Last updateTue, 17 Jan 2017 4pm

Joint session focuses on public benefit

The Los Altos City Council held a joint study session with the Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) Jan. 10 to discuss what public benefits might be suitable to enable a developer to exceed the 30-foot height limit for an office building on First Street.

Officials with Los Altos Community Investments are looking to construct an office building exceeding height limits. According to city code, a building can be taller than otherwise allowed if it offers a public benefit to the city.

New LA council agrees to discuss proposed park

More than six hours after the Los Altos City Council welcomed its newest member, councilmembers voted narrowly in favor of entering an exclusive negotiating agreement with Los Altos Community Investments to discuss the possibility of a park and underground parking on First Street.

The agreement passed 3-2, with newcomer Lynette Lee Eng and Jeannie Bruins dissenting.

Los Altos council seeks residents' input on priorities for 2017

The Los Altos City Council plans to review its constituents’ priorities before councilmembers depart for their annual retreat Jan. 21.

To learn what Los Altos residents want to see accomplished in the coming year, the council posted an online public survey that can be filled out through midnight Jan. 18.

New LAH mayor lays out 2017 priorities

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New Los Altos Hills Mayor Gary Waldeck outlines his 2017 city council priorities during the Dec. 15 council meeting.

New Los Altos Hills Mayor Gary Waldeck likes to think of his town, the staff and the city council collectively as a softball; rotating it in any direction presents a different perspective each time. And it’s embarking on a 360-degree analysis of that analogous sphere that tops Waldeck’s list of priorities he’d like the city council to tackle this year.

“I think this is good for the town, I think it’s good for the staff and it’s good for the council,” Waldeck said during the Dec. 15 city council meeting. “We can see, identify those strengths and build on them, and identify any weaknesses and fix them.”

Lawsuit temporarily halts MV rent control measure

The city of Mountain View has until Jan. 20 to respond to a lawsuit challenging a voter-approved initiative limiting rent increases.

The California Apartments Association (CAA) last month filed a lawsuit and a temporary restraining order to prevent Mountain View’s Measure V from taking effect. Passed in the Nov. 8 election, Measure V limits rent increases in most cases to between 2 and 5 percent annually and calls for establishing a five-member housing board to settle rental disputes.

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