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LAH tree protections could extend beyond oaks

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Contractors work Thursday at a Burke Road property recently cleared of mature trees to make room for a 6,000-square-foot home, a pool and a secondary dwelling unit. An expanded Los Altos Hills tree ordinance could make it more difficult for developers to clear properties of mature specimens.

It’s a sign of the times: tract after tract of Los Altos Hills land cleared of mature trees to make room for the next new estate.

Developers attract 'Green' boosters to city study session

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A resident speaks to the Los Altos City Council and the Planning and Transportation Commission about the new office development on First Street. The project, which may be three stories tall, drew dozens of speakers at the May 4 meeting.

It wasn’t St. Patrick’s Day, but last Thursday’s study session on a high-profile three-story office building and park proposal in downtown Los Altos took on a decidedly green theme.

Dozens of Los Altos residents crowded the city council chambers at the May 4 Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission meeting wearing shades of green. It was part of a coordinated effort by developer Los Altos Community Investments to encourage support for the 77,000-square-foot project dubbed the First Street Green.

City attorney hiring drives wedge between councilmembers


The Los Altos City Council appointed a new city attorney last week, but not without some disagreement over the choice.

Councilmembers voted 4-1 at their April 25 meeting to approve a contract hiring Chris Diaz of the Sacramento- and Walnut Creek-based law firm Best Best & Krieger LLC. Diaz replaces longtime city attorney Jolie Houston, whom the council elected to fire in January.

Downtown office building, park to undergo PTC review

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Los Altos Community Investments officials are seeking approval of a three-story office building on First Street. A preliminary drawing, above, shows the third story set back from the first two. The illustration also depicts a dropoff area at the Shasta Street corner.

The Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission is scheduled Thursday to review an ambitious First Street development plan that includes a three-story office building, a public park and three levels of underground parking.

City staff is asking commissioners to offer “early design input” to the applicant, Los Altos Community Investments (LACI), at the study session for the 101-151 First St. project. The proposal includes 74,300 square feet of office space, 960 square feet for retail/restaurant activity, 2,055 square feet of community meeting space, 21,600 square feet for the public park and 361 spaces of underground parking. The city and LACI signed an exclusive negotiating agreement on the project.

Council OKs $25 million for community center rebuild

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The Los Altos City Council approved $25 million toward the construction of a new community center, which may be two stories high and include green space. The council will accept donations from individuals and the town of Los Altos Hills to increase the dollar amount allocated to the project.

The Los Altos City Council last week set in motion the building of a new community center when it approved $25 million for the project and appointed a citizens design task force to oversee development.

A report by city-hired consultant StrataAP offered three options for the city: renovating the existing Hillview Community Center, constructing an entirely new community center or building a new community center in phases.

Hospital district seeks input as it weighs board structure

The El Camino Healthcare District plans to vote to change the structure of El Camino Hospital's board of directors in the coming months and seeks public input on the process.

The two options, an expanded model and an alternate model, will be discussed at a special district board meeting May 15. Public comment is due by May 3.

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