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LOS ALTOS HILLS
CALIFORNIA


Los Altos Hills






Town Newsletter










Volume XXIII March 1999 J





COMMUNITY
CALENDAR

March 6, Saturday, Town
Clean Up Day - Info:
961-8090

March 27, Saturday, Easter
Egg Hunt and Festivities. Los
Altos Village Association,
Downtown 10-12 Noon.
Children's Program follows
event. Info: 949-5282

March 27, Saturday, Yard
Waste Collection at Foothill
College

April 11- May 28, Art

Exhibition, Anna Wu
Weakland & Kirsten Stein.
Los Altos Hills Council
Chambers, 26379 Fremont
Road, Mon.-Fri., Hours: 1-5
PM. April 11, Sunday, Art
Exhibition Reception, 2-4
PM. All Residents Invited!
Information: 941-7222

April 22, Thursday, Los

Altos Chamber of Commerce
Business EXPO '99. A Retail,
Service, & Professional Trade
Fair. 4-7 PM, Hillview
Community Center, Public
Invited. Call: 948-1455

May 1, Saturday, 10 AM - 3
PM, May 2, Sunday, 12-3

PM, Friends of the Library
Used Book Sale, Hillview
Community Center

May 15 & 16, Los Altos
Rotary Fine Art Show,
Lincoln Park.

May 23, Sunday, 1-4 PM,
LAH Spring Family Picnic,
Pathways Walk at 11:30
AM. Little League Field,
Purissima Road.

June 6, Sunday, Art
Exhibition Reception. Millie
Solomon, Monoprints &
I Bronzes, 2 - 4 PM, June 6 -
August 27, Art Exhibition,
Los Altos Hills Council
Chambers, 26379 Fremont
Road, Mon.-Fri., Hours: 1-5
PM. Information: 941-7222.



LOS ALTOS HILLS
SPRING FAMILY PICNIC

Mark your calendars now for the Los Altos
Hills 1999 Spring Family Picnic to be
held on Sunday afternoon. May 23, 1999
from 1 PM to 4 PM at Little League Field on
Purissima Road. A special feature this year will be
free BBQ dinners — chicken dinners for adults and
hot dogs for kids, both including salad, bread, beans
and dessert — prepared by the Fire Department and
hosted by the Town. Beer, wine and soft drinks will
also be provided. Just bring the whole family and a
blanket to spread out on the grass of the field!

The picnic promises to be a lot of fun for Town
residents of a!! ages. There v.'il! be both adult and
child games, with prizes for the winners. Games of
horseshoes and softball will also be available. A Fire
Engine will be present. Some of the star attractions
from the picnic last year, including the String of
Pearls band, an Astrojump — a favorite of the kids
— and a Pathways walk at 11:30 A.M., organized
by the Pathways Committee, will be included in the
activities.

The theme of the picnic is "Celebrate your Town."
Town residents may learn about and view the Town
Parcel Database on a computer that will be operating
at the picnic. Town standing committees will have
information available on their activities, including
information on pathways, art exhibits, and other
items of interest to residents.

The event is free to Los Altos Hills residents.
However, in order to plan for the dinners, we ask
that you reserve in advance. Reservation coupons are
available on the flier enclosed with this Newsletter.
In addition, reservation coupons will be mailed in
April to all Town residents.

Please mail or fax the reservation coupon to Town
Hall by Wednesday, May 12th.

So mark your calendars now!
See you all on Sunday, May 23!



LOS ALTOS HILLS TO
ESTABLISH NEW PUBLIC
UTILITIES COMMITTEE

On January 6, the City Council decided to
establish a new Town Committee that would-
concern itself with the various public utilities
that service the town. A special consideration
of this committee will be to look into the
possibility of more extensive undergrounding of
utilities, but the committee will also investigate
improvements and problems with cable TV,
sewers, etc. Councilmember Finn agreed to
draw up a draft of a mandate for the committee.
As soon as the council approves the mandate,
applicants will be interviewed and the members



of the committee will be appointed. If you are
interested in joining this new group, please call
Pat Dowd at Town Hall (941-7222).




Pictured above are members of the Community
Relations Committee and local residents
planning for the 1999 spring Family Picnic.

COUNCIL MEETING NIGHT
CHANGED

Please note that effective February 18, 1999

the City Council of the the Town of

Los Altos Hills will meet at 6:00 P.M. in the

Council Chamber at Town Hall on the first and

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City Manager's Report

Editor 's Note: The City Manager provides monthly
updates to the City Council. In an effort to keep
residents informed on the current issues in the Town, we
shall present excerpts from his report. Please let us
know if you find this information helpful.



Personnel

The new Associate Engineer, Ola Balogun,
started on February 1 . Sheryl Proft will help
orient Ola for a number of days in February to
familiarize him with the Town's engineering
standards and procedures.

Fire Hydrant Flow Testing

Progress has been minimal on this project due to difficulties the
Fire Department has experienced in producing a Fire District-wide
base map. The map was finally received by the Fire Department on
February 1st and has been delivered to the Fire District's consultant
who will plot the hydrants.

Sewers

The joint Los Altos Hills/Los Altos sanitary sewer video inspec-
tion project was completed and we have received and viewed the
videotapes. The most significant problems identified were root
intrusions and offset joints in the old vitrified clay pipes (VCP). We
have started our sewer maintenance contractor removing the roots.
We are quantifying the offset joint problem in order to get a cost
estimate for repairs.

Streets

The contract for Traffic Stripes and Pavement Marking is approxi-
mately 90% complete. We are continuing our efforts to clear
vegetation along Summit Wood Drive. Work should be completed in
early February. Due to the poor condition of the street it appears that
some major reconstruction will be required.

Sun Country Cable Notice of Sale

The Town has received a notice of the intended sale of Sun
Country Cable by Pacific Sun Cable Partners to SunTel
Communications, LLC. This sale would involve the transfer of the
cable television franchise to SunTel. The Franchise agreement
requires that the Town consent to the transfer of franchise.

Staff has received a number of complaints from residents about
the service provided by Sun Country Cable in recent months and
believes that this may be an opportune time to discuss Sun Country
Cable's performance when this item is before the Council.

Public Acceptance of Private Streets

Residents on two streets have requested that the Town accept their
private street as a public street without the necessary street repairs
first being performed because both streets have special circum-
stances for their status. Staff has agendized Colina Drive for
consideration at the February 3 meeting and Dezahara Way is
scheduled to be reviewed at the February 18 meeting.



Quarry Hills Subdivision

The contractor has focused on the installation of
drip irrigation, street trees and other landscaping
within the street right of way during the month of
January. The street signs will be installed next. The
residents adjacent to the subdivision who formerly
used Stonebrook Drive for access are now using
Laura Court. The Town has notified these residents
of their new addresses, which are scheduled to
become effective April 1 .



General Plan Update

The Town now has current updates of the Housing Element
(which has State approval). Circulation and Scenic Roadways
Element, and Pathways Element. A contract to initiate work on
the next phase of the General Plan update (Land Use Element)
was approved by the Council on November 4th. and the consult-
ant has been working on background information for that
element, pending direction from the Council.

Modifications to Site Development Review Process

The Council subcommittee will meet with staff on Wednesday,
February 3rd. for an initial discussion of "enhancements" to the
Planning Commission review process, and the outline of a "fast-
track" process for certain kinds of projects. This is the follow-up
to the Council's January 14th study session.

Packard Property

Staff met with the attorney and other representatives for the \
Packard Foundation on Monday, January 4th, to consider
language for a proposed Code amendment and conditional use
permit application. It is the Foundation's intent to use the existing
residential facilities for infrequent Board or staff meetings, while
maintaining most of the site in open space and agricultural use.

Project Reviews

The following major project applications are pending to be
scheduled for Planning Commission and/or City Council review
in the coming weeks or months:

a) New residences - 1 3 applications pending for new residences
at: 10475 Albertsworth Lane, 26450 Ascension Drive. 14250
Berry Hill Lane, 25706 Elena Road. 12150 El Monte Ave, 1 1890
Francemont Court. 27168 Moody Court. 27371 Moody Road.
13828 Moon Lane. 13620 Roble Alto Court. 26870 Taaffe Road,
Westwind Way at La Paloma, and 13737 Wildflower Lane. These
projects are generally scheduled for February or March Commis-
sion (or Site Development) meetings.

b) Landscape screening plan review; 26790 Arastradero Road
(Congregation Beth Am); condition requires landscape review by
Planning Commission; will not be scheduled until after multi-
purpose building is framed.

c) Conditional use permit for two 15-foot high "tree" antennas
at 2350 Page Mill Road (CalTrans maintenance yard) by Nextel
Communications; to be scheduled at Planning Commission in i
spring of 1999. '

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Planning Director's Report

SITE DEVELOPMENT
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On January 14th, the City Council held
session at the Bullis
Elementary School
multi-purpose room to consider
alternative ways of reviewing site
development projects, particularly
new residences and major
additions to existing homes.
The Council heard suggestions
from many residents among the
capacity crowd, as well as ideas
proposed by Town staff.

The Council decided to establish a subcommittee comprised
of Mayor Johnson and Councilmember Casey, along with the
Planning Director, to:

1 . Develop "enhancements" to the current Planning
Commission review process, intended to clarify the scope of
the Commission's review and to minimize the extent of
"subjective" review. Most of the suggested refinements
would focus the Commission's review on siting of structures
relative to slopes, trees, and neighbors, and less on design of
the home.

2. Prepare an expedited ("fast track") review process for
homes which meet all of the Town's codes and which have
little or no neighborhood opposition. The subcommittee will
be considering what types and sizes of homes to expedite, and
what the process of review by staff should look like for such
projects.

Mayor Johnson and Councilmember Casey expect to return
to the Council in late February or early March with recom-
mendations for changes to the current review process.

If you have any questions regarding the progress of the
subcommittee, please contact Curtis Williams, the Town's
Planning Director, at (650) 941-7222.

— Curtis Williams, Planning Director



Town Newsletter - Statement of Purpose

To communicate Los Altos Hills current issues, services, and activities

to the residents of the Town and to facilitate, encourage and improve

interaction between the residents and Town government.

The 1999 Newsletter will be published quarterly in the months of

March, June, September, and December.

Deadline for the next issue is April 30,1999.

Internet Address: www.losaltosoniine.com/lah

About Our Publication

The Town Newsletter is published with assistance from our

Town Volunteer Committees.

Eiditor: Dorothy Duffy Price

Associate Editors: Barbara Lamparter. Linda Seidel

Los Altos Hills City Council vir

• Bob Johnson . Mayor • Elayne Dauber, Mayor Pro Tem Recycled Paper
•Toni Casey 'Steve Finn • Bill Seigel



CELLULAR PHONES -

EMERGENCY CALLS - AVOID DELAYS!

Many people are not aware that when they use their
cellular phone to report an emergency by dialing 911, their
call is not directed to the nearest police or fire agency.

In the Bay Area, cellular phone calls are received by the
CHP at their communications center in Vallejo. This may
result in a delay in response by emergency services (police-
fire-ambulance).

If you have an emergency in Santa Clara County and need
to use a cellular phone to contact police or fire, you should
dial 1-408-299-3144. This will connect you directly with the
Santa Clara County Communications Department who will
dispatch the nearest police or fire unit. By dialing directly to
1-408-299-3144, you will reduce the response time by
emergency services to your emergency.

If you travel in other Bay Area counties you should
likewise obtain the 7-digit emergency phone number for that
county.

KEEP THIS NUMBER WITH YOUR CELLULAR
PHONE IN CASE OF EMERGENCY.




MEET OUR NEW ASSISTANT PLANNER

"FROM THE FLATLANDS TO
THE HILLS"

After spending most of his life in the flatlands of
Fresno, Shaunn O'Conner
recently joined our Town
Hall Planning Department as
Assistant Planner. Following
Shaunn's graduation from Cal Poly
with a degree in City and Regional
Planning, he worked for a San Luis
Obispo planning consulting firm that
was responsible for revamping the
Los Altos Hills Circulation Element.
When the position of assistant
planner opened up (Susan Manca chose to not work full-time
once her son was bom), Shaunn jumped at the opportunity to
work in the hills of the bay area. Shaunn says, " I love the
challenge of being able to assist the residents and builders to
understand and appreciate the LAH planning ordinances and
codes." Additionally, he has applied his considerable
computer graphic skills in updating data base information and
our handbooks. In his leisure time, he enjoys the outdoors
hiking and gardening. Please join us in welcoming Shaunn as
a new member of our excellent Town Hall staff.




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HELP MAINTAIN PATHWAYS!

Our unique pathway system is a treasure that we will
pass on to future generations. While we work toward
completion of this network of pathways, we must be
conscious of maintaining the existing paths. As with our homes,
diligence in upkeep helps prevent major problems in the future.
Here are some suggestions for pathway maintenance:

Keep Your Paths Clear of Vegetation. This is especially
important during the spring growing season. As shown in the
illustration, bushes and trees should be cleared to a distance of
one foot on either side of the path and to a height of 12 feet
above the tread. If necessary, the Town crew will cut back
foliage to keep the pathways clear.

Do Not Disk Pathways because the pathway surface becomes
unusable for a significant period or time. Disking paths or areas
within 5 feet of roads may promote erosion as well.

Place Sprinklers 5 Feet From All Paths. Please be sure that
water directly from sprinklers or
runoff from sprinkling does not
disturb the pathway. If you use
plantings to screen your path,
select those which do not grow
so rapidly that frequent cutting
is required.




VEGETATION CLEARING
FOR PATHWAYS



CLEAR r BEYOND HEADERBOARD
OR EDGE OF PATH



With the heavy, persistent
rains last winter; some of the
pathways were damaged. If you
notice problems with the
pathways, such as erosion,
overgrowth, trees which have fallen on the path, missing sign
posts or other, please fill out a Request for Pathway Mainte-
nance form available at Town Hall or call Town Hall at 941-
7222. This can often be done with one telephone call.

As good citizens, we have the responsibility to keep our
pathways safe and enjoyable for everyone in this community.
With your help, we can continue to enjoy our trails.



FIRE HAZARDS

Much of Los Altos Hills has been designated a fire hazardous
area. Make sure you use every precaution possible to avoid the
spread of fire.

• Remove dead trees and dead wood from all trees

• Remove tree limbs from within 10' of chimneys

• Spark arresters on chimneys are mandatory

• Clear your roadside easements of flammable materials,

brush, and weed grass

•Cut your weed grass by July 1 st. or sooner.

In fire hazardous areas, the fire department will issue warning
on dangerous conditions within 100 feet of any structure on your
property. Let's all do our part to have a fire safe community.




GARBAGE OUT - NOT IN —
LOS ALTOS HILLS

During presentations from the floor at the January
20th City Council
Meeting, Sharyn Brown
electrified the council when she
discussed the deplorable garbage
conditions along our roadways.
She brought samples of the trash
she had picked up along Page Mill
Road such as hamburger wrap-
pers, Benson Hedges cigarette packages, Styrofoam cups, etc.
Sharyn stated, "After filling up 5 large yard waste bags from
only one mile along Page Mill Road, it is clear that we have a
problem with garbage in our town."

Sharyn, who is the Chair of the Environmental Design
Committee, emphasizes that residents need to be aware that the
town only provides limited garbage service for roadside litter
pickup - therefore, it is up to each of the home owners to keep
the roadways and pathways clean. We can do this by:

• Picking up a little extra litter around and adjacent to our
property.

• Bringing a small trash bag and picking up litter when
walking the pathways.

• Organizing a clean-up group and "adopting" a Los Altos
Hills road to perform litter removal. This might be done
through a church group or community organization such as the
Boy Scouts.

• Asking day workers not to throw their litter on the roadside.

• Keeping an eye out for graffiti and notifying Town Hall
when you see it.

• Reinforcing anti-littering rules to children (especially when
waiting at school bus stops).

Sharyn says the Environmental Design Committee would
like the Town to consider placing in key locations, tastefully
marked signs that say: "THIS IS A LITTER FREE TOWN.
$1000 FINE IF CAUGHT LITTERING." What is your
opinion? Let us know what you think by completing the
resident's reply card on page 6 of the Town Newsletter.

Remember that this is our town. Treat it as if it is your home.
Clean up the garbage, even if it's not yours. Working together
we can show respect for our environment. Our goal is to keep
the GARBAGE OUT not IN Los Altos Hills!



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THE CITY COUNCIL REVISITS
PRIORITIES FOR 1999

Every year, in June, when the budget is approved, the City
Council establishes its goals and objectives for the upcoming
year. At this time, staff indicates that there are numerous work
items that have been added to the original list. To be efficient and
effective, the City Council will revisit the list of projects at the
February 18th City Council meeting. The June issue of the Town
Newsetter will feature the updated list of priorities.



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Art Show Invite

The Town of Los Altos hills

cordially invites you

to attend the following opening reception

AT Town Hall

TO view the artwork,

SOCIALIZE with YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS,

MEET OUR LOCAL ARTISTS,

AND ENJOY MARVELOUS REFRESHMENTS.

RECEPTION

SUNDAY, APRIL 1 1

2 - 4 PM

MEET KIRSTEN STEIN & ANNA WU WEAKLAND



KIRSTEN STEIN'S
SCULPTURE



EXHIBITION DATES

APRIL 1 1 - MAY 28

MoN. -Friday 1 - 5 PM




Anna Wu Weakland




TWO NATIONAL AWARDS FOR THE
LOS ALTOS LIBRARY

What a wonderful way to start 1999! Santa Clara County
Library System (which includes the Los Altos Library) recendy
received two national honors. Susan Fuller,
County Librarian, was honored as librarian of
the year for 1998 by the Library Journal. Her
picture was on the cover of the January 1999
issue. "A rare one-two punch of principled
integrity and practical polidcal skills makes
Fuller a compelling and successful leader
against very tough, California-style political
odds," the journal wrote. "Her passion for public libraries,
however, is barely restrained by her careful listening and
deeply thoughtful responses to all comers." The magazine also
quoted Fuller on the County Library's commitment to serve:
"We try to build commitment - always asking ourselves how
we can serve better. We take tremendous pride in doing a good
job. " (Ed. Note: Suggest that you read the article on the
web. www. libraryjournal. com)

A second award by the American Libraries, the magazine of
the American Library Association, listed the Santa Clara
County Library system seventh among all public libraries in the
over 100,000 population category. This list of America's best
public libraries in the January 1999 issue was derived from a
special rating and evaluation system. The Santa Clara County
Library was the only system in California among the top
twenty.



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See our Website:
www.losaltosonline.com/lah



WHAT'S NEW AT WESTWIND BARN

The people and horses at Westwind Barn are enjoying a
relatively dry winter. Westwind is a horse boarding faciltiy, as
well as home to a 4H program for teaching physically disabled
children to ride. As a community facilty located at the top of
Altamont Road, adjacent to the Byrne Preserve. Westwind gives
priority to residents of Los Altos Hills for boarding horses. If the
current waiting lists are any indication, interest in horses is alive
and well in Los Altos Hills. Call new Barn Manager, Lee Anne
Kraus for questions on specific special events at 650-941-61 13.

Westwind Calendar: May 16 is the 4H/B0K/NCEFT Horse
Show and on June 19, Annual Meeting, Friends of Westw-ad, Inc.




FIREMEN/PARAMEDICS
DELIVER HELP FAST

Since when do paramedics ride on fire
engines? The Santa Clara County Fire
Department has been providing paramedics
in Los Altos Hills since January 1998. In the past,
firefighters provided basic medical care. When a person's
heart stopped beating, firefighters were able to perform
CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), use oxygen, and
provide electroshock in an attempt to restore the heart-
beat. Now, firefighters/paramedics can also provide
advanced medical care, which includes cardiac monitor-
ing, life saving cardiac drugs and intubation (placing a
tube in the throat to breathe for the patient). At a time
when seconds count, firefighter/paramedics can begin to
stabilize a patient five minutes on average before the
ambulance arrives in Los Altos Hills. This combined
effort by engine-based paramedics and private transport
paramedics delivers a high level of medical care with the
shortest response time.



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Residents' Reply Card



1. Do you have additional suggestions to add to the Garbage Out-Not In LAH article?



2. Do you appreciate receiving the update on what's happening in the Town from our City Manager?



We thank you very much!



3. Have you attended a Sunday Art Reception? Have you enoyed
the exhibits at Town Hall?



4. Are you interested in serving on the new Utility Committee?



Name:



Address:
Phone:



(Please cut form along the dotted line, and return to Town
Hall: 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills CA 94022)



HIKERS AND HORSES WELCOME!
PATHWAYS WALK SPRING FAMILY PICNIC

Sunday, May 23, 1999 11:30 AM
Purissma Little League Field #2



Town of Los Altos Hills

26379 Fremont Road

Los Altos Hills, California 94022




Hikers and horses mutually enjoy tlie Fathways System in Los Altos Hills.

Pictured above are LAH residents Kat\' Stella (riding lier Arabian Itorse,

Dansarra) and John Harpootlian sliaring a recent patlnvays walk.



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Sunday, May 23, 1999 1 - 4 P. M .




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BBQ Chicken & Hot Dog Dinners



JOIN YOUR NEIGHBORS FOR A DAY ON THE GREEN. BRING YOUR BLANKET AND ENJOY THE GAMES,

BASEBALL, ENTERTAINMENT, & GUIDED PATHWAY WALK. WE WILL PROVIDE COMPLEMENTARY

CHICKEN DINNERS FOR ADULTS & HOT DOGS FOR KIDS, SODAS, BEER, WINE & DESSERT.

BBQ COOKED BY OUR FIREMEN.

PRE-REGISTER FOR DINNERS BY WEDNESDAY, MAY 12.

USE RESERVATION COUPON ON BACK OF FLIER.


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