Los Altos council OKs Loyola Corners purchase, amends zoning code and planning process

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The city of Los Altos will soon officially own 999 Fremont Ave., the current home of Coffee Drive Up. Future plans for the site have not been made public by city officials.

The Los Altos City Council last week made a few decisions that will impact the development process in 2020, but the motion that garnered the most reaction was authorizing the purchase of what’s been described as the “postage stamp” lot at 999 Fremont Ave. in Loyola Corners.

The council Jan. 14 unanimously directed City Manager Chris Jordan to buy the property at the corner of Fremont Avenue and A Street, the current home of Coffee Drive Up.

Los Altos attorney departs, interim representation appointed

Chris Diaz is no longer on the payroll as Los Altos city attorney after the city opted not to renew his contract for the coming year.

Diaz, an attorney with Best Best & Krieger LLC, was hired to represent the city in 2017. The city will still employ Best Best & Krieger to address ongoing litigation attorneys have invested their time in, but according to Los Altos City Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins, Diaz has officially made his exit, as his role is not to litigate, but to advise on municipal law.

Los Altos Hills council supports undergrounding utilities project

Undergrounding a test swath of 5,000 feet of utilities in Los Altos Hills could cost the town as much as $5 million, council members learned Thursday at their monthly council meeting.

Councilwoman Courtenay C. Corrigan said that figure leaves her suffering “sticker shock.”

Chavez sworn in as county board president

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors last week unanimously elected Supervisor Cindy Chavez as president. Supervisor Mike Wasserman will serve as vice president.

Former board president Joe Simitian served as president for the past two years and will continue to serve on the board. Chavez presented him with the traditional honorary gavel.

Los Altos residents voice concerns at last neighborhood meeting

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Residents attend Thursday’s Neighborhood Community Engagement Meeting.

Los Altos residents took city officials up on an offer to answer questions and listen to their concerns about ongoing changes at a Neighborhood Community Engagement Meeting last week.

City staff and representatives of the police department and other local agencies scheduled five meetings, divided by geographic zone, in the three-month-long pilot program, with Los Altos City Councilwoman Anita Enander hosting the final one Thursday at Almond School.

Los Altos Friends group petitions city to remain at civic center

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Margaret Brooks, left, standing, asks for a show of hands last week on whether Friends of the Library of Los Altos should insist on remaining at the civic center.

Moving Friends of the Library of Los Altos operations off the city’s civic center campus is not an option, according to supporters who met last week to discuss the nonprofit group’s next steps. Friends also launched a petition drive to remain at a site they’ve called home for nearly 45 years.

At the occasionally-heated Jan. 8 meeting at the Los Altos main library, Friends’ leading officers presented scenarios for continuing operations both on and off the civic center campus. But as the off-site options revealed increased costs and less revenue for the library’s programs, attendees erupted.

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