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Airbnb house party invites ire from Rosita residents


Courtesy of Amy Jermyn
A Rosita Avenue home listed on Airbnb became the site of an unruly party April 11. Neighbors are urging the city to intervene.

Rosita Avenue residents are looking to the city of Los Altos for answers after an April 11 party raged out of control at a home rented through Airbnb.

In what was described by neighbors as a “mob scene,” an estimated 200-250 partygoers – primarily teens – parked cars on Rosita and beyond, cranked up the music, smashed beer bottles, threw eggs and hopped over fences into neighboring properties.

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Parking-memo investigation to conclude in 'weeks'

The investigation into an allegedly forged city document should wrap up within a few weeks, according to City Manager Marcia Somers.

“I am committed to ensuring a fair and unbiased process through the use of an outside, independent party to conduct the investigation,” she wrote in an email to the Town Crier. “City officials are not able to comment on, nor provide any details about, an ongoing investigation.”

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LA Council Briefs

The Los Altos City Council took the following actions at its March 24 meeting.

Council suggests tweaks to Climate Action Plan

The council received the annual report for Climate Action Plan implementation. Councilmembers requested that staff identify ways for commercial buildings to incorporate green features if owners opt for more than net-zero energy.

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City investigates allegation of memo forgery

Los Altos City Manager Marcia Somers said she will conduct an investigation into claims that someone tampered with a city document to misrepresent the history of downtown parking.

At the April 1 meeting of the new Citywide Parking Committee, committee member Kim Cranston voiced concern over a memorandum titled “History and Documentation of Downtown Parking.”

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'Substandard' lot development rankles LAH residents


Town Crier Staff graphic
Los Altos Hills Lot Nos. 25608 and 25520 Deerfield Drive, highlighted, are shown in relation to nearby lots in the Deerfield neighborhood.

Concerned that Los Altos Hills could be subjected to an influx of high-density residential developments, neighbors of two proposed single-family housing projects are carefully following – and vehemently protesting – their progress through the city approval process.

“The neighbors want to preserve the rural aspect of the town, which is part of the general plan,” said Los Altos Hills resident Enrique Klein.

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New standard mandates story poles for larger developments


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Story poles, like those erected in Los Altos Hills, above, will enable Los Altos residents to size up a project’s mass and scale during the design review process.

Los Altos residents have a new way to size up development projects.

The Los Altos City Council March 24 voted 3-2 in favor of requiring story poles for all commercial, multifamily and mixed-use projects.

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Council further expands design review process

Story poles won’t be the only attention-grabber for new construction projects – larger posters and more accessible video simulations will alert residents to potential development.

As part of a new Open Government Policy, the Los Altos City Council requested in January that two of the city’s commissions consider expanding public notification for new construction projects.

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