Hills leaders earmark committee reorg, survey as 2020 priorities

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Los Altos Hills Mayor Michelle Wu, second from right, listens to Councilman Roger Spreen, far left, discuss 5G technology Jan. 31 during the council’s annual goal-setting meeting.

Proudly wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the words “Goal Digger,” Los Altos Hills City Councilwoman Michelle Wu presided over her first goal-setting meeting as mayor late last month.

The Jan. 31 brainstorming session spanned subjects ranging from the potential creation of pop-up parks to forthcoming accessory dwelling unit ordinance changes and brief updates on the ongoing town hall expansion and undergrounding utilities exploratory project. Assessing the town’s advisory committee structure and arranging for a new town survey, however, emerged as two “higher priority” issues the council hopes to tackle in the coming year.

Workshops on Los Altos dog parks, off-leash hours set to begin

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A woman walks her dogs off leash within Lincoln Park in Los Altos.

Los Altos Parks and Recreation commissioners are scheduled to host four workshops, beginning with two tonight, to gauge the interest and feasibility of fenced-in dog parks and designated off-leash hours at local parks.

The one-hour workshops are scheduled 7-8 p.m. and 8-9 p.m. today in the Garden House at Shoup Park, 400 University Ave.; and 10-11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon Feb. 29 in the multipurpose room at Grant Park, 1575 Holt Ave.

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.

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