Temporary comfort: Los Altos plaza gets new gear

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A visitor to Veterans Community Plaza in Los Altos takes a snooze with the aid of the plaza’s new furniture.

Although the Los Altos City Council did not rank the Veterans Community Plaza Shade Structure Project as one of its top five priorities during a Capital Improvement Project discussion at its Sept. 24 meeting, city officials recognized the need to satisfy residents’ desire to improve the plaza and took action last week.

Tony town: LAH snags 'richest' ranking again

For the second year in a row, a survey of U.S. Census data revealed that Los Altos Hills is the richest town in the state – and the richest town in the country.

Online financial news publication 24/7 Wall Street’s rankings are based on median household income derived from five-year estimates contained within the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 American Community Survey.

Locals appointed to county boards, commissions

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian last week introduced six appointees – including residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View – to county boards and commissions.

“All of these folks demonstrate a passion for public service, and a history of initiative and engagement within their communities,” Simitian said in a May 8 press release. “I’m pleased we’ve got a good group of people to serve on our boards and commissions.”

Housing forum centers on ADUs

The Los Altos Affordable Housing Working Group is scheduled to host a panel discussion, “All About Accessory Dwelling Units,” 7-8:30 p.m. May 15 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Mountain View city attorney to retire

After 24 years of service, Mountain View City Attorney Jannie Quinn plans to retire, effective Aug. 2.

In a letter to the city council, Quinn traced her journey with the city, beginning as senior deputy attorney in 1995 to her appointment as Mountain View’s first female city attorney in 2010.

Midpen district makes changes to board

Former Palo Alto Mayor Karen Holman was sworn in as a member of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Board of Directors Jan. 9, and she will serve as board vice president for 2019.

Local voters elected Holman in November to fill retiring Director Nonette Hanko’s seat, representing residents in the Palo Alto area. Holman is only the second person to fill the role since voters created the open space district in 1972. Hanko, who spearheaded the grassroots effort resulting in the organization’s creation, has served on its board for 46 consecutive years.

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