City staff recommends cutting Hillview budget

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Hillview Community Center

The $35 million budget for the new Hillview Community Center may be rolled back on the recommendation of the city’s administrative services director.

Sharif Etman, presenting the capital improvement plan to the Los Altos City Council last week, proposed cutting $5 million from the budget for overhauling Hillview.

Library expansion among discussion items for LA, LAH

The Los Altos and Los Altos Hills city councils met last week to discuss the possibility of expanding the Los Altos main library and funding for the new Hillview Community Center, among other items.

Los Altos Councilman Jean Mordo led off the Nov. 16 joint meeting with a proposal to conduct a study on expanding or remodeling the library. He estimated the study would cost between $40,000 and $50,000 and hoped the Los Altos Library Endowment would help cover the cost. Mordo said the North County Library Authority also would take part in conducting the study.

Local advocates survey solutions to affordable-housing crisis

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Joe Simitian, from left, Mary Prochnow, Leslye Corsiglia and Julie Mahowald discuss the affordable-housing issue, with a backdrop of the interior of an affordable-housing project.

It’s an undisputed fact: Housing is at a premium in the job-rich, housing-poor Bay Area. Affordable housing? The very idea seems far-fetched, particularly in an affluent community like Los Altos.

Yet last week’s Los Altos Women’s Caucus-sponsored forum on affordable housing solutions indicated that there’s cause for hope.

Simitian visits Los Altos to relate findings from visits to areas that supported Trump


Economic challenges and cultural differences in battleground states played a major role in some Democrats’ decisions to make a hard-right turn and vote for Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

An overflow crowd at the Los Altos main library Nov. 14 gathered to hear Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian offer his observations based on trips he took from February through May this year to Robeson County in North Carolina, Cambria County in Pennsylvania and Macomb County in Michigan.

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Fire crew rescues man from garbage truck

The Santa Clara County Fire Department last week rescued a man from inside a garbage truck in Los Altos, according to a report issued by the department.

Crews were dispatched at 9:31 a.m. Nov. 15 after they were alerted to the incident on Nightingale Court. The man was not pinned by the machinery but was unable to remove himself from the trash compactor.

Council OKs kitchen upgrade for Grant Park center

The kitchen at the Grant Park Community Center will soon be operational again after the Los Altos City Council voted last week to allocate funds for a much-needed upgrade.

The kitchen has been closed since the beginning of October, when the Santa Clara County Health Department determined that it was not up to code. Before the closure, it was largely used to serve lunches for the city-run senior program.

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