An Update; an Editorial; and an Announcement

Update: Parking Committee Recommendations Steered in Right Direction Two of the board members from Friends of Los Altos spoke at a City Council meeting in late January to advocate for a better process in considering the recommendations developed by the Downtown Parking Committee. The Council agreed. As a community we now have that better process…

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Downtown Parking: Process and Facts not Politics and Opinions

As we have seen recently, politics often involve opinions, personal attacks instead of relying on thoughtful process and facts. But we are not here to talk about what happens at the state and federal level; we prefer to talk about what is happening in our own town, Los Altos. So why are we talking about…

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Los Altos Community Investment (LACI) Proposal

We are sharing our Friends of Los Altos members a copy of the letter sent to the City Council providing our input on the Los Altos Community Investment (LACI) proposal for redevelopment of their First Street property across from Safeway. We would like to hear from you about this proposal and would encourage you to speak…

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Two Easy Ways To Be Informed About Downtown

The Friends of Los Altos (FOLA) has always encouraged residents to be involved with our community, whenever possible. From time to time, we also help to convey upcoming events and information about our community. To the second point, here are two easy ways to be involved with, and stay informed about, our downtown. #1: Los…

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Los Altos City Council Election 2016

Elections should be about candidates and their position (and track record) on issues. That is why Friends of Los Altos organized and sponsored the KMVT televised candidates forum that was broadcast live on September 28th. If you missed it you can watch it on Youtube; follow the link here: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hXn37hGJrI). Our goal for the two…

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Downtown 4.0: Rise of the Millennials

Nope, not a new horror movie, documentary or sequel coming to your local movie theater. But an interesting issue that has become increasingly important as Los Altos tries to chart a vision for its downtown and the community as a whole. Read on. If you look at downtown Los Altos, it has slowly morphed and…

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The Simple Truth About The Parking Committee

We would like to thank our many readers who have overwhelmingly supported and applauded FOLA’s efforts to hold the Los Altos Parking Committee responsible for complying with the most basic California law regarding open government – the Brown Act. So what is the Brown Act and why as residents should we care? The Brown Act…

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What You See May Not Be What You Get

We advocate for open and transparent government.  And we are making progress on that front in Los Altos.  But we remain concerned that many things happen in town under the guise of being open and transparent when in fact they really aren’t. Case in point.  We support the development of a viable plan for the…

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FOLA Board member Jon Baer book signing 4/21/16

Jon Baer, author and contributor to FOLA and LANN, has just published a book and you are invited to hear more about it!  Come meet and greet Jon and his co-author Michelle Messina to hear about Decoding Silicon Valley: The Insider’s Guide An author talk and book signing is scheduled at Linden Tree Books, 265…

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Endangering the Charm of our Downtown: Parking Committee vs. Brown Act

Friends of Los Altos (FOLA) Board of Directors President David Casas presented concerns to the Los Altos City Council during their February 9, 2016 meeting regarding the City-wide Parking Committee. In particular, he expressed concerns that it has utilized subcommittees that have been meeting in violation of open government as required by the Brown Act.…

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