Last updateTue, 25 Oct 2016 5pm

LAH council rejects orchard update, fire risk map

Thursday’s Los Altos Hills City Council meeting proved exhaustive, nearly reaching the five-hour mark with long-mulled topics such as the multipurpose building proposal and short-term rentals making brief appearances.

Following is a summary of some of the evening’s most prominent decisions.

City tree inventory will gauge green health

Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
The Public Works Department is conducting a citywide tree inventory that will record the age, health and type of every tree on public land in Los Altos.

Los Altos expects to complete the first citywide tree inventory in its history by the end of next year. City officials said the inventory will give them a better idea of Los Altos’ arboreal assets and their health as the Bay Area deals with a historic drought.

“This is an important part of any urban forest management,” said Susanna Chan, the city’s director of public works. “We will have a comprehensive database showing the location, size and height of every tree in Los Altos.”

MVLA officials continue to discuss facilities needs

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees received a report on the status of district facilities last week.

The district is currently developing a facilities master plan after anticipating a 14.6 percent increase in enrollment over the next six years.

Minimum wage law reviewed

Local residents protested a proposed minimum wage increase, but councilmembers’ minds remained unchanged.

The council again voted 4-1 to enact a law raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019, with Councilwoman Megan Satterlee dissenting.

Political, practical solutions blurred in fight against airplane noise

A Los Altos representative on the U.S. Congress-appointed committee addressing airplane noise reported that the vast majority of people he’s heard from support reversing a 2015 change in flight paths that has since spurred hundreds of thousands of complaints. The committee’s Los Altos Hills representative thinks there’s a better solution.

Los Altos City Councilman Jean Mordo, a member of the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals, said the option of returning to a previous ground track, dubbed DAVYJ, is the only one the Federal Aviation Administration deems feasible and that has the most public support. Although not perfect, Mordo said DAVYJ is the best option available.

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