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10.18.11 Los Altos Forward Meeting NotesNotes by Brooke Ray SmithGeneral Meeting Notes • City updates o Oct 4 City Council Study Session – open mic style discussion about what to do on Plazas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7. Audio may be available through City Clerk’s office, call to request (650) 947-2720. o POP-UP dinner Oct 16 in Village Plaza (Main & State intersection near Citibank) – Penny Lave summarized: Success! Many people, great food, beautiful table decorations City facilitated the use permit, alcohol permit, and rental of a port-a- potty (but it never got used, they think) Very easy to coordinate City would only allow the event on Village Plaza, because the parking plazas were thought too dangerous with the construction • Request to review what LAF has done as of date o Some concern that each week the group addresses new tasks/questions and isn’t following through on ideas. o Also good for newcomers to learn institutional memory o Agreed that this could be a great idea, to add a brief recap of group activity at start of each LAF meeting! Allow time for bi-weekly check-in Brings more power in masses – small groups get to share their projects with the larger LAF group Brings confidence that work’s happening behind the scenes, between LAF meetings (by working groups on their own) o So, a representative from each working group summarized actions to date: • Actions/ Projects of LAF Working Groups o Parking & Transportation Parking petition – put public parking back at First & Main In lieu – sent memo to City recommending how an in lieu ordinance could work in Los Altos Brought Ed Everett in to speak from Redwood City Safeway research Plaza 1, 2, & 3 research o Village Image Signage revamp: • Construction signage - helped LAVA with Apricot Annie idea for construction signage • Kiosk / wayfinding signage for downtown – could be digital! • Ideas about better parking plaza / employee parking signage
• Online presence – o Incorporate business directory link onto city website o Build an app! o Better social media management Design competition idea for Plazas 1, 2, & 3 – could get college design students involved Survey – what are people’s perceptions of the Village Image? Coordinate with other groups, one big survey? o Commercial Interests Suzanne Kasso survey of parents – what types of businesses do we want to see downtown? Coordinate with parking group – need parking to get great merchants o City Process Increased participation in City Council meetings – up from 6 months ago Led to the City publishing a legislative agenda announcing future Council meeting topics (Jarrett’s idea, after attending a community meeting on this) o Social Interests Outreach to others downtown to come to LAF meetings First Friday idea – mobilizing & gaining momentum• Primary Exercise of the Evening: 2-3 Top Goals for LAF o (folks break up into 3 groups) o Summary of responses from each table – then everyone voted on their top three: #1 (16 votes) Push city to do a visioning process with community #2 (14 votes) First Fridays – focus on making this and other social events happen #3 (13 votes) Elect action-oriented councilmembers, vet them via questions about what they’d do downtown Outreach out to community • Unbiased survey • Bring in multiple generations – young, old • Communication network – set up communication tree to reach whole community Focus on parking infrastructure recommendations/research Better web presence for LAF Education/outreach programs – e.g. speaker series Differentiation – how is Los Altos different/unique in Silicon Valley?