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LA Council Briefs

The Los Altos City Council discussed the following issues at its Sept. 13 meeting and study session.

Study session

A potential downtown park was the focus of a pre-council meeting study session at the Los Altos Youth Center. The council, the Planning and Transportation Commission and city staff met with members of the public to discuss a plan for First Street promoted by Los Altos Community Investments (LACI).

Divided council strikes down substandard lot proposal

The Los Altos Hills city council Thursday voted 3-2 – Mayor John Harpootlian and Councilman Gary Waldeck dissenting – to reject a proposed ordinance restricting development of lots under an acre in size.

Many residents have expressed concern about the influx of developers purchasing smaller, or “substandard,” parcels, demolishing the existing structures and erecting disproportionately large, new homes sometimes described as “boxy” and “out of character”; one resident speaking before the council Thursday likened the finished projects to “dollhouses.”

Rent control issue dominates Nov. 8 ballot for Mtn. View voters

Mountain View voters will have no shortage of choices Nov. 8 on the controversial topic of rent control.

They can vote for or against Measure V, a renters-sponsored initiative, and Measure W, a city council-initiated reaction to Measure V.

LA Council Briefs

Los Altos City Councilmembers discussed several projects that affect the economic development of the city at their Sept. 13 meeting.

Joint session addresses LACI park plans

Before their regular meeting, councilmembers held a joint study session with the Planning and Transportation Commission to discuss a plan for new office space, an underground parking lot and a new half-acre park on First Street. The plan comes from Los Altos Community Investments (LACI).

Local committee targets Nov. 17 for recommended airplane noise solutions

Local representatives continue to work with Federal Aviation Administration officials on a solution to the increased airplane noise that has triggered tens of thousands of complaints from Los Altos to Santa Cruz since the FAA changed flight paths 18 months ago.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, chairman of the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals, which comprises representatives from all of the affected cities, said last week that the committee has held two “roll up your sleeves” working meetings per month with FAA officials since July. The meetings followed three high-profile public input gatherings earlier this year that drew standing-room-only audiences.

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