for oversized vehicles. City leaders last week voted to restrict oversized vehicles from parking on streets 40 feet wide or less.

The Mountain View City Council last week voted unanimously to place its ordinance restricting oversized vehicle parking on the Nov. 3 ballot.

The Jan. 14 decision comes after a referendum petition forced the city either to repeal the ordinance or put it before voters. The ordinance bans oversized vehicles, which include RVs, trailers and boats, from parking on streets 40 feet wide or less.

Los Altos Hills luncheon highlights town projects and emergency prep

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Los Altos Hills planning director Zachary Dahl, left, and Santa Clara County Fire Chief Tony Bowden, right, listen Jan. 14 as Mayor Michelle Wu explains the “state of the town” during a Los Altos Hills Club luncheon.

A Los Altos Hills Club “state of the town” luncheon last week spanned topics ranging from town financial health to accessory dwelling unit construction.

Following are responses from an expert panel including Mayor Michelle Wu (MW), Santa Clara County Fire Chief Tony Bowden (TB), SCCFD emergency services coordinator Capt. Denise Gluhan (DG) and town planning director Zachary Dahl (ZD), who answered queries posed by audience members and master of ceremonies Duffy Price.

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